• 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 *

There are so many perks to having a second photographer at a wedding! Having another person, another set of eyes, to capture all events from a different perspective; having a human back up to the primary photographer’s gear; someone to help with posing, wayward relatives, and floofy dresses; another set of hands to hold a reflector, a flash, or camera bag. These are just a few of many reasons why I always photograph weddings with TWO photographers and not just by myself!

Similarly, BEING a second photographer has its perks as well! As a second, I can be the eyes in the back of the primary’s head. I can catch details and guest moments they would miss because they are focused on the bride and groom. I am there to help, to supplement, and to infuse a bit of ME into the celebration. Lastly, because it’s not “my” wedding, I can play with the images in post processing and try out new styles, editing tricks, and new techniques without having to feel like I’m not delivering the same quality of work to my clients.

When I was asked to be the second photographer at a recent wedding in Winter Park FL, I jumped at the opportunity. I will post more pictures from this wedding soon (wait till you see how their reception hall was set up at the Winter Park Farmer’s Market!) after the primary photographer has posted her pictures, but in the mean time, I just wanted to share a few images that I played around with in post processing. I deviated a bit from my usual bold and colorful style to a calmer, film-esque look and feel. I had fun playing with some new (to me) Lightroom settings!

“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.” – Confucius

 

newlyweds in Winter Park Florida

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  • Josh Jones - Great shots Kristina! I may have to try out 2nd shooting sometime, I’ve never done it!

Saydra & Ben’s wedding at Letchworth Park was AMAZINGLY fun! It was so hard to pick my favorite images. They were silly, funny, crazy about each other, and had a TON of awesome details that made this wedding so special and unique! Some of my favorites included: live butterflies, face masks, custom designed cupcakes, bridesmaids bracelets made from old forks, a bouncy castle at the reception (seriously?! YAY!!!), and old time carnival inspired desserts, among others. We also did a custom Goof Booth which Saydra and Ben designed themselves for an original touch!

Check out the fun lace garters (with something blue!) and the cute little “bride” tissue in case of happy tears.

Yay for butterflies! It was cold and damp during the first part of the day, so the butterflies pretty much stayed put and posed for us 🙂

Ben getting some encouragement from his groomsmen.

The flower girls dumped their little baskets at the beginning of the aisle, then ran back, picked up the petals, and dropped them again. So cute!

Ahh Letchworth Park, one of the greatest outdoor locations for a summer wedding in New York. I’ll miss photographing there now that I’ve moved to Orlando FL.

Bouncing around!

Silliness in the Goof Booth

Check out the rope detail on Ben’s ring!

Thank you to the newlywed Mohoneys for having PhotoKisses document your amazacrazy wedding! It was definitely one for the books!
xoxo,
Kristina

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Unfortunately I don’t have much time these days to write proper blog posts (sounds like a cop-out, doesn’t it?) I promise, I have a good excuse! I’m going to Atlanta for Imaging USA 2013 this weekend! BUT, I wanted to make sure I kept up my New Year’s resolution and had a few blog posts ready to go even if it means less words, more pictures. So without further ado, the Donke wedding:

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Wedding Venue: Plantation Party House
Bridal bouquet: Terry’s Floral Treasures
Wedding Photographer: PhotoKisses
Reception DJ: Go Sound
Bride’s hair and makeup: A Little Off The Top

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Yayyyyyy my first Florida wedding! In May, I had a wonderful opportunity to photograph Reese and Adam’s wedding right on the University of Tampa‘s campus. Surrounded by incredible architecture of Plant Hall, amazing views of the city, and perfect weather, this wedding was everything I imagined a Florida wedding would be 🙂 Yes it was hot and yes I eventually realized that a black outfit soon will have no place in my wardrobe anymore. Still, it was a fantastic experience and I thank the newly minted Lees for allowing me to celebrate with them!Reese has worked at UT for a few years, and in her words, she had her wedding venue picked out way before she even met the man who would become her husband. It was only fitting that she would get ready right in her own office on campus, at Plant Hall.

Yes, that is indeed a Star Wars themed garter 🙂
We had plenty of time before the ceremony to explore the hallways, nooks, and crannies of what used to be the Tampa Bay Hotel, and arranged a first look between the lovebirds in a long winding hallway flooded with great natural light.We got special permission to go upstairs in Fletcher Lounge and take photos that showed off the magnificent domed ceiling.

The bridal party was relaxed and enjoyed being silly and having loads of fun on the East Verandah.

Ceremony time! The ring is safe with this little Stormtrooper ring bearer!

Just some of the amazing views we were treated with – including the “Sticks of Fire” sculpture; its title alludes to legendary Indian meaning of the word Tampa “bringing light of knowledge and warmth of feeling to a people who don’t just wish to exist, but to excel.”   

Some details. And a Darth Tater cake topper 🙂

The reception was held at Fletcher Lounge (of the domed ceiling fame). It started with a traditional Polish tradition of breaking bread, then some toasts, and of course, the first dance by the newlyweds…

… which quickly became a flash mob dance to the Party Rock Anthem! Surprise!

I adore this image below. We had an excellent view of the Tampa University from the hotel room, and that night my husband remarked to me how the moon looked just like the moons on each tower and spire. I quickly grabbed my camera and fired a few shots before the moon set beyond the tree line.

Thanks to Bryce my 2nd photographer for the day, and thanks to Canon for fixing my 5D classic at no charge after the mirror fell out in the middle of bridal party pictures RIGHT after the ceremony! Yikes! And the biggest thanks goes to the Lees for inviting me to Florida and helping me set in motion all the things that needed to happen to make the eventual physical move to Florida (Orlando) possible. YAY!

Keep kissing,
Kristina
Orlando Tampa Wedding Photographer 🙂

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