Behind the Scenes with Kristen Mittlestedt

You’ve been browsing the galleries, hopefully oohing and ahhing over some of the imagery. Ever wonder what it’s like on the set of a shoot with Kristen Mittlestedt? This post is dedicated to giving you an exclusive behind the scenes look at the award winning photographer running with her crazy imagination; creating the dramatic imagery you see in galleries, publications, and established blogs such as WeddingDay Magazine , Bridal Guide, and The Knot.


Special Thanks!


None of this would be possible without my amazing assistants, who are also fantastic photographers themselves.  I also come up with some insane idea and tell them to take a leap of faith, and without hesitation they ask “how high”. If you happen to book KMP for your wedding, you’ll likely meet Katie as she is my second shooter! The occasional experiment glamor photos I post? Well that’s usually done with Brenna in her studio. These two ladies are my A team! I also of course need to thank my husband, Steven Mittlestedt, who helps build sets and is also an unwavering support in my passion.

Brenna Dehaven & Matt Dehaven of Eligan Photography and Eligan Boudoir
Katie Eckelbarger of Katie Osborn Photography

Now Let’s Do This!


Sleeping Beauty

First up, we have the Sleeping Beauty inspired Styled Shoot. My vision was to have a princess bride resting in a bed of flowers, and then receiving the kiss of true love by her groom. The biggest problem? Well, it was April but it was FREEZING. So of course there were no flowers to be found. I ended up panic buying every fake flower you could get from Walmart the night before the shoot, after the flowers I ordered arrived dead. We did have an amazing florist make a bouquet, which complimented the vision perfectly.

MODELS: Ashley Doepke & Walker Holdeman

VENUE: Bailey’s Place

HAMU: Jennifer Evans, The Obie

FLOWERS: Fleurish Floral Design

DRESS: A Moment in Time Bridal

View the full shoot here.
















































































Celestial Elopement

This shoot has been my favorite creation by far. We had a dream location, a historic mansion! Something you should know about me, I am completely in love with everything celestial. The original concept was a New Year’s Eve Lunar Elopement, with dark and romantic vibes for an alternative couple. In my head, I had a vision of a moon alter with light beams bursting around the bride and groom. So of course I went to my team and exclaimed, “I need an 8ft moon!”, and we made it happen! To achieve my vision, we used atmospheric aerosol to temporarily fog up the mansion. When light is added, it creates beams, and my vision came to life.

MODELS: Shelby Jessup/William Lingle

VENUE: Laurel Hall

STYLIST: Kristen Mittlestedt

FLORALS: Fleurish Floral Design

RENTALS: Violet Vintage

HAMU: Simply Blue

GOWN: Sophia’s Bridal, Tux & Prom








































































































The WeddingDay Magazine Cover Shoot

Back in October I had the honor of photographing the Cover shoot for WeddingDay Magazine’s Winter 2018 issue. In the Windy City, Chicago, we explored the rooftop of the Kimpton Palomar with a team of amazing vendors. The skyline was to die for, and we could not have asked for better models or weather! I’m extremely excited about the results, and can’t wait to pick up this issue in print. You can view the digital magazine here.

PLANNING, FLORALS, LINENS: Unveiled Weddings & Events

VENUE: Kimpton Hotel Palomar Chicago

MENSWEAR: The Groomsman Suit

DRESS + JUMPSUIT: Jenny Yoo Collection Chicago

HAIR: Elegance by Kim

MAKEUP: True Beauty by Dana

CAKE: Designer Desserts-Valparaiso


MODELS: Kayleigh Andrews & Faizan Seedat









































































































































Real Weddings

Now let’s take a quick look at a few behind the scenes from real weddings and sessions of 2018!

What’s it like working with Kristen?


What past clients are saying


“No matter how shy are unsure of what to do she’s there to guide us. Our pictures are right out of a movie.” – Lily

“She has a great personality and an eye for getting the right shots. Her passion for photography is evident in every photo she takes.” – Britney

“Kristen is a freaking magician behind the camera. She’s a master at editing and arrangement and her composition is pretty flawless.” – Paige












































































































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