Carissa snaps top three spot in bridal industry awards
BEING behind the camera started as a simple hobby for Carissa Cross.
Snapping photos of her sons at various sporting events is where she developed a passion for photography, and it has only grown from there.
Carissa, 42, decided to pursue her love of photography as a full-time job and started her own business, Capture The Moment Photography, focusing on weddings, boudoir and glamour shoots.
Five years of capturing special moments at weddings and Carissa has been recognised for her work.
The Australian Bridal Industry Academy has named Carissa in their top three photographers in Queensland at their recent awards ceremony.
"This was my first year involved (with the academy) so I had no idea it was possible to win," the mother-of-three said.
"I was so happy to be a finalist, but the countdown to the actual winner was exciting. When they showed the top three finalists… I was beyond excited.
"Professionally it means that I can now display that I've been rated by such a big organisation in the bridal industry."
The awards are based on quality of product, attitude of staff, value for money and quality of service.
Carissa, who has spent years teaching herself the tricks of the trade, says she developed a passion for photographing weddings and loves to see families come together for the special occasion.
It's seeing people happy that also led her to glamour shoots in the past few years.
"I think especially mothers and women my age have been so busy that they forget to look after themselves and a glamour shoot can remind them how beautiful they are," Carissa said. "It's nice to see someone be pampered; we have a make-up and hair artist for them and they get spoilt with food platters and champagne."
Carissa, who has a background in dance, says it's a way for her to stay involved in a bit of glitz and glamour in life.
Photography gives her a chance to show her creative side and she doesn't plan on stopping anytime soon.