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I have always loved to travel, so when I was got married (many years ago), I hired a fabulous, eccentric designer named Anatole Kysk from Paris to make my wedding dress. Note that Anatole was not a wedding dress designer, but instead a costume designer who created beautiful costumes for Carnaval in Venice. His style was historic but eccentric […]

venice carnaval 2017 by karissa van tassel

Whether we are working together on a professional portrait or a series of photographs of your family, your wedding or a holiday card, I am much more interested in creating an experience that is full of laughter and creativity than one in which all you remember is the way your hair looked or the fold of […]

Family Vacation Photo Tips

If you’ve ever gone on a family vacation and only come home to discover where you went, but without any record of who was there, this video is for you! It is completely normal to grab our cameras to capture what we’re seeing, but unfortunately, that doesn’t help us capture the REAL story!

  The Palais Royale is a beautiful, enclosed garden just north of the Louvre. It is the perfect place to escape for a moment and catch your breath. I am busily editing the photographs I’ve been collecting these past months and adding them to the fine art collection online- what a joy it is to […]

Paris Photo of Palais Royal
Paris photo of ombre trees

As the song goes, “I love Paris in the Springtime. I love Paris in the fall.” And, yes, I do. This amazing city is equally magical as the weather begins turning a bit cooler and the evenings become a bit longer. The outdoor cafes don’t bring their tables in once the weather hits 50 degrees- […]

Paris portrait photographer Karissa Van Tassel

Photo Credit: Kate Van Tassel As many of you know, I’ve spent the last several months in Paris– sightseeing a bit, eating a bit more, and capturing photographs for my fine art collection. It has been an absolutely wonderful time to find renewed inspiration and explore some new concepts I’ve wanted to try! For those of […]

  August in Paris is something of a dream. All the beauty and history this magical place has collected over the past few centuries is available just for you as the Parisians leave the city for their annual vacations. It’s true that a few places close during the month, but for the most part, it […]

Paris Photography of The Louvre
Casa Marina beach in Key West

  Arriving in Key West, you are suddenly aware that real time- real life, in fact- has stopped. People walk along the streets at a leisurely pace, the bars are filled with people and musicians at all hours, and no one is in a hurry for anything to change. Key West is a place to […]

Being invited to photograph a couple’s wedding is an incredible honor. So much love and attention goes into every detail of the day and to be asked to capture that so they can remember it all years from now is very humbling. This bride was as wonderful to work with as she is beautiful. Here […]

Hello! My name is Karissa Van Tassel and I am an accredited photographer based in New Haven, Connecticut. I am passionate about the power of a photograph to connect us to each other, to our memories, and even to our own reflections.

My team and I create timeless photographs for our clients, but it is so much more than that. I've spent the last decade developing an experience for you that is both fun and memorable. I've created partnerships that give us access to unbelievably beautiful products so your photographs aren't just beautiful, they are truly works of art. In short, my team and I take great care with every detail of your photoshoot- from the makeup we use (do you have any allergies?) to the backdrops and wardrobe we purchase and even the final products you take home. 

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, Dr. Paul Van Tassel,  and our three kids. 

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