I’ll see you on the dark side of the moon…

January 28, 2013 I’ll see you on the dark side of the moon…

I’ve had Brain Damage by Pink Floyd stuck in my head since I took this photograph last night, forgive me ;)

Moving on…

One of my favorite things to do is to look back on my old photographs and see how much I’ve grown over the years.

The following photograph was taken in 2007. I had no clue what I was doing and was shooting on “P” mode on my brand new Canon Rebel XT. I spent close to 15 minutes outside, playing with settings (as much as I could, having no idea what I was doing) and wondering why it wasn’t working for me.

I remember being devastated that I couldn’t figure out how to get the moon to be anything more than a glowing dot in the sky. I went back inside, frustrated, and was determined to try again another day.

Last night, I remembered that I hadn’t taken a photo of the moon since then. Whenever I’d remember it would be daytime and by the time evening rolled around, I had forgotten again… or the moon wasn’t visible. I grabbed my camera, my zoom lens, and went outside in my PJs for all of 15 seconds to fire off a couple of shots, handheld no less, and got this beautiful image of our full moon.

I’m still learning–each and every time I pick up my camera I improve as a photographer. I grasp every opportunity to grow my skills and learn more about my craft, and with each session I come closer and closer to defining a style that is uniquely “me”. That’s the fun thing about having a creative profession. I get to challenge myself to get better and be the best I can be. There’s always room for growth, and there always WILL be. But it’s being able to look back and see how much you’ve grown that helps you appreciate where you are now, and where you’re headed.




  • Janice Reyes
    Posted at 11:08h, 28 January Reply

    Beautiful moon shot – it is always humbling to look back on old work!

  • Kathy
    Posted at 12:01h, 28 January Reply

    Very neat take on the before/after years of experience! :) Great shot of the moon btw!

  • katie yuen
    Posted at 14:06h, 28 January Reply

    growth is such an incredible phenomenon.. and that moon is so lovely!

  • teri pozniak // tPoz
    Posted at 14:34h, 28 January Reply

    love to see the progress!!

  • Stephanie
    Posted at 16:13h, 28 January Reply

    Gorgeous moon shot. It’s so important to keep challenging ourselves and continue to explore photography on a different level than just shoots for clients.

  • Catherine Rhodes
    Posted at 17:10h, 28 January Reply

    I too love looking back at old photos, fantastic way to see your growth!

  • Ashley Fisher
    Posted at 18:32h, 28 January Reply

    love this! It’s so important to keep growing and reflect on your past work! Gorgeous photo of the moon! :)

  • Elizabeth Maxwell
    Posted at 19:48h, 28 January Reply

    I love looking through my old photos as well! I think it’s so important for photographers to never lose sight of where they came from and how they ended up where they are! For me, it was lots and lots of teaching myself, reading blogs, taking creative live courses and practice!

    I haven’t been outside to take a photo of the moon in a long time either! Maybe I’ll have to do that when these clouds roll away!

  • Sarah Heppell
    Posted at 20:17h, 28 January Reply

    The moon was absolutely gorgeous last night! You did a great job and it’s so amazing to have photos to look back on and just boost your ego a bit from where you started to where you are now! Cheers!!!

  • Alison harper
    Posted at 21:56h, 28 January Reply

    I love this post! What a brilliant way to gauge how quickly you’ve grown. That’s quite a feat. I’m no photographer but myself moons are giant blobs. Beautiful photo.

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