About

Bonjour! My name is Kirsten. I’ve worn a lot of hats in my career, but I am first and foremost always a photographer. I’d love to work with you to create images that inspire and motivate your desired audience to action. I’ve worked with brands such as Four Seasons, Ted Baker and Travel + Leisure on every continent but Antarctica. Contact me for more information and let’s discuss how I can help you! 

I also blog here about my travels, my favorite things and what it’s like to call New York City home. I’m a lover of culture and adventure, I’m always seeking to know more. I’m a romantic and an optimist at heart..who feels drawn to consistently revisit old favorites like France and Scotland.

About Kirsten Alana

Like I said above, almost all the work I do has some element of photography inherent but I have also consulted and advised brands; I’ve spoken at conferences on six continents; I have been in front of the camera hosting for CNN, Travel+Leisure, and Expedia; and I was the first photographer to travel around the world aboard Four Seasons new private jet in the Spring of 2015.

Kirsten Alana - About

Kirsten Alana - About

Kirsten Alana - About

Growing up, every home we lived in was filled with photos and antiques from Europe. My uncle was a pilot who flew as a contractor during the Gulf Wars and returned home with gold jewelry from the Emirates and stories about sand dunes so big they could swallow our whole town. My cousin had a shelf with jars containing pebbles, shells and sand from every beach she visited. The shelf was full to overflowing and I remember thinking, “Wow the world must be a very big place to have that many beaches.”

About Kirsten Alana

I knew, even at a young age, that I would follow in the family footsteps and brave new worlds, travel to exotic places, and have my own shelf filled with sand.
I just didn’t know when or how. Yet!
About Kirsten Alana

Travel, to me, has always symbolized the magic and freedom of not only finding oneself, but also learning about the world outside your door and being actively invested in your own life’s journey.

When I decided to quit my wedding photography job to travel for a few years and launch my new career, I did the opposite of what I would recommend. I took “just go!” quotes literally, read inspirational gobbledygook about how we only live once – and told myself that if I took even an hour to think things through, I’d never end up travelling at all.

I was in my late twenties, fresh from a brutal divorce that had left me empty and confused. The longer I was nomadic, the more cultures I experienced. The more years I put between myself and my divorce, the more I healed.

My problems didn’t go away, of course – problems only become our baggage, carried with us as we roam – but I began to see how I’d created my own problems, and saw how I could avoid them in the future. I was no longer a victim of life, or at the whim of some uncontrollable fate.

About Kirsten Alana

I was accountable for my own story, and the honesty and magic and exploration therein. That was an amazing revelation. That was freedom. That was the freedom my ancestors must have felt as they carved out a new life for themselves in the United States after emigrating from Sweden and Finland.

About Kirsten Alana

When I’m not roaming the world I share my life, and love of photography, with Danté.

I believe in my heart of hearts that we all have a responsibility to the earth and to our fellow man but I don’t always have the answers for what specifically we should do. I’m looking for the answers everyday.

Kirsten Alana - About

Kirsten Alana - About

Kirsten Alana - About

What I can tell you is that until you’re true to yourself, until you’re honest about who you are, where you’ve come from, and where you want to go, you’ll always be searching for inspiration and for peace.

But it’s all there inside you. The adventure. The magic. The travel. You just have to be honest enough to delve in and find it.

This is how I approach working with brands. This is what’s behind this site and all of the places I share my life. Whether you found your way here as a brand or an individual, I hope you’ll enjoy the chance to join me on this journey!

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