Photographer Jeffrey Dachowski first picked up a camera in high school, and from his credits and credentials, you might think he’d never put it down since. His photos have landed on the pages of Rolling Stone and Woman's World, and his trophy case is lined with nine Kodak Gallery awards and two Fuji Masterpiece awards. Eventually, Jeffrey and his wife, Carolle, planted their own studio on the banks of the Merrimack River, where they teach photography classes in addition to working for commercial, portraiture, and wedding clients. Indoor courses teach Photoshop at beginning and intermediate levels, and the day-long Portrait Safari brings pupils outdoors, where they can capture scenes of majestic puppies in the wild.
About 80 miles north of Concord, New Hampshire resides Sugar Hill, which is encompassed by 7 mountain ranges made up of 40 named peaks. Sugar Hill also sits in the heart of the Franconia Notch, a state park that houses deer, moose, black bears, and other wild animals; many of these creatures can be spotted in the forest and meadows around the Sunset Hill House Inn. Winter snowstorms transform the area into a playground for winter sports, and the trails around Sunset Hill are groomed for cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and practicing belly flops. Backcountry routes wend through evergreens and to the Franconia iron mines and Ore Hill, which has sweeping views. Nearby mountains also present endless opportunities for downhill skiing. The closest peak is the state-run Cannon Mountain—a network of 55 steep pitches and a pair of gladed ski runs.
KISS, the venerable, salaciously theatrical rock 'n' roll sensation, goads eager audiences into palpable hysteria with its Hottest Show on Earth tour. During its renowned live performances, the phantom-slaying foursome brings head-banging fantasies to life with a flamboyant mix of high-wire pyrotechnics, fist-pumping anthems, bulletproof leather, and gently exfoliating face paint. Tame audience members transform into inspired revelers as Paul Stanley and the Pulitzer Prize–winning Gene Simmons croon and shred through the litany of chart-toppers that made the KISS crew household action figures. Orally discharging a catalog of new and seasoned classics, such as "Detroit Rock City" and "Lick it Up," KISS's syllabus of educational sing-alongs entertain listeners with a heavy dose of heart-pumping guitar riffs and sly lyrical innuendo about table manners.
Marina Zinovyeva has been creative all her life, so it only makes sense that, when she steps behind a camera, her style is imaginative. Sometimes, Marina employs photo-journalistic techniques. Other times, she takes a candid approach to capture her subjects' honest emotions in the moment. Many of those moments come on the road during on-location shoots, since Marina readily travels to spots around the region. She'll even hop on an airplane or hitch a ride with a passing hot air balloon to shoot destination weddings. When she's not on the road, Marina conducts sessions at a comfortable, private studio in Manchester, complete with a park for outdoor shots.
Surrounded by nearly 800,000 acres of the White Mountain National Forest, Waterville Valley Ski Resort enlivens winter-weary visitors with miles of powdery slopes and myriad winter activities. Flee cityscapes marred by mud-splattered snow banks and chain-smoking snowmen and find frosty refuge on Waterville's 4,000-foot mountain. Twelve lifts serve more than 50 adrenaline-tingling trails, with varied terrain suitable for all styles and skill levels—from first-time bunny slopers to half-pipe acrobats and ski-savvy mogul-tamers. The Town Square Condominiums, located in the center of Waterville's self-contained mountain village, provide tuckered snow surfers with a cozy place to warm their mittens and reminisce about the day’s most distinctive snowflakes. Each one-bedroom condo is outfitted with a queen bed, full bathroom, and fully equipped kitchen.