Carissa Dorson is a Los Angeles-based director of photography originally from Silver Spring, Maryland.  She was recently the DP of A Little Late with Lilly Singh on NBC and the comedy feature It's a Party starring SNL’s Ego Nwodim.  She has lensed numerous short films including I Think She Likes You, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival.  Carissa began her career in sketch comedy and she loves using comedy to explore hard truths, vulnerability and human connection.

Carissa is also a fine art photographer with an interest in portraiture.  Her ongoing photo series, Funny People. Serious Photos, was featured in L.A. Weekly.  Her first photo book, Conversations with Dad, was published in 2021 by Kehrer Verlag.  Carissa is an ambassador for Lumix cameras and Rosco lighting.  She graduated with a BFA from Florida State University’s College of Motion Picture Arts in 2011.

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