Kirsten Alana

Photographer recommended by likes of HuffPo, BA HighLife, & HarpersBazaar. Headed to: Aggra, Mumbai, Istanbul, London. Currently in: Chiang Rai
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When we first arrived at @fstentedcamp, we were told to always plan for a 10 minute walk anywhere we'd need to go, as the resort is spread out over a very large preserve so the elephants have a lot of room to roam. In fact, it takes me about 25 minutes to walk between any two places here because there's SO much to photograph, that I stop and pause for a photo every couple of steps. One of my favorite things is the architecture. Specifically the way it's unusual and thematic in its own way, without being cheesy or without seeming out of place in the Thai landscape. This is, I kid you not, their wine cellar. I mean, have you ever seen a cooler standalone wine cellar that's not indoors?! Maybe you have. But I hadn't. As if I needed more motivation to love this place over and above the elephants! I don't want to leave. (That's becoming the theme of this trip. I love every stop so much, I don't want to move on. Just call me the broken record. Ha!) 🐘 #ExperienceFS
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savbosley : @jbozzz
fsmumbai : Hope you feel the same way in Mumbai @kirstenalana !!
melindadiorio : This place looks stunning!
jillstrif : 😍 a dream!
bebacastellan : @catrainsamuel
nsharples : @erickajsimonsen
kenny_kim : Just wow. @kirstenalana
g_araujo17 : Muito lindo!!πŸ’–πŸ’˜πŸ’•πŸ’™πŸ’›
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To get to this moment, it took 1) two plane rides over cerulean water, pearl-white clouds, emerald green rice fields and towering peaks, 2) one long van ride, 3) one ride in a verrrrry narrow boat down the Maekong River past golden Buddhas and wooden shacks, then down the Ruak River past field after field of towering bamboo forest, and 4) a walk up hundreds of steps with the incline of a workout machine on max torture setting. But it was all worth it, and then some, to finally arrive at @fstentedcamp where these beauties waited for us seemingly smiling and reaching their trunks out toward us as we approached while the glow of golden hour made them look at times like they were wearing crowns of light. @fourseasons works hand in hand here, with the Golden Triangle Asian Elephant Foundation, to rescue elephants from the streets of Thailand and to give ma'houts jobs which protect and care for elephants, instead of exploiting them. One word came into mind over and over again as this moment began to forever etch itself into my memory: magical. I can't wait to get to tomorrow where we'll spend half our day learning about, and helping to care for, the elephants!!! 🐘 #ExperienceFS
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svdvloodt : Elephant nature park in Chiangmai is leading the elephant projects in Thailand. See their website
kirstenalana : @laram83 I've had more than one lemongrass martini at Burma Bar!! They are indeed very good. My favorite cocktail here. And I'm so glad you've been, and love it too.
kirstenalana : 😘 @dante8 we'll save our pennies and put it on the list πŸ˜‰
kirstenalana : @svdvloodt Thanks! I know all about it and the Thai elephant industry as a whole. @fourseasons partners with a foundation here and all the elephants are very well cared for. There's no cruelty here.
laram83 : @fawzygram
dante8 : I picked up a penny on the street. Gotta start somewhere πŸ˜‰
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svdvloodt : Great! Help spread the word πŸ˜‰
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I'm taking another rare moment of quiet time to reflect on our adventure so far on the island of Bali. After my very first trip to Indonesia, it was actually my least favorite place we visited in the country. This time, with @fourseasons, I've been grateful for the chance to visit a school where we were showered with flower petals and where we handed out supplies and gifts before watching an intricate traditional dance by the female students; after which we visited a temple and learned about Balinese Hinduism; then we took a ride in vintage convertible Volkswagens through the winding roads that divide the sun-drenched rice fields; we ate at vegan restaurant Five Elements, where their Kombucha cocktails, smoothies and "pasta" made from local vegetables were as incredible as the setting itself, completely surrounded by the jungle and hidden from major roads; all before we ended our day at @johnhardyjewelry [where I created this photo] talking to artisans and witnessing their craftsmanship firsthand as they created a product which holds both the complexity and the serenity of Bali in every link and gleam. To #ExperienceFS here, has meant for me that I finally, on my 4th trip to Indonesia, understand what all the fuss is about. I now see why so many love Bali and I know I will leave loving @fsbali Sayan!
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kirstenalana : @jackievargas61 I agree!!
traveljunkieid : Welcome to Bali πŸ’™πŸ’™πŸ’™
kirstenalana : Thank you dear @traveljunkieid!! It was a short trip. Too short. We're already in Thailand now.
sohyeon75 : so beautiful!!!!!😍😍
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gomarwrites : wow - amazing experience and am enjoying your pics. I know it is a whirlwind!
kirstenalana : Thank you! Yes it really is an absolute whirlwind. But very cool one for sure. @gomarwrites Glad you're enjoying my stories.
kirstenalana : @juliomeesquita @sohyeon75 Thank you!
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Every morning of this adventure with @fourseasons has found me frantically consuming a working breakfast, one hand on my laptop or phone, the other trying to cram a brioche or croissant into my mouth while wondering if coffee through an IV drip is actually a thing... But this morning when I woke up in Ubud on the island of Bali, I decided to screw that and actually take time to "enjoy the view." I wish I'd done that while we were in Bora Bora so I guess I'm making up for lost time. When in Indonesia, I love eating their Nasi Goreng but I have to ask to make sure they can prepare it without fish sauce or shrimp paste and this morning when they made me the version with chicken and a fried egg on top I thought I was going to kiss the sweet man who delivered it. A huge tray, balanced on one hand with the biggest smile I've seen on this trip, lighting up his face. When Indonesians smile, they do it like it's going out of style, I can't get enough! Singing birds are in the trees around me, the palm fronds are swaying with a subtle breeze and the sound of the wild jungle river underscores it all. I think I'm going to like @fsbali Sayan. #ExperienceFS
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kirstenalana : I can see why you love it too now!! @ruth_sisi πŸ’›
kirstenalana : Awww. Thank you! πŸ’›πŸ’• @voodooonyx
traveljunkieid : Wohoo
fsbali : The photo looks gorgeous here. Can we regram this? #FSBali
kirstenalana : Thank you so much! And yes of course you may! @fsbali Thanks for asking first though ;)
kirstenalana : @traveljunkieid :)
cc_chapman : OH the writing I could do here.
kirstenalana : Yes you could!!! Wish I could transport you there my friend. @cc_chapman
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I've seen a lot of incredible sunrises and sunsets on this trip around the world and even though it's not over yet, I can't believe our time in Sydney already is. It, excuse the pun, "flew by" and now we're off on our plane to Bali. Last night we all enjoyed a cruise around the harbor at sunset and that's when I took this photograph showing the Opera House and the Harbor Bridge. Did you know that the Opera House, which is often thought of as just one venue is actually 5 main theaters and 7 total event spaces? Also it has more than 3 kilometers of corridors and more than 300 rooms. Over the 40 some years of its operation, 18 shows have been delayed or canceled all together because performers were lost in those corridors for long enough to effect the show starting or continuing! Construction on the Opera House began in 1955 and wasn't finished till 1973. It was estimated that the cost would total $7 million but that was spent in just the first year of construction! In total, Sydney's most recognizable structure cost $102 million to build. It was designed by Danish architect Jørn Utzon who was the only one to submit a design proposal after having actually visited Sydney and seen the piece of land the structure would be built on! It's now open all but 2 days of the year to the general public and no -- it's not necessarily supposed to represent sails or shells. But it might. Utzon never confirmed and did so on purpose, leaving it up to all of us to make it what we want design-wise. Whatever you make of it, Sydney's skyline wouldn't be the same without it nor would my time in the city have been the same without the behind-the-scenes tour of the Opera House that @fourseasons arranged. I can't wait to see what's planned for our stay at @FSBali. #ExperienceFS
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kirstenalana : @evanhsi Awww thank you!! I'm so glad you like them. And I'm glad you've been to Sydney for NYE fireworks. That's on my bucket list to do :)
kirstenalana : @kjlajambe18 @fotostudio67 Thank you!
leslie8989 : Beautiful ❀️
kirstenalana : Thank you! @leslie8989
thewanderingcompass : Did you get to climb the Sydney Bridge?
kirstenalana : No. Some in our group did. But I had another group of guests to shadow and photograph that day. @thewanderingcompass Next time I'm in Sydney!
lolaakinmade : Gorgeous!
kirstenalana : Thank you! @lolaakinmade
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Ever since the first time I saw a photo of a giraffe, with the Sydney skyline in the background, I've wanted to visit Taronga Zoo. So I was "like a kid in a candy store," giddy with excitement when I accompanied some @fourseasons guests on a tour with a zookeeper named Brian. We took a 12 minute ride on a water taxi from Circular Quay, which gave us a spectacular view of the harbor, and then we marveled at the incredible view of the city that the zoo itself has. During our tour, Brian took us to places only staff normally get to go so we could get closer to the animals than anyone else, except the zookeepers themselves, get to. And most importantly, we learned about the animals so we could appreciate and respect them more. The zoo is also a conservation society, they have a breeding program, they do extensive research and they have an approach to environmental sustainability that focuses on six key areas: energy management, water use/reuse, waste management, animal food production, habitat restoration and zoo plants. For example, leftover branches are mulched and used in Taronga's gardens when they can do longer be eaten by the animals. All of that, I appreciated as much or more than the view itself. Brian's been at the zoo for 20 some years, the zoo itself has been around since 1916. It's home to 4,000 animals of 340 species and it's the giraffes who have the best view. It turns out, it's just as good as I always thought it would be. And the experience of visiting itself, was as incredible as I always hoped for. If you're around Sydney yourself on the weekends, check out their "Snore & Roar" event where you can sleep in the zoo and wake up to the roars of the lions!!!! #ExperienceFS
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whereintheworldisparadise : 😍
daryl_foong : @rainbowliss I love taronga zoo! Next favourite place after the aquarium.
kirstenalana : @whereintheworldisparadise Thank you! : @maria_a_mv
raleighwhatsup : I used to live in Mosman and LOVED visiting Taronga Zoo and the views. Ferry rides were also incredible. Australia is amazing.
kirstenalana : @raleighwhatsup I agree on all points and I'm so glad you've lived there to get an even better perspective. I think I'd love to live in Australia for a spell.
marinammflores : Amazing 😍
kirstenalana : Thank you! @marinammflores
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Here's another shot from our extraordinary experience with @fourseasons yesterday, up in the air over Sydney in a seaplane. I liked this one because it shows several of the beaches that make the city such a great place to live for swimmers and surfers and ocean-loving types. And in the far right bottom corner it also shows one of the "iceberg pools" that are so important to the city's iconography. These pools fill up with water at high tide when the crashing waves spill over the wall of the pool and then when tide is lower, the ocean water trapped in the pool warms up from the sun's heat and makes it the perfect temperature for swimming. I wish we were going to be here long enough for me to go swimming in one of those pools, or to at least lay out on Manly Beach with a smoothie in hand but alas, that's not meant to be so I cherished every second of seeing the city via the plane window. It truly is a spectacular way to take it all in. Today, I will accompany our @fssydney guests to Taronga Zoo! #ExperienceFS
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koenkinoo : Great shot have fun
kirstenalana : Thank you so much! @koenkinoo
kirstenalana : Agreed!! Fantastic indeed. @beachstone5
welizabethkimberley : Very nice view.
leslie8989 : Love this city ! beautiful view πŸ‘
kirstenalana : Thank you! And yes it's a very lovable city. @leslie8989
kirstenalana : @welizabethkimberley Indeed it is. And thanks!
behzadhassanzadeh : @man_ves hey dele maro ab kon
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This extraordinary journey with @fourseasons has brought me now to Sydney, Australia where today I accompanied some of our guests on a seaplane adventure. We left from @fssydney and drove to Rose Bay, which reminded me of Seattle or San Francisco in the USA, and there we boarded the planes for a flight over the city and the nearby Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park to land at a small restaurant called Cottage Point Inn where we enjoyed a gourmet meal overlooking the water. It was such an incredible way to experience Sydney because from 1,300 feet up you really appreciate how spread out the city is, how many beaches there are in the city limits and how close to rugged countryside Sydney is. Loads of sailboats, lighthouses, idyllic cottages and all with the city just on the horizon. But of course it was circling over the harbor that was the most thrilling. From up in the air the Opera House and Cunard's QM2 look like little models and the iconic bridge like something made of matchsticks!! It's strange and awe inspiring at the same time. #ExperienceFS
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shhmexi : @kitt_outoftown I forgot about that oh. My. GoshπŸ™ˆπŸ™ˆ
heatherlucy3393 : @kitt_outoftown Awww take me back. That was an amazing week.
kirstenalana : Wish I could transport you both back here myself. @heatherlucy3393 @shhmexi
izakamargo : @kitt_outoftown hahahaha #sorryjake miss ya girly!
leslie8989 : ❀️
kirstenalana : Thank you! @leslie8989
jentemple : It's interesting that you're reminded of Seattle. It's where I grew up and sea planes are common. I've been in a sea plane in the PNW and its a unique experience. Your trip is amazing! I've got Australia on my bucket list. Thank you for sharing your journey and enjoyments!
kirstenalana : @jentemple Thank YOU for following along! I'm glad to hear more about Seattle and I really do think there's some similarities. I hope you get to Australia sooner than later. It's such a spectacular country.
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In Polynesian, goodbye is simple. It's 'Nana.' Though the French phrase 'au revoir' is used by some as well here in Bora Bora. And those are the words I have to use today as we move on from this wonderful vista, to fly with @fourseasons to Sydney, Australia. It's been the most wonderful (though short) experience visiting French Polynesia for the first time, and staying at @fsborabora. How could it not be with views like this... As another Polynesian phrase says, it's been "no problem": aita pe'a pe'a! #ExperienceFS
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realkeetz : Hey,I'm back! I was koustyk, but I had to delete my profile.... Holy cow! That is a beautiful background! Looking forward to checking out your new shots. Have fun on your trip!
kirstenalana : @realkeetz Thank you for letting me know! Welcome back.
kirstenalana : @hoggerandco jet lag does strange things to the mind πŸ˜‰πŸ˜œ
leslie8989 : Heaven on earth !
kirstenalana : It felt like it. @leslie8989
jentemple : 😍 @sponcini Someday this FS trip is a must! I'll pack lots of sunscreen!!
livesharetravel : Urgh... Just a little bit gorgeous! Packing...
kirstenalana : Ha. Yeah it didn't suck. @livesharetravel Was so busy I didn't feel I enjoyed it to the max. But I sure loved the view while working.
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I'm continually impressed, at every stop we make with @fourseasons, by the caliber of experiences and by the incredible people that the properties arrange for guests to enjoy. All the activities and all the locals always make me want to say, "That was the best ever!" And that's been true again here in Bora Bora. It was my immense pleasure to accompany guests on a catamaran sailing excursion with this lovely man, Nicholas, and his gorgeous wife Laurence; as well as their assistant Robbie. She is from Reunion Island and he is from a small town near Marseille in France. They now own this former racing catamaran, which they use to take guests on a tour of some of the most picturesque spots in the atolls and off the coast of the central island itself. They choose to live and work here because it's so beautiful and because the pace of life here focuses on what is important: fellow human beings, the planet, the animals in and on it, and simply appreciating the joy that is each new day. Robbie too, with his wife who is also from Reunion Island, came here for the pace of life and the beauty of this place and together all three helped us appreciate Bora Bora on a far deeper level than if we'd just stayed in our overwater bungalows. I hope if you ever get to visit this place, you will ask the concierge at @fsborabora to make sure you can sail with Nicholas, Laurence and Robbie on their catamaran, "The Vitamin Sea." ⛡️ #ExperienceFS
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gobrilliantly : Envious. Very.
yalasetiawan : Your picture hit me so bad. Seriously i must get there one day :(
kirstenalana : Oh I hope you do!!! Such a lovely place and lovely people. @yalasetiawan
kirstenalana : Heard that before. But I have a very large amount of work on this trip, so I'm not just sitting back drinking Mai Tais. @gobrilliantly
yalasetiawan : Amiiin. Thx for your support :)
lawlesseverafter : We were there and sailed the Vitamin Sea two weeks ago. Our absolute favorite excursion of the trip. Such a soothing way to experience the incredible lagoon.
kirstenalana : I'm so glad you've done it, and agree about how great it is!! @lawlesseverafter
kirstenalana : @yalasetiawan :) :)
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