Whether your favorite times are hanging out in the Buttery or in the stacks, living in your college or finding an apartment with friends, we'll help you capture it so you can always hold onto your favorites.

WHAT (and who) DO YOU WANT TO REMEMBER FROM YOUR college years?



Once you've reached your senior year, most students are ready to graduate- they're ready to leave campus and go out on their own. Unfortunately that also means saying goodbye to dear friends and the beautiful campus that's become home. We will help you capture both in beautiful photographs you'll take with you and look back on for years to come.

Extra bonus- the photographs also make great gifts for parents & grandparents!

Graduation is almost here.

who & what will you want to remember years from now?

“Karissa combines creativity & warmth with professionalism, planning and responsiveness. She took beautiful and artistic photos of my daughter that I will forever treasure.”

- Dana

We've been working with Yale students for nearly 15 years, which means we have a lot of experience with the campus and with Yale graduation. We know the campus, the best time of day to shoot, what areas can be blocked off, and when graduation robes generally arrive.  Your photoshoot can take place in our New Haven studio, on campus, or you can do a split session including both. Whether you want graduation photos alone, with friends or family, something on campus, or in the studio, we've got you covered.

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We will meet you on campus and take a walk, capturing photos in your favorite places and/or the iconic Yale spots as we go! We will connect with you via Zoom ahead of time to make sure we understand what you would like to capture. Sessions last one hour and you are free to make wardrobe changes along the way.

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You can do your session alone or invite friends & split the cost!

Add something fun to your session like balloons or confetti!

i'm interested!

professional styling

Our in-house stylists are there to make this both extra special and relaxing for you! Our stylists each have more than 15 years or experience so you are in great hands. We'll meet in our New Haven studio (about 5 minutes from campus via car) and do hair & makeup before heading back to campus for your photoshoot!

make it special /

Add additional people & the only added fee is for hair & makeup!

We'll start in the studio; your second location can be anywhere on campus or a local park.

bring friends

make it fun /

i'm interested!

The best of both worlds! We will meet in our New Haven studio (about 5 minutes from campus) so our stylists can do your hair & makeup. We will then do half of your photoshoot in the studio before heading to campus for the second half of the session! Hair & makeup for one person is included.  The session fee is $650. Photos ordered separately.

Add additional people & the only added fee is for hair & makeup!

We'll start in the studio; your second location can be anywhere on campus or a local park.

Fill out our contact form in as much detail as you can & we'll get back to you within 1 business day.

1. contact us

We'll connect with you to go over all the details, including pricing & timing before looking at what dates work best.

2. schedule it

We'll plan your photoshoot together, deciding on all the details including wardrobe, styling, specific locations, and more!

3. plan it out

How it works

This      for you if:

Your best friends are yalies

Your best friend is a photographer

there's always someone missing in your pix

YOU never liked yale, anyway!

you suddenly need a professional headshot for job applications or linked in

It's probably        for you if...

YOU aren't looking forward to graduation



I've literally spent my entire life on college campuses. My father worked at universities my whole life and I married a  professor who teaches Chemical Engineering at Yale. Yale has been home to me for the past 20 years. I am a fellow at Morse and currently have two kids in Hopper. Having been a part of the university community for so long means I can help you navigate the best ways to get the photographs you want. Let me know what you're looking for and we'll get started!

Hi, I'm karissa.
a yale mom & morse fellow.

The gift that keeps on giving!

Who do you need gifts for?

"If you are looking for a photographer, stop, pick up the phone & book now! You will be so thrilled you did!"

"This course gave me the courage to finally quit my job, and start my biz!"

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Interested in a session?

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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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pro tips for a great photoshoot

A little advice?

Consider doing your photoshoot before graduation & skip the chaos of the big day!

Pick up your cap & gown as early as possible.

Your gown will arrive wrinkled. If you don't have a steamer, use the shower steam.

Consider asking friends to do a session with you- whether it's your suitemates, your club team or your cohort!

Plan early! Everyone wants the same photos at the same time.

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"The session was memorable, beautiful & fun.

Karissa is not only gifted & talented but she also creates a delightful and authentic experience that shows in the photographs.

- bernadette

"Karissa makes sure you are happy & comfortable...

All while taking the most beautiful photographs. It's easy to feel comfortable because she is so much fun. You will have an absolute blast!

- olivia

"This photographer captures the light within."

I had so much fun I can't even articulate how much I enjoyed it! As a creative person myself I felt totally connected to her throughout the session. It was joyous."

- dana

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yale awards over 4,000 degrees each year

yale has more than 14,000 students

94% of undergraduates are from out-of-state

an estimated 7500 people travel to new haven for graduation

The bottom line is plan ahead!


With so many people in town for graduation, the bottom line is to plan ahead for everything- accommodations, restaurant reservations, transportation, and (naturally) your photoshoot!

Can you help me figure out what to wear?

Absolutely! The On Campus session includes a digital style guide to walk you through different ideas, while our Signature Session includes a Zoom consultation so we can go over everything together. We don't limit outfit changes, but do recommend limiting it a bit as changing takes away from our time shooting.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I include friends in my session?

Of course! Your session is your time however you want to handle it. If you want, you can schedule the session and then divide the cost among your friends. The more people we include the more efficient we need to be. For groups of 6 or more I generally recommend adding more time so we aren't rushed.

Are photos included in your packages?

The session fee includes everything associated with your session which (depending on the type of session) may include the digital style guide, a Zoom consultation, your hair & makeup stylist, access to our library of props and clothes, and the photoshoot itself. Photographs are ordered separately once you've seen the images and decided which ones you love most.

What about the weather?

Cloudy days are actually ideal for photoshoots, but rain (obviously) is not. If rain is forecast, we will cancel the photoshoots about 24 hours out (the weather in CT often changes so we don't cancel sooner). We try to leave time in our schedulefor rescheduled photoshoots, but it can get tricky close to graduation. Graduation Day deposits will be refunded in case of rain as those cannot be rescheduled.



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