Whether you need a new headshot, want to capture your children before they change, or simply want to have photographs of yourself you like, you're in the right place. I've been a professional photographer for more than ten years and have the experience, background and education to make this a fun and enjoyable experience!

Photo shoots can take place in my New Haven studio or "on location." I regularly shoot in Connecticut, New York and Paris, so let me know where to meet you! If we're in the studio, your session will begin by meeting with my professional stylist to make sure you look and feel your very best, then I will guide you through the photo shoot so you never have to worry about how to move or pose. In the end you will have photographs to treasure for the rest of your life!

A great portrait shows who you are- not just what you look like.

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!


I opened the photography studio ten years ago in New Haven, Connecticut,  passionate about the power of a photograph to connect us to each other, to our memories, and even to our own reflections. I invite you to come to the studio to experience a photo shoot with me and my team- I'd love the opportunity to take the best photograph you've ever seen of yourself.

When I'm not at the studio I love to travel, capturing new photographs for my fine art series. My work can be found in private collections around the world, and has been featured in The New York Times, CNN, National Geographic, Forbes, MSN, and Connecticut Cottages & Gardens. I am a fellow at Yale University's Morse College and live in New Haven with my husband, Paul Van Tassel,  and our three kids. 

About Karissa

Karissa Van Tassel specializes in professional headshots, women's portraits, senior portraits and family photography in Connecticut, New York and Paris. Photo sessions may take place on location or in Karissa's New Haven, Connecticut (CT) portrait studio. 

Connecticut (CT) Headshot Photographer
Karissa Van Tassel is one of the best headshot photographers in Connecticut (CT), specializing in headshots that show her clients' personalities. Karissa's studio is located in New Haven, but she also travels to capture her clients on location depending on their needs and what they would like to convey. Karissa's studio sessions include professional hair & makeup so you feel photo ready before your photo shoot. Her images are classic, professional and timeless. Karissa works with individuals in a wide variety of professional fields, including lawyer headshots, professor headshots, actor headshots, artist headshots, designer headshots, entrepreneur headshots, writer headshots, executive headshots and more.

Connecticut (CT) Portrait Photographer
Karissa Van Tassel specializes in women's portraiture in her New Haven studio. She works with clients to create a custom photo shoot for the women she photographs. Studio sessions include a consultation, professional hair & makeup, access to the studio's wardrobe of gowns & fabrics, as well as a one hour photo shoot. Karissa's portraits of women are beautiful, powerful and empowering.

Connecticut (CT) Student Photographer
Karissa offers portrait sessions both for high school seniors and college students. Her student sessions can take place either in her New Haven studio or on location at a park or local campus. In addition to working with CT high school seniors, Karissa works with all of the local universities, including Yale University, University of New Haven, Southern Connecticut State University and more. Her student sessions are classic and timeless.

Connecticut (CT) Family Photographer
As a mom herself, Karissa loves working with children and families throughout Connecticut (CT). She captures baby photos beginning at 3 months, and loves capturing children's photographs, student photographs and family photographs, depending on the needs of her clients. In her children's photographs she engages kids enabling her to capture authentic moments 

Karissa's portrait studio is based in New Haven, but she serves Connecticut, New York and Paris, as well as the following areas: Hamden, East Haven, Branford, Guilford, West Haven, Milford, Orange, Westport, Madison, Hartford, Newtown, Cheshire, Stonington, Mystic, North branford, Wallingford,  Stratford, Bridgeport, Trumbull, Shelton, Monroe, Shelton, Wilton, Oxford, Seymour, Ansonia, Bethany, Prospect, Southington, Greenwich, Stamford, Norwalk, Middletown, Haddam, Killingworth, Deep River, Essex. Clinton and more.


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