There are many different reasons you may be looking for a photographer- perhaps you need a new headshot, or realize your children are getting older and want to capture this phase before it's gone, or maybe you can't remember the last time you felt beautiful and want to experience and capture that feeling. Whatever your reason, thank you for your interest. Professional photography is unique in its ability to stop time- and bring you back to this moment years from now. When done properly it is a wonderful experience with beautiful results that you will treasure for a lifetime. All photographers are different, so I encourage you to find someone whose style resonates with you- to that end please look through my portfolio and let me know when you are ready for more information. And, please, please print your photos- not just the professional ones, but also the goofy expression your five year old made at dinner the other night and that beautiful sunrise photo you captured on your last vacation. Memories should fill your life, not your hard drive!
Meaningful. Beautiful. Authentic.
Whether you need a new headshot, want to capture images of your kids before this phase of life fades away, or want to finally have beautiful images of yourself, you are in the right place. I believe your experience taking the photos is as important as the photos themselves, so I spend time to make sure your experience is wonderful. I've spent the last ten years developing my photographic style, so I encourage you to take a look through my portfolio and let me know if my style resonates with you. When done properly, photography is a wonderful experience that gives you lasting memories you'll cherish for a lifetime. Let's get started!
The process is simple and I guide you through everything from your wardrobe to posing.
Your session will begin with professional hair & makeup, and then I'll guide you through different looks and poses.
Return to the studio to see the beautiful photographs from your session and place your order!
We'll go over the details, including style, wardrobe & location to ensure you are completely ready.
Karissa Van Tassel is an award-winning photographer based in Connecticut. She focuses her lens on authentic moments, meaningful interactions, and natural beauty. Her work can be found in private collections around the world, as well as in numerous publications, including The New York Times, CNN, National Geographic, Forbes, MSN, and Connecticut Cottages & Gardens. Most recently Van Tassel received five bronze awards for her portraiture. She lives in New Haven with her husband, Yale University professor Dr. Paul Van Tassel, and their three kids. In her free time she enjoys family time, travel, chocolate(!), and good glass of Bordeaux.
Karissa's Headshot / Photo credit: Katie Donnelly