Carina Photographics Experience

When you reminisce about your wedding day decades from now, you’ll cherish the candid moments — the playful glances you gave one another from across the room, the embraces you shared with the people you love, the laughter that echoed throughout your reception.

With artistic, storytelling-focused wedding photography, these small memories become the big moments you’ll share and treasure for generations. Our goal is to intentionally craft authentic images that transport you back to your wedding day each time you view them.

As wedding photographers in Minneapolis, we use artistic vision, insight, and technical skill to influence our wedding imagery. We also mix in a bit of fun and laughter to put you at ease and help you live in-the-moment on your best day ever.

In a world flooded with photographers, how can you find the one who is a perfect fit for you? While there are some aspects that seem pretty similar between most photographers, there are several areas that Carina Photographics stands out:

SPECTACULAR IMAGERY: When you work with Carina Photographics, the focus is you – your life, your story, your day. It’s about your love – not only the posed, perfected moments, but also the spontaneous, joyful, passionate and silly moments in-between. While a large portion of your day is captured in a documentary or photojournalistic style, there are plenty of times sprinkled in where I use my artistic vision and technical skills to compose gorgeous portraits that you and your loved ones will treasure. Leave the posing prompts, lighting and other photo worries to me - I’ll take care of it all so you are free to enjoy your big day. I love to create artful images that capture your heart.

EXCELLENT SERVICE: Beyond amazing images, I love to take care of my clients with excellent, thoughtful customer service. I am so thankful to every person I’ve had the privilege to work with. It’s such an honor to be included in some of the biggest moments of peoples’ lives. To be able to witness the love, joy and tears between my clients and their friends and loved ones is truly magical! I love to surprise and delight my clients with excellent service that goes beyond most others. I love to include thoughtful gifts, extensive photo planning, quick correspondence, time-tested advice, walk-through meetings and going above-and-beyond to help craft your best day ever. 

PERSONAL CONNECTION: Let’s be honest - you want someone who not only provides amazing images and captures every moment of your big day, you also want someone who is fun to be around and gives an awesome experience. Rest easy, there’s no prima donna here - my down-to-earth and laid-back style, along with wit and humor, often puts everyone at ease. This helps bring out natural personalities and genuine emotions. Many of my clients come back time and again for maternity, newborn, family, headshot and other photography needs. I love that we begin as clients and grow to become lifelong friends!

ARTISAN HEIRLOOMS: Your wedding photography is the first investment you make in your new family’s legacy. My former life as a designer and art director adds a unique skill in custom-designing bespoke heirlooms of your images using some of the highest-quality artisans in the world. These are art pieces you will be proud to enjoy through the years, share with family and friends, as well as pass down through generations. Having something tangible from your wedding day to hold in your hands, versus a jumble of files on a disc or a folder in a hard drive, is incomparable. These images are precious and irreplaceable, and their value only increases with time. Your custom-designed artisan heirlooms will be cherished throughout your lifetime and for generations to come.

Hiring a wedding photographer can seem like a daunting task. I want to make the process easy for you and will help you every step of the way. Following is a brief "what to expect" to working with Carina Photographics:

STEP 1: After we connect over an email or phone call, we’ll schedule to meet in my St. Paul studio. We’ll talk about your wedding vision as I walk you through my process and packages. After the meeting, I’ll send a contract and deposit invoice that will lock your wedding date into my calendar.

STEP 2: Now that you are officially a Carina Photographics client, we’ll begin planning your wedding day timeline with photography in mind. I’ll send you an in-depth questionnaire and additional resources to help you finalize all the details of your wedding day.

STEP 3: Now comes some fun: planning your engagement session! We will decide together on locations, timing, wardrobe selections, and any other elements. This will give us a chance to get to know each other better and give you practice in front of the camera.

STEP 4: Prior to your wedding day, we’ll have a final walk-through meeting at your wedding or reception venue to review the location and wedding day timeline. I’ll make a note of every event, activity, and formal portrait needed on your big day so you can relax and enjoy the festivities.

STEP 5: The big day has finally arrived, and I’ll be there early to prepare my gear and review our photo locations to make sure everything is ready. As we move through the day, I’ll help us stick to the timeline and keep you updated on how things progress while capturing the spontaneous moments in between.

STEP 6: After your wedding, I’ll professionally edit your images before presenting them to you at my St. Paul studio as we relive your wedding day. We’ll also discuss heirloom album and artwork options at this time, giving you a wide variety to choose from so you can remember your wedding day forever.

I can’t wait to document the personal story of your big day — from the intricate details to the most ecstatic moments; from the biggest laughs to the joyful tears. The day you’ve been dreaming of will live on through artistic, dramatic, storytelling imagery.

Contact me soon! I’d love to help celebrate your timeless love.

Not only is Carina Photographics skilled with wedding photography, we also work with several aspects of portrait photography too. Our options include:

ENGAGEMENT PHOTOGRAPHY: There's nothing like being head-over-heels in love! Celebrate this exciting time in your life with Minneapolis engagement photography. I love working with clients to celebrate one of the biggest events of their lives.

FAMILY PHOTOGRAPHY: I love Minneapolis family photography. Many of my clients came to me needing wedding photography services, and we continue documenting their growing family over the years. I offer both in-studio and on-location options depending upon your needs.

NEWBORN PHOTOGRAPHY: My Minneapolis newborn photography is perfect for documenting your first days with your new little one. I primarily focus on lifestyle newborn photography, so I would work with you in your home and capture baby alone as well as with family members (and even pets!)

MATERNITY PHOTOGRAPHY: It's so great working with clients for their Minneapolis maternity photography. Whether a past wedding photography client, or someone new, it's awesome to document such an exciting time in a new family's life.

SENIOR PHOTOGRAPHY: Minneapolis senior photography holds a special place in my heart. These were some of the first portrait sessions I worked with, and I love documenting this important time in a person's life.

HEADSHOT PHOTOGRAPHY: My Minneapolis headshot photography is great for everything from corporate headshots to actors, and everyone in between. I offer both in-studio or on-location options depending upon your needs.

We work to make our portrait photography process easy for you. Here is a bit of what you can expect when working with us:

STEP 1: After we connect over an email or phone call, we’ll talk about your portrait vision as I walk you through my process and artwork options. Once you decide to book, I’ll send a contract and portrait session invoice, and we will lock in your session date my calendar.

STEP 2: Now that you are officially a Carina Photographics client, I'll provide guidance on what to wear and what to expect during your session.

STEP 3: Now comes the big day: your portrait session. We'll meet up for your portraits, whether in-studio or on-location, and work together until we get a wide variety of portraits to choose from.

STEP 4: After your portrait session, I’ll professionally edit your images before presenting them to you at my St. Paul studio. We’ll choose And order your favorite images and your final portrait options at this time.

STEP 5: Your final imagery and/or heirlooms will be delivered anywhere from a few days to a few weeks, depending upon your order.

I can’t wait to document the personal story of your life. Contact me soon to see if we'd be a great fit to work together.