The Adirondack Mountains

This past weekend I was invited to go camping with my friends Gary and Taylor. Since I’ve never been car camping before, I didn’t really know what to expect. I packed warm blankets, instant food, my hiking boots, and headed North.

Friday night was very cold, about 30 degrees F. I slept on my Deep Sleep in my Jeep (so comfortable by the way) in a hat, scarf, sweatshirt, sweatpants and 4 layers of blankets - it was brutal. Saturday morning we woke up, ate breakfast and headed on our hike up Mount Jo. It was a difficult hike for me, but the views delivered.

A special thanks to Gary and Taylor for introducing me to the awesome people I met on this trip. Not only do we share the love of photography, but they were super welcoming and kind.

I am thankful for this life I live. Can’t wait for our next trip <3

first photo taken by Jess Olm



Pine Barrens, NJ

This weekend we hit up the Pine Barrens, 1.1 million acres of off-roading adventure in South Jersey. I’ll let the pictures do the talking :)



The Hamptons

Every Summer we go to The Hamptons, thanks to the Kaadi Family. We all arrived Friday night, and spent the weekend chasing the sun and fruity drinks. The photos below are just a fraction of our weekend. Luckily for you, the photos do NOT show: Sam sleep walking (naked), attending an underage club (by accident), one of us peeing our pants, or a projectile vomit Uber incident. You’re welcome, ha!

New Rochelle, New York

Since Nico and I met, we’ve been trying to make up for the 22 years we’ve lost.

Yesterday, I drove to his little beach town in New York. After meeting a few more members of the family, Nico helped me with my jeep, and then we headed to the beach just a few blocks away. We packed a cooler of Lime White Claws, my camera and took the kayaks out on the water.

After a few hours on the Long Island Sound, we headed to a lake in Wayne, New Jersey, where I met MORE cousins. We played flip cup, beer pong, and enjoyed a bonfire while the sun set. Looking forward to many more nights like these.

‘Twas a perfect day.

How We Met - Sibling Edition

When I was a tiny baby, my parents adopted me from the West Coast. I grew up in rural New Jersey, where I played soccer, took horseback riding lessons and played manhunt in the neighborhood on hot summer nights. I couldn’t have asked for a better childhood.

Growing up, it was no secret that I was adopted. Although I coincidently looked like my parents, they made sure to introduce the word “adoption” into my vocabulary at a very young age.

Four years after I was born, my birth parents had a second child. Like myself, he was also adopted. Nico was born and raised in the state of New York where he grew up playing sports, excelling in soccer and martial arts. He too, had a great childhood.

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In 2017, Nico received an Ancestry DNA test on Christmas morning. Naturally, he sent in a spit sample, and waiting patiently for the results. He didn’t do much when he received his results because he didn’t match with anyone significant at the time. He was happy to find out his exact heritage, as he didn’t have any information prior.

In February of 2019, I decided that it was time to to learn more about my heritage. Without mentioning this to anyone, I innocently purchased the kit. I received the kit, followed the directions, and sent it back.

About six weeks passed, and I received a text message alert, “Your AncestryDNA results are in!” I was eager to finally see if I really was Irish. Little did I know, my life was about to dramatically change, (for the better!)

Under “Immediate Family” I had one match. I stared at my screen in disbelief, “how is this possible?” I saw a small question mark icon, I clicked on it. It brought up a “possible relationship chart”.

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Nico and I share 2,520 CM’s, meaning we are full siblings. We share enough CM’s and DNA strands, that would could be fraternal twins if we were the same age.

So, what did I do next? Message him of course.

Nico responded in less than 12 hours. Both of us were under the impression that we were the only child born from the same parents, so you can imagine the confusion and shock. We spoke every day for a month, asking each other questions, comparing our toe thumbs and pale skin.

We decided it was time to finally meet.

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The next week, Nico and I planned a brunch with our moms. The brunch went on for so long, we actually got kicked out of the restaurant (in the most polite way). Note: Nico and I did not plan to match.

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I couldn’t be more thankful to have a brother in my life. I am so excited for this new relationship. More to come, cheers! And guess what… We’re Irish!

Below you can find side by side photos of us growing up.

Victoria & Kevin

This past Saturday I was asked to photograph a proposal in Hoboken. I was excited because I hadn't photographed something like this in a while, and was different from my usual day to day work.

I arrived 30 minutes early to make sure I coordinated with the videographer, and then we both sat on a bench like tourists until we saw Kevin and Victoria.

Once Kevin proposed, both of their families came out, and surprised Victoria.

You both made my heart melt, congratulations you two!

Stowe, Vermont

Last weekend I was invited (AKA crashed the party) to an Airbnb in Northern Vermont. The aesthetic, vibes, and energy was everything I could have asked for. We skied all day, had the most delicious dinner at a place called “Flannel” and spent the night in the spa.

Stowe Mountain is officially my favorite mountain on the East Coast - 10/10 would recommend.

*Photos below are taken by Amanda, Dan & myself :)

Jenna's Quarter Life Crisis

Last weekend, Shane and I drove up to Vermont for my birthday weekend. We went snowboarding at Okemo all day Friday, and then met up with the rest of the crew at the Airbnb. My college friends traveled from all over the East Coast just to celebrate my birthday, and I couldn’t have been more thankful and happy to see them all.

The Airbnb exceeded our expectations. The home itself was straight out of a hallmark movie. Fireplaces in every room, extremely comfortable beds (with heating capabilities) and a kitchen to die for. Many people asked for info on the Airbnb, so here is the link! https://www.airbnb.com/rooms/21626150

My favorite part of the whole weekend was tubing at Magic Mountain. I was not expecting to fly down the mountain that fast and aggressive as we did, see below for hilarious photos. 10/10 would recommend.



Iceland

2018 has been all about checking destinations off my bucket list. A few months back, we decided to “send it” and buy tickets to Iceland. Courtney and I began planning the whole trip, from the car rental to the Airbnb’s. We took a red eye from Newark, and landed in Reykjavik at 5am, and let me tell ya …. IT WAS FREEZING.

We spent the first night in Reykjavik, exploring the downtown area. The next morning we went horseback riding, which was one of my favorite parts of the entire trip. The boys even liked it! My ponies name in english mean “little guy” but boy was he fierce. (We booked with Viking Horses, they made our experience so special. Check them out here: https://vikinghorses.is )

After riding, we made our way to a tiny town east of the city, called Fludír. We followed the winding dirt roads, over bridges and dodging pot holes. We made it to our beautiful cabin with a hot tub, over looking the snow covered mountains. It was picture perfect to say the least.

My favorite day of the trip was Sunday. We went to Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, Skogafoss Waterfall, DC-3 US Navy Plane Crash Site, and The Black Beach in Vik. We arrived in Vik just as the sun began to set, and it was the most beautiful (but deadly) sight I have ever seen in my entire life.

Little did we know about the dangers present at this beach. The waves are violent, and push far further up the beach than we expected. A giant waves came crashing up, almost pulling the boys back into the freezing rip tides. Thankfully, we all got off the beach safetly, but the boys had to ride 3 hours back in the car in just their boxers. Everything was soaked.

I did some research when we arrived back.

These are called sneaker-waves, and they can appear when least expected, even on incredibly still days. There are no significant landmasses in between Antarctica and the shores of Reynisfjara, meaning waves have thousands of kilometers to build. A number of fatal accident have occurred here. So please be careful when visiting.

On our last day we went to see the Kerid Crater, where a volcano once was. And of course, our last stop before the airport was the Blue Lagoon. Although very touristy, you MUST do this. There are three different tickets you can purchase. (make sure you book in advance!!) We did the comfort package, which was perfect for us. It included one free drink, a face mask, and a towel for after your swim. (You can book your tickets here: https://www.bluelagoon.com)

This was the most amazing trip, and I want to thank everyone who gave me advice and travels tips!! Life is short, make it sweet. <3



Connecticut

We spent most of this weekend listening to country music, hiking, drinking beer and fishing (ok .. and a little bit of Netflix and Call of Duty). I have felt pretty distant from photography lately, so I made it a point to carry my camera around the whole weekend. I am so glad I did; Sunday we were in the middle of the lake, when our motor died. Shane and Michael had to paddle us all the way in to shore! Photo below. *insert laughing emoji here*

 

4th of July in The Hamptons

For the past three years, we've gone to The Hamptons for the 4th of July - thanks to the Kaadi Family! There were 10 of us at the house, which added to the fun. We ate good food (minus Courtney's lobster), went to the beach, and watched the most amazing sunsets. 

Saturday we rented a catamaran (this is where most of the picture taking happened). We sailed around Sag Harbor, swimming, floating in a duck and drinking while laying out on the hammock section of the boat. I am so lucky to have friends like these guys, love you all! Take a peak at the photos below ;)

Crew love <3 

 

Arizona with Shane

A little back story.. 

I was born in Mesa, Arizona but spent my whole life in New Jersey. Going back to Arizona has been on my bucket list ever since I can remember, along with a few other amazing sights, like Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon. This trip was also special to me because it was the first vacation Shane and I have experienced together, (and we didn't kill each other!)

We started the trip in Flagstaff. By the way, I had no idea there were forests and pine trees there!? We went to see Walnut Canyon and Meteor Crater here. They were two really cool places, which I recommend to go see if you're ever in the area. After that we drove our trusty rental car up to Page where we saw Horseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon. Breathtaking to say the least. 

After being in Page for three days, we drove down to Phoenix. We met up with Shane's childhood friend. Canaan is a professional racecar driver, so he gave us a tour of the place and then we went on the track! V Exhilarating. 

Towards the end of the trip we made our way to Tucson where we were able to meet up with his younger sister, Lily. She was wrapping up her semester of University of Arizona, so we were able to check out the campus and help her pack up. 

Sorry for the long post, let's get to the good stuff. Photos are in chronological order of the trip!

Vegas - San Francisco - LAX - Home

What a trip! It started in Vegas. As a team, we attended HAI which is the largest helicopter expo in the world. After the expo, FlyNYON hosted the official after party at Omnia Nightclub, where thousands attended. It was truly incredible to see our branding all over the club - we've come a long way. 

Next stop was San Francisco. It rained most of the time, although the sun peaked out here in there. It was just enough for us to say hi to the sea lions, and snap a few shots of the Golden Gate Bridge! 

Last stop, LA! FlyNYON did flights over the red carpet on Sunday, where I was able to meet A TON of awesome people. Josh peck and Casey Neistat to name a few. The influencers that flew, created vlogs of their experience, I'll attach the links below. After the flights, I was lucky enough to attend the Vanity Fair Oscars After Party for the second year in a row. I met and saw some of my favorite stars! Olympians, Jesse from Breaking Bad, Amber Rose, VS models were just a few of the celebs. 

I am exhausted, but I would do it all over again. (Some of the photos are from my iPhone so sorry for the quality - I wasn't able to bring my camera to some of the places we went!)

Yes Theory - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qbA42wQoWAs&t=76s

Jesse Wellens -  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HsMnIEIWdGM

 

FlyNYON Vegas

Last week I traveled to Vegas, and met up with Pat and Jill (my main peeps). We are super excited because we purchased our own hangar in Henderson, NV. The main goal of the trip was to design and decorate our new lounge and hangar (the first two photos). Jill and I spent most of our time shopping for furniture, consuming Starbucks and purchasing more succulents than I would like to admit. For this short trip we stayed at the Cosmo on The Strip - talk about views (photos to follow).

I was able to jump on a FlyNYON flight last minute, which was easily one of the best flights I've ever been on. The Red Rock Canyon is the most underrated national conservation I have ever witnessed. If you're in Vegas, it's a must. 

 

 

Ringing in the New Year

For the past three years we have been going up to Vermont and staying in Jake's cabin. This year was extra exciting because Danielle couldn't make it last year. I finally got to see her after almost a year!!

The weekend consisted of snowboarding, drinking white Russians, and freezing our butts off. We had such a good time, we already booked our flight to Florida in two weeks! 

First trip of the season

It's been a while! I'm back.

This past weekend I made my way up to Vermont with the regular crew. We bought season passes to Stratton Mountain this year, because we plan on making the most of this winter! We also celebrated my 24th birthday. We popped champagne and hit the slopes. Can't wait for New Years! Side note, I received a ton of awesome gifts this year, one of them includes an antler necklace courtesy of Mr. Steigs. Check it out!

 

Nevada

This past weekend I was lucky enough to travel to Nevada for a business trip. Our company, FlyNYON has recently expanded into Las Vegas and we went out to get the party started. We covered Life is Beautiful Festival from ground and air, getting content from every angle possible. We didn't sleep, drank a dangerous amount of red bull, worked our asses off, shot some guns, and ate more in-n-out than I'd like to admit. Here's a little taste of our weekend in Vegas.