not just what you look like.


Whether you need new headshots, a birthday portrait, or just want to celebrate this moment in life, we'd love the opportunity to work with you!

Our New Haven photography studio was designed to create a portrait and headshot experience for our clients that is second to none. We take our time, pay attention to the details, have stylists on hand to make sure you're photo ready and then guide you through different poses- so you don't have to worry about a thing. In the end, your photographs aren't just beautiful images, they're wonderful memories.  Whether you need new headshots, a birthday portrait, or just want to celebrate this moment in life, we'd love the opportunity to work with you!

What surprised me most about my session was the


- CHAKOHA, headshot client

Karissa instilled in me. Her guidance transformed me into a true model.


Our Signature Sessions are where moments turn into memories. We'll meet with you ahead of time to find out how to create the perfect session for you. Then, the day of your photoshoot, our professional stylist will do your hair & makeup to your liking. Afterwards, we'll go through different looks, guiding you through poses as we go. A great day creating beautiful photographs!

Signature Offering


Our portrait sessions give you a moment to celebrate your story. Our stylists will take care of your hair & makeup, so all you need to do is relax and have fun!


Move your career (and your business) forward with images that show your personality and professionalism. 


Move your career (and your business) forward with images that show your personality and professionalism..


We'll help you create keepsake photographs you'll treasure forever. 


Beautiful photographs that capture this moment for you to look back on for the rest of your life.

40 OVER 40

Our newest sessions are exclusively for women over the age of 40! 

40    40

This special photography series is for women over the age of 40 who are ready to tell their story, alongside other women doing the same!


Hello there.


I believe photographs have the power to connect us- to our friends & family, of course, but also to our pasts, our futures & the world around us.

I have studied photography for nearly 20 years now and know that photographs are ultimately stories. Whether it's a portrait we took in the studio or a snapshot you captured on your phone, we're here to help you find ways to print- and hold onto- your favorites for years to come. 

creative. PROFESSIONAL. wife & Mom. your personal Cheerleader. 


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 lawyers, professors, actors, artists, designers, entrepreneurs, authors, executives and models.

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 that will meet. 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) College 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.

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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fine art shop

Fill your life (and your walls) with beautiful places & serene moments. This collection is from my personal travel archives and includes Paris, China, the seaside and more.

Let's celebrate!

gift cards

There is no better gift than the gift of memories. We are here to create the ultimate photoshoot for your loved one. Gift Cards can be purchased at any amount over $100 and are perfect for birthdays, graduation, or just because!

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How to

plan your photoshoot

You're all excited about the idea of a photoshoot but aren't quite ready to pull the trigger? Click here for a list of things you can begin working on now so you are ready to go when the time is right!

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It's holiday time!

my favorite photo gifts

It's time to start making that list again! We know we're biased, but there is no better gift than the gift of memories! Click here to learn our favorite ways to print and gift photos for everyone on your list!

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still have questions?


- What is the cost?

- Where is the studio located?

- Where can I find client reviews or testimonials?

Frequently Asked Questions

The cost of your session will vary depending on what type of session you are interested in, how many images you would like & the format you would like them in (digital, prints, wall art, etc.). We are happy to go over everything with you if you'd like to reach out!

The studio is conveniently located just off I-91 in New Haven. We will send you details on how to find us prior to your shoot so you don't have to worry about where to go.

You will find a few client reviews on our website, but for a more thorough listing, please visit our Google reviews by clicking here.

Interested in a session?

Start Here!

If you would like to either learn more about our photo sessions or begin booking a session, please fill in the form at right. We will follow up in the next day or so! In the meantime, feel free to call us at 475.350.7727 or email 

Thank you for reaching out! You should receive a response within one business day. Please call us 475.350.7727 if you don't hear from us or if you need information sooner.

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319 Peck Street, New Haven, CT 06513

Karissa Van Tassel is an accredited professional photographer, accredited by The Portrait Masters, an association of master photographers from around the world.


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