Kirsten Alana • Photographer

Kirsten Alana • Photographer

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NYC-based Photographer & Storyteller • no short captions! • co-creator of #ThoseCubaStreets w/ @dante.vincent • inquiries: kirsten@godandbeauty.com
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Christmas in July continues this week with a photography theme! Slide left to see all the items. 📸 I’m honored to have been featured in the latest issue of click.magazine and they’ve graciously offered a subscription to the winner as well as a subscription each to two runners up. 💥 The winner also receives a Vanguard backpack camera bag, Fujifilm INSTAX camera, Polaroid photo printer with paper, Cocoon Grid-It & Wakawaka solar powered charger + light so you can be environmentally conscious while powering up — all, which I’ve provided. 🙏🏼 NOW I WANTED to give away a dSLR camera or a prize so HUGE that it would be worthy of how amazing you all are to me. I think you’re the best followers and one of the greatest communities on Instagram. However, I was turned down by multiple sponsors that I approached for this month because they thought you all wouldn’t turn out in enough numbers to make it worth their while. 😳😂 Let's work together to make sure that doesn't happen again! To enter: • Like this post • Comment with 4 or more words and a) tag the brands you’d like to see me partner with or b) what photography products you’d like to see me give away. c) Or tag friends who are budding photographers who might enjoy one of these prizes. • You can comment, and thereby enter, as many times as you like. • Official rules & details: Per Instagram, this promotion is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with Instagram, Inc. Kirsten Alana is the host of this campaign and the only official sponsor. No purchase is necessary to enter. By entering, entrants confirm that they are 18+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram’s terms of use. Open to U.S. & Canadian residents with a valid mailing address. Giveaway period begins as of the time this post is live. Winner will be chosen, from those who have followed the rules, by 5 PM EST on July 24 via random number generator and notified through DM. By entering, you agree to release and hold harmless Kirsten Alana and Click Mag from any and all liability, litigation or damages. Kirsten Alana reserves the right to cancel this contest at any time. giveawaycontest photographygiveaway

1 Days ago
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Congrats to wandergrammed for winning the Bastille Day giveaway! [2 of 2] For me it was a weekend of the most gorgeous sunsets with family at the lake. Every time we got in the boat, I looked at the lily pads along shore and I thought of Monet. I blame my mother and god-mother for my obsession with all things French. I also thank them. After all, when I was younger and lesser traveled, a lake would have just been a lake. However, because of their stories and their love of the language and their dreams/hopes/fantasies that they poured into me -- now the family lake home is a portal to other places I've been and loved so that when I'm there, I feel closer to France. When I'm in France, I still feel close to my family. When I sit on the boat now, holding my nephew in my lap, I wonder about his future and if he'll be a traveler like his mother and I. But most of all, I just hope he is curious; I hope that he appreciates beauty, always seeing the good (in people and in things) more than the bad. • • • puremichigan puremichigansunset puremichigansummer sunsetsunday sunsetsforbreakfast monetswaterlilies reflectiongram reflectionshot

5 Days ago
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[1 of 2] As a Francophile, BastilleDay is one of my favorite days of the year. 🇫🇷 It's even more special now that my nephew has come into our lives and his birthday is July 14. Now I can celebrate my favorite country AND my favorite human being in the same day!!! A ❤️ of France is common amongst many of the women in my family. So yesterday before the party was in full swing, I served us all up a few French treats plus a cocktail inspired by a trip to Paris that I took with GreyGoose last year. 🍸 It was a big hit!! Perfect for summer at our lake house (which I imagined was in Provence bien sur) and easy enough to make over & over while talking, visiting or receiving hugs from an adorable four year old. I'm not a bartender so I don't do measurements, I just eyeball everything! Je suis désolée! But this is what I combined in a shaker filled with ice before pouring into gimlet glasses garnished with a slice of lemon and a slice of lime: • Grey Goose Le Citron • ST-GERMAIN® • Fever-Tree Club Soda • a dash of Rose's Sweetened Lime Juice 🇫🇷 How did you celebrate Bastille Day? 🇫🇷 • • • (and no, this is notsponsored by any company tagged or mentioned!) greygooselecitron greygoose stgermaindrinks thefrancophiles frenchobsessed summercocktails sonyrx1rii

7 Days ago
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TBT to the first manhattanhenge of the summer. I won't be in town for tonight's version but I hope those of you who are, will enjoy it. I love this "accident" of city planning which allows the sun to line up perfectly between buildings on certain east ↔️ west streets in Manhattan during our summer. There are so many things to love about calling the City home but as a photographer and chaser of light, this is one of my favorites. It makes me think of the incredible valleys and mountains out west in the USA, of watching the sun set between their peaks. Yet the peaks here, are man made. This is my favorite spot to watch the phenomenon occur. It is called Tudor City and it's in Midtown on the East side not far from the United Nations. 🌅 kaNYguide • newyorkornowhere newyorkbynewyorkers instagram_nyc instagramnyc newyorkcitylove iloveny tudorcityoverpass sonyrx1rii focuscamera

9 Days ago
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So excited to continue FOUR weeks of GIVEAWAYS which I'm calling Christmas in July! The cornerstone of this week's gift to the lucky winner is my current favorite book which I carry everywhere with me, even down here to Curaçao. It's TheNewParis by my friend lostncheeseland with photos by my other friend charissa_fay. I miss Paris frequently and whenever I do, this cures a little of that longing. It's also the perfect guidebook, coffee table book and really the must have for anyone who loves Paris as much as I do. The real Paris. Now I'm not stopping here, in this gift I'm including lots of other items but I'm not giving away the identity of those here!! You'll just have to be surprised! 😉 🇫🇷 • Win this gift set by: 1) following myself & lostncheeseland 2) liking this photo + leaving a comment of 4 or more words, and ...that's it! Nice and easy this time! • The official rules & details: Per Instagram, this promotion is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with Instagram, Inc. Kirsten Alana is the host of this campaign and the only official sponsor. No purchase is necessary to enter. By entering, entrants confirm that they are 18+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram’s terms of use. Open to anyone with a valid mailing address! Giveaway period begins as of the time this post is live. Winner will be chosen, from those who have followed all the rules, by 5 PM EST on July 16 via random number generator and notified that day through direct message. By entering, you agree to release and hold harmless Kirsten Alana and associated parties from all liability and litigation that could result from your acceptance and use of these products; you also waive your right to any damages. Kirsten Alana reserves the right to cancel this giveaway at any time, for any reason. The odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received. giveaway bookgiveaway frenchobsessed thisisparis meetparis seeparis parisgiveaway jetaimeparis thefrancophiles

10 Days ago
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Today for the second day in a row, after spending the morning at the resort, sbrcuracao & benchmarkresortsandhotels arranged for me to see the island with a guide named Reggy. He works with the island's tourism board to regularly show people the side of the island that you never see if you're a cruise ship passenger. And he knows it because guiding is all he does, he doesn't work in an office! I was saddened to learn that many people experience Curaçao only during the shore excursions from their cruise ship. Especially American tourists. This saddens me because while Willemstad, where the ships dock, has some enjoyable elements - it isn't really the full picture of this island. If that's all you experience, I'm not sure you can leave saying you've seen "the real Curaçao." However, because of Reggy I now know the best beaches to snorkel from without needing to get on any boat. I know what it looks like when the sun sets over the soaring cactus of the National Park on the West side. (For that matter, I also know that the West side might just be the best side. It all depends on what you want to learn!) I wanted to learn where to see turtles close to shore and Reggy took me to a beach where the turtles visit so often that they each have names and their photos hang on the wall of a building close to the pier so you can learn who they are and feel invested in wanting to protect them! It was on the way to that place that I spotted these trees. Painted by residents of the local village, they're a powerful declaration that is hard to miss. Vibrant and fun, like the music Reggy and I listened to as we drove around. Personal, like the stories Reggy told me of his family and his friends. Now I know Curaçao is so much more than resorts and colorful Dutch architecture. And for that I will be forever grateful. 🇨🇼 • rightnowincuracao sbrcuracao curacao curacaoisland curacao_island wonderful_places artnerd artlover sonyrx1rii focuscamera

10 Days ago
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Still live from Curaçao, bringing you 6 moments from sbrcuracao which I was invited down to review by benchmarkresortsandhotels. These are some of my favorite spots on the property and some of the moments I've enjoyed most. Far and away the best so far has been the morning I spent in the spa. Instead of having a changing room, each guest has their own en-suite room for treatment and for post-treatment relaxation. It includes an outdoor shower, outdoor lounge area (privacy protected by a garden) and a full sitting area with hair dryer and amenities to walk out dressed + ready for whatever may come next. Including dinner at SHORE which I cannot recommend highly enough. It's the best restaurant on the property. sbrcuracao rightnowincuracao • New giveaway going live tomorrow. This time, French themed!! 🇫🇷 • And don't forget I'm sharing in Stories, my experience exploring the island of Curaçao itself from my adventures yesterday. 🇨🇼 curacao

11 Days ago
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Coming to you live from Curaçao. I was invited by benchmarkresortsandhotels to this island to review sbrcuracao. The resort is located on the Southern Side of the island on the Eastern End. It's on very historic property that runs along Spanish Water which is reputed to be the first place Spanish Explorers landed on the island. Still called Santa Barbara Plantation it was once the site of a plantation, then a mine, now a resort and a golf course that's ranked as one of the best in the Caribbean. Don't let this photo fool you, sure there is nice landscaping in many places but I love that much of the resort has a feeling of being more in harmony with the nature of this island. Which is, somewhat wild. Just like neighboring Aruba, which I visited last year with dante.vincent, much of the shoreline is coral or lava rock and cactus seem to outnumber people here (it's illegal to cut them down). Definitely a much different feel than the Caribbean Islands closer to my home. This is why I like coming down here. Today, I'll explore off resort to the neighboring towns with famous Dutch architecture. Follow along in Stories! 🇨🇼 sbrcuracao benchmarkresortsandhotels symmetrykillers sonyrx1rii focuscamera curacao rightnowincuracao curacao_island

12 Days ago
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Sooo excited to start FOUR weeks of GIVEAWAYS for you today!! I'm calling it Christmas in July! 😉 Congrats to the winner THIS week which is viajeraextranjera 🎁 Each week's giveaway will have a theme & I'm kicking it off with BEAUTY 💅🏼💄 This is a prize pack valued at more than $350 USD with some of my favorite summer products 😍 that will help you look your best this summer or transport you to summery places like Capri and Aruba 🌴 I've also included the "Eat Pretty, Live Well" book + journal so you don't just look good on the outside but you'll also feel good inside 📚 Win this gift set by: 1) liking this post, 2) leaving a comment of 4 or more words, and 3) following vitaliberata, carthusia_profumi, bobbibrown, colorescience & arubaaloe If beauty isn't your thing, will you please share this with someone who would enjoy this prize? ••• The official rules & details: Per Instagram, this promotion is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with Instagram, Inc. Kirsten Alana is the host of this campaign and the only official sponsor. No purchase is necessary to enter. By entering, entrants confirm that they are 18+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram’s terms of use. Open to U.S. & Canadian residents with a valid mailing address. Giveaway period begins as of the time this post is live. Winner will be chosen, from those who have followed all the rules, by 5 PM EST on July 10 via random number generator and notified that day through direct message. By entering, you agree to release and hold harmless Kirsten Alana and vitaliberata, carthusia_profumi, bobbibrown, colorescience arubaaloe from all liability and litigation that could result from your acceptance and use of these products; you also waive your right to any damages. Kirsten Alana reserves the right to cancel this giveaway at any time, for any reason. The odds of winning depend on the number of eligible entries received. giveaway beautygiveaway summerbeauty beautyaddict

14 Days ago
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My last post from Charleston! But you can discover more of my tips for the city, when you download sherpa.guide & follow me there • While in SC, dante.vincent and I visited the Angel Oak tree which, it turns out, is not actually in Charleston. Massive, very old and shading about 17,200 square feet (1,600 m2) - it is incredible to behold. It's about 20 mins outside the city on Johns Island and is a Southern Live Oak believed to be around 400 years old. The tree stands on land that was part of Abraham Waight's 1717 land grant and the name is attributed to the estate of Justus Angel and his wife, Martha Waight Tucker Angel. Also, ghosts of former slaves have been said to appear as angels around the tree. Do you believe in ghosts? Popular belief holds that the Angel Oak is the oldest tree east of the Mississippi River, however many bald cypress trees that are hundreds of years older are found throughout the South. The tree is free to visit but is only open from 9 AM to 5 PM. Outside of those hours you’d have to look at it from the other side of a fence. It is not near any other attractions but there is a small cafe and gift shop if needed and there’s ample parking. 🌳 AngelOakTree AngelOak DiscoverSC ExploreCharleston DeltaMedallion treestagram trees🌳

15 Days ago
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While in Charleston, dante.vincent & I had two really amazing meals, at butcherandbee then prohibitionchs. The former is shown here and I cannot recommend it highly enough. A trek from where we stayed, it was worth the price of the Lyft and then some. The brand started with sandwiches which they wanted to perfect to a degree usually only found in fine dining. Their version of a gourmet meal has now expanded to include all types of food and it was their mezze options that we decided to try. We had eight small dishes with ingredients sourced from local farms and flavors reflecting all our world travels. The restaurant believes that sustainable is not a slogan, it's just the right thing to do! Because of that, the menu changes with the seasons. We also enjoyed a rosé flight and ended with the most scrumptious sea salt chocolate chip cookies. Of note: butcherandbee has a location in Nashville and runs workshopchs which features food and drink vendors, the lineup of which is always changing. For both Butcher & Bee and prohibitionchs, I recommend reservations. We missed out on 1/2 a dozen other restaurants or bars in Charleston before we realized you can't just walk in places. Then we made reservations for these using opentable. Prohibition is known for its cocktails and we did LOVE ours but the Street Corn and the Crispy Brussels Sprouts nearly stole the show. We actually ordered a second round of the corn and then found ourselves without room for mains but they do have a full menu. It's not just a bar. Looking for more recommendations? Check out my first post from the city to see lots of options left in the comments from locals! 🍴eeeeeats ExploreCharleston butcherandbee foodieflatlays yumgasm foodiegram

16 Days ago
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Well...our actual 4th of July in Charleston didn't quite work out as expected. The hotel I booked for dante.vincent & I for just one night, which was supposed to have a view of the fireworks, ended up only having a view of a lot of trees. Probably a clear message we should never have left the spectatorhotel. Ha! 😂 But we made the best of that, and other things that didn't go our way, walking and riding our bikes over so much of the city that by last night we were seeing some streets for the third time!! In my red, white & blue I felt patriotic but I also felt that there was some kind of synchronicity between the disappointing end to the 4th and the state of our country. I'm not proud of what's going on in Washington but I AM proud of how it has brought so many citizens together to be more active in working for change and to hold our leaders accountable. There's so much to be done on a grand scale but on the smaller scale is the simple lesson I was reminded of during our weekend, that when things don't go according to plan, what matters most is that we don't ever give up. If there is anything that is truly American, I think it's that we keep on keepin' on, no matter what! Even if that's to never give up fighting for this to be a nation that embraces diversity, not one that runs from it. 🇺🇸 ExploreCharleston ootd 4thofjulyoutfit dametraveler theresisterhood fourthofjuly🇺🇸

17 Days ago
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Starting 4th of July like this and yeah I know it's the most cliche Instagram post. I mean who actually eats breakfast in bed in a hotel?! EXCEPT WE REALLY DO!!! -- at spectatorhotel where this continental spread is free every morning and is delivered by our Butler who also comes complimentary with the room!!! (Toby is the best!) I am still stunned by the fact I don't even have to leave bed to get coffee. This is definitely spoiling me!! (Hey dante.vincent can we replicate this back home please?!) I'm so glad I discovered this place on the hoteltonight app because in booking this getaway so last minute I thought there was no way a hotel this nice would still be available in Charleston. The Spectator also treats guests to a complimentary mini bar, free bike rental and of course free WiFi. Danté and I love it here. And we're excited to see what 4th of July is like in Charleston so stay tuned to Stories to find out. Fellow Americans, where are you celebrating today? 🇺🇸🎇 breakfastinbed thespectatorhotel hotellife morningslikethese butfirstcoffee

18 Days ago
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Photographing all the pretty streets and facades in Charleston with dante.vincent for the holiday weekend. We booked this so last minute that we don't actually have plans. We were inspired by the feed of juliahengel and her husband tberolz who moved to the city from San Francisco. If you've been, or are from here, what should we not miss? 🌿🌸 ExploreCharleston ThePrettyCities CharlestonSC VisitTheUSA

19 Days ago
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Dear Canada, Happy Birthday!! 🇨🇦 I've been visiting you for 30 + years now, twice I've lived near your border and always I have found the words that Bono spoke in praise of you this morning to be true, that "When others build walls, you open doors; when others divide, your arms are open wide; where you lead, others follow." I sincerely wish you another 150 years of striving for those ideals and I hope you become only more inclusive as you age, not less. I'm profoundly grateful for every incredible experience I've had in every province I've visited and for all the friends I've made who are Canadian. I hope I can visit every province and territory of yours before I'm no longer able to travel, I hope I can continue to get to know your history as well as your present and I can't wait to see where my next visit will take me. Hopefully it will be sooner, rather than later. All my ❤️, Kirsten Canada150 ExploreCanada HappyBirthdayCanada CanadaDay Canada🇨🇦 RedAndWhite

21 Days ago
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PrideMonth may be drawing to a close but the support that our LGBTQ+ friends need from us goes on year round 🏳️‍🌈 The march isn't over, and it's our responsibility as allies to help. Celebration for and of our friends is not enough, there's work to be done, so I encourage my LGBTQ+ friends and followers to chime in: What can we as allies do to help? Let's end this month having a conversation that moves things forward! nycpride2017 pride2017 nycpride pride🌈

22 Days ago
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I've got Paris on the brain on this traveltuesday since I'm coordinating a big giveaway [for you!] during Bastille Day week plus I'm trying to come up with a summer trip for dante.vincent & I - but all I can think of is how I'd rather just go back here, to my favorite city...... Speaking of Danté, he took this photo and I just love it!! I think it so perfectly captures Paris. He took it during our October 2016 trip and it doesn't seem like it was that long ago when I look back at our photos. But it was! Too long ago! When I'm having days like this, I get my French fix from books by lostncheeseland, georgiannalane et nicholerobertson. I also browse the feeds of thefrancophiles, annstreetstudio et sliceofparis or I re-read back issues of the English version of the mylittleparis newsletter. What do you do when you can't travel to France but you want to? 🇫🇷 meetparis seeparis parisjetaime vscoparis streetsofparis topeuropephotos thenewparis

25 Days ago
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The other night during a furla party and later a humanityunified event, the highlinenyc was visible below. I saw it from two sides within the span of a few hours and it brought back such fond memories of my early days living in the City. I used to lead tours there for a local company. In that role I told the story of how in 1847, street-level railroad tracks were installed down Manhattan's West Side to ship freight between all the docks on the Hudson River and the warehouses in what became known as The Meatpacking District. It was so dangerous to have trains, pedestrians, horse-drawn carriages and other traffic all together that the railroads hired men to ride in front of the trains on horses, waving flags. Eventually known as the "West Side Cowboys" they were not successful enough to keep Tenth Avenue from being known as "Death Avenue" and the city created the elevated rail line in 1929 as a way to separate industry from every day. But by the 1980s due to the growth of interstate trucking and air freight, the elevated rail line was no longer being used. We owe the current park system to Joshua David & Robert Hammond who organized the Friends of the High Line in 1999, proposing the abandoned structure be converted in a manner similar to the Promenade Plantée in Paris. Perhaps it is that connection to my favorite French city, or perhaps it is my own bent toward preservation over new construction -- that makes me feel a particular affection for this landmark. I've watched it change so much since I first arrived, when only the first portion of the High Line was open and half the apartment buildings here were just plans on paper. As I gazed down on it the other night, it was like reacquainting myself with an old friend! • kaNYguide thehighline boomerangvideo newyorkbynewyorkers takewalksny HappyBirthdayHighLine

28 Days ago
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Yesterday in the City was CRAZY busy but so fun as one of my stops allowed me to stretch the photographic muscles I hadn't used in a long time doing one of the things I love best: capturing other people in front of the camera! So much of my career has evolved into brands wanting me to be in front of the camera and the truth is that's not where I'm most happy. So THANK YOU thejamescollective for inviting me. And thank you prettyinpistachio ladies + kramer_alli girlswhoeat for being the best models ever as we bonded over how much we love this freepeople kimono (which we allll need in our closets!!). Thank you for keeping us hydrated and fed cannonballwines aida_eats 😝😍 ootd BrunchInBedTJC postmoreportraits fpsummeroflove fashiongram sonyrx1rii aboutalook

29 Days ago
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GUIDE TO NYC series • Ok you don't neeeed me to tell you to visit Central Park, right?! But I also couldn't share a guide with you and not include it. It wouldn't be summer in the city without moments like this. Or it wouldn't be summer done right! For the best experience, if you're a tourist, go during the day during the week when less locals will be there and you'll have more space to yourself. That being said, the park is larger than the country of Monaco 😳 and the Vatican City. So it's not exactly small on size, you should be able to find a place of serenity at really any time if you head deep enough into the park. Download the app by the centralparknyc Conservancy to help you navigate into areas farther north or deeper in than you're familiar with. Central Park is the most-filmed park in the world but there are still areas you might not recognize. Despite being completely landscaped as the result of an 1858 competition won by Frederick Law Olmstead and Calvert Vaux, and therefore not as natural as it seems, the park does feature remnants of ancient history. The largest boulders are actually evidence of Wisconsin Glacier which melted away 12,000 years ago! See more tips at kaNYguide • iloveny centralparkmoments sheepsmeadow nybynewyorkers

30 Days ago