"Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself."

- Coco Chanel

There are many different reasons you may be looking for a photographer- perhaps you need a new headshot for work, 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 that moment years from now. When done properly it is a wonderful experience with beautiful results that you can treasure for a lifetime. I believe the most important part is to find someone whose style resonates with you, so 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 are in need of 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. Photography is an art and it takes time and experience to develop your style. I've spent the last ten years building my studio. I believe the most important point when you hire a photographer is to make sure their style resonates with you, so I encourage you to take a look through my portfolio and let me know when you're ready to get started. When done properly, photography is a wonderful experience that gives you lasting memories you'll cherish for a lifetime. Let's get started!

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I create a custom experience for each of my clients, but that doesn't mean it's complicated. Please find the step-by-step process below:

Reach out and let me know a little bit about what you're looking for.

After we talk I'll begin planning the details: location, makeup artist, wardrobe, etc... 

I'll go over everything with you so you are completely ready for your session. 

5-10 days later return to the studio to see your beautiful photographs & decide which images you'd like to order!

You'll either walk out with your order that day or we'll deliver custom pieces to you!

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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.

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Karissa's Headshot / Photo credit: Katie Donnelly