Congratulations to this week's photo challenge winner, Dingdi Thomas.

We spent some time talking with Dingdi, who took her first

Photosanity workshop

in winter 2012, about how her photography has evolved since joining the Photosanity community and how photography continues to be a way to

express creativity, refine a new skill and connect with her kids.

This photo is an example of Dingdi's photography Before Photosanity.

In her words, "it is a photo that had potential to be nice, but because we were shooting in auto on the beach, the exposure was all wrong.

The beach was so bright, but we were standing in the shade so we came out underexposed."

Dingdi shares what her photography experiences were before Photosanity and how they are continuing to evolve.

About Dingdi's photography...

Before Photosanity how often did you shoot out of auto and what settings did you tend to use?

Before Photosanity I always shot in auto

What are your favorite editing tools for photos?

I use Lightroom for DSLR photos and for iPhone I like Camera+

Are you working on any photography projects right now?

I do a yearly photo book and update it through the year.

If you could give any advice to a parent who is new to photography, what would it be?

Take lots of photos and capture the emotions - the good, the bad, and the ugly.

About the winning photo...

Why is this photo special to you?

I took this on the last day of school which was a hectic and sad day for her, so when she came home, she needed a quiet moment with her lovies (one of which her favorite assistant teacher gave her). I think it shows her melancholy.

Did you edit the winning photo at all, and if so, what tools (program, filters, etc) did you use?

I edited this photo in Lightroom. I bumped up exposure, contrast and blacks. Then I converted to B&W, and brightened up her face.

I think the B&W conversion makes the mood more serious. The picture is not tack sharp to me, but the emotional content is so strong, that I just really love it.

About the photo challenge

The Photosanity PADF (Photo-a-Day Friday) Challenge takes place weekly in the Photosanity Peer-to-Peer Facebook Group. Each Friday a photo theme is set and photos are due the following week. Detailed feedback is given on three selected photos and a winner is chosen.

Membership in the Photosanity Peer-to-Peer Facebook group is free to anyone who purchases or has purchased a Photosanity workshop or service. It's a great way to connect with other like-minded photo-obsessed parents at all levels - it's an amazing community.

If you have made a purchase and would like to join, fill out this form and you will be admitted once your eligibility has been confirmed.