hi! Karissa here.
California girl at heart, living in a state for lovers.
I've been in Virginia for 12+ years and love it here! My mom always talked about how beautiful VA was & she wasn’t wrong! Though, I do sometimes miss the wide open skies and California sunshine. ;) I came here for a degree in Visual Communication Arts and I stuck around to explore being an adult and follow my passions. I’m married to Jeremy, who is everything I could hope for and didn’t know I needed. We have two dogs and a cat. We do a lot together…including shooting weddings & it’s perfect for us! ;)
My philosophy on photography has a lot to do with the fact that: time flies. It terrifies me… intrigues me… and excites me, all at once. New chapters… new ideas… new dreams... We can always renew ourselves so there’s something refreshing about knowing things pass and change and we continue to grow and learn. If your last decade was anything like mine, you know what I'm talking about! I might’ve gone through a few books, not mere chapters though?! :)
But photos are a constant. A tangible memory... we can pause it all for just a minute. We’re invited back in time to get lost in a memory. I spent hours looking through old albums my mom kept in the closet under our stairs. There was something very special about what people captured years ago, when you had to be so intentional about taking a photo. I often think about what I’m capturing now in my life and what I will look back on. & I hope to always be that intentional.
Beauty is everywhere when we’re looking. It’s especially raw and wonderful in real life moments, moments that matter to us… ones that will still matter to us down the road… and capturing those well is my livelihood. I couldn’t be happier about that.
I love working with people. I love hearing that you connect with photos and that you’re drawn to the energy of warm, natural, light and the captivating emotions of a moment. When photos continue to tell your story, I know I’ve done my job well. When you believe that love and a connection with others is what it comes down to in the end, I know I’m in the right place.
Sweet moments, honest feelings, never drama. ;)
Come over and say hello!
- Karissa (& Jeremy!)