A little about me—first, I'm a hugger. I love to connect with my clients on a deeper, more personal level—one that is more than just business. Connection and positive energy are what drive me. They are very important to me and I strive to include them in every single interaction I have with my clients!
For fun, I love to binge watch a good Netflix series and classic re-runs of Friends (who doesn’t?!). I love eating breakfast for dinner and cuddling on my couch with a big fluffy blanket. When I am not being a sloth inside and enjoying downtime with my family, you can catch me outdoors exploring new places and meeting new faces—like visiting my home town in Victoria, hitting up my local Cyclebar studio, practicing Reiki and simply sharing my positive energy with the world!
I have many titles but the one I value most is Mom. When I am not working hard on my business, I am busy showing my two-year-old the beauty of this life (and, let’s be honest, cleaning up food off the floor).
"Anyone who knows me, knows that the photography was the MOST important wedding detail for me. I found Carissa Marie Photography and her style spoke straight to my soul. I emailed her, and right from our first conversation, I could tell that she was a down to earth person, who had an absolute passion for her business. When our big day finally came, Carissa exceeded every expectation I had for our wedding photographer. She was professional, confident, passionate, and so fun to have around.
She is easygoing and composed; She fit right in and made everyone feel comfortable. She also has an impeccable attention-to-detail, and when we received our gallery, I was truly speechless. She captured our day so perfectly, and so authentically.
We will treasure these photos forever, and I am beyond thankful that we chose Carissa to capture those memories. "
-Amanda + Joey
Listen, let's get real. Being in front of a camera is weird. It is! I've swapped places and been the one with a camera in my face and I get it. What I have come to realize is we only feel awkward because we likely feel we are going to be judged. Judged if we show someone who we really are. It's the fear of letting go of control and allowing ourselves to be vulnerable with another human!
Sessions and wedding days contain a lot of chatter and me coaching you in a way that allows you to let go of that fear, to be genuine, playful and relaxed enough that you actually let your guard down and start allowing your true self to shine.
I'm not just here to deliver your wedding photos and say "see ya." I'm gonna be your friend. I'm gonna have your back. I'll probably hug your grandma, I'll definitely cry during your speeches and the mother son first dance and you bet your ass I am going to get down on the dance floor with you all at least once in the evening!
I pour my heart and soul into every session and every.single.wedding.day. Because I see it as a two way street. If I become vulnerable and share myself and my creative soul with you, you're going to be able to open up and allow me document the most intimate parts of your relationship. You're not just another name on the calendar to me. We'll share tears, laughter, hugs all judgement free and create some lasting images that are 100% you. That's my promise to you.
"There is nothing bad to say about Carissa. From the first email, to the engagement, boudoir and wedding photos, she has been nothing short of amazing with me and John. She is so beyond talented with photography, and she makes you feel so comfortable, and relaxed, in any atmosphere you're in.
She has a wicked sense of humour, and an awesome taste in music- especially the 90s hip hop! She takes the tiniest details some most wouldn't even think of, and makes them so vibrant, and brings them to life in the photos.
She was so much fun to hang out with all day, and she goes above and beyond to get the best shots and make sure the client is happy. I have definitely found my photographer for life with this girl!"