October brought both challenges and opportunities to grow as a photographer. On one of my flat tire days (somehow I managed to get two different flats this month) I missed my morning assignments, but ended up stumbling across the filming of Little Women during a beautiful day in Minuteman National Park. The waning available light at high school sport events has only pushed me to search out moments of emotion instead of action. During a high school walkout, I was told by a principal that I could not photograph on school property. At the time, my words failed me, but now I will be prepared in the future to better articulate why it was important for the event to be documented. One of my favorite events to photograph this month was the NASCAR Whelen tour. I had never really even watched a race on television, let alone visited a speedway, so it was challenging to learn when and where to be to photograph the action. But I was also forced to think creatively while being out of my comfort zone and I look forward to photographing more races in the future.