Hey, I'm Carla and I'm looking forward to giving you an amazing senior portrait experience! 

I'm a Midwestern girl at my core with an obsession for shoes, Whitney Houston songs, and any recipe incorporating cheese! I graduated from Miami University with a degree in Mass Communication and spent several years in corporate marketing and sales roles before stumbling into photography on a whim (read: a boy broke my heart and I decided a new hobby would be a good distraction.) I've since honed my craft by studying with some of the top senior photographers in the country.

Today, the boy is long forgotten and I'm now living my best life, balancing my time as both a market researcher and a self-taught photographer. One of my greatest passions is making young girls feel gorgeous and confident in their own skin.

So, let's get this party started! I can't wait to meet you.




Carla Essen Photography serves the Greater Cincinnati, OH area and is available for destination shoots.

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