The snow was deep and fluffy that day—which came in handy when I fell on my face (more than once).

Bonnie, here. I’ve been a downhill skier since I could walk, so trying cross-country skiing for the first time was fun, thrilling, and a complete blow to my ego!

When you’re used to being good at something, it almost hurts to start over at the beginning. And photography can feel like that, too. Which is why it’s a great idea to practice as much as you can.

If you don’t feel completely comfortable with your camera, try combining photography with a hobby or something you know or do very well.

Last weekend, while downhill skiing with some friends, I brought my camera (and got my ego back).

Here are a couple of shots I took of my old ski-team buddy:

You get more time to sharpen your skills when you combine photography with a hobby

You get more time to sharpen your skills when you combine photography with a hobby

Photography doesn’t always come easy, but this felt especially easy (and fun!) because I was mixing it with something I love and do well.

That doesn’t have to be a sport for you. It could be cooking, wrapping gifts, horseback riding, camping, calligraphy… heck, even balancing a spreadsheet, if that floats your boat!

You may find that you’re having more fun by combining your passions… and you may well come away with photos you can sell, too!

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