Joanna Carina of Carina Photographics

Hello, friends! My name is Joanna Carina, and I’m a Minneapolis wedding, engagement and portrait photographer. My background is in photography as well as design. I like to think of myself as a visual storyteller. My focus is simple: to preserve your story artfully and authentically.


~ I have over twenty years of photography and art direction experience. I am very experienced with photographic compositions, posing, lighting, etc.

~ I have over 15 years of design experience, so love to work with my clients to produce gorgeous artisan heirlooms featuring their wedding, engagement and portrait photography.

~ I love love love wedding and portrait photography! I love having the honor of working with couples and their families and friends on one of the biggest days of their lives. Witnessing the touching moments, laughter, joy, and tears of happiness from each remarkably personal day is such a privilege for me. I often find myself with a huge grin, laugh-out-loud guffaws, or even my own tears of joy at the moments and emotions I am capturing.


~ My work and articles have been featured on several blogs and publications including The Knot, Minnesota Bride, The Luxe Pearl, Rustic Wedding Chic, Fab You Bliss, Artfully Wed, Borrowed & Blue, Midwest Bride, Reverie Gallery, Glamour & Grace, Elegant Wedding Magazine, and many more. Check out my most recent work on my blog!

~ I am honored to have earned awards such as 2018 Three Best Rated St Paul Wedding Photographers, 2016 Two Bright Lights Editors Choice Award and 2016 Gay Weddings & Marriage Magazine Photographer of the Year.

~ I  have earned membership with other world-renowned photographers in several curated organizations such as Best of Wedding Photography, Fearless Photographers and The International Society of Professional Wedding Photographers.


~ I’m a Scorpio.

~ I’m adventurous and love to travel. You can find me hiking through the rocky outback of Australia, sailing through the karst islands of Thailand or wandering around the mysterious Moai statues of Easter Island.

~ I love tent camping under the stars. My ultimate goal is to explore every National Park in the country.

~ I’m a bibliophile.

~ I treasure my together-time with my husband (who I met back in college) and our two sweet and ridiculously rambunctious kids. 

I’d love to learn more about how I can help you, so please contact me soon. I would love to create artful images that capture your heart!

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