We wanted to take the opportunity today to celebrate Carissa from Capture the Moment, one of our vendors and regularly featured photographers as she recently represented Central Queensland at The Australian Bridal Industry Academy (ABIA) awards. The ABIA awards are acknowledged throughout Australia as a means of determining the best wedding industry professionals and businesses. This was only Carissa’s second year at the awards – in her first year she remarkably took out 3rd place but this year she was voted #1 in Queensland!
A grand total of 6,585 Queensland couples (representing 1 in every 4 Queensland marriages) selected 509 nominees, 311 finalists and 36 winners for the categories of venues, photographers, beauty stylists and a variety of other wedding industry professions.
The Chairman of ABIA, Mr John O’ Meara congratulated Capture the Moment as the Winner of the ABIA award for the photography category. Mr O’ Meara went onto say that it was businesses like Capture the Moment which enhanced and enriched the industry, through their tireless pursuit of excellence in designing the dream for each and every one of their unique wedding couples. We would have to agree with him and spoke with Carissa to ‘capture’ some insight into the big night and her extraordinary win. Congratulations Carissa, we are so thrilled for you and proud of your achievements! It has been a pleasure over the past few years following along with your journey, to see your work grow in beauty, finesse and emotiveness.
Tell us about your big win with ABIA!
Omg! My big win! What can I say, it was so very overwhelming! Last year was my first year with ABIA and I was placed top 3 with a result of 99.86%, so to win in my second year is a huge achievement for sure! I was rated this year 99.9%, I was incredibly thrilled, but also terrified because that meant I had to stand up in front of 200+ of the wedding industry’s best including a room full of photographers that deserved this title as much as myself. I am far from a public speaker, so let me just say if I am lucky enough to win again I best improve on my thank you’s!
This award was based on quality of service, product and value for money. It represents quality, integrity and credibility and could only be voted for by my bridal couples for who I am so grateful for – I seriously have the most beautiful couples that make my job so very easy! I love my job!
I am excited to put Rockhampton on the map nationally within the wedding industry.
Tell us a little more about you, what’s your story and how did you come to be a photographer?
I’ve always had a creative side. Not in an art form of painting or drawing but growing up I was heavily involved with dance and theatre. Photography never entered my mind until 2010. I was sitting editing images thinking ‘what is it I want to do? It dawned on me that I was already doing it! I was addicted to taking photos of my 3 sons. I just wanted to capture every single moment because everyday they were getting bigger. When their sports kicked in I started taking action shots for all the kids and providing them with images for end of season awards presentation. I also actively videoed and edited all of the games and birthdays and Christmases and so it progressed from there. My eldest son is turning 21 in a couple of weeks! I am (and so is he) grateful that we have these beautiful albums to look back on!
My first wedding – beautiful dear friends of ours whom married at Bargara on the beach had asked me to photograph their wedding, and the rest is history! I now photograph 20-25 weddings per year and in addition focus on glamour and boudoir which I absolutely love. I love the opportunity to show women what I see – how beautiful they are!
What do you love most about being a professional wedding photographer?
I think my business name says it all! Whilst it may sound cliché, I believe it is true to its meaning. Yes I love creating all the pretty images but, it is the fleeting moments in-between the guided poses that I truly love to capture.
The Capture The Moment Experience
I would like to think I’m a pretty easy person to get along with. I’m not sure if the words ‘laidback’ and ‘perfectionist’ go in the same sentence but that is me.
I only take up to 20 weddings per year so as to give my bridal couples the complete attention they deserve. I book out 12 months in advance.
I am a natural light wedding photographer with a love of sun flare and moody skies! My images are modern, romantic and sugary sweet! My style is free and candid with a blend of simple guided posing. Then, when I arrive back at the office, my creative processing has become an extension of my art allowing me to heighten mood and ambiance. It’s this creative styling that I enjoy especially when I can create a wow factor!
Capture The Moment wedding collections start at $3,500 and Carissa is available for destination weddings.
Carissa’s Thank You Speech
“First and foremost, a massive thank you to ABIA and their amazing team giving us all here the chance to showcase our passion within the wedding industry. And to all the amazing photographers here – this could have been anyone’s, so much talent and passion in this very room!
To my amazing husband and three sons for putting up with all the ‘girly’ things that weddings entail. And trust me, they put up with a lot – they are my life!
To my seriously supportive parents who bought my first pro-camera and are sitting by the phone way up in the gulf waiting for this news!
And most importantly to my gorgeous bridal couples! Their overwhelming support is the reason I’m here tonight and I’m ever so grateful. I love my job! I know my business name is cliché but it is true to its full meaning. Yes I love creating all the pretty images but what I love most is capturing the moments of love in stills to treasure forever!
One of the many things we love about Carissa is her heart for giving back. Capture The Moment proudly supports breast cancer survivors and fighters. Carissa donates two complimentary boudoir/glamour shoots per year. Do you know someone that needs to be reminded how beautiful she is? Email Carissa at firstname.lastname@example.org or head on over to her stunning new website for further information and to view her work.