Jamie Walter

Ski and Action Sports Photographer

Hometown

York, Maine

Current

Sugarloaf, 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.

What do you do to create balance in your life?

Balance is such a hard thing for me to perfect; I’m constantly trying to find that right equilibrium between work, play, family, socializing, and everything else that comes with life. It’s tough! At the same time, I am so incredibly fortunate to be able to do what I love to do for a living. While the moments can sometimes be brief, I try to take in the times where I stop in the middle of a photoshoot and can remind myself that yes, I am exactly where I want to be, combining my favorite things on the planet, and have the opportunity to make a living in the process. That, to me, is a wonderful balance in life.

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.

What are your favorite Maine adventures?

My favorite Maine adventure is definitely visiting Mt. Katahdin in Baxter State Park. The place is truly wild and the mountain is unlike any other on the planet. It doesn’t matter if it’s a quick day hike in the summer, or enduring the 16 mile approach to get there in the winter - I always have a spiritual experience standing in the shadow of Maine’s greatest mountain.

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. Some of my favorite memories in the last year have happened while adventuring with great company in amazing places around the world. Let The Outside In 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.

How do you inspire others to Let The Outside In?

I genuinely believe that the purpose of my art is to inspire others to Let The Outside In. I want people to seek out the moments I document for themselves; I want them to be excited about the beauty that exists outside; I want them to be motivated to get into nature and experience the same joy that the outside brings me.