Sam + Chava – Hacienda wedding Mexico

Enjoy some deliciousness from a beautiful day with Sam + Chava in Quintana Roo, Mexico.

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Thank you to the amazing team around Jose for making this happen. You guys are more than amazing!!

Workshop: Jose Villa Workshop | Design and Styling: Lisa Vorce  | Design, Styling, Floral and Cake: Mindy Rice | Cinematographer: Joel Serrato | Painter and Inspirational Speaker: Karina Puente | Hair and Make up: Mar of Team Hair and Makeup  | Models: Citro Modelos and Amy and Erich Mcvey | Gown: Claire Pettibone | Styling: Mitra Hosseini | Workshop Assistants: Lacie Hansen and Nancy Villa | Location: Hacienda El Carmen | Table Linens: La Tavola Linens  | Tabletop Glassware, Plates and Utensils: Casa de Perrin | Paper: Wiley Valentine Paper | Invite: Papel Paper and Press | Calligraphy: Purabelle Calligraphy | Calligraphy for welcome cards: Chelsea Petaja and Julie Song Ink

welcome spring

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Wishing everyone a fabulous and sunny spring day!

Paulina + Chris – Mexico engagement

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Destination Engagement Photos - Mexico - NY + CT Film Wedding Photographer Stefanie Kapra

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Engagement - Mexico - New York + Connecticut Film Wedding Photographer

Destination Engagement Session - Mexico - NY Film Wedding Photographer Stefanie Kapra

Workshop: Jose Villa Workshop | Design and Styling: Lisa Vorce  | Design, Styling, Floral and Cake: Mindy Rice | Cinematographer: Joel Serrato | Painter and Inspirational Speaker: Karina Puente | Hair and Make up: Mar of Team Hair and Makeup  | Models: Citro Modelos and Amy and Erich Mcvey | Gown: Claire Pettibone | Styling: Mitra Hosseini | Workshop Assistants: Lacie Hansen and Nancy Villa | Location: Hacienda El Carmen | Table Linens: La Tavola Linens  | Tabletop Glassware, Plates and Utensils: Casa de Perrin | Paper: Wiley Valentine Paper | Invite: Papel Paper and Press | Calligraphy: Purabelle Calligraphy | Calligraphy for welcome cards: Chelsea Petaja and Julie Song Ink. Guest Speakers: Abby Larson Style Me Pretty | Karina Puente | Brian and Angela of Richard Photo Lab and Shira Savada of Martha’s Steward Weddings.

 

Begegnung – Santa Ynez CA

Begegnung –  is a very powerful yet kind and gentle word in German that cannot be easily translated into English. It means to meet someone who touches your heart and soul, to spend some time together, to be inspired by the other, to connect and to learn about this person you meet. It is so much more than a meeting. Yet much less formal. It’s a lot more personal, spiritual and it has more meaning and depth. It can change you. Lift you up. Move you. Make you think. And it will always leave a mark in your heart. Create a memory. Become a part of you.

And sometimes, when you have a “Begegnung” with person you just know that you are meant to be friends, to connect, to exchange your thoughts and to enjoy each others company to the fullest. In this very moment. Most importantly, you know you can just be yourself. No need to proof something or pretend to be stronger than you are. That’s the real deal. And it doesn’t take more than a few minutes to know if you have that connection with someone. It’s almost instant. Bang.

Sweet Kina is one of these special people to me. We met at the Photo Field Trip in Santa Barbara – and connected – instantly. I immediately felt comfortable around her. As if I had known her for a long time. But we just met.

Needless to say that after field trip we were not ready to part ways yet – and decided to spent a wonderful day in the Mountains of Santa Ynez together. Relax. Enjoy the views, the light, the silence. Laugh. Be silly. Feel alive. Reflect. And yes – we did bring our cameras to take some photos of each other. For fun. No pressure. Just to enjoy us and our art. We celebrated life that day. Simple as that.

Kina - Portrait in Santa Ynez Mountains California - Film Photographer Stefanie Kapra

Kina - Film Portrait in Santa Ynez California - Film Wedding Photographer Stefanie Kapra

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My sweet friend Kina – these images are for you. To remember our day together. I hope these will make you happy and inspire you to follow your dreams. Always!

 

Stefanie Kapra Photography Workshop

Dear friends and fellow photographers!

It is here – our two day photography workshop filled with learning, networking and lots of hands on shooting. Registration opened last week and we are starting to fill the seats with amazing artists – young and old – digital and film shooters alike. So secure your spot and join us for this amazing experience.

We are excited to announce our collaboration with the talented teams at  Stacie Shea Events and WellWed Magazine. Stacie (owner at SSE) will be styling the shoot on the first day and be there for the entire workshop. She will gladly answer any questions about working with an event planner and alike. Krista Washburn is the Editor in Chief of WellWed Magazine and she will be styling the editorial shoot on day two for us – as well as do a walk thru and share her insights on what publishers are looking for in your images.

This workshop is being sponsored by amazing companies and vendors of the industry – including Artifacts Uprising, Photo Impact Imaging (my trusted Lab) and Dustin Davis – (Web Design).

This workshop is designed for photographers who have started their wedding photography business in the last few years and are looking to take their photography to the next level, want to network, build their portfolios and have fun. Furthermore, this workshop will introduce the attendees to film photography and what makes it special/beneficial. Weather or not you would like to just try it out for fun, plan to use it for personal projects or are planning to incorporating film into your existing business – you will enjoy this little journey. It is of course up to every attendee to choose their medium for the shoots – or to mix and match and try it all.

Here is a little excerpt – to give you the scoop of what this workshop has to offer.

 

Stefanie Kapra Photography Workshop May 2014 - Film Wedding Photography

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To read more and see the timeline please enjoy our online brochure. To sign up please simply email me.

I am looking forward to seeing you in May!

 

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Lauren is such a sweetheart. After talking about taking her portraits on film for a while, we finally arranged for a date this winter. Lauren’s energetic, outgoing and fun personality is so much fun to be around and it shines thru in all the photographs. It was a pleasure to capture her amongst her animals in a place she dearly loves. She has a contagious smile and is such a natural beauty. Creating these film portraits of her was a blast and I hope to get to take more photos of her in the future.

All photos taken on Contax 645 medium format film camera, Lab: Photo Impact

If you are interested in getting your timeless (senior) portraits taken please email me for details.

 

 

 

a birthday letter to my mom

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Dear mom,

Dalai Lama ones said:

Give the ones you love wings to fly, roots to come back and reasons to stay.

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You have done all that and so much more. You taught me to crawl, walk, run, jump and sing, you helped me up when I was down, encouraged me to try new things and be myself, laughed and cried with me, supported my dreams – no matter how crazy or unconventional they might have been in times, supported my adventures, explored with me the colors and cultures of this world (I can’t even count how many magical places we visited together – from Italy and Spain to Hawaii and Thailand) and together with dad you showed me that it is ok to dream big, reach for the moon and fight for the things you believe in. You offered your guidance when I wanted it but gave me room to wander, experience and make my own discoveries – only to then sit and listen to my stories. You gave me so much freedom (even let me travel to Brazil with 16) and inspired me to be creative. I have no idea how many art projects we did together – and how many times I was covered in paint from head to toe. And more often then not – you were right there with me – sporting a green nose and blue hands as well. And of course we also had our fair share of arguments and disagreements – but even those taught me some important lessons: how to forgive and that it is ok to be wrong – and won’t hurt to admit it, how important it is to say sorry and make compromises – or in other times stand up for your dreams and put up a little fight (and yes – I sometimes tried to go with my head thru the wall – in good aries tradition – but you accepted me for me – and that was ok, too).

Thanks to you, I am the person I am today – full of curiosity and open to new adventures – yet sensitive and loving to snuggle and hug – always watching out over the ones I love.

It saddens me to not be able to hug you today on your birthday – and to hold you tide and to tell you how much I love you. I wish I could celebrate you – laugh with you and spoil you rotten. But I know dad will take care of that today – and that the two of you will have a wonderful day – and a yummy glass of wine tonight – (or let’s be real – make that two or three glasses).

I cannot wait to see you in May – and I hope you are ready for new adventures.

Mom – I love you more than words can say.

Happy Birthday!

(Photos taken on f5, Fuji 400h)

 

 

 

 

Bohemian wedding in Germany

Published in Magnolia Rouge Magazine

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My German home town Duesseldorf still holds a very special place in my heart. This is the place where I grew up and where all my happy childhood memories were made. I remember going to the local farmer with my grandma in the evenings to get a can of fresh raw milk (you know – the kind that you need to shake before your drink it), riding my horse thru the fields, playing with friends and just being “out and about” all day. Back then, I took this great freedom and being worry-free for granted. But today I know that for many children this is not the norm – and I am even more grateful now that I got to enjoy this wonderful childhood.

So when my friend Vicki came to visit me in Germany, we teamed up with Ellen of Frieda Theres and did this beautiful bohemian wedding shoot. It not only took place in my home town – but all of a sudden I was surrounded by the happiness and beautiful setting I grew up in. It felt so right – and so magical at the same time. Lastly, we included a horse of a friend of mine and I swear my heart skipped a beat (or two). I was transported back to my childhood years – all the familiar smells and sounds and the gorgeous light that I had enjoyed so many nights when out with my friends were back – and I was lucky to be able to capture some gorgeous photos of a sweet couple which is head over heals in love. These two kept giving each other the sweetest looks thru-out the day – and you could feel their connection and chemistry. It filled me with so much joy that I can’t even put it into words.

Needless to say this shot is near and dear to my heart and I am excited to share these images with you.

All images taken on film – Fuji 400h – Contax 645

The wonderful vendors are:

Planning/Design: Ellen Kapalka von Frieda Therés | Dress: Perera/Rüsche  | Hair/Make-Up/Styling: Anne-Marie Dargas von Les Allures  | Cake: Dehly & deSander | Flowers: Lily Deluxe Blumen | Calligraphy and Stationnairy: Betsy Dunlap  | Headpiece + Belt: Emmy Ray Designs   | Horses: Palmito of the Conrads Hof | Venue: Burg Graefgenstein | Table – my dad – Wolfgang Spans (I love you daddy!!).

sisters.

Lauren and Cara.

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Stefanie Kapra Lifestyle and Family Film Photographer CT and NY

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Family is priceless. Your family will catch you when you fall and lift you back on your feet when you are struggling to get up. They have a shoulder to lean on and don’t care if you call them in the middle of the night to pore out your heart. They will laugh with you and celebrate with you – and give you wings to fly as well as roots to ground you. The connection between two sisters is said to be extra tight and special – and I don’t doubt that for a minute. Lauren and Cara are the best examples of this. A great friendship connects these two sisters and I feel honored that I was allowed to witness and capture this special bond between these two amazing young ladies. Xoxo!

Valentine – giving love

The greatest gift we can give one another today – on Valentines day – and EVERY DAY, is our precious TIME and undivided attention.  There is no better way to show the people we love how much we appreciate them – then to gift them ourselves.

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Ever since I moved to the US I have been wondering about the phenomenon of Valentine’s day and have had mixed feelings about this day from the start. I just couldn’t quite make sense of it – or get a good grasp at it. I am in the same way amazed and genuinely “turned of” by it. While it is wonderful to have a day dedicated to love, it sometimes saddens me to see how much of a commercialized event this has become. There are expectations of gift giving, overpriced (sorry) flowers and chocolates being advertised weeks in advance and all those great “deals” are happening. But love has no expectations. And cannot be limited to a day that is marked in the calendar. It also doesn’t work on “demand”. And why in the world people think they need to buy flowers on valentines day when they don’t do any other day of the year is beyond me.  Showing your appreciation and love for one another should not be “demanded” by a set day – but should come naturally – year round. It is in the little things – a smile, a hug, a sweet note or a kiss. Love is such a wonderful and magical thing – which cannot and should not be pressed into “a standard procedure”. Love needs freedom and understanding and is a continuous effort and celebration. If you want to surprise your loved one – do something special – do it on your own timing and terms.

On the other hand, Valentines Day helps us to stop for a moment in our busy lives – and be reminded of the things that matter. Our partners, family and friends. So while personally I do not see the appeal of red roses and chocolates – it brings me joy to see that people actually make an effort for one another on this day and be grateful for the love they receive and give.

Therefore, I would like to inspire + encourage everyone today to give love in form of time and attention. Hug your loved ones extra tight today, make time to call your best friend, no longer put of that email you have been meaning to send to your friend overseas, maybe even get in touch with people you have lost contact with, turn off your computers, phones and TVs today and spend quality time with your loved ones. Make a nice dinner, have a glass of wine, play in the snow, laugh, dance, be silly, go for a walk, enjoy the sun, play a few extra minutes with your children, read them an extra long story tonight – whatever you do – just make an extra effort to listen, be there and give your full attention. In my humble opinion, time is the most precious gift in today’s fast pace world – and I bet it will make a big difference to the people you love. Because flowers will die and chocolates will get eaten – but a happy time spend together will remain in our hearts and memories forever.

This said, I cannot wait to spend some time with dear friends today and for my husband to get home to enjoy some wine and a yummy dinner together. And to then snuggle in front of the fire and daydream together. You can be sure we will be making some wishes upon the stars tonight, too.

ENJOY the day – and CELEBRATE love to the fullest!