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A Minnesota native, Carissa moved to Nashville, TN to pursue her Bachelor's degree at Belmont University. Upon graduating from college with a degree in Music Business she spent time on the road as a personal and business assistant and  various other aspects of the music industry. She is now focusing on her own photography business as well as managing a Starbucks in Franklin, TN.

Carissa has an Anglo-Arabian gelding who is her heart and soul. They show jumpers on the local show circuit simply for enjoyment. She has also started a ministry which uses horsemanship to mentor and help bring healing to hurting kids, teens, and young adults.

As far as photography goes, there is not a time when she can recall a camera not being affixed to her hand. She would "steal" her parent's old manual Konika SLR and save pennies to buy and develop film,  learned darkroom technique in high school, and was introduced to the wonderful world of digital photography when she bought her first digital SLR in college. Carissa has found her niche in capturing the unique bond of horse and rider: whether it be the freedom galloping cross country, the sheer power in a perfect jump, or the tender moments of silence in just being with our equine friends.