• 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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BravelyWed-PhotoKisses-146Over the past few months, I’ve been floating on cloud 9. My styled elopement shoot, which I modeled after Disney’s princess Merida and what kind of wedding she would want to have, got published not once, not twice, but THREE times!

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First, it got published on Nearlyweds (bit.ly/nwbrave). After a few weeks, A Golden Locket (bit.ly/bravelylocket) picked it up, followed by Clever Wedding Ideas (bit.ly/CWbrave).

As I was watching my images appear over and over on these great nationally recognized wedding industry blogs, I felt like my own website was a bit left out! So, I finally decided to blog my own version of the amazingness that my team created back in March. Without further ado, here’s our vision of one very special, very feisty Scottish princess on her wedding day.

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#bravelywed: an inspiration styled shoot with a certain fictional Scottish princess vibe. You can view the entire gallery HERE

Thank you to:
Photographer: Kristina Stockton, PhotoKisses in Orlando, FL
Models: Sarah Smotherman and Cameron Comito
Hair and make up: Chris Testerman
Wedding gown: Simply Bridal in Los Angeles, CA
Cake: Sharon Haller, Cut The Cake, inc.
Floral Artist: Andie Muller, The Flower Studio
Venue: The Garden Chateau in Winter Garden, FL
Tablecloth: Over The Top
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I would really love to see sleeves – and other creative sleeve/collar ideas – come back to wedding dress design. I do believe we picked the perfect gown. It is sweet, romantic, light fabric for those hot Florida summers, and the little sleeves add some royalty back into play. And of course I loooooved our Merida’s wild red hair, which Chris adorned with arrows.MeridaScottishWedding 010 (Sheet 10)_smlSarah fit the mold perfectly for a feisty redheaded Scottish princess.MeridaScottishWedding 014 (Sheet 14)_smlMeridaScottishWedding 013 (Sheet 13)_sml

We staged the “reception” at the Garden Chateau. Even princesses need a rain location in Orlando, where it rains pretty much on schedule at 4pm every day during the summer. I thought the library room with the warm the wood paneling was the perfect choice for an intimate reception.MeridaScottishWedding 012 (Sheet 12)_sml

The cake was out of this world. Sharon was a genius in creating this concoction. I specifically liked the teal and gold accents which mimic Merida’s gown in the movie, and the arrow accents that permeate the rest of this styled shoot. And look, there’s even a little cake table companion bear.MeridaScottishWedding 016 (Sheet 16)_smlMeridaScottishWedding 015 (Sheet 15)_sml

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If you feel inspired to add a bit of your own Brave magic to your wedding, feel free to browse You can view the entire gallery HERE – you can pin any image you find there to your inspiration boards on Pinterest! Spread the love, share these photos:)

The Brave-inspired wedding idea behind this shoot was to encourage brides to think outside the box and to show that even the smallest details help create a setting or a theme. We used simple, yet quirky, elements to make it a unique and crafty idea for someone who may be planning a Disney princess inspired wedding – but doesn’t want to deal with all the royal stuffy pompousness. I took the idea of Merida, the wild and untamed Scottish princess, and imagined her on her wedding day. She would be the type of girl who would choose a small and intimate garden wedding instead of a ballroom (or castle), eyes only for her handsome groom she picked out herself. She wouldn’t bother much with details, so a simple and elegant decor with a touch of unruliness, arrow and bear elements, and a few Scottish accents is all it takes to make this princess’ wedding dream come true. Oh, and of course, big wild red hair – but that’s more of a bonus than a requirement.

~Kristina Stockton, Photographer

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  • Lasting Blueprint Productions - Congratulations on the feature. You did such a great job with this wedding inspiration. Love the B&W photo. Great work indeed! :)

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It has been a while since I’ve done a photobooth (or as I call it, the Goof Booth) at a wedding. I had missed it! They are possibly the most entertaining event at a wedding – everyone ends up having so much fun in a photobooth. I love watching people’s inhibitions fall away, and the boisterous, fun and wild side come out.:P
Adam and Wendy, who celebrated their wedding in downtown Orlando, brought their own props to the Goof Booth – which I got to keep, thank you! – so it was personalized and tailored just for them. JJ was my 2nd shooter for the evening and helped me capture some silliness and a lot of shenanigans! A lot of it was NSFW – so only the wedding guests will be able to view the private image gallery. Enjoy some of my “safe” favorites below!

It started out innocently enough… I like that the booth can also serve as a field studio for a few relaxed portraits of the newlyweds and their family.

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My two favorite strips. “magical transformation”, and “drinking challenge”:DSGoofBooth 012 (Sheet 12)_sm

So much fun was had at The Veranda right in the heart of Orlando! Thank you to JJ who was a witness and documentarian of the most goofy and fun wedding event of the night. Thank you to Jennie of Pixies and Petals who set us up with power and prop tables. Thanks to Adam and Wendy for all these great props, including the one that never made it to this page;)And most of all, thank you to all the wedding guests who participated and had a blast in the Goof Booth!

Want a Goof Booth at your Orlando wedding? Sure! I offer it as an add-on for weddings that I’m already photographing, or as a stand alone service on days that I am not booked. For a small fee I can even bring it to other Central Florida locations. Contact me for more info:P

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Congratulations to Adam and Wendy, who got married on a rainy Friday at The Veranda at Thornton Park! I will be editing images for the next 3 weeks, but in the mean time, if you wanna see more photos…

For more random teasers, which I will post on my Facebook page as I edit over the coming weeks, check out this awesome Orlando wedding photographer‘s page :)  And if you were a guest at this wedding, why not bookmark the wedding gallery for future reference, and also check out the super fun (and some NSFW) Goof Booth photos that I’ve already posted?! Pssst, you’ll need to know the groom’s last name in order to get in.

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portrait client in a purple corset gown in Orlando FL

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

portrait client in a purple corset gown in Orlando FL

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