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Depth of Fields: Larisa Graham - Part 1
Written by Jason Elliot   
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Larisa Graham

Larisa Graham is our feature for September. Graham is a Colorado-based videographer and has been capturing the biggest action sports events - X Games and Teva Mountain Games. Part 1 touches on her life in Michigan before moving to Colorado, an upcoming trip to Cambodia and Thailand and her video kit.

Jason Elliot: Larisa, thanks for giving us a few minutes to feature you this month. You are originally from the flatlands – Grand Rapids, MI. How did you end up in Colorado? Where do you reside now?

Larisa Graham: During my senior year at Northern Michigan University I randomly applied for an internship with the US Olympic Committee in Colorado Springs - never thinking I would actually get it, and I did! Once I moved out here I completely fell in love with Colorado and it was obvious that I belong here. The people in Colorado are so amazing, everyone is so nice and very outdoorsy, active people. Coloradans really know how to enjoy life, it's great! Right now, I live in Edwards, CO which is about 15 min west of Vail. The Vail Valley is an amazing place, there's so much to do, so many great places to see and there's always an event or festival going on.

JE: Being from the U.S. Midwest, how did you become passionate about skiing and snowboarding?

LG: I grew up skiing in Michigan. I think my parents taught me to ski at about age eight. I always loved skiing and winter. Throughout high school and college I was a swimmer and got away from skiing for a bit. When I moved out to Colorado I discovered powder and real mountains, skiing isn't just a sport out here it's a way of life. Now I pretty much plan my work week around powder days.

JE: Your collegiate years were spent in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. What attracted you to go to college in the U.P.?

LG: I was on the NMU swim team and had only been to the U.P. once before attending my recruiting trip and I loved it. It's one of those places that is so beautiful but it's still a pretty big secret from the rest of the country. Granted, the winters are pretty awful, especially if you don't like snow. If you can survive the winter, the summers are totally worth it. I stayed up there most of the summers I was in college and spent just about every day on the beach and enjoying the outdoors. It's a great place to go to school.

JE: When not behind the camera or editing, how do you enjoy your free time?

LG: As I mentioned before, I'm really into swimming, I've swam all my life. The past couple of years I've been getting into open water swimming, so a lot of my free time has been dedicated to training for that. Just last month I competed in my first two mile open water swim, I took 4th place and was pretty stoked. Other than that, I love to white water kayak, ski (if we're talkin' winter) and attend the occasional happy hour with friends.

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Jason Elliot

JElliotJason Elliot is the Editor and Publisher of OutdoorInformer.com. Elliot has established a respected following with the top industry professionals and gearheads for his nonbiased reviews of outdoor gear and apparel. Elliot is a regular contributor to Examiner.com, Trails.com and other publications on top of his editorial and writing role with OutdoorInformer.com.

Elliot left a successful fifteen-plus year management career that he worked at Fortune 500 and S&P 500 companies to pursue his passion for writing about the outdoors. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree from La Roche College.

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