• Orlando Wedding Photographer Kristina Stockton

    I am an Orlando wedding photographer who loves to celebrate with energetic, fun, romantic couples getting married in Orlando, Central Florida, and worldwide. I am Lithuanian, and speak English fluently - until the end of the day when my tired brain refuses to translate for me anymore. Haha!
    I often tell people that I photograph weddings for selfish reasons - there's no other career where I'd get to experience that much love and happiness every weekend! I mesh best with outgoing, adventurous, geeky, head over heels in love, super romantic yet totally down to earth people. I love it when my clients become my friends!

    Besides wedding photography services, I also capture headshots, glamour portraits, and fashionable high school seniors in the Lake Buena Vista/Disney neighborhood.

    * a modern approach to classic romance *

As a photographer, I love Instagram – obviously.:D  I am on IG constantly, either uploading new images, or simply scrolling through and liking hundreds of beautiful photos daily.  Even though I have been in Orlando FL for over 2 years now, I still find new wedding venues and cool locations to shoot senior portraits in, thanks to IG. I think of my own IG account as an online gallery where I can showcase my best work, favorite portraits, and behind the scenes shenanigans that inevitably happen whenever I’m behind the camera. Here’s a small glimpse into my photo life. Feel free to scroll through, enjoy, and perhaps you’d like to follow @PhotoKisses so you can actually “like” some of my stuff  :P

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Me, recently…

If you follow me on my social networks (I’m @PhotoKisses everywhere, btw), you may have noticed that recently I have started speaking up more about acceptance.  Accepting not just the things that happen to us or are given to us, but also accepting one’s self. Complete with flaws, issues, insecurities, what have you. I have been working on accepting myself as the person I am (not the person I think I need to be, or the person others see me as) and accepting gifts, events, and qualities that go along with being me:)With that in mind, I have also started being more accepting to different creative photography projects that pop up in my life. Where in the past I would have doubts (am I capable of delivering a great product from this? Is my location choice “good enough”? What if I mess up the shoot? What if I lose money on this?), now I look at a project and say “I can do this, it will be fun, we will have a great time”. Simply from shifting my focus from the end product (or failure, in my doubtful moments) to the process itself (fun during the shoot, having a good experience and making fond and sometimes silly memories, creating happy moments, etc) I no longer need to worry and fret about my final results. My professional and personal focus is no longer “product”, but rather “experience”. I feel like such a huge weight has been lifted off me, honestly. When you think about it, happiness is such a simple thing to achieve! If there’s one thing I know about my style of photography, it’s that no matter what, my clients and I have the best time during our shoots – we laugh, we explore, we open up, we connect. I wouldn’t change that for anything. I feel so lucky that I can recall those moments from memory whenever I want. Even better, all I need to do is look up at the walls in my office, which are plastered with happy moments I captured from my favorite portrait sessions, weddings, engagements, and couples shoots. I fall in love with these extraordinary clients of mine, over and over again. It’s almost selfish how I want to photograph the happiness of others, so I can get to participate in it as well:)  So there you have it, my current state of being, and the reason for all the recent personal photo projects and portrait shoots I’ve been blogging. My wedding season starts soon, and I smile just thinking about all the happyfunamazing extraordinary moments to come!:D

The Purpelle Shoot

Anyway, you probably just came here to gawk at pretty pictures, so here’s a recent portrait shoot from the “Extraordinary You” mini series Orlando HMUA Chris Testerman and myself are collaborating on. We titled it “Purpelle”. Our client Elle (a talented photographer herself) has some purple in her hair, so we decided to expand on that little detail since it obviously makes her happy. I created a custom purple tulle corset gown in two pieces so that we could get a few different looks. The general idea was a poised/queenly look and a whimsical/mademoiselle look.

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Elle is a busy mom, business owner, and wife. We wanted to show a beautiful, confident woman (and perhaps bring out her sultry side) so Chris pampered her with a relaxing makeover, light contouring, and luscious eyelashes for some extra oomph!

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portrait client hair and makeup in Orlando FL

An already gorgeous woman, and her pampered, confident, stunning self towards the end of the shoot. I’m so happy when a client chooses a styled/themed shoot over a regular portrait session. We get to create just a little bit more magic. I like bringing out that inner goddess to play:P

before and after transformation of a portrait client in a purple corset gown in Orlando FL

portrait client in a purple corset gown in Orlando FL

portrait client in a purple corset gown in Orlando FL

Lest you think that it’s all beauty and poise… Haha! I love the blooper moments just as much as the actual shoot! We love to look at the back of the camera and laugh at ourselves. Pretty much any behind the scenes shot of me working means I look awkward and ridiculous, likely pointing at something or waving my arms about, smiling like a maniac:P

portrait client in a purple corset gown in Orlando FL

portrait client in a purple corset gown in Orlando FL

portrait client in a purple corset gown in Orlando FL

Changed the gears a bit for a more burlesque look here.

portrait client in a purple corset gown in Orlando FL

portrait client in a purple corset gown in Orlando FL

portrait client in a purple corset gown in Orlando FL

Extraordinary You

I am currently offering Extraordinary You sessions at half off if you book by 4/23/15. For just $150 you will get a makeover, a custom corset gown to wear (or bring your own favorite outfits), an online image gallery with print options, and 10 fully edited digital files. Allow me to draw your soft yet confident side out and I’ll show you how extraordinary you truly are.

HMUA: Chris Testerman
Orlando Photographer: Kristina Stockton, PhotoKisses

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I love documenting celebrations that are… different. Every wedding is unique in its own way, but sometimes, two people come together from such completely different walks of life, and end up in a new place together, physically or spiritually, that cannot help but result in the amazingness such as you’re about to see. This may not be the first cowboy wedding I’ve photographed, but it was certainly the first one to happen on an actual living, breathing farm! (how does Orlando even have suburbs suitable for farming?)

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While the boys were getting the farm ready to receive guests, the girls got ready at a lakeside inn nearby. We were CLICK TO CONTINUE READING >>

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One of my New Year resolutions was to try new things this year. Not just new things around Orlando, but in my business, as well. I got a few new photo toys to play with in an effort to hone my skills and infuse some fun and unexpected elements into my photography style. My amazing and wonderful hair stylist extraordinaire Chris Testerman agreed to go on a professional adventure together. Chris is a hair and makeup artist in Orlando, he works out of Winter Garden actually. He’s been doing my hair for the past year and it’s a fabulous hairstyle every single time.

GrassAndClassBTSFlipagram-130_smIt started out as a goal to style and photograph 25 beautiful people with great hair – giving Chris practice in trying out fun new modern hair and makeup styles, and for me, coming up with creative ways to photograph the model afterwards.  We had so much fun at our first collaboration! We even made a fun little timelapse video of all the pre-session pampering HERE. It was a great session and the hours flew by.
After we did our first project, however, we both realized that it wasn’t just about honing our skills, but that, in giving women makeovers, photographing them in the best light, and showing them just how beautiful they really are (to two complete strangers, no less), feels extremely empowering and strong somehow. So with that in mind, a new, better idea has started to form. Photographing confidence is easy. We would both really enjoy capturing the spark in someone who maybe doesn’t quite like the way she looks, or isn’t confident in her style, or has always been shy in front of the camera. We would like to offer a complimentary makeover and a portrait session (about 5-6 hours of teamwork and ~$300 worth of services) to 5 deserving women who respond to this blog. (use the contact form above, or email me directly kristina@photokisses.com) I would like to invite you to submit your story, and become one of our strong, glamorous, empowered models.

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1 out of 25 sessions is complete. We put in over 5 hours of hard work, styling, dressing, makeover-ing, and photographing this beautiful lady named Chrystal. My idea was to use the flowering grass in a nearby field as a backdrop, along with a handmade white/gold/pink corset gown (a la Trash The Dress) in order to highlight and compliment the stunning red hair and freckles.  Redhead models are hard to find, believe it or not! Anyway, we set up in a small field right next to a busy intersection, which goes to show you how thinking (a few feet) out of the box can get you amayyyzing results! A while later, I used a prism for the first time, and let me tell you, that’s a really fun toy! Thanks to photographer Sam Hurd for the inspiration and recommendation.

Grass and Class Shoot
Model: Chrystal L.
HMUA: Chris Testerman, Cosmetologist
Photographer: Kristina Stockton, PhotoKisses

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A few weeks ago, I photographed Florida state light heavyweight boxing champion Fernando Martinez for a fitness session. He invited me to his home gym, Kissimmee Boxing Gym where the owner graciously allowed us to shoot for almost 3 hours.  I got some amazing photos of Fernando, which I know he’ll love! I will also be choosing one photo to gift to the boxing gym as a thank you for letting us use their space (but which one? Tell me your opinion in the comments!) So without further ado, here are a few of my favorite shots. Youngsters, you may want to avert your eyes, as there’s about to be some upper body nudity hotness going on. Ladies, you’re welcome.:PP.S.: Orlando models and fitness fanatics, contact me and let’s photograph those muscles of yours.

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