Monday, July 28, 2014

We Are Gathered Here

Words + Pictures by Angela Cappetta

"Angela, why the wedding thing?"  I get this question a lot. For some reason, the thing I'm interested in is a head-scratcher to my peers.

What I am doing, is a form of anthropological record-keeping.  I am listening to the toll of a historical bell that records trends, social messages and even political maturity of a country that embraces the cult-like religion of normalcy and consumerism.  Sometimes, people just want to let it all hang out, their hang ups, their quirks, their freakish delights.  That's when I show up, and I fire away till I've got what I came for.

The Wedding is the perfect dramatic backdrop where heightened anxieties and emotions play out. I have an eye for narrative, in that way, I have a classic illustrator’s eye. And the ceremony, the ritual, the big emotional theater of weddings suits a photographic sensibility that’s sharp in spotting social nuances.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Education Photography at Ivy League Academy

 Words + Pictures by Angela Cappetta

I am pleased to share a recent shoot I did at the prestigious 17 acre campus of Ivy League Academy in Smithtown, NY.  The school brought me in to cast and document the lower school students on their last day of class before summer.  Ivy League is a wonderful place to be a kid.

Our goal was to demonstrate the camaraderie and fellowship among the students. That wasn't hard.  You can see how close they all are in the pictures below.  The older ones really take it upon themselves to look after the younger ones, and in that sense, they are all brothers and sisters. Growing up together in a place like this engenders a feeling of safety and compatibility, and it was a pleasure to photograph.

Monday, July 7, 2014

A Garden Wedding in Quaker Country

 Words + Pictures by Angela Cappetta

I shot a dream wedding in Buck's County, PA at historic Aldie Mansion.

Andrew and Lindsay share the perfect high-school-sweetheart love story.  Spanning the years through college and careers they finally decided to tie the knot surrounded by friends and family in a lavender garden.

Lindsay was exquisite in head-to-toe BHLDN , choosing the Lita gown with Curving Periphery Veil for the aisle, and Mimosa T-strap shoes in mint. Andrew cut a dash in Armani black tie with a pocket square; all of his groomsmen wore fun socks, chosen by the groom himself.

The manse and grounds held all the guests in downright Downton Abbey style throughout the night.  Amongst library nooks, paneled rooms and an original oak bar, the candlelit atmosphere made everyone feel like they were inside the wedding scene of a High Tudor novel.

Congrats Lindsay and Andrew.  You've come a long was from each winning the Best Smile award in high school.  

Whatever you're doing, you're doing it right.