Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Ode To Zuko

Words + Pictures by Angela Cappetta

I had no idea when I went to Chris and Paige's house to meet baby Rowan and shoot their tree that it would be Zuko's last photoshoot. He was listless and not his usual self, but little did I know that the pictures I'd take that day would be the last photoshoot Zuko would have as a family dog.

Zuko was 11, nearly a senior dog. He moved to NYC with Paige, then came Chris, then the baby. Zuko was there for all of it.   He tolerated the baby at first, then they eventually worked up their own kind of fraternal relationship.

After I had been there for a while, Paige suggested that Chris give Zuko one of his presents, wrapped and waiting under the tree. A plush, piggy dog toy. Zuko was quietly apoplectic, not feeling well, but unable to restrain his doggie enthusiasm for a new toy. "Normally he'd be running around the apartment with it" Chris explained. But Zuko took the piggy and enjoyed it quietly beneath the twinkle lights as Paige stroked his head and wondered what else she could do to make him feel better. He whimpered just a little, holding the piggy with his paws and nuzzling it as he rested.

It was their last Christmas together, all 4 of them. A new family with an old friend.  Rest in peace magical Zuko.


Sunday, December 18, 2016



A LA CARTE NYC WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY: Perhaps your wedding is a small, intimate affair. Perhaps you’ll just have a dinner for 10 people. Maybe a big wedding just isn’t for you. You still deserve gorgeous pictures. This New York City wedding photographer offers a la carte levels of service for smaller events like City Hall Weddings, cocktail party events or at-home nuptials right in your own backyard. Please contact us so we can price out your intimate wedding.

FULL EVENT NYC WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY: New York City wedding photography levels of service start at approximately $6,500 depending on size and scope. Included in all packages:
•7 hours of wedding photography
•All labor and materials
•Entire job delivered via secure FTP
•A qualified second shooter
•An archival, cloth bound, 12×12″ highlights album (leather available)
•2 Parents’ highlights albums 8×8″ or similar
•Angela speaks French, Italian and Spanish fluently and employs multilingual assistants 
FITTINGS: Who says New York wedding photography is limited to the wedding day itself? Not anymore. This veteran New York City wedding photo pro feels that NYC wedding photos should communicate the process comprehensively. In the philosophy of a very real New York City wedding photography journey, Angela Cappetta is pleased to announce she is now including a show stopping, black and white, panoramic dress fitting shoot at any bridal salon or seamstress’ shop in Manhattan with all applicable packages.
DESTINATION WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY: Destination Wedding Photography Fees are furnished upon request and are based on distance and scope. We have shot in Europe, South America, Mexico, the Caribbean, the Tetons, the Adirondacks and even at Sundance. No spot is too far or wide for us to provide you with gorgeous wedding photography. Included in all packages:
-•Full weekend shooting coverage including rehearsal dinner, wedding day and lunch the next day including all labor and materials
•A folder of selects and a folder of the entire job all delivered via FTP
•An archival, cloth bound, 112×12″ or similar highlights album (leather available)
•Angela speaks French, Italian and Spanish fluently and employs multilingual assistants
•Photographer drives both standard and automatic transmissions and is skilled at driving both American and British road systems
•Destination wedding photography client provides all hotel, car rental and expenses

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Heather The Heat at Gleason's Gym

Words+Pictures by Angela Cappetta

Heather the Heat is a quiet storm.  It is no surprise that within three weeks of entering the ring for the first time, Heather Hardy, the 28 year old rookie from Brooklyn, enjoyed her first win, and it suited her. Watching her is like watching a tornado gain power. Her brain, heart and body work in unison like a clock; her fists strike like sharks.  With every step she takes, she commands respect. 

On a sunny morning at Gleason's Gym, Heather Hardy and her trainer Devon welcomed me with open arms and showed me complete hospitality.  I set up my gear and started watching and waiting to fire, like Heather must, I thought, for a split second decision to punch or bob.  

Long blonde hair, high cheekbones, full lips and eyes that are both blue and yellow make her Hollywood comely. But make no mistake, Heather is an undefeated bantam-weight titleholder.  Once, she joked in regard to her rise to fame “'Yeah right, who's this little blonde with the braids?' They knew me quick because I started tearin' ass". 

Heather the Heat has forged a rich and promising career; she is an example to everyone who ever doubted that work ethic and grit don't count. I hope I captured one tenth of what she exudes.

Enjoy this portfolio of her in training.  
Hair and Makeup by Laura Costa for Ennis.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

The New Face of Modern Medicine Part II

Words + Pictures by Angela Cappetta

LMSWs Jody Kemmerer, a trauma specialist and Michelle Bloom, a couples' specialist, are going into private practice together.  It is evident upon meeting them that they are happy to be work partners.  The duo contacted me, and tasked me with making a series of impeccable portraits for Psychology Today. I was thrilled to oblige.

For Michelle, it was important to show her with Jody, so we made sure to get both of them beautifully lit and framed up.  We captured them together, then moved on to Jody. Since she was the primary client on this shoot we did several looks to capture her vibrant personality.

Thanks to Laura Costa from Ennis, Inc for her home run hair and makeup services.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Real Romance on Central Park South

Words + Pictures by Angela Cappetta

Since Courtney's family are lifelong members of the NY Athletic Club, it was the natural place for she and Steve to tie the knot.  Both of these film professionals met at work (set up by Steve's boss) and it was a bold statement for them not to have a cinematographer covering the event, so it made the photography all that more important.

From the carved moldings, to the Central Park location, to the mini Junior's cheescakes offered as wedding favors, every little detail about this wedding subtly whispered "Old, New, York." as no other details could.

Vendor list at the bottom of this post. All those listed are esteemed colleagues and impressively talented. A perfect fit for this swellegant affair.

Photography: Angela Cappetta
Wedding Dress: Pronovias 
Cake: Nine Cakes
Hair + Makeup: Glam Squad
Invitations: Minted