I don't limit myself by what seems possible.
I go to yoga classes in the middle of the day.
I believe how we interact in the world is more important than what we have accomplished.
I still send handwritten notes and craft gifts by hand.
I love finding happy homes for things I no longer need.
I believe in getting outside as much as possible.
I avoid foods with ingredients that I can't pronounce.
I don't feel guilty screening my phone calls if I am busy living life in the moment.
I believe travel and sleep are two of the best investments.
I buy way too many books.
I can trick myself into dreaming big.
Some Highlights along my Journey
I consider my childhood to have been pretty idyllic. We lived in a small chalet on a dead end in a rural town on Lake Winnipesaukee, and my brother and I spent much of our early years exploring and wandering the woods, building treehouses, making mudpies and riding bikes. As we got older, that shifted into lots of organized sports—for me, gymnastics, volleyball, basketball, softball and skiing. It was on the court, field, and slopes that I learned to challenge and push myself, to try new things, to work hard towards my goals and see them come to fruition, and also where I found my close knit community of friends to be silly and playful with.
My parents got rid of our television when I was really young to ensure they wouldn't be distracted and would be available to be really hands-on with us, whether that meant playing ball in the yard after school, wrestling in the living room after dinner, playing endless board games and cards, and helping with whatever my latest crafting passion was. Family trips to visit my grandparents are some of my fondest memories, especially in the summer when we would all pack up and head to the Jersey shore for seemingly endless days of swimming in the ocean, building sandcastles, and family meals enjoyed with soggy, sandy hands.
When I was eleven my brother wanted to join the Killington Freestyle Mogul Team. I wanted to be like my brother, so my father signed up both of us. Every weekend, the three of us (my mom didn’t like the cold and my sister was already out of the house) would travel 2 ½ hours each way to Vermont to ski with a small team of people who, to this day, are some of the funniest and most fun-loving people I have even known. Local competitions led to regional competitions, and by the time I was 13, I won my first of five Junior Nationals. At 14, I qualified for my first Nationals, and at 16, I won Junior World Championships and went on to secure a spot on the U.S. Ski Team.
Skiing broadened my worldview and opened the door to incredible opportunities for this little girl from New Hampshire with limited means. It gave me opportunities to travel and compete all over the world and connected me into an international community of people who were passionate about living life boldly. This playful and eclectic gypsy band of traveling athletes became an extended family and inspired me to work hard and play harder, to make the most of each and every day, and to never to take myself too seriously. While I’m proud of the medals and titles I earned during my 9 years on the U.S. Ski Team, for me, these are secondary to the incredible experiences I got to share with this extraordinary tribe.
Skiing exposed me to a life filled with travel, and I am forever grateful. The list of places I want to explore just keeps getting longer. I find that I feel most alive when I am traveling. I thrive on discovering new things to see, do, taste, and experience around every corner… and I always end up having the most unexpected and magical adventures and meeting the most remarkable people along the way. I believe that much of the reason we seem to have so many unexpected and magical adventures when we are traveling, is that we are available and open to them happening. I find that when I am not so caught up in my busy, scheduled life and all the things I think I need to be doing, events transpire in amazing, serendipitous ways. Traveling reminds me that oftentimes letting life just unfold can be far more perfect than anything I could have planned or laid out on my calendar. I find myself continually working on having a lot less “being busy” in my life and trying to have a lot more “going with the flow.”
Ironically, skiing also exposed me to the world of photography as I had the opportunity to interface and came to know many, many professional photographers and cameramen during my time as a competitive mogul skier, and even more so, during the 5+ years after retiring from the U.S. Ski Team when I continued traveling the world filming and being in photo shoots for my sponsors and various media outlets. It was invaluable to be at remote huts in Alaska or on multi-week photo trips in Bulgaria, Japan, Chile, or Azerbaijan with a crew of talented artists that I could ask endless questions of and constantly be absorbing information and learning from. I always knew that I didn’t want to just be an athlete and in my mid-20s I decided to switch gears and focus more on my artistic passions. Making the jump and going back to school (my first degree was in Business from Cornell University) at The Rocky Mountain School of Photography was one of the best and most rewarding decisions I have ever made.
Some of my favorite trips and travel moments thus far :
The Zen proverb “How you do anything is how you do everything” is a philosophy that resonates deeply for me. As well as, “How you live your life is your greatest work of art.” I think that is one of the reasons I was drawn to photographing weddings. Your wedding is an incredible opportunity to share and incorporate your values and create an event that is centered around everything that you hold most dear. For my husband Jeff and I, that was a multi-day outdoor camping celebration on the land we own in Wilson where we gathered our closest friends and family to support and honor love, celebrate art and music, eat delicious and nourishing food, and enjoy the beautiful valley that we are so lucky to call home. It truly was the best day of our lives.
In the end, our community, relationships and experiences are what will keep our hearts full. And that is exactly what you have the opportunity to celebrate at your wedding. I would love to help you create a wedding day experience that you too will treasure as the best day of your lives.