There's nothing quite like falling head over heels in love! I'm Joanna Carina, an engagement photographer based in the Minneapolis-St Paul metropolitan area of Minnesota. My passion is to capture the essence of your love story and showcase your unique connection through beautiful, timeless photographs.

With an eye for detail and a commitment to artistic excellence, I strive to provide you with an unforgettable engagement photography experience. As a wife and photographer, I understand that your engagement is a special moment in your life, and I am dedicated to capturing the essence of your love story with a focus on creating timeless memories that you will cherish for years to come. From the initial consultation to the final artwork, I will guide you through the entire process, ensuring that you feel comfortable, confident, and absolutely stunning in front of the camera.

With my expert use of lighting, composition, and creative direction, I will capture the beauty and spirit of your love story in a way that is truly breathtaking. Each photograph is a work of art, crafted with care to showcase your unique personalities, style, and love for one another.

Join me for an engagement photography experience that will leave you breathless. Let's create memories that will last a lifetime and showcase the beauty of your love story for generations to come. I can't wait to capture your love story through my lens!


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

STEP 1: First we connect over a phone call to discuss your engagement photo vision, our process and our artwork options. Once you book, I'll provide guidance on what to wear and what to expect during your session.

STEP 2: Now comes the big day: your engagement session! We'll meet up for your portraits and work together until we get a wide variety of options to choose from.

STEP 3: Next, I’ll present the best-of-the-best photos to you at my St. Paul studio. We’ll choose and order your favorite photos and portrait artwork at this time. All your chosen photos will receive my Master Art Retouching to perfect every detail, and your heirloom artwork will be custom-designed just for you.

STEP 4: Your digital photos will be sent within two weeks, and your gorgeous heirloom artwork will be delivered a month afterward to fill your home with life and love. 


Q: HOW FAR IN ADVANCE SHOULD WE BOOK? When it comes to securing your preferred dates, I recommend booking your appointment at least 4-6 weeks in advance. That being said, I understand that life can be unpredictable and last-minute appointments may be needed, and I can occasionally fit them in.

1. Dress to Impress: Engagement photos are a chance to showcase your personalities and styles. Dress in something that makes you feel confident and comfortable. Consider your personal styles, favorite colors, and what looks best on you.
2. Avoid Trends: While it's important to showcase your personality and style, try to avoid clothing that is too trendy as these can quickly date your photos. Opt for timeless, classic pieces that will still look great in years to come.
3. Consider Your Location: Think about the location of your photo session and choose clothing that will complement the setting. For example, if you're taking photos in a park or natural setting, earthy tones and softer colors will work well. If you're taking photos in a city setting, bolder and brighter colors can make a statement.
4. Layer and Accessorize: Adding layers and accessories can add depth and interest to your photos. Consider adding a jacket or scarf, or accessorizing with jewelry, hats, or fun shoes to add some personality to your outfits.

Q: HOW DO WE CHOOSE A LOCATION? I have a photo studio in St Paul, and I also have several favorite locations around the Twin Cities that I can recommend. I can travel to you anywhere within the Minneapolis-St Paul Twin Cities metro area, such as Roseville, Lauderdale, Mendota, Mendota Heights, Falcon Heights, Sunfish Lake, West St Paul, South St Paul, Newport, Inver Grove Heights, Eagan, Maplewood, Oakdale, Woodbury, Lake Elmo, Cottage Grove, Afton, Lakeland, Stillwater, Dellwood, White Bear Lake, Mound, Mahtomedi, North St Paul, Little Canada, Vadnais Heights, Arden Hills, Shoreview, New Brighton, Mounds View, Fridley, Columbia Heights, Long Lake, Lakeville, Saint Anthony, Minnetonka, Golden Valley, Saint Louis Park, Edina, Richfield, and Bloomington. I am always open to capturing you in your favorite location too!

Q: WHAT IS YOUR PAYMENT PROCESS? The session fee is due at booking to lock in your session date. Any artwork is ordered and paid for at your Cinematic Presentation + Design Consultation.

Q: WHERE AND WHEN DOES THE CINEMATIC PRESENTATION + DESIGN CONSULTATION TAKE PLACE?  We will meet at my St Paul studio to choose your favorite photos and design/order your artwork. This session can happen as soon as the same (or next) day! Otherwise, we will schedule the session shortly after your engagement photo session.

Q: WHO SHOULD ATTEND THE CINEMATIC PRESENTATION + DESIGN CONSULTATION? All decision-makers must be present at the ordering session.

Q: ARE DIGITAL FILES INCLUDED IN THE SESSION FEE? Digital photographs are not included in the session fee, but the corresponding digital photos are included with your artwork purchase.


Contact me soon to discuss working together for your engagement photography - I cannot wait to fill your life and home with love!