Kirsten Alana

Pro Photographer recommended by Elle, HuffPo, Mashable, HarpersBazaar, DailyMail, etc. โœˆ๏ธ Frequent lux traveler. Home is NYC & @dante8. ๐ŸŒŽ
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I can hardly believe it, but I think summer is really drawing to a close. I felt it in the cool breeze this morning and saw it in the first brown leaves that swept by my feet as I walked to the subway. ๐Ÿ‚Which means there is very little time left to enter to win a trip to Belize + lots of other great prizes in the 120 Ways #NYisWild contest. Click through to the link in the @NYisWild profile to find out more and plan to visit one of the zoos this weekend so you can snap the photos you'll need to win! #sp I've been spending parts of this summer photographing the various animals at the five NYC zoos and I took this photo of American Bison at @thequeenszoo. These guys are #71 in the list of animals important to the Wildlife Conservation Society, which has been in operation for 120 years as of 2015! ๐ŸŽ‚ ๐ŸŽ‰ Bison in particular owe a lot to @theWCS because they were saved from near extinction by the WCS's American Bison Society, which depends on efforts that take place largely at the Queens Zoo and the Bronx Zoo! To read more about them and conservation efforts of the organization, visit
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kirstenalana : I wouldn't be surprised. Just like NYC to fake out. @ryanbrenizer Hope things are going well for you, Ryan :)
kirstenalana : @newbery_ Awww. Haha. Thanks! Yeah that's a crazy project. I still haven't seen those commercials.
stas_suvorov : Hi! The architecture of the old provincial Russian town in my account. My life in Vyatka. Welcome!
kirstenalana : Thanks for the comment. I'll check it out. @stas_suvorov
leslie8989 : ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘ - lovely !
travelerbroads : What's going on with their coats?
kirstenalana : Thank you, Leslie! @leslie8989
kirstenalana : @travelerbroads Shedding the fur that built up for winter so they can be cooler in summer.
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First of all, what do you think of the newest @instagram update that finally allows us to upload vertical and horizontal photos without the use of a third party app? As for this photo, it of course shows @dante8 and I took it tonight at the One World Observatory during the #SeeYourCity Instameet. I was able to go as Danté's "plus one" and it was a sweet moment for us. Ever since we began dating, he's almost always been my plus one since I began working in travel and photography long before he had aspirations to do the same. But this Spring he was chosen as an Ambassador for @nycgov and ever since then he's been invited to uber cool events that allow him to get special access to some of the city's most photographable landmarks. Tonight, was my first chance to accompany him and I was glad to be in town to do so. I'm so proud of him, so honored to be his lady. I got a bit choked up taking this photo, looking out at the city that brought us together. ๐ŸŒ† It is a tough place sometimes. A lot of the time. But it's home. And so is this guy โค๏ธ
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hellodearwanderer : @kirstenalana I love your photos! I too am aspiring to be a travel photographer. You are inspiring. And thank you for introducing me to @stellerstories !! So lovely.
travelbysurprise : Gorgeous shot!
harlanerskine : @kirstenalana I don't know I thought square was good - cool a photo reference to an unusual format that forces you to think differently about images. It was a soulful part of @instagram like @twitter and its 140 characters.
kirstenalana : Very fair point. I won't stop doing squares all together. I liked the challenge! @harlanerskine
kirstenalana : @travelbysurprise Thank you so much!
kirstenalana : @hellodearwanderer Awww thank you!! And I'm so glad I could intro you to @stellerstories :)
harlanerskine : @kirstenalana agreed. I was Alway challenged by Hasselblad so there was something cool when instagram came out as square. We'll see where this new world of creativity goes.
leslie8989 : ๐Ÿ’— Excellent shot @kirstenalana
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Danté and I worked such long hours this weekend on a fashion shoot together, that I thought it would be nice to have a date night on a weeknight for a change. And when I found out there's a new package at the @EmpireStateBldg that gets you VIP access right to the top (without the long wait everyone else goes through), I knew I wanted to try that out because the last thing I wanted to do was spend all night in a line. I can't believe I've never been to the observatory at the ESB in all the years I've lived here but this was a great way to do it for the first time! You can do what we did as well, the package is bookable through the ESB's website (link in their profile) and includes a four course prix-fixe dinner at @StateGrill where a beautiful mural by artist Tyler Jacobson continues the Art Deco theme of the whole building, into the vibe of the restaurant. Check out @dante8's feed to see another NYC classic which we shot at this weekend. I don't usually spend so much time in the city during the summer as I'm always traveling for work but I'm enjoying it this year, since it's allowing me to do a lot of the things here that I've just never gotten around to! ๐Ÿ—ฝ
kirstenalana : Thank you! @nycprimeshot ๐Ÿ˜Š
kirstenalana : @vikvillasis It is indeed. And thanks for commenting.
novisbie : Great view!
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kirstenalana : Thank you! @vladimirdimov
kirstenalana : @novisbie Sure is. One of the best.
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leslie8989 : ๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ’—๐Ÿ‘
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I've been really missing Italy since our all-too-brief time in Venice ended and so when @sanpelfruit_us invited me to the Flatiron last night for a sneak peek at "The Grove," I was no less than thrilled for a chance to sit amongst the fruit trees while sipping a mocktail, watching people in summer whites play bocce ball. ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡น For a very long time S.Pellegrino has been my favorite bottled water, so it's no surprise their sparkling fruit juices are a little addicting to me. ๐Ÿ‹ TODAY The Grove is open to the public from 11 AM to 5 PM here in NYC so get yourself to the Flatiron Plaza which is next to Madison Square on 23rd between 5th & Broadway for a very refreshing break from the summer heat. Make sure you try the Italian Ice and a mocktail!๐Ÿ‹ #LifeDeliziosa #sp
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bethanyrydmark : ...but can I have your sandals? ๐Ÿ˜‰โœจ
insatiabletraveler : Nice shot!
kirstenalana : You sure can, they're just from Ann Taylor! ๐Ÿ˜‰ @bethanyrydmark
kirstenalana : Thank you, Susan! @insatiabletraveler
nataliediscala : Love this!
kirstenalana : Thank you, Natalie! @nataliediscala
bethanyrydmark : @kirstenalana good to know! They're super cute :)
kirstenalana : I'm glad you agree! I've already worn them out and wish I'd bought extra pairs. @bethanyrydmark
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Do you use @stellerstories? After a bit of a hiatus, I'm back on the app, one of my favorites ever made for photographers and creatives. Especially because it's not just for us, it's for anyone looking to tell a story using visuals, and words. You can even incorporate video. Check out my latest story via the #LinkInProfile, where I take you onto the Venetian island of Burano, well known for colorful houses that put rainbows to shame, and for beautiful lace. I made the story for their latest theme challenge: #stellerstreet. It's also kind of perfect for #MakeYouSmileStyle. Hopefully a dose of cheer for you on this last day of the weekend! P.S. Why does the weekend go by so fast? Been working all of mine on a fashion shoot with Danté and what I wouldn't give for an extra day to just relax and not have to wake up at 6AM.
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kirstenalana : @thepurplegiraffe oh yay I'm so glad!!
kirstenalana : @nadyassideoftheroad I really like it because it combines photos, words and videos in a neat way I can't do elsewhere. Not even on my blog. I'd even replace my blog with my Steller account if I could.
kirstenalana : @realkeetz Very cool features indeed! Thanks for the comment, Nikita!
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artboy11211 : This place brings back memories!
kirstenalana : Awww I'm so glad you've been. Such a cool place. @artboy11211
artboy11211 : I studied a summer in Venezia while at Pratt and it was one of the best experiences of my life. Love these bright houses of Burano.
kirstenalana : Oh my. That really would be!! How cool. Such an artistic part of Italy in general but the colorful houses draw me back every time I'm in Venezia. @artboy11211
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Woke up very early here in NYC to get ready for another fashion shoot but I could not help wishing I was still here, at @thegrittipalace with Danté. Since we were able to use our #SPGAmex all over Venice with no foreign transaction fees, we racked up so many Starpoints and I’m already dreaming of where we'll use those for a tropical vacation of some sort. Even though we've been to so many great cities together, we've never had a beach vacation or spa holiday and I think it's about time. #sp Where should we plan to go? What's your favorite place to just relax?
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federicograziati : @kirstenalana next time ๐Ÿ‘
kirstenalana : Definitely. I will be back in Venice again, I'm sure of it. @federicograziati
federicograziati : @kirstenalana for the carnival ๐Ÿ˜‰
kirstenalana : Great idea! @federicograziati
gregtse : @kirstenalana The crisis /cheaper prices led to a record-breaking number of incoming tourist to our country this summer. I don't see anything changing next year either. If you decide to visit, you are more than welcome to hit me up for tips & suggestions ๐Ÿ˜Š thanx for sharing all these lovely pics with us!
kirstenalana : Very cool. Thank you so much for sharing! You're Greek then? @gregtse I do really want to visit Greece.
gregtse : @kirstenalana Yup! Hit me up for info anytime. For starters, just wanna say that if you have many days you should go to Crete, I went there again with my gf this summer. All our islands have something special, just depends on what you are looking for ๐Ÿ˜‰
manny4941 : Anguilla or Peter Island are stellar choices for a beach vacation. Both are gorgeous and you will surely be pampered.
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If you're familiar with my photography work you know a lot of what I do is travel but this summer I've been honored to be working with @theWCS to highlight their conservation efforts and the amazing animals they protect and care for at the five zoos we have here in New York City. I'm joining others all summer long on a photo safari to celebrate 120 years of saving wildlife. I captured this photo of a Lemur at the @BronxZoo which is #7 out of the 120 ways #NYisWild. But the best part of this project is that YOU have a chance to win a trip to Belize because of it -- though time is running out to do so!! So head over to NOW for your chance to be heading out for your own exciting adventure โœˆ๏ธ Or, find the link directly in the @nyiswild profile ๐ŸŒ #sp
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leeabbamonte : @kirstenalana child please...your photo skills dwarf mine!
kirstenalana : Well, thanks. @leeabbamonte
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legalnomads : LEEEMUUUUUUR ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜
kirstenalana : ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š @legalnomads
amir.nri : @y_oungling oono biyaram ya toro bebaram pishesh ?!
y_oungling : @amir.nri felan biyaresh pisham badan bebaremoon
mizzfit_bianca : Good for you!!! Such a cutie that one.
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If you're new to following me from press on World Photography Day, welcome! Thanks for following me and would you please tell me about yourself? I'm just back in NYC after a whirlwind adventure in Venice, Italy where Danté and I enjoyed all the new benefits of our Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express. Because the new benefits kicked in this month, we had fun taking full advantage of having no foreign transaction fees. Of course it doesn't hurt to also stay at an amazing property like @TheGrittiPalace which is part of @SPG's @theluxurycollection. When I first visited in October 2014, I couldn't get over how lovely their floating terrace was. I just wanted to go back so I could spend every day of my life drinking a Bellini or Aperol Spritz while I watched the world go by on the Grand Canal. Something about it seemed different this time and I found out it is because not long before we arrived, they actually debuted a new look and name for the bar. It is now Riva Lounge, an exclusive partnership between Gritti Palace and yacht makers @ferrettigroup. Now it combines the best of Italian design with the clean lines and sumptuous surfaces of a luxury yacht. #SPGAmex #sp Oh, and I borrowed this photo from @dante8 because his photo turned out better than mine!
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minguirikittyngui : vámonos ahora ya!
nhanim : Love your photos. I'm from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia :-)
waqas_03 : @kirstenalana hope so thank you :-)
kirstenalana : @nhanim Thank you so much! So kind. I've never been to Malaysia but I do hope one day to visit.
kirstenalana : Was just in Texas in the Spring to visit Hill Country! Great state. @thriftyvintagegal
psychodreaming : Welcome dear๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€
jesswilliams15 : Hello hello! I just recently moved to Atlanta from Houston, and as a photography junkie, I am thoroughly enjoying your feed! These pictures of travels have me feeling some kind of way, and my spontaneous itch is getting worse by the day.
kirstenalana : Hello!! Aww. Thanks for letting me know and for introducing yourself. I hear Atlanta is really great these days. @jesswilliams15
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You guys I woke up to the news that I missed World Photography Day ๐Ÿ˜ณ but that People Magazine, plus a number of other individuals and publications, recommended me as someone to follow in honor of it. ๐Ÿ“ท As if being in Venice with @SPG to promote The Starwood Preferred Guest® Credit Card from American Express hasn't been enough fun, this is too much. I'm dancing for joy and so humbled this morning!!! ๐ŸŽ‰ I never thought I'd get to all the places I've been and or that I'd be granted the amazing opportunities I've had. All because of @Instagram. That's why I had to share this photo @dante8 took of me as I was dancing in Venezia (you should check out his feed to see the photo I was going to post, of the balcony from the amazing museum I talked about yesterday). I hope you're all having an amazing Thursday wherever you are!! It's almost Friday my friends... #SPGAmex
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kirstenalana : @leslie8989 Thank you, Leslie ๐Ÿ˜Š
kirstenalana : @cakwan_darmawan Thank you!
kirstenalana : So kind. Thank you so much, Melissa! ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š @tyblissa
intuitiveartist : @kirstenalana He really is ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜„
lizwarkentin : Belated congratulations! What an honour!
lizwarkentin : Oh, and great hat!
kirstenalana : @intuitiveartist ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š
kirstenalana : @lizwarkentin Aww thanks!! And hat was purchased from a street vendor in NYC.
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We were on the # 1 vaporetto cruising Venezia's Grand Canal when rain drops started to fall and my stomach told me it was time to eat. Seeing the Ca’ d'Oro stop, I suggested to @dante8 that we get out and see what we could find. I knew it was not a bad area of the city for food but I did not expect to stumble upon the stunning Galleria Giorgio Franchetti alla Ca’ d'Oro while searching for a trattoria. It’s very close to the waterbus stop and it was the mosaic floor which caught our eye through a pair of ornate wood gates, as we made our way down the calle. It stopped us in our tracks. Neither of us had ever seen a floor so elaborate, so old, in such excellent condition. Full exploration of the museum helped us discover there is even more to love than just the floor (see @dante8's feed though for that photo) and the palazzo once known as Santa Sofia has a rich history. It was built in the late 1420’s for the Contarini family who gave eight Doges to Venice between 1043 and the late 1600’s, by Giovanni Bon and his son Bartolomeo Bon. It became known as Ca’ d'Oro (the Golden House) because of the gilt and polychrome decorations which once adorned its exterior walls. I imagine it’s also how the neighborhood itself finally got its name. The last private owner of the palazzo was Giorgio Franchetti, who restored much of the damage that was done to it between the late 1600’s and 1894 when he acquired it. Though he finally bequeathed it to the Italian State to be opened as a public gallery, it now bears his name and features a collection that is part art, part historical documentation. Two ornate balconies on the upper levels offer incredible views of the Grand Canal and then there’s the floor…the original reason we were drawn inside. It doesn’t disappoint!
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kirstenalana : Wait what?! As in THE People Magazine?! In the pages of the mag or somewhere online? @waqonthewildside I'm speechless.
waqonthewildside : I sawr it online. Instagrams to follow on the piece they did for World Photo Day yesterday.
kirstenalana : ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ˜Š (still speechless) @waqonthewildside
leslie8989 : @kirstenalana -- enjoying this armchair travel experience of Venice - so much I didn't see while I was there - so it gives me a good idea what to see next time. Also learning tips on how to improve my holiday pics from one of my favourite photographers โ˜บ๏ธ
secretbluebutterfly : Wow! Absolutely stunning photograph. You are an amazing artist. Thank you for showing your beautiful vision of the world. You capture the love that exists in the Universe and you are loved for this always and forever. Thank you for being you. You are amazing! SB2
travlnlight : @rachelroti check out her trip to Venice!!
rachelroti : ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ˜€ thx @travlnlight
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