Jennifer Hong lives in Houston, Texas with her husband of 7 years and three kids (ages almost 5, 2 1/2, and 6 months).
She first joined the Photosanity community in Fall of 2011 when she took the Photosanity Workshop, followed by More Photosanity that spring. A friend had taken the workshop and posted about it on facebook. Having always been interested in photography, Jennifer was intrigued and took the Photosanity course.
Jennifer says "I wonder now at what an 'in passing' chance it was that I saw that post and stumbled upon the workshop at that time, as photography has since become such a significant part of our family life."
Congratulations Jennifer on winning the "delight" photo challenge!
Prior to Photosanity what was your biggest photo challenge?
I felt my photos were special reflections of the children I love, but they really didn't show off my kids' personalities or capture the emotion of the moments we shared.
Are you working on any special photo projects now?
The photography moment I'm most excited about right now is a moment captured between my two-year-old daughter and my son, 4 months old at the time. Abby is totally smitten with her baby brother and is forever pulling her face right up to his when she's beside him. He's totally captivated by her, and I was really excited to capture this shot that reflects their growing friendship.
About the winning photo...
Why is this photo special to you?
The photo of Abby running on the beach is special because it captured my daughter in a moment I know I'll never forget now, one of those memories I want to hold on to forever.We were at the beach for family vacation, and Abby was totally delighted running into the waves and letting them chase her back out onto the beach over and over again. She was having SO much fun.
How do the weekly PADF challenges encourage your photography?
The PADF challenges are always a good cue to look for some special moments in our week. I love that Alethea centers so many of them on emotion. Capturing the connection and emotion that make these moments meaningful is a big part of her focus in Photosanity, and that focus is continued through the PADF themes.
How Jennifer captured the moment...
Lens: 60mm prime lens
Settings: ISO 200, 1/1250, at f/2.8
Getting the shot:
I had lots of opportunity, as Abby was running back and forth time and again. I took a number of shots as I positioned myself for an interesting composition. I moved myself to be directly in front of her, and to keep it going I added myself into her game, daring her to "beep" my nose each time she ran back and laughing with her.
This kept her running straight to me! I picked a vertical orientation to include her reflection, and I had to limit my frame and cropping to limit other people on the beach and out in the water so they wouldn't be a distraction in the photo.
Do you plan to do something special with the photo?
I've shared the photo with out of town family via FB and my family blog. I haven't printed it yet, but it'll definitely be a part of our summer family album!
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.