St Paul Photographer Joanna Carina of Carina Photographics

Hello, friends! I’m Joanna Carina, a Minneapolis-based fine art wedding photographer who also loves capturing adventurous engagements and beautiful portraits. I’m here to visually tell your story through a series of timeless images that speak to who you are as a couple. My mission is to preserve your story artfully and authentically.

I have 20+ years of photography and art direction experience that I bring to my Minneapolis-St. Paul wedding photography clients. Leave the lighting, composition, pose directing, and photography planning to me! You’re in good hands.

I love capturing free-spirited couples who can’t wait to be surrounded by everyone they love as they celebrate their everlasting bond. Witnessing the touching moments, laughter, joy, and tears of happiness from each remarkably personal day is such a privilege for me. I can usually be found with a huge grin before letting out a laugh-out-loud guffaw, but I also cherish sweet moments that move me to tears. Every photograph we capture together will artfully tell the full story of your wedding day frame by frame.


Much like you, 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 well on my way!

~ I can usually be found with a camera in one hand and a book in the other.

~ When I’m not photographing weddings in the Minneapolis-St Paul area, I love spending time with my husband (who I met while in college) and our two sweet and ridiculously rambunctious kids.


~ 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, Modern Weddings, Gay Weddings and Marriage Magazine, Midwest Bride, 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.

~ Be sure to check out my Wedding Lovely interview!

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