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Less Posed,
More Real.

That's the Motto Around Here.

I’m assuming you stumbled across my website because you just got engaged, right?
OR
You were planning your wedding and then shit hit the fan. Sound familiar?

Either way, it doesn't matter. You are the heart of our events. Rescheduling or planning a celebration doesn't have to be all love lost. I'm here to help, let's celebrate together!

Let me help you plan the perfect unconventional or traditional day that screams "YOU".

ELOPE NOw, party later.

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take a breath.

you're doing great!

Forget the fads and all the ‘shoulds’ of weddings. Let go of your family/friend’s expectations. Let’s check in, be yourself, do YOU and enjoy the heck out of your day! I’ve got you covered.

I’m the dependable overachiever (I blame it on being the firstborn) on your team capturing all the feels + moments you may have otherwise missed. I may seem like a hardass in my day to day life (and mostly am) but I’ll be the first to admit, I fog up my own glasses as I cry during the exchange of your vows or hearing your best friend’s voices crackle while giving their heartfelt speeches. I’m the first to laugh and encourage something even mildly inappropriate if it encourages crowd participation. I teach everyone on the dance floor to wobble. I hop in the photo booth with you at the end of the night and I hang you in my office forever. 

In short, if you want a photographer who is gentle but not afraid to take charge and act like your best friend by letting you know when you have something in your teeth or to tell you to fix your hair, you found your girl! 

Yup, that's me in a nutshell.
The lovable and honest best friend you often love but sometimes hate.
But in the end, you always appreciate.
That also rhymed. (You're welcome)

Did we just become best friends?

Did we just become
best friends?

the portfolio

The experiences we share together are real and I vibe off your collective energy. You two are so unique and I make sure to blend in and capture that authentically! But overall, I'd describe my editing style as light and airy, timeless and pretty true to color. I focus on getting skin tones right and making you not look washed out or like an Oompa Loompa! 

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"KARISSA WAS INCREDIBLE My Husband and I do not live in Vegas, so finding a photographer was tricky. We used the knot and found Karissa, and based on her portfolio we were excited to see her work in action. She seemed like she was talented, but we hadn’t met her in real life yet, and wouldn’t until our wedding day because we couldn’t travel to Vegas prior to the wedding. Before we met she had us fill out an extensive information sheet so that our pictures were organized. This helped tremendously because my parents are divorced, so it avoided any awkwardness in gathering family members together. She just knew how to rally the families together in a professional way. Her little cheat sheet she asked us to make for her made taking hundreds of family photos quick and painless. For the pictures of just my husband and I, frankly, we were blown away. She didn’t just capture the moment, she captured the emotion. There is just something magical about Karissa and a camera. At the reception, she never sat down because she was taking pictures all night. Every single moment of the reception was captured from the tear-jerkingly emotional to the busting a gut laughing. While looking through the photos, my husband and I didn’t think, “oh I wish she got a picture of that” because she got it all. She was amazing. I wish I could do 6 out of 5 stars. Worth every penny!!!!!"

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Morgan
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Cameron

"We knew Karissa was the perfect fit for our wedding the moment we spoke to her! We loved her outgoing, bubbly, and funny personality! She was easy to get in touch with, timely with her responses and well organized. Karissa took the time to get to know us and learn our likes and dislikes which showed in the final product. Not only was Karissa our photographer but a friend to bounce ideas off of and get wedding advice from throughout the planning process which was extremely helpful since this was a destination wedding for us. She did an awesome job keeping everyone focused and on track without feeling bossy (my family tends to get easily distracted). She took amazing pictures that captured the features of our venue perfectly and the mood of our wedding and there isn't a single photo that didn't turn out fabulous! I just wish I could take Karissa home with me so I could share this wonderful gem with all my friends and families! If you want to have a smooth, stress free, fun experience with your photographer while capturing your special day Karissa's your girl and I am so glad I found her!"

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Jill
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Tony

"After getting engaged to my husband I immediately asked Karissa to be our photographer! I've known Karissa for years, since high school and was fortunate enough to watch her photograph one of my best friend’s weddings in Mexico. She is nothing less of spectacular and genuine in all of her work. She was in contact with us for over a year and helped with planning, especially the small details that we never even thought of. Karissa’s "day of schedule" helped out a ton and kept everyone on time. We couldn't have had the most perfect day without Karissa :) Oh and did I mention that the photographs are ridiculously beautiful! All of our family and friends adored Karissa and love the photos!! We couldn't recommend her more. I frequently stock her blog and am excited to see all of the happy couples to come. KARISSA IS INCREDIBLE AND YOU SHOULD HIRE HER."

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kaelyn
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dave