#YourStory: Getting To Know Diane Beguely

Diane, tell us about yourself and your journey into photography...

When I was 12 and living in New Plymouth, we went on a school trip to Wellington and Christchurch. I took my parents box brownie and photographed some of the places we visited. I still have those photos and think that's when my interest in photography started. Over the following years I took photos with the film cameras I owned, these were mostly family photos.

My first digital camera, a Canon point and shoot, was given to me by my son and daughter in law. I gave it a really good work out when I visited China where there was endless photo opportunities. My real interest and passion grew when I purchased my first DSLR, this opened up a whole new photographic world and enabled me to extend and grow my photographic journey.

"Dewy Rose" by Diane Beguely

My husband and I are both retired and we enjoy getting out and about in our motorhome. Travelling around our beautiful country (New Zealand) presents lots of photographic opportunities, especially travelling the back roads. We have 3 adult children and seven grandchildren who have all suffered me pointing the camera at them on numerous occasions!!

"Vivian Falls Harker Reserve" by Diane Beguely

What has been your biggest learning curve in photography and how have you overcome that?