Kirsten Alana • Photographer

Kirsten Alana • Photographer

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Pro Photographer usually found in Europe or #CaliforniaWild if not at home in NYC w/ @dante.vincent • inquiries: kirsten@godandbeauty.com
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Kirsten Alana • Photographer

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While @dante.vincent has continued to share beautiful photos from our beginning of the year vacation in Rome, that I hope you’ll check out, I’ve continued to feel rattled every time I look at my camera roll. Having been robbed and then having had a difficult time with our AirBnB host with no support or kindness from @airbnb...and then sickness and loss of some jobs I’d had high hopes for, has left me feeling like a brittle leaf in a Fall wind. • I don’t know when I’ll be able to come back to this community with excitement and joy. But I know I will. Eventually. Since the month @instagram was founded this has always been my favorite place online. The place I loved most. The place that was more like a true community for me than any other app or site. The place I was telling everyone else to come to because it was the best, long before it was as popular as it is now. • Keep my seat warm for me? I will be back. And maybe I’ll bring donuts.

14 Hours ago
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Do you have any favorite books about Italy? Italo Calvino was a Cuban-born Italian writer and journalist. If you have not read any of his books, I challenge you to add them to your list. And be prepared to be sucked into a world that’s engrossing and fantastic. He died when I was a little girl but his words from ‘Invisible Cities’ and ‘If on a winter’s night a traveler’ brought the world alive for me in a way only a handful of other authors have. In particular while @dante.vincent & I were in Roma, I kept thinking of the quote, “You take delight not in a city’s seven or seventy wonders, but in the answer it gives to a question of yours.” Such a good one. So true of so many of my travels and the cities which I’ve been blessed to have explored. Oh and if you’re looking for other books about other parts of Italy, I read ‘The House at the Edge of Night’ on the plane ride to Roma and it was so good I could neither put it down nor go to sleep. I read till I finished it. Thank you for creating such a beautiful story @catherinebanner. 🇮🇹 • Photo taken with my @sonyalpha a7R II which I purchased last fall. If you’re looking to buy a camera in 2018, I highly recommend it and the RX1 RII. Sony does not sponsor me. sonya7rii romaitalia lovesroma romacittaeterna buongiornoroma leadinglines symmetrykillers

5 Days ago
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I chuckled when @dante.vincent suggested I share one of the photos he took of me in Roma with a caption that simply said, • it me 👋🏼 • because it’s cute. Just like the sticker in @instagram Stories. BUT I never caption things that simply and when I try to, I can’t be even half as clever or witty as the least clever or witty person I know because I just wasn’t made that way. And I’m aware enough to be ok with that. To be ok with how I was made. To work to perfect the set of skills I do have. And the irony of being so often labeled an ‘influencer’ who is asked to share more photos or myself & be in front of the camera more, is that I never wanted that. I’ve only ever longed to be a working photographer who could pay her bills doing what she loved most. Taking pictures. Behind the camera. It being about me was always confined to simply being properly credited for photos. • So what I would have told you is that when you visit Roma, take some time to get coffee the Roman way. Please don’t go to a Starbucks. And when you do, either order your coffee and then drink it quickly by standing in the coffee bar or choose to sit at a table and know that will take longer + cost more. Table service isn’t the norm, it’s just one option. Danté & I were so glad to find our rented apartment was right around the corner from Sant’Eustachio il caffè, which is my favorite coffee shop in the city, so we started every morning there. Sometimes we stood inside, sometimes we sat outside and took our time. ☕️ My friend @mondomulia recommends Roscioli Caffè as the best. So, now you have two options for when you visit @roma 🇮🇹😊 italia ralphlauren sezaneaddict santeustachioilcaffe travelstyle loves cittaeterna buongiorno

7 Days ago
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Have you ever taken a photo of a place that for you came to define your memory of that place for years afterward? That made you think of that place almost only in the context of that photo? Or maybe it wasn’t a photo, maybe it was a moment or a memory that came to symbolize your entire experience of a destination.... that’s how I felt for the longest time about this one photo I have from one of my early trips to Roma. It’s a sepia photograph of a couple walking down a narrow Via, the walls on either side dripping in ivy and the stucco a matte background just barely gleaming subtly behind. • I wanted to take some version of that photo again during this vacation with @dante.vincent and yet by the time we got there I’d all but forgotten it in the excitement of introducing Danté to a place he’d never been, that I had. So it was with something like shock that, as I was looking through my photos at night one day, I realized this image was quite similar to the one I took many years ago. Not exact of course. More a sort of update. A part II. Such is life right?! I think we need to live in the moment and be present because we can’t ever really go back... 🇮🇹 romaitalia sonyimage sonya7rii travelerinitaly igersitaly lovesroma instaroma romacittaeterna buongiornoroma ilikeitaly

8 Days ago
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Thank you all so much for the kind comments on yesterday’s post. Each one meant the world to me!! (And I hope it goes without saying I wasn’t courting attention or sympathy, just trying to keep it real here.) • So, question: if you go to Italy and you don’t share at least one photo of a vintage Fiat or any kind of Vespa...did you really go to Italy? 😝 🚙 The thing I love about being on vacation vs. being on a work trip is that this visit to Roma with my ♥️ @dante.vincent gave me all the time in the world to roam the streets seeking Fiat and Vespa moments. I’m not a resolution person, but if I made any for 2018 I think one of them would have to be that I want more time to actually vacation, and not just travel to work. I want to get back to my roots of exploration and curiosity. I LOVE my job and I’m so grateful for it. However, working in travel does change the experience and I’d like to bring back some of the balance that’s been missing the last few years. • If I can do that, where would you like to see me VACATION vs travel for work? Or what destinations would you like to see me feature no matter what circumstance takes me there? 🇮🇹 fiatlovers travelerinitaly romaitalia sonya7rii sonyalpha loves_roma instaroma roma🇮🇹 parkedcars vintagefiat

9 Days ago
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A funny thing seemed to happen after the robbery on NYE in Roma, I seem to have lost my confidence as a photographer. Even though I resolved to not let it get to me, and I 💯 meant what I said when I stated that things like that simply happen and we shouldn’t let them get to us, I think it got to me. Inside in the place I couldn’t control. I think having been robbed of a whole bag containing my passport, wallet and quite a few other items - made me afraid to use my @sonyalpha a7R II around the city, because of the value of it, because it might have made me a target. Like that might be taken next! Perhaps that is understandable. But it’s also sad. My photos from the day after the robbery on, seem to exhibit a sense of fear and of being pulled back, afraid to engage. Afraid to seek out moments, instead relying on just snapping photos here and there more for posterity than for creativity. But these photos taken at the Roman Forum in the hours after we first arrived and before the fateful incident, are the type of images I wanted to capture in Rome. • That special way the rosy facades capture and keep the light, the way the ruins seem perfectly at home right in the middle of a “modern” city, the way the trees (so like pieces of broccoli) always seem to be the exclamation point on top of an already beautiful vista. That’s the Rome I remember from my twenties when I first visited. 🇮🇹 Check out @dante.vincent’s feed for some stellar images of Roma, he really was in his element during our vacation. travelerinitaly romaitalia romanforum thisisitaly sonya7rii likeitaly loves_roma roma🇮🇹 igersitalia instaroma sonyalpha

10 Days ago
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Confession: I really just treated @dante.vincent to a birthday trip to Roma so I could start the year binging on @gelateriadelteatro!! 😝 It’s nomnomnom, my favorite gelato in Italia because of flavors like Rosemary Honey Limone or Lavender Basil. There’s now a Cucina as well as the gelato parlor in the same spot I remember first visiting on via dei Coronari so many years ago. And it doesn’t matter that some of the days during our visit, it has been cold enough to call for a hat and scarf because in my world it is never too cold for gelato!! Are there any places in the world that you like to travel to basically just so you can eat? 🇮🇹 Also how great is portraitmode on the @apple iPhone X? Danté took this with his and I think it looks like a dSLR! 🇮🇹 gelateriadelteatro gelato romaitalia romeitaly iphoneportraitmode shotoniphone viadeicoronari

13 Days ago
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Happy New Year to all of you from Roma, 🇮🇹! I hope your 2018 is filled with far more highs than lows. As for me, the year started out with getting robbed just moments into the first hour of the first day of the year. If you saw my Stories, you already know that. And while that is most certainly not the way I wanted to begin my year, it is life. Shit happens. I still believe having hope and faith in the possibility of good is the best way to wake up every morning. And to treat people with love. I hope the people who stole my bag actually enjoyed the bottle of bubbly inside it that @dante.vincent & I would have shared along with a kiss to mark the turning of time. I hope they enjoyed it instead of just tossing it while searching for the money in the bag! And as for Rome, while I’m definitely feeling some PTSD and a little less confidence on the streets than I did when we arrived, I still love this city and I always will. Bad things have happened to me before as I traveled and bad things will happen again. It will never stop me from traveling!!! *this is the sunset view from our rented apartment window here in Roma* thisisrome romaitalia italia🇮🇹 sunsetsforbreakfast shotoniphonex romeitaly

14 Days ago
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Happy New Year from Roma where live music is playing in the Piazza below our apartment, interspersed with church bells on the hour and in the distance fireworks can be seen dotting the ancient skyline. 2017 has been a year of extreme highs & lows in which I’m extraordinarily grateful to all of you who follow me. You help make it possible to do what I love for a living and that’s something I do not take for granted in a world where there’s so much pain every day. I’m choosing to focus on the good tonight, welcoming 2018 with hope. ✨ Of course, a little sparkles never hurt either and my dress is courtesy of my 1 month trial of @renttherunway RTRUnlimited which I’m choosing to support because their primary mission is to help end waste in the fashion industry with a multi tiered approach to still providing women with fashionable and fun clothing. More on that soon. myRTR👗 As for the bubbles, provided by @ONEHOPE, who were founded by eight friends with a lofty vision: to create exceptional products that inspire people to indulge while doing good — supporting them helps them support so many others, that I can’t help but want to make them part of every celebration now. Through their profits, more than a million meals have been served to those who might otherwise go hungry, cancer research has been supported, trees have been planted and so much more has been accomplished to make the world a better place; all of it which you can read about via their site on the ‘Impact’ page. onehopewine 🍾 I’m not perfect but more than anything what I realized in 2017 is that I can do good with the choices I make every day, the products I buy & the businesses I support. I’m not the resolution type but I do have goals and mine for 2018 is to spend more of my life than ever before trying to spread more love than hate in every way I can. What’s your plan for this next year?

16 Days ago
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Yesterday I put together a blog post of my top 10 most liked photos from Instagram in 2017 and three of them were centralparkmoments 3️⃣‼️ That’s an impressive majority and must mean you all love seeing CentralPark as much as I love visiting it. So on this second to last day of 2017, with more snow falling as I type this, I thought it would be nice to share one last view of the first snow from this winter in the park’s SE corner. With the fall leaves still clinging to the trees like bits of gold leaf it really was an extraordinary day to be out. To see what other places and spaces and moments made the Top 10 list, click through the linkinprofile for my bestof2017. ❄️✨ But before you do, tell me, where are you spending the last days of 2017? Or where will you be when 2018 begins?

17 Days ago
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Last frenchfriday of the year so I’m celebrating with a cup of my favorite French tea and a few sablés while I read up on openings and news related to France in the latest @cntraveler. There’s a new spa treatment room at one of my favorite hotels in Paris and a new Four Seasons in Megève. I usually get my Francophile fix from accounts like @lostncheeseland, @sliceofparis, @annstreetstudio, @aparisianmoment, and @thefrancophiles which is a global take on all things/places that are French. But I still love print magazines. Especially in the morning as I’m drinking my coffee or tea. 🇫🇷 What are some of your favorite Frenchie accounts to follow? Remember when “follow Friday” was a thing?! Oh the old days of Instagram! mariagefreres lamerepoulard flatlay flatlayfriday francophile shotoniphone

18 Days ago
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Did anyone wish for a white Christmas and actually get it? We didn’t have snow here in NYC yesterday but we have already had some this winter. In fact, it was snowing when I landed at the airport following my trip to Europe with my mum for our Viking Cruise. So for our first full day together again, @dante.vincent & I went exploring in Central Park. Brilliant yellow leaves were still clinging to the branches of many of the park’s famed Elm trees. In the sunshine it looked like someone had hung bits of gold leaf from the branches. Pop up art? It wouldn’t have surprised me here. But no it was just Mother Nature showing off. To see such a tangible remnant of Autumn in December was a nice surprise since when I’d left, I had expected to miss the rest of it while traveling. I don’t often take for granted how special it is to live in this city and I hope I never do. Of course, moments like this make it easy to be grateful... centralparkmoments newyorknewyork sonya7rii instagramnyc kaNYguide

21 Days ago
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One last scene from Passau to wish you a very Merry Christmas eve and a few borrowed thoughts that sum up my feelings about this holiday: “Christmas waves a magic wand over the world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful...” but “He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree,” because “[the meaning of] Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others.” ✨🎄 Quotes by: Norman Vincent Peale, Roy L. Smith & Bob Hope

23 Days ago
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Passau, Germany was a lovely place to end our hosted ‘Danube Waltz’ cruise with @vikingcruises. It had some element of everything we had loved in each of our other stops. Yet it was also special for its own reasons. Because of heavy rain, there weren’t a lot of people out on the streets and I had an hour to walk around capturing bits and pieces I liked best in my own way and at my own pace. From the ornate doorways to the painted cobblestones denoting the arts district, I really enjoyed that walk. It was just after @paintthenight & I learned about gingerbread making at SIMON. For generations they’ve been making it without molasses, using the same wood molds. Walter Simon, the fourth generation, also gave us his family’s recipe for Christmas punch which was so much better than Gluhwëin that I’m still dreaming about that steaming mug of deliciousness. We also popped into St. Stephen’s Cathedral, which houses the biggest pipe organ in Europe and one of the biggest in the world. I shouldn’t have been surprised I suppose that I liked the town so much. Bavaria is my favorite part of Germany! 🇩🇪 myvikingstory vikingcruises bayern passau passaugermany visitbavaria visitgermany

24 Days ago
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Five days. That’s how long it’s been since my last post. 😳 I don’t know if I’ve ever gone that long without posting to @instagram but *that’s* what kind of week it’s been. Not a good one. Which is why now at midnight on the 5th or 6th day of not even leaving my desk except to take care of the barest of necessities........I’m wishing I was right back here. On the porch of my cabin on the VikingCruises Skadi, wrapped up in my gifted @sezane sweater and a wool blanket, drinking hot cocoa and doing nothing more than appreciating the view of the colorful houses of Passau during our hosted ‘Danube Waltz’ cruise. It seems like it was months ago already 😕. Instead I’m hoping I can stay on task & finish the project that’s kept me so busy in time to have a relaxing Christmas at home with @dante.vincent! No work involved. That’s my hope and my Christmas wish 🤞🏼😝 ✨ What about you? What’s going on in your world right now? Do you have plans for the holidays? 🎄

25 Days ago
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On the very last day of our hosted cruise with @vikingcruises, we woke up to this view of a part of Passau. It’s a city in Germany where three rivers meet: the Danube, the Inn and the Ilz (two of which you can see meeting in this photo). The meeting of those rivers has given this area significance going all the way back to Roman times. Even the fortress on the hill has foundations which were first lain in 1219. So it has been a center of trading and a prosperous place since long before it was known as Passau. Unfortunately, those three rivers also mean this is an area of frequent flooding and as you walk around the city, you will notice the lines on the sides of buildings accompanied by dates, those are the high water marks from past floods. As recent as 2013 there was a flood so bad that water was at or over the second floors of some buildings. The attitude seems to be, such is life - we deal with it efficiently and then we move on. The city is also close to Austria, so close that when we took our walk around the city with an incredible local guide, he simply said, “You see those houses over there, that’s Austria.” He was pointing to a hill that seemed less than 1/2 a mile away! More on Passau in my next post... 🇩🇪 MyVikingStory passaugermany visitgermany visitbavaria

30 Days ago
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I saw none of Linz, Austria during the day while on my hosted cruise with @vikingcruises. But it was a such a delight to return from Česky Krumlov with just enough time before the evening events on board our ship Skadi, to walk over to the Christmas Market in the Hauptplatz and enjoy the lights of yet another festive gathering. The cruise @paintthenight & I did is called the ‘Danube Waltz’ and so while the focus was not on markets, I couldn’t help but want to visit them in every town we stopped at since nearly every town had one and the Christmas Markets of Europe are one of my very favorite things. It was no shock to me that Linz did not disappoint! Beautiful hand-painted scenes decorate the top of every booth and sparkling lights were strung overhead no matter what part of the market you walked through, reflecting on the cobblestones beneath my feet. Overlooking it all, the Pestsäule or Dreifaltigkeitssäule column kept watch. It’s an ornate stone column topped with a gleaming gold Holy Trinity and was installed to remember the people who died in the plague epidemic that devastated Europe’s population in the 1300s. I’d like to go back and explore more of the city one day, as I’ve been told by friends it’s one of their favorite in Austria. 🇦🇹 myvikingstory linzaustria feelaustria christmasmarkets vikingcruise sonya7rii sonyalpha

32 Days ago
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The day I woke up in Linz, Austria on my hosted river cruise with @vikingcruises, was a fun surprise! I tend toward liking to be caught off guard when I travel, doing less research than other photographers, letting the place inspire me & dictate my vision rather than the other way around. I knew we’d be driving through the snow-covered Austrian mountains to cross the border into the Czech Republic but I didn’t know a magical town full of storybook moments was waiting on the other side of the bus ride! No one photo can capture the complexity of this place which was designated @unesco WorldHeritage in 1992. I had to share a set! (Do you mind when I do this? Prefer I’d simply break the photos out into multiple posts with single photos?) Since I couldn’t get enough of the angles and places to capture, I lost track of our guides and only caught part of the history but I did manage to catch that Český Krumlov is in the South Bohemia region. The Vltava River bisects the town which is dominated by its 13th-century castle sitting above on a sort of bluff. Gothic, Renaissance and baroque elements are all found in the castle and in the town. The castle has a 27 acre garden and an original 17th-century baroque theater with stringed puppets intact. I was enthralled with the panoramic views of the old town and river from the castle but eventually I made my way down and into the Old Town. There I found 📍Antique Starožitnosti, a sublime store that is a virtual time capsule of the best bits and bobs made before or during the 1930s in Europe. I also loved 📍Krumlov Anka, a store selling hats & caps from all eras, made in the country since 1799. And 📍Papa’s Living Restaurant is a cozy place with very friendly staff, tucked into a spot on the river where mum and I sipped pints of the local beer before diving into a delectable lunch. 🇨🇿 MyVikingStory ČeskýKrumlov CzechRepublic visitcz visitczechrepublic worldheritagesite sonya7rii sonyalpha

33 Days ago
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After stopping in Dürnstein with @vikingcruises, we got back on the Skadi & spent the bulk of the day slowly traversing the Wachau Valley. Having made some friends on board by this time, @paintthenight & I grabbed the bottle of @veuveclicquot that we had been saving in our room (one of my favorites and a sweet gift from Viking!) and proceeded to share it with our new friends as we listened to commentary from the ship’s Program Director about the towns which passed by outside the window. At one point the sun came out and brilliantly lit up the boat, shining in the champagne and making the whole world seem to sparkle. • I felt extraordinarily grateful, in that moment, to have been given an opportunity to be there and to have been able to bring my mother as a gift for her birthday. There’s so much pain in the world and some people can’t even afford greeting cards for one another but here I was taking my mother on a cruise that some people save up years for. Essentially because of my following online, I was hosted on a complimentary basis by @vikingcruises and I paid for my mother to accompany me but because Viking is gracious, they didn’t make specific requirements of how I post or what I post. I just had a comment from someone asking about disclosure and I just want to make it clear that I am never ever trying to deceive those of who you are so kind as to follow me. Disclosure can be a tricky thing though and how can any hashtag communicate accurately what I just shared with you? If you have ideas you’d like to see me implement, I’d love to hear them! And speaking of disclosure, the bag in this photo was a gift from @sezane but they too made no requirements of me so I am sharing because I do indeed love the bag. • MyVikingStory addict veuveclicquot sonya7rii

34 Days ago
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Following Vienna, our next major stop with @vikingcruises was the city of Linz. On the way, we visited the charming village of Dürnstein in the Wachau Valley. The picturesque valley is known for its wine and this particular part of it is also famed for apricots and products made from the fruit. The town is known as the ‘Pearl of the Wachau’ and though it only has < 1,000 residents now, it has a lot of history to discover. Richard the Lionheart was held captive here for a year by Duke Leopold V and it’s where confectioner/baker Rudolf Schmidl invented the Wachau Laberl in 1905. The crumbling Kuenringerburg Castle, which sits above the village on top of the hill, and the Baroque clock tour of the town’s monastery make the village easy to spot from the Danube River. There’s so much lovely detail to capture, there’s also a @relaischateaux property in town that I want to return to one day and quite a few wonderful boutiques. I spent the most amount of time visiting with Cathrin at Dürnsteindl who hand makes many of the items for sale in her shop. What she doesn’t make, her friends might. She also sells apricot liquor made by her brother in law as well as Riesling and Grüner Veltliner made by her father. In a town that features many stores selling made in chinese kitsch, catering to the hordes of summer tourists, Cathrin’s shop was a breath of fresh air that I recommend you not miss when you visit. Since we experienced Dürnstein in winter, it felt as if we had the town to ourselves and I added yet another part of Austria to my list of places I love in a country I much admire. 🇦🇹 MyVikingStoryVikingCruises Dürnsteinsonya7rii feelaustria visitaustria SonyAlpha

35 Days ago