Photographs remember the moment so you never forget.

STUDENTS

You're in the right place.

It's easy to take everyday for granted during school- time with friends, that special corner in the library where you like to study, your favorite lunch line- living in a community of your friends seems like the perfect life... and then you graduate. Almost overnight those everyday moments become precious memories. It's a cliché but it's true- the time goes by so quickly and you soon start to forget all the things you take for granted right now.

We can go in so many different directions with your portrait session. From a cap and gown look on campus to a Friends Session in the studio. We will show you a variety of options so you know what the possibilities are!s Ultimately the question is about what you're going to miss the most after graduation. 

client reviews /

“Karissa took beautiful and artistic photographs of my daughter that I will treasure forever.”

She combines a personal flair of creativity and warmth with a professional demeanor of planning and responsiveness. She really takes the time with her clients and addresses every idea & request, offering guidance every step of the way. One of a kind! Thank you!!

- Dana

NEXT →

“Karissa's ability to capture natural, powerful and beautiful moments blows my mind away.”

After our first photoshoot with Karissa we fell in love with her kindness, gentleness and ability to bring us to the present moment. Her photographs have become a representation of how we honor our family. She has taken photos of my family multiple times. We love her!

- Barbara

NEXT →

ON CAMPUS

After graduation, you may never be back on campus. Take the time now to commemorate the moment!

So much has changed during the last four years, but the most important part is you! We'll meet on campus and walk around, capturing beautiful photographs as we go. You can change into different looks so you ultimately have a variety to choose from!

A GOOD FIT FOR YOU IF: 

Would like beautiful photos of your time at college to keep and gift!

IN STUDIO

If the point is you and not your campus experience, a studio photoshoot enables us to get more creative.

If you are more introverted or want to do something a little more creative, the studio is a great place for your photoshoot! Our 1700 square foot space was carefully designed to give us a variety of different looks. It also means no posing in front of people (except the photographer, of course) for those who may be a little more shy. 

A GOOD FIT FOR YOU IF: 

You'd like to capture this time in your life, but would like to be a little creative with the overall look.

WITH FRIENDS

College friends are often friends for life. Capture everyone now so you can look back in the years to come!

During a Friends Session (which can be either on campus or in studio) we will capture both the group together, as well as get individual photos of each person in the group. The other benefit of Friends Sessions is that it reduces the overall cost per person. Get a group of friends together and we'll have fun!

A GOOD FIT FOR YOU IF: 

You have a tight group of friends you'd like to be photographed with!

on campus

We've worked on many college campuses to capture what's most important to our clients. From libraries to baseball stadiums, campuses offer a variety of backdrops to bring back your favorite memories years from now! Schools shown include:

IN STUDIO

While campuses offer a variety of backdrops, we are limited by the location and the elements. A studio session enables us to control the lighting and backdrops so you can be as creative as you like! We can do a simple cap & gown shoot or come up with something more unique. Let us know!

HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS

Your high school senior portrait should do more than show what you look like- it should show a little of who you are at this point in your life. Let us know if you'd rather do a studio or location session and we'll come up with a plan to capture something truly special!

friends sessions

There are very few things you will miss more about college than the people you lived with every day! Some of our favorite sessions are when we can capture groups of friends together- whether we're in the studio or on location. Grab your suite mates, team mates, friends or a cappella group and let's get started!

What to Expect

Consultation

CONSULTATION

Once you've booked your session date we'll set up a consultation with Karissa so we can go over your vision for your photoshoot and how we can make that happen.

STYLING & PHOTOSHOOT

Photoshoot

You'll begin by meeting with our professional stylist who will do your hair & makeup while we prep the studio for your different looks. Afterwards we'll guide you through different poses.

REVIEW & ORDER

Reveal

A few days after your session we'll go through the images from your photoshoot so you can relive the experience and order your favorite photographs.

What makes our studio special is our attention to detail and our focus on a great client experience from beginning to end!

PLANNING consult
WITH KARISSA

professional
makeup

professional HAIR STYLING

guided
pOSING

review & selection appointment

PLANNING consult
WITH KARISSA

professional HAIR STYLING

professional
makeup

photoshoot with guided pOSING

review & selection appointment

Many of our clients are new to professional photography, so here's a quick overview of our process.

in their words /

client reviews

PORTRAIT CLIENT

“There it was: The Light Within. Frame after frame after frame.”

As a woman who is more than a little shy about her looks, I was nervous but Karissa put me at ease with both genuine warmth & professionalism. She was creative & reassuring. In the end, the experience changed me. I actually see myself differently now. I saw beauty that day... and it was my own. It had been there all along; I just needed someone to show me. Karissa did that.

- Dana

portrait client

“Karissa puts her clients at ease with joyful attention. The session was restorative and fun!”

Karissa sees our fullness, complexity and depth, and win working wiht her, one finds a playful, creative self. With gentle direction, she reflects this self back to you in artful, astonishing photos.

- Eliza

headshot client

“The way Karissa directs you to find the best 'you' is a little akin to magic!”

I did my first found of headshots with Karissa and plan to do another soon. She is so easy to work with and her team is amazing. Look no further!

- Leslie

are you ready?

LET'S get started!

I can't wait to help you plan your perfect photoshoot! Send us your contact info & we'll start planning!

CONNECT

elsewhere:

stay awhile + read

THE BLOG

FOLLOW US on

FACEBOOK

Check out my 

INSTAGRAM

p h o t o g r a p h y

Navigate

Copyright © 2024 Karissa Van Tassel Photography. All rights Reserved.

(475) 350-7727

info@karissavantassel.com

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.

KARISSA VAN TASSEL

terms & conditions

privacy policy