Jamie Walter

Ski and Action Sports Photographer

Hometown

York, Maine

Current

Maine

Jamie has loved skiing since he was a kid and as started his career in photography and filmmaking by making ski edits of his friends in high school. Now Jamie works as a freelance photographer and film-maker capturing skiing, action, and adventure all over the world. More recently, Jamie has re-centered his focus on his home state of Maine and has made it his mission to document and promote the area that started his career.

Spirit Animal: Moose

Top Bucket-list Item: Summit the Grand Teton (and visit the Stio crew in Jackson while I'm at it!)

What are some of your favorite North Eastern adventures?

My favorite adventures in the Northeast definitely involve some of the more unique opportunities we have here: rock climbing on the cliffs of Acadia above the Atlantic Ocean, exploring Katahdin and some of the surrounding remote forests in Northern Maine, or surfing in the cold water during the a good stretch of winter swell. 

How has growing up and living in Maine influenced your photography style?

Growing up in Maine definitely influenced my photography style. Here in Maine, there’s always a lot going on in the scenes I photograph, so I try to simplify as much as possible in my work and reduce visual clutter. I also think that a lot of my work is now focused on highlighting my home state and doing justice to all the beauty I know exists here, so that drives me to get out and capture it.

What inspiration do you find in the outdoors?

Nature probably inspires me more than anything else; from vast landscapes and prominent mountains, down to abstract textures in rocks and trees or subtle patterns in the snow, there is an endless list of natural features that capture my attention. Being a photographer, my camera motivates me to chase those beautiful places and moments - it’s a way for me to capture and express how I see the world and the environments I find myself in. Recently I’ve been really drawn to colors, shapes, and the way light interacts with a scene - I’m really glad that photography draws me outside to observe the beauty that exists there.

How do you want to change the narrative of outdoor storytelling?

While starting a production company, we really took the time to think about what we want our focus to be and how we want to stand apart when it comes to storytelling. Our goal is to tell the stories of the people, the communities, and the places that make New England special. There’s a reason why east coasters who grow up here end up going on to do great things in the outdoors, whether its breaking records, bagging first ascents, or working for the major brands in the space. In addition, so much attention is given to the biggest and wildest places around the world, but I believe there is so much character and potential here in Maine and the Northeast that deserves recognition.

What does Let The Outside In mean to you?

Let The Outside In has become a constant reminder for me to embrace and cherish the enjoyment I get being in nature. It reminds me to slow down and take a moment to reflect on the beauty around me, and how fortunate I am to be in a place that truly makes me happy. I actively try to drown out the distractions when I am outside; I step away from the emails, phone calls, and social media to take the time to connect and observe the world around me. It's such a great reset.

 Check out Jamie's spotlight story HERE!