Meet Carissa


About Me

I was born in Humboldt, Iowa on July 5, 1985 on my mama’s 19th birthday. My dad was largely out numbered with 5 little girls for him and my mom to take care of. My entire younger childhood was spent moving around north central Iowa, Arizona and Florida. I was wildly creative with a curiosity for photography and an obsession with dolphins. When I was in 6th grade my parents decided to settle down in Bode, Iowa where I graduated high school from Twin River Valley. In high school, I met and started dating the love of my life, Joe Behounek, and we later married after college in 2009.

After high school, I attended Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo, Iowa and graduated the Professional Photography program in 2006 as well as the Graphic Communications program in 2009. Shortly after graduating, Joe and I moved back to our hometown of Bode, Iowa where I started CB Studio. In 2012, I made the bold decision to move my business out of my home to West Bend where I opened my doors right in the heart of town. At the beginning of 2017 we decided to take another big step and moved the studio to the larger community of Algona, hoping to capture more hearts. In my spare time, I enjoy gardening, home decorating and crafting, all things that let me express all the creativity I have bottled up! I love fashion, Twenty One Pilots, any food with jalapenos in it and all things teal. And last but certainly not least, I have a strong desire to travel.

In January 2015, Joe and I ventured into the long awaited journey of parenthood after battling infertility for several years. I can’t tell you how full my heart is and how this new adventure has me even more busy! Our daughter, Liella, is very active and is always keeping me on my toes!

We became even busier in January 2018 as we became parents again but this time to girl/boy twins! Eden and Oren fit into our crazy life seamlessly, and being parents to 3 children is pure chaos at times. But I wouldn’t trade it for anything else in the world.



The dreamer, photographer, romantic, baby snuggler, boss lady and lover of all things teal.

Our handyman, heavy lifter and technology guru.

The ballet dancer and artist who loves all things arts and crafts and has a wild imagination.

Our sweet and soft-spoken blondie who is extremely independent and loves anything unicorn.

Our redheaded, sweet and feisty boy who loves to play with tractors, trucks and construction vehicles.

My sweet sister who is my right hand at every wedding. She loves coffee, candy and her beautiful family of 5!


What I’m All About

I love capturing beautiful images but I know that pictures aren’t my true purpose in life. Using what I love and the gifts that God has given to me to serve others is! Capturing authentic and raw emotions that define the human experience and, in return, giving my clients physical proof of the joy and love they have for one another is what I was put on earth to provide. I, also, truly believe that my interactions and experiences that I give my clients are a special opportunity! My purpose is to honor the beauty of vulnerability, to tell stories that stir the soul, and to illuminate the profound significance of every fleeting moment.

You were given this story for a reason, so let’s share it!

Featured Personal Posts

Have a little time to settle in and read? Start with a few of my top personal blog posts of all time!

As Seen On…