Friday, November 27, 2015

A "Super" Proposal

Words + Pictures by Angela Cappetta

Peter, the Superintendent of a residential building in NYC, and his partner Katherine, have been a team for 3 years. Peter decided he would propose at sunrise on Thanksgiving Eve 2015. Naturally, he got the whole building involved - that's just the kind of guy he is.  He solicited the help of building resident Mark Panzarino, a renowned chalk artist, to draw a line of diamonds leading up to the proposal spot in front of the apartment building; he got the ring through a staff member's family in the diamond business; and little old me, the resident photog - he asked me to shoot it. It was a family affair.

Peter waited on the giant chalk engagement ring on the sidewalk,  nervously tapping his foot as he grinned.  The guys at the front desk alerted Peter by radio when Katie was about to hit the street. She was harried, late for work, and rushed down the diamond line to get to the subway.  Unbeknownst to Katie, those chalk diamonds were all for her; she was walking smack into the decision of a lifetime.

She happened upon Peter, he bent his knee, and it happened. Katie gasped, shocked and amazed.  Random passersby applauded, offered congratulations, snapped pictures. The reality of NYC, the beauty of it and all of its energy, swirled around them.  Their public approved.

We went to the roof to take more pictures, capturing their still racing hearts and exhilaration of the moment. After it was over, Peter smiled and said: "Let's go down and tell the dog."


Monday, August 17, 2015

A Central Park Zoo Engagement Session

     Words + Pictures by Angela Cappetta

Caroline and Justin realized about 2 weeks before their Rocky Mountain destination wedding, that they never had pro pictures taken together. They hired Angela Cappetta for her edgy style to give them an engagement session that was unexpected but still real. But where would it be shot? The couple knew they wanted to be photographed in the ubiquitous Central Park, but the photographer realized that the park alone wasn't specific enough. It had to be fine tuned.

After a conference call, all three were in separate states at the time, the trio determined that reenacting the location of one of their first dates was a the perfect idea. Caroline loved the zoo, and Justin wooed her by taking her there on one of their first dates. That was it! We were shooting at the zoo.

The engagement session started at their local coffee shop, Nespresso on Madison Avenue, where the couple had their morning coffee.  Then it was off to the park on foot, where their favorite exhibits awaited them, and a series of pictures was made that morning that will last them a lifetime.