i love creating & capturing art, portraits are my absolute favorite.

name pronounced: Khar - Leese *** '08 Graduate of the prestigious New York Institute of Photography (10 yrs in industry, I'm considered a veteran in my field since so many do not last that long) *** born year of the ox, 'nuff said *** cat lady (4 cats and 1 dog) *** hubby is a geek *** daughter is my everything *** live with Hashimoto's disease *** love the beach but prefer to swim in a pool *** i wish everyone would just get along, i do not enjoy angry behaviour

Work featured on: Oxygen Magazine, Denim & Grace, A Military Story, Done Brilliantly, Dulcelina Magazine, My Hotel Wedding & many more! 

about me, CARLISE

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as much as I didn't want to believe it, i was never going to be an opera singer.

at age 15, life started me on a musical path as a classical singer and theatre major. in '03 my daughter was born, i found a new passion in my daughter and singing was put to the side. my parents gave me a camera to capture my growing daughter's moments. i never thought photography would be my path choice but universe had different plans for me - thank you, universe!


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WOW! First I just wanted to share with you my feelings on the experience I had with you last Thursday! You are the most genuine, caring, calming soul I could have ever imagined doing this photo shoot with! I told you that day as a artist myself it gave me such joy and comfort to see the excitement that came over you as you were capturing your works of art! I can not thank you enough for the experience I had along with all the kind words you have shared with me! You are truly amazing! Thank you for making me see the true goddess that I will embrace from this point forward!!! 


You are a phenomenal photographer! You had me in tears this morning. What absolutely beautiful pictures. You are very gifted. :) Thanks for doing such a nice job. 


Carlise!! I LOVE them! I'm so excited to show my fiance - I've looked at them twice already - I cant believe it - I'm actually impressed with myself and I think this is becoming more of a gift for myself than him! Haha! You are the best! 


I am unbelievably blown away at the experience I had with you today! You made me feel super comfortable and I appreciate u so much for that!! 


I'm crying!!! They are so beautiful!!! I had no idea how pretty I looked pregnant - I'm so glad I did these huge confidence booster!


NEWBORN AND MATERNITY sessions are highly Limited and exclusive

Newborns & Maternity

Newborns & Maternity

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Newborn | $425 (studio or lifestyle)
Maternity | $375 (indoor, outdoor or mix)
Fresh 48 | $250 (30 min local hospital session) 

Sessions include time of photographer both during session and after session while editing files. Newborn sessions are booked on baby's due date, actual session date is set within the first 14 days of newborn arrival. Older newborns up to 1 month old are gladly accepted. 

All sessions are held in the Middletown, NY studio. Travel fee starts at $100+ (not to exceed tri-state area).

Sessions include watermarked webfiles for social media sharing. Sessions DO NOT include digital files, prints or products.

Average investment is $650-$1100

*Studio does not offer FAMILY sessions without newborn, please inquire for a list of top family photographers in the Hudson Valley area.

Over 10 yrs newborn portrait experience!



Boudoir OPTIOns

$1100 -

$900 -

$775 -

SIMPLICITY (5x5 press book)



ELEGANCE (4x6 gift album) 

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Signature Boudoir Sessions are a complete makeover experience! Covered in your package is professional makeup, a signature stylized session, social media file downloads and an array of books/albums to choose from.

Mini Boudoir Sessions are a sweet, shorter session focusing on the body as fine art. Mini sessions are offered once a month so check back for the next mini session date. Click                                                            for complete mini session info! 

Boudoir Parties are a great way to celebrate friendship, bachelorette, birthday, milestone, basically anything you want to celebrate and have fun with your friends at the same time.

Payment plans are available and are tailored to your needs. Plans are a very popular option to help manage and save for your session!

Over 10 yrs experience and my most popular sessions are boudoir! 

**The Intimate Details Session**

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Visual ARts STudio

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Photography by Carlise
Gorgeous natural light surrounds each room. A dedicated newborn room, private changing areas, a homey feel and a relaxing environment. Outside has a few pretty areas for portraits, too. Client area has a mini kitchenette for snacking, heating up food, make coffee, tea or enjoy a cold drink.

Makeup by Monique
Let Monique pamper you with a soothing facial, expert lash extensions, waxing or have your makeup beautifully and professionally done. With her 10+ years as a licensed esthetician and bridal makeup artist, Monique is guaranteed to give you a wonderful experience. As a Capri Beauty school teacher and graduate, Monique is also available for makeup lessons, one-on-one or small groups. Contact her today www.makeupbymonique.com

Boudoir Parties

Boudoir Parties

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Boudoir parties are perfect for bachelorette, birthday and girls night out! Parties are also a great way to SAVE on a boudoir session!
Each participant will receive a mini INTIMATE DETAILS session, mini makeover, a 3x3 mini accordion gift book with 8-10 photos from session and social media files. Lite refreshments and snacks included. Please keep alcohol consumption at a minimum since photos will pick up a drunken or inebriated personality.

$350 each participant

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Headshot - Individual fitness - Graduating Senior | $375
GROUP Fitness or Headshot | $200 per participant

Sessions include time of photographer both during session and after session while editing files, and watermarked social media files for sharing. 
Sessions DO NOT include digital files, prints or products.

CHILD/TEEN Pro Headshot Program | $275
-initial headshot session includes social media files and 2 hi res files for 8x10 printing ($50 each additional hi res file) then enjoy updated headshot sessions for $150 for the next 2 years

Pricing for all senior, headshot, fitness and promotional photos. Makeup services are not included in price, if you'd like makeup please refer to the boudoir/glamour collections. Senior packages available.

*NOTE*: CELEBRATE sessions are still being offered. Please contact me with your nomination of friend/family member you would like to receive a complimentary CELEBRATE session. Thank you!

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classes & events

classes & events



yoga - sign up today!

WEDDINGS/vow renewal/engagement

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Click here for classes, mentoring and more info

For many years I considered myself a full-time wedding photographer. These days I am a part-time wedding photographer due to the busy demands of a full-time studio! Please click here for wedding information - let my years of experience work for you!

Sunday Restorative Yoga in the studio starting July 23rd, 2017 at 7pm. Will continue throughout summer '17 - contact to reserve your spot

For current and past clients, only: For every client you refer to me (and they pay for a session), you will accrue $50 towards any print or product. Past and previous clients will now get files with their next session booked. Start earning rewards toward art for your home, today!

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weddings & events

Weddings, engagements & couples photography

Wedding Collections

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Platinum $4800
8 hours with 2 main photographers
12x12 Leather Album
Files to reprint
Engagement session (local, only)

Gold $4500
7 hours with 2 main photographers
10x10 Leather Album
Files to reprint
Engagement session (local, only)

SIlver $4000
6 hours with 2 main photographers
8x8 Leather Album
Files to reprint

Bronze $2800
4 hours with 1 main photographer
8x8 Leather Album
Files to reprint

Engagements & Couples &
Per Hour Coverage $500
1 hour session
Files to reprint
w/8x8 signature guest album for e-sessions $1000

Last Minute Wedding?
Do you still need a
photographer? If you book within 30 days of your wedding date you save:

8 hr - $4200
7 hr - $4000
6 hr - $3500
4 hr - $2300

subject to date availability

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NEWborn one-on-one | $500

Boudoir or fitness One-on-one | $300


Photography 101 | $75


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Spend a half day learning newborn photography with live models and a one-on-one mentorship with Carlise

Let my years of experience as both a successful business woman, photographer and teacher guide you in your photography goals! All One-on-One mentoring is a hands on intensive. Attendees should live 50 miles outside of the 10940 zip code and should know how to expose in camera manually (photography 101 and beyond classes will cover manual exposure).

This is for adults, only! A bare knuckles, basic intro into the technicalities of being a photographer. Advanced instruction given after basic 101 for an additional $50 per class. Classes usually last 90 minutes. Local attendees are allowed!

This is a 3 hour intensive with model and a one-on-one mentorship with Carlise

Need a boudoir or studio space for your next session? Contact me for availability!

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The intimate details

intimate details


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In all my years as a boudoir photographer the number one thing most of my clients come to me with is nerves and shyness. These come about because of reservations each has with their own looks and appearance. My goal with The Intimate Details is to take out an element that makes us the most nervous - our face! Our identity is what we associate our looks with the most. With selfies, mirrors and reflections the first thing we look at is our faces. Any kind of insecurity starts with our face!
The Intimate Details Session concentrates on the curvature, shape, and intimate details of your body. Combined with light and shadow and an abstract and fine art approach to photographing you, your body becomes a work of art!
Full body and face are not taken during session, therefore, professional makeup is not needed. Sometimes lips and a flash of a grin are shown but beyond that your body is the star of the show!
Sessions are 30 minutes long. All images are shown in black and white, only, enhancing the fine art effect. You get 8-10 final edited images to download and keep. You also get a 3x3 mini accordion black book with up to 6 images showcased. 
 Intimate Detail sessions are ONLY offered once a month so contact studio to be put on the contact list. Those on this list get notification of the next Intimate Detail session BEFORE it gets advertised to the public.





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