You’ve Come a Long Way, Newbie!

I’ve always loved taking pictures. It just wasn’t until this year that I began to study photography: camera settings, light, composition. And now that I’m beginning to know what makes a good photograph, I’ve been thinking about all the photos I’ve taken in the past that I’d like to redo – images I’d like to remake.

While I can’t go back in time with my camera and capture precious moments with my kids and other loved ones, I do plan to make the most of revisiting favorite vacation spots when the opportunities arise.

I found the first opportunity right at home to remake a photo that I took last year.

I’m sure there is a lot of room for improvement, but take a look at the first go around:

Oy, I knew it was ugly, but wow. I just didn’t know what to do about it. I am so grateful to the following photographers for bringing me along thus far:

  • Darcy – her 31 Days to a Better Photo opened my eyes to the possibilities; I realized I could do so much more with my camera
  • Kent – he taught me to see the composition through my lens and to make a photograph, his eClasses are excellent, and he’s so helpful and encouraging
  • Kelly – her photography has inspired me for years – the pure joy of capturing beauty
  • Kristin and Brooke – fellow newbies who have walked the road with me and encouraged me along the way

Thank you all for making this journey so fun and rewarding!

In hope,

P.S. The peonies in that post from last year will be in full bloom any day; you can expect I’ll be trying to remake that photo, too!

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. Very fun photos and learning ideas and great for getting us in the mood for Happy Holidays fun! I just bought some cute red, white and blue home decor accessories and am looking forward to getting out the cute holiday clip art, tableware, and grandkid projects. Thanks for the idea to be thinking creatively about the photos as well. I keep my easy to use digital camera around me a lot, but now I’ll be thinking more proactively. 🙂 Have a lovely sweet shot Tuesday.

  2. Steve P says

    Wow. What a difference! It certainly has “clicked” for you 🙂

  3. I love this! Isn’t it completely amazing how our eyes develop as we go?

    And I just have to say, I do love your blog template! So beautifully feminine!

  4. Susan says

    How neat. Love that centerpiece.

    Hope you have a great day!