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Impressions Photography makes the photography experience easy and stress free, photographer Krista Kowalczyk provides breathtaking images while making sure the process of capturing those special moments is organized and never uncomfortable.  Krista and her team can guide you through the entire process and create stunning pictures no matter what the setting. She is experienced photographing weddings and portraits throughout Southwest Florida, the Caribbean and beyond. Located in Fort Myers, just minutes from Sanibel Island and a quick trip to Naples, she has offered her artistic eye to families and wedding photography at some of the areas most beautiful venues. She loves to bring her fun and upbeat energy to every photography session. The love and care she puts into every event, family portrait and wedding and her dedication to her clients' overall ease and enjoyment is unrivaled.

Impressions Photography award winning photographer



Recently featured in:

The Knot Florida Print Magazine Feature     -     Tacari Weddings   -     MunaLuchi Bride  -       MyWedding.com   -      TheKnot.com  -      Destination Wedding Details   -     Strictly Weddings    -    The Celebration Society

Member of the Sanibel & Captiva Island Chamber of Commerce    -    Professional Photographers of America
Impressions Photography is located in Fort Myers, Florida and offers professional photography services for weddings and families from Sanibel and Captiva Islands to Naples, Florida. Frequent requests for travel also have the Impressions Photography team photographing destination weddings throughout Florida and the Caribbean. Impressions Photography has been on the preferred vendor list for many resorts and wedding venues including South Seas Island Resort, Pink Shell Resort and Marina, Tween Waters, Sanibel Harbour, DiamondHead Beach Resort, Sundial Beach Resort, Naples Beach Hotel, The Salisbury House as well as countless other country clubs and resort venues in Fort Myers and throughout Southwest Florida.

WHAT CLIENTS ARE SAYING

"above and beyond our expectations"

When planning for our wedding on Captiva, my fiancé and I both agreed having an excellent photographer would be at the top of our list.  It didn’t take long for us to come across Krista.  Immediately we were drawn to the natural poses, her eye for lighting and the way she could capture every moment so perfectly.  Not to mention she didn’t skip out on showcasing a bit of fun to her work too.  After our first call with Krista we didn’t look any further.  She completely put us at ease with her experience and knowledge and even helped answer other questions around our day.  Leading up to our day we also had an engagement photo shoot which we HIGHLY recommend.  Krista almost makes the camera disappear after a few shots. Poses started to come naturally and it was great time to get to know Krista before our big day.  Seeing and hearing how excited Krista gets as she captures a beautiful moment reassured us we’ve hired the right woman.  As expected, Krista and her team during our wedding day were nothing short of 100%.  She even showed up early to start sneaking in a few pictures and was able to work through some last minute changes in our day to ensure she could still capture the perfect moments with our family.  Everything was above and beyond our expectations. We know her work doesn’t stop after the big day and it didn’t take long to receive the highlights and we were blown away by what she sent. It took us right back to our day and we couldn’t be happier with the decision we made to include Krista and her team on our special day. We will cherish these pictures forever and are so fortunate and grateful for the beautiful work she did.  -Rachel & Adam - South Seas Island Resort, Captiva Island

"extremely professional"

It's a little bit hard for me to talk about Krista without coming across as a little over-exuberant. It's not because I'm given to excessive praise, though - it's that she's that good.
We got married in New Orleans, and Krista and Emily came to photograph the wedding and reception and rehearsal. The pictures are beautiful. The composition is just outstanding. But more than that, Krista captured the wedding exactly as I hope to remember it. None of the over-serious stuff that I saw in so many other vendors. Just beautiful pictures of smiling people - sometimes a little silly, but mostly just happy. Krista somehow manages to capture the feeling of the moment *perfectly*. And I'm doubly happy because the pictures are going to be what we keep from the thing, after all.
The pictures are about half of it. The other half is how just utterly pleasant Krista and Emily were to work with. They're charming, and pleasant, and tactful, and extremely professional. I'm reasonably confident one leads into the other - because she's so easy to work with, the pictures come out that much better. - Brooke & Hank - New Orleans, Louisiana

"very helpful and flexible"

After having to reschedule our April wedding due to COVID, Krista was very helpful and flexible, allowing us to adjust our wedding package and staying in touch while we adjusted our plans.

They helped make sure that every aspect of our wedding day was captured the way we had imagined.

Even when I (the bride) was running a bit past schedule, Krista was able to get lots of ‘getting ready’ shots of me in a very short amount of time - thank you for that!

During the reception, Krista reminded us about different photos we wanted to take and helped direct our guests for all of the fun photo setups we wanted.

We felt very comfortable taking all of our photos throughout the day and at ease that lots of great moments were getting captured.

We can’t recommend Krista and her team enough - we can’t wait to see the rest of our photos!

"perfectly captured every moment"

Krista was such a joy to work with during our entire wedding process. From getting to know us during our engagement shoot, by the time wedding day came, we were both comfortable and at ease. We knew the pictures were going to be amazing, but when it's impossible to pick less than 200 favorites, you know they're special. We both looked at each other and said "that was a great decision." We can't wait to make our album and continue to obsess over our pictures, which perfectly capture every moment of our best day! - Kim & Grant - South Seas Island Resort, Captiva Island, Florida

"mind blowing pictures"

Most professional yet fun, great eye for thinking outside the box, and mind blowing pictures. I chose Impressions Photography after reviewing more than 50 photographers sites. Krista and her team became one of the family from first interaction. At a time emotions run high and problems come up, they just cared so much, were so helpful, and really made my big day more special then imagined. Our wedding of 120 guests all felt so welcome to ask for specific photos and were blown away with how versatile their team was. Impressions Photography does just that impresses from their interaction with even the venue and the band, just above and beyond in ways most photographers do not take the time or have become per-programmed from doing the same thing over and over. If you are able to definitely do the whole weekend with them, it is so nice to have shots from our welcome drinks and rehearsal dinner, to our after hours the night of the wedding, and the morning after guest breakfast. They put in long hard days for us and I can't sat thank you enough! I can't speak highly enough of them and say if you choose them for anything engagement photos, wedding photos, or the whole destination wedding weekend you will always have the most brilliant experience, team, and memories...they live up to their name and are 6 stars in my eyes!!!! - Cassandra & Dan - Salisbury House, Des Moines, Iowa

"easy and fun"

Krista is absolutely amazing!! She did our wedding at Fort Myers beach this past November and I will forever cherish the photos she captured.  She was my favorite photographer after looking through MANY different websites.  Not only is her photography top notch, but she is such a joy and so charismatic to be around.  She was super easy to work with. Extremely organized and made the process so easy and fun! I will fly from Nebraska to Florida just to have a family photo session with her again!! - Mary & AJ - Fort Myers Beach, Florida

"Amazing to work with"

Krista is amazing to work with! She is so sweet and compassionate, and you can tell she really loves what she does. She made sure right from the beginning that she was giving us exactly what we wanted with our pictures on our wedding day. She asked about priorities, style, and overall what we were looking for. When we received our pictures, they were perfect! There were so many to choose from and really captured our wedding beautifully. - Bari & Frank - Tarpon Lodge, Pine Island, Florida

"magical images"

Although we did not meet Krista until the ceremony itself, she immediately put us at our ease and made the whole event stressless and magnificent. Her friendly and professional demeanor immediately calmed our nerves and allowed us to be our natural selves. Krista's attention to detail, patience and easy going attitude resulted in truly fantastic photographs. It was almost impossible for us to find any that we did not like and we now have an album of 350+ magical images to remind us of a truly special day. Everyone we have shown the photographs too has commented on how (as we say in Scotland) "Bonnie and Braw" they are. If Krista worked in Scotland I'm sure she would never be out of work. We cannot thank Krista & Mackenzie enough for the everlasting memories they have given us and we will be forever eternally grateful.

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THE PHOTOGRAPHER

Hello! I'm Krista, I'm the very fortunate photographer behind all of these weddings and portraits.

First, a few professional facts:

  • I hold my Bachelor's Degree in Photography from RIT in New York
  • I have been photographing weddings and families full-time for over 20 years in Southwest Florida
  • I photographed my first wedding when I was in high school and have since photographed over 1,000 weddings
  • I have photographed weddings in 19 different states and 8 foreign countries
  • My work has been featured in dozens of National wedding magazines and online publications

As for me personally, my biggest hobby is actually photography too. I have had a camera somewhere close to me since I was 5 years old and have never professionally done anything else. I grew up in Pennsylvania and my husband is from Iowa so I frequently find myself between those two areas (and often photographing weddings in PA and IA), but I have actually lived in Fort Myers now for the greater part of my life. 

Outside of photography, I'm a huge fan of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (former sideline photographer here), I have a pretty extensive cactus collection and a huge love of show tunes and theater. I'm also a volunteer-aholic. I'm a mentor with the Foundation for Lee County Public Schools and the Florida Take Stock in Children program where I work with high school students every week. I am a sponsor and volunteer for Big Arts on Sanibel Island. I have worked with UNICEF, including advocating for the organization on Capital Hill in Washington D.C.. I have started a church ministry to welcome new people into the community, I have led several photography summer camps and I have offered my photography skills to countless other charities and non-profit organizations. I love any opportunity to meet and help people, which is definitely just one more reason why I love being a wedding and portrait photographer too.

I have a wonderful family. My husband and I have been married for four years (destination wedding in the Bahamas, so I personally know wedding planning from afar). We have a combined five daughters (yep, five!). I have two amazing pups, Vannie (a tiny yet vocal Chihuahua) and Lyla (a wannabe hunting dog/Weimaraner) who are my furry family. Check out #VanGoes to see the adventures of Van and Lyla (because of course my dog has his own hashtag!). There's also a fun feature on The Daily Dog Tag blog, with my two loves!

My other obsession is travel. I will get on an airplane to go anywhere on a moment's notice. I love that destination weddings have me hopping time zones too. My first Caribbean wedding back in 2006 had me hooked on destination weddings and I think I've just kept my bags packed ever since. I have photographed weddings in St. Lucia, Barbados, Bahamas, Mexico, Nevis as well as all over the United States. I have actually made it a personal goal to photograph a wedding in every state (I'm half way there!), so don't be shy to reach out even if you are planning your wedding in Wyoming :)