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The Women of Westport Lifestyle

(And John!)

Sophia Andersen, Writer

A Westport/Weston native, Sophia Andersen graduated from Skidmore College in 2015 with a B.A. in English. Drawn to interior design after college, she has been in the industry for four years and is the senior designer at Sam Allen Interiors in Westport. She also runs a personal blog, linked to her Instagram page, where she writes about her favorite topics: beauty, wellness and fashion. Sophia lives with her husband in Stamford, Connecticut. @sophia.cari 

Mindy Briar, Photographer

"I’m a wedding and lifestyle photographer who also works with local businesses to update their brand with modern imagery. My interior design work (and degree) informs my staging and technique. I love a well-styled space. A California transplant, I married the love of my life, and we moved here two years ago for his job. We live in a 200-year-old house with our two fur babies." @mindybriarphotography

Jen Berniker, Writer

Before becoming a mother of two, Jen Berniker produced news and lifestyle television, including writing and directing programs for CBS, PBS, HGTV and TLC (What Not to WearFour Weddings). Now she writes for WLScaryMommy and other blogs while building a lifestyle video content business. Jen is a co-producer of the Saugatuck Theater Club and volunteers for Experience Camps and other nonprofits. She enjoys travel, skiing, photography, decorating and other people's cooking. @jennyberniker

Maya Porrino, Photographer

Maya Porrino is new to Westport as of last summer. While trained as an integrative family physician, she has established herself as a photographer of children, families and creative entrepreneurs. Her style is soft, dreamy and feminine. She lives in Greens Farms with her husband, Jack, and two daughters, Gianna and Gemma. Visit her online at and her two Instagram accounts, @mayaporrino and

Anna Barnes, Writer

Anna Barnes hails from the Midwest but has spent the last several years soaking up all the lovely things the East Coast has to offer. She’s a brand strategist by day and moonlights as a writer, blogger and social media maven. Her lifestyle blog, Bliss & Bellinis, is considered a trusted resource for fashion, beauty, travel and beyond. In her spare time, she loves to travel, experiment in the kitchen and soak up all of life’s goodness. @bliss_and_bellinis 

Kristen Page Emond, Writer

Known as “KPE” to friends, Kristen Page Emond helped launch Westport Lifestyle magazine’s editorial content in 2018. A native of Fairfield County, and a graduate of NYU and Georgetown University, Kristen lives in NoLita and works as a beauty marketing executive. Technically a New Yorker, Kristen still enjoys visiting Connecticut during summer weekends, sunning at Jennings beach and grabbing a cocktail at the Black Duck Café. @kiki_glowworthy

Robin Moyer Chung, Writer and Editorial Supervisor

Robin Moyer Chung is a published book writer/lyricist, former blogger (RobinsResources) and mother of three amazing kids and one very good dog. On occasion, and without warning, she treats them to a powerful rendition of “Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina,” which really bothers them. But not the dog. He gets it. @robinmchung

John Videler, Photographer

John’s career began at his parents' storefront photography studio in Westport. He started his days getting chemicals to temperature and processing up to 50 rolls of film by hand, then making contact sheets and custom printing. As a scholarship baseball player at Flagler, he photographed and designed the team's brochure. After college, he came back to his family business. He lives in Westport with his lovely wife, Elizabeth, and their four children, Case, Elle, Sinjin and Penn. @videlerphotography

  • Mindy Briar
  • Jen Berniker. Photo by Nataliya Lalor
  • Sophia Andersen. Photo by Mindy Briar
  • Kristen Page Emond
  • Maya Porrino
  • John Videler
  • Robin Moyer Chung. Photo by Mindy Briar