Unfurling My Creative Wings

I am a detail-oriented, number-loving, type A sort of person. I thrive in orderliness and actually enjoy the process of paying bills. Weird, I know.

But inside there is a bit of creativity that seeks to come out. I dream of artists wings that draw the eye to things of beauty.

Desire far outweighs talent.

Yet I have always sought creative outlets. Wings, even small ones, were made for flying. Artistic expression can be very soothing for this numbers girl.

This year I decided to explore a life-long desire to be a photographer. Not a pro. Just a decent amateur. If I cannot draw pictures, perhaps I can become skilled at making them.

No, that is not a typo. Like me, you probably always thought of photographers taking pictures, but I have come to appreciate a quote that I hear again and again from Kent Weakley:

We don’t take photographs, we make photographs. – Ansel Adams

As Kent explains:

As photographers we have two choices, whether to ‘take’ or ‘make’ a photo. Many things in life look fine if we simply ‘take’ a photo of them. Occasionally we’ll even ‘take’ a great photo. However, to consistently create stunning photos that tell a story, we need to change our thinking a bit and ’make’ photos.

I am so grateful for the opportunity to unfurl my creative wings. Hopefully, I will soon be able to fly.

In hope,

Sweet Shot Day

Among a number of  ”wannabe” wishes, I would love to be a photographer. Not a pro. Just a decent amateur. This year
I’m am being more intentional about making that a reality. Linking up Darcy is one way to share my photomaking journey.


About Shelli Bourque

An ordinary girl living by the grace of life in Christ. Adoring wife and mom. Lover of quiet places and uncluttered spaces. Beauty seeker and image maker.


  1. I think you’ve flown the coop, friend! 🙂

  2. I can really relate to what you’ve written here! I am a type A, order and systems loving, bill paying girl, too. Writing has become my creative outlet recently. I have always enjoyed writing but just since I started blogging have I seen and used it as a creative outlet.

    And you “make” wonderful pictures, Shelli! I always enjoy them 🙂