Hello! I am Joanna Carina, a senior photographer based in the Minneapolis-St Paul metropolitan area of Minnesota. My passion is capturing the essence of high school seniors, illuminating their inner personality and showcasing their unique radiance. With a discerning eye for detail and an unparalleled level of artistry, I am dedicated to providing my clients with an unforgettable photography experience.

As a wife and mother, I understand the preciousness of time and the importance of capturing the fleeting moments of life. With a focus on your senior year, I offer an epic experience that will fill you with joy. From beginning to end, I will guide you through a process that is designed to make you feel confident, relaxed, and absolutely stunning in front of the camera.

With my expert use of lighting, composition, and creative direction, I create senior photos that transcend the ordinary and elevate the extraordinary. Each photograph is a work of art, meticulously crafted to showcase your unique personality and style. The result is a collection of portraits that you will treasure for a lifetime, capturing your beauty and spirit in a way that is truly extraordinary.

Join me for an unparalleled photography experience, where you will discover just how beautiful you truly are. I cannot wait to create timeless memories with you!


We make our senior photography 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. We’ll talk about your senior portrait session vision as well as 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 portrait session.

STEP 3: Now comes the big day: your senior photo session! We'll meet up for your portraits (and optional hair and makeup services too), whether in-studio or on-location, and work together until we get a wide variety of portraits to choose from.

STEP 4: After your senior session (either same day or a later date), 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.

STEP 5: All your chosen photos will receive my Master Art Retouching to finalize and perfect each detail, and your heirloom artwork will be custom-designed to fit your life and home.

STEP 6: Your digital photos will be released within two weeks, and your gorgeous heirloom artwork will be delivered a month after that to fill your home with life and love!


Q: HOW FAR IN ADVANCE SHOULD I 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: Senior photos are a chance to showcase your personality and style. Dress in something that makes you feel confident and comfortable. Consider your personal style, 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, fun shoes to add some personality to your outfit.

Q: HOW DO I CHOOSE A LOCATION?  I have a studio in St Paul, and I also have several favorite locations around the Twin Cities that I can recommend. 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: SHOULD MY PARENTS ATTEND MY PORTRAIT SESSION? It is not required that parents attend the photo session, but it can be fun to have a parent or two come along!

Q: WHERE WOULD I CHANGE OUTFITS? If we are not in my St Paul studio, and we are not in a location with public bathrooms, we often just change in the car.

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 portrait session.

Q: WHO SHOULD ATTEND THE CINEMATIC PRESENTATION + DESIGN CONSULTATION? At least one parent/guardian or other decision-maker must be present at the ordering session, as well as the senior. Any other decision-makers are welcome to come along.

Q: ARE DIGITAL FILES INCLUDED IN THE SESSION FEE? Digital photographs are not included in the session fee, but are included with your artwork purchase. The yearbook submission is included in your session fee.


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