As a child, did you look at the night sky?  Did you learn astronomy in science?  It amazes me how many stars are up there, and I remember many summer evenings looking up at the sky.  My best childhood friend and I even picked out a constellation that was “ours”.   I think I can still spot it out there, Amy!

One night while relaxing on a lakeside dock in Vermont, friends and I were amazed with the number of shooting stars and satellites.  It was so beautiful super dark!

We now live closer to a major city and light pollution is a problem.   Over spring break my family went skiing in Park City, Utah and miraculously it happened to be during a new moon.  Utah is known to have dark skies,  so I did all the research before our trip so that I might take some amazing images of the Milky Way.

THAT was not to happen.  The Milky Way would only be visible during the early morning hours and I have 3 family members wanting to be up bright and early to ski.   I needed to be able to shoot from our rental location, however that might be.

THIS is what I was left with – no milky way due to not dark enough/cloud cover, but beautiful beautiful images of my favorite constellations.

Can you spot them below?

This is 10:00 pm on the side of the townhouse, as I wanted to do a test to be sure I was had all my settings correct for when the milky way would appear.

(hint:  Orion is in the trees)

(I will keep working on getting a milky way images one day!)

10:00 pm in the evening in front of the townhouse:

4:30 am the next morning in the back of the townhouse:

So come to say, if you are still here, that all of this researching, learning, and purchasing a new wide angle 12mm lens,  led me to be able to document this image of my boys first night sleeping out in a tent in our backyard under the moonlight.

On Instagram I follow this site called ROAM, and they do these glowing tent images in the most beautiful of settings.   Well, we just have my backyard and pretty moonlight!



More info you say?  Of course – Eliz Alex Photography (est. 2010) specializes in photographing families and children in Plano, Texas; Allen Texas; Frisco, Texas, and the Woodlands, Texas areas.  Please message me to schedule your family’s photographic adventure!

Little people call her Camera Girl.  Elizabeth’s little people, two boys, call her Mommy.  She calls on her Canon, enthusiasm for the outdoors, creativity as a former toy maker, excitement for discovery, and addiction to Starbucks coffee to guide the littles, middles, and their families on photographic adventures.  Elizabeth’s love of nature and volunteer work at a local conservancy keep her connected to the land, and always seeking new settings where she can capture the natural light, the beauty of the local fauna, and the candid and the magical moments of the families she guides.