I love binge watching a good Netflix series, eating breakfast for dinner and cuddling on my couch with a big fluffy blanket (likely with a vanilla scented candle burning) When I am not being a sloth inside and enjoying downtime you can catch me outdoors exploring new places; meeting new people and simply enjoying my life. Time is precious and life is short; we should enjoy every minute of it doing what we love, being with who we love.
I have many titles but the one I value most is Mom. So when I am not working hard on my business I am busy showing a two year old the beauty of this life (and cleaning up food off the floor - let's be honest).
I understand the importance of capturing a moment and I strive to not only show you what the day looked like but rather how you felt.
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! So let's start it off right here by me saying:
I AM NOT HERE TO JUDGE YOU.
I want you to be YOU. I want you to have FUN with me and to look back on your photos and know the laugh you were making was 100% legit. To look and say "yup thats us"
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.
"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