This could be you & your guests...

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One of my greatest honors as a wedding photographer is getting to be in the moments that are often private to most of the world. Be it Natalie putting on some finishing touches on makeup, laughing with your friends who surround you as you get ready, or Matthew putting on his suit jacket, I love capturing these moments to be treasured for years to come.

As you & your closest friends get ready at your lodging or venue, many precious moments are shared. Champagne toasts & uncontrollable laughter, each of which will be captured by our ready eyes. Countless moments of excitement & easygoingness will be captured for you to relive all over again in your wedding gallery.


The ceremony is such a beautiful time of showcasing your commitment in front of those closest to you. For me & my associates, we will not just capture the walks down the aisle & your first kiss, but also the way Matthew smiles as Natalie gives her vows, & the way your mom tears up as you two say yes to forever with each other.

If you move forward with us, we will approach every moment with an intentional & artistic heart, & capture moments of each of your family members & friends bearing witness to the commitment you are making to each other. You are choosing to invite who you do for a purpose, so we will also capture their reactions throughout your whole ceremony.


Family photos are such a joy. I do not want this to be a mundane part of your celebration, but, instead, right after the ceremony, let's capture hugs & laughter that will undoubtedly come after you two say "I do". Then we will move into taking group photos of different variations of family members & get these done in an efficient manner so we can continue on with the rest of your day.

We will then make sure there is some solid time set aside to take photos just with the bridesmaids, just with the groomsmen, & then with the whole wedding party (if you decide to have a wedding party that is). However, our team memorizes the faces of your family & wedding party intentionally, to always be looking for completely candid moments shared between you two & your core group of people.

4: Couples Portraits

I will give you two prompts that help you feel comfortable in front of the camera, as well as play off your natural energy together to capture moments that are authentically you. We will take non-traditional bride & groom photos that will hang on your apartment walls, as well as candid photos of joy that you will want to make your phone lock screen. I started out in the fashion photography world which means I was pruned to take a lot of photos in a very short amount of time, so after a brief time away form your guests to take these photos, I will get you back & present with your people, having fun in conversation &. in activities laid out across the grounds!

Bride & groom photos don't stop though just because you made your way back to dinner (which we will prioritize presence with your guests!), because I will always be on the lookout for a stolen kiss between the both of you, or a glance you two hold as you catch eyes from across the reception space.


Mingling photos are the bread & butter of our work. When I cull through the thousands of photos my associates & I take during a wedding day, some of my biggest smiles come from seeing those in between moments we captured. Whether it is a hug, laughter, a cheers between two people, or anything else that unfolds, I am here for every moment that would have gone unnoticed if it were not for our cameras.

From every moment, planned or unplanned, we will be there to capture a documentarian like, perspective, so that when you two look through your finished gallery it truly feels like you are reliving the day all over again.

Also, you better believe I will be on the lookout to ensure your glass stays full. Whenever I see it running low, I'll be walking right over to the bartender to grab a whiskey sour for Natalie & a beer for Matthew ;))


What better way to celebrate than in the company of those closest to you over a good meal?! Food is at the center of so much community, & beautiful moments of laughter occur when sharing in a good meal. Whether it is just that, laughter, or spontaneous toasts that are given, we will be right there capturing all the candid memories that take place.

What is a wedding if not the party of a lifetime?! After those slow dances are had, & your toasts are made, we will be getting on that dance floor with you all to celebrate the life you two are starting together. From your friend from college who is dougie-ing like nobody's business, to your sibling who is busting out their best moves, as your photographer, I will have my most comfortable shoes on, so I can stay on my feet all evening & not miss a single moment.


I have never been more excited at the prospect of a wedding design than when I looked at your Pinterest board! Up until this point, none of my couples have taken their design to this level of colorful creativity, which means that my own creative juices will be fresh & flowing, ready to photograph every unique plate, floral design that your guests immerse themselves in, & surprise yet to be unveiled.

Furthermore, I did not include many "detail suite" photos in this proposal because I really feel like a way we can add to the uniqueness of your day, is by brainstorming together different things in your details photos that make them distinct to you two. Be it some letters written to each other throughout your relationship, the postcard that marks a moment in time or trip you've taken together, or a matchbook from your go to dinner date spot, I do not want your detail photos to feel like they could be for any random couple. I want them to feel like yours & yours alone.

Below are some film photos from previous weddings & elopements.

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Investment Proposal for Digital & Film: $8,300 for 2 hours on July 19, 2024 & 8 hours on July 20, 2024.

The Carissa Joy Photo treatment is one that takes a real look at who you are as a couple, & documents your wedding day authentically to who you are. I hope you feel that already by the fact that I have mostly included imagery that could translate to a beautiful wedding weekend full of activities & a fun day by the water, as well as moments that feel stolen in time in a documentary like sense. Also, I have included special moments we captured of couples with their favorite people without them realizing we were even there taking a photo to show you two all those special candid moments we will capture of you with your favorite people.

My team & I believe we are best suited for you, because of the way we specialize in the in between moments, both big & small. We hope to work with you to align on a vision that feels 100% authentic to who you two are as a couple, & then bring that vision to life for you on both digital & film.

Film has a special character to its images. It is not just a trend making its way through the current wedding zeitgeist, it is a timeless practice of capturing love in an authentic way. I genuinely think that film photography is the most romantic way to capture a wedding, as the character of the images give off warm vibes & are inherently both nostalgic & timeless. The practice of film photography truly brings such intentionality to the moment, that can be felt & experienced when you receive the photos.

This proposal includes four rolls of film (136-144 images), an additional photographer who specializes in film to be there to capture it all, & the editing of each image. We deliver each film photo taken, even if it is slightly out of focus or blurred, because that is the magic of film photography - "mistakes" are made beautiful.

Investment Proposal for Digital & Film: $7,500 for 8 hours on July 20, 2024.

Your unique vision for your wedding day is making my heart come alive with excitement, so I want to be apart of as much of your wedding weekend as I can! If getting us out there early for welcome party coverage does not make sense, then consider us there for your wedding day alone! We will still provide you with the same amount of service & attention to detail that will make your wedding day authentically you.

This proposal includes four rolls of film (136-144 images), an additional photographer who specializes in film to be there to capture it all, & the editing of each image. We deliver each film photo taken, even if it is slightly out of focus or blurred, because that is the magic of film photography - "mistakes" are made beautiful.

Investment Proposal for Digital: $6,000 for 8 hours on July 20, 2024.

While I don't imagine you going with this option because of how much you love the medium of film, I am always sure to include this option so you can make an educated decision on all the different services you are choosing!

*regardless of which package you choose, I guarantee at least 80+ digital images per hour (640+ digital images for 8 hours of services guaranteed per your contract - this is in writing to protect you so that you are contractually obliged a minimum) that will be fully edited in your wedding gallery.

Additional Costs that would be agreed upon in the contract: $650/hour for additional hours of services & $50/roll of film for any additional rolls of film.

If at any point in the planning process you two decide you want more hours of coverage or additional rolls of film, I will have this agreement written in our contract giving you two the space to scale up the services at any point! For the film, we can shoot as we feel the moment is calling us to, then invoice you two only for the rolls we finish during your wedding weekend/day!

What would travel costs look like?

Because the venue is outside of the five boroughs, we will need to rent a car or invoice Amtrak tickets + Ubers. We will get our rental or ticket options approved by you two before making any decisions. Then we will invoice you two after the wedding day for the cost of the rental car & gas money, or the cost for Amtrak + Uber travel to the venue.

If you decide to go with weekend coverage, we will also need a hotel room for both Friday & Saturday. We can book this on our own & invoice you for the cost after getting it approved, or you two can get us a room in your own block/however works best for you.

Whether you have more questions or you are ready to book one of the options, let me know!

I am here to address any area you might be confused on or bring more clarity to each proposal. BUT if you are ready to full send it on either of these proposals, PLEASE do not hesitate to text me, because you already know I will be doing a happy dance as I write up your contract & send it your way.

Once you are ready to book you will...

1) Sign the contract I send over.

The contract is pretty simple & straight forward. It is designed to not just protect our business, but also you to, as all of Carissa Joy Photo's promises will be written down in this contract. From services performed, to editing, & editing schedules, we both will sign the contract to ensure we are on the same page + all of our needs are met. If you have any questions regarding any aspect of it, my team & I are happy to answer!

2) Put down a 30% deposit.

Details about the 30% deposit will be in the contract. Once I receive the retainer, I will mark the date of your wedding off on my calendar, so that if any other potential clients inquire with me for that day, I can confidently tell them, "So sorry, but I already have a stunning wedding with an amazing couple scheduled for that day!"

3) Jump up & down for joy with me.

Once the contract is signed & the deposit is paid, I am OFFICIALLY your photographer! What an honor that will be & I truly cannot wait to make this happen. I am confident in the beauty we will capture together, both the planned & the unplanned moments. So many priceless photos come from in between, candid moments, & I will be right by your side to photograph each one.

Once we have your wedding on the books,

I will be here with you every step of the planning process. I am here to help talk through the schedule, & how photos can work in to both get every moment you want captured, while also giving you two time to be present with your guests. I have a list of vendors I can recommend, be it florists for a good bouquet & boutonniere or a makeup artist to get you feeling good at the beginning of the day. Anything else that arises, no matter how small or big, consider me your wedding veteran to give you all the tips on ensuring your day is as fun & relaxed as you envision it to be.