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Thursday May 23, 2024

1: Holud

As you two walk through each beautiful step of the Holud ceremony, I will thoughtfully capture each ritual in a way that brings the feeling of the moment back to life when you view the images.

From moments that center on just you two, to moments that center familial blessings, I will capture every moment with an attention to detail & artistic heart.

2: Mehendi

With the fun, dancing, & food that is to come during the Mehendi, there will be so many organized & candid moments to capture between you all. I will capture the moments planned, the details of the artistry on display, & moments unplanned that bring laughter & excitement to the moment.

As day turns to evening, the sun will perfectly backdrop your families as you all celebrate into the early evening, & I will capture it all in a non-disruptive way, that allows you & your guests to be comfortable & candid in front of the camera.

Friday May 24, 2024

1: Sangeet - family

This weekend will mark the beginning of you two forming your own family, & officially joining each other's families of origin. The Sangeet will lay the groundwork for so many bonding moments between each other your families, from laughter to hugs to dances shared on the dance floor, & my head will be constantly on a swivel to capture every way in which your families integrate on this day.

2: sangeet - celebration

What better way to celebrate your love than with food, family, & dancing? From each moment of celebration moments that you will never want to forget will take place. The images I will take will take moments of celebration that would have otherwise gone unnoticed had it not been for my camera, & freeze them in time to be held in your wedding album & framed on your walls.

Saturday May 25, 2024


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

As you & your closest friends get ready, be it at a hotel or at the venue, many precious moments are shared. Toasts & uncontrollable laughter, each of which will be captured by our ready eyes.

2: Ceremony

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 Krishna smiles as Pooja 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.


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.

Snug Harbor is one of my favorite venues because of the vast diversity of imagery that can be captured here. We can take portraits in the Tuscan Garden, then walk over to the Chinese Scholar Garden or the White Garden, all while getting unique imagery that comes to life in a golden way, highlighting the love you two share.


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 (depending on your run of show) 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.

If you two have a wedding party or specific guests you would like photos with, 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. 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.

5: cocktail hour + mingling

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.

6: party time

What is a wedding if not the party of a lifetime?! & with all possible choreographed dances, your guests are sure to be blown away. My associates & I will be constantly on the move capturing all the best angles of you two & your crew bringing the house down, as well as your guests' entertained reactions.

After any choreographed 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 photographers, we will have our most comfortable shoes on, so we can stay on our feet all evening & not miss a single moment.

Investment Proposal 1: $8,500 for full wedding weekend coverage.

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 three different settings, with the weekend ending with fun evening celebrating your love in a garden setting, with the party of a lifetime to follow. Also, I have included special moments we captured of couples with their wedding party without them realizing we were there taking a photo to show you how we capture authentic moments between you two & those you love most by skillfully capturing moments as they occur!

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 both throughout your entire wedding weekend.

This proposal would include 7 hours of coverage from myself on May 23, coverage from myself on May 24, & 8 hours of coverage from myself & a second associate on May 25. There is always the option to add coverage from an additional photographer for the Holud + Mehendi or the Sangeet if need be.

Investment Proposal 2: $7,500 for Snug Harbor & Holud + Mehendi or Sangeet.

If the investment for whole wedding weekend is not something you want to move forward with, then just going with two days is an incredible option! We will still provide you with the same amount of service & attention to detail that will make your wedding day authentically you.

Investment Proposal 3: $6,200 for Snug Harbor.

In the end, if you decide to choose a different photographer for your Long Island events, I would still be overjoyed to join your Staten Island celebration & provide my highest degree of services to you two on just this day, & I will be so excited to hear about the great time you both had the days prior!

Additional Costs that would be agreed upon in the contract: $450/hour for additional hours of services & $250/roll of film for any 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!

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 memorable as you envision it to be.