Charisa Studios
Charisa Studios

Hit Pause. Return to the Moments. Relive the Magic of Family.

Charisa Ripma Ausfahl - professional portrait photographer in Central Illinois.


I believe life is a gift.

I believe that every age, every stage of life, and with all of our varying abilities has a purpose. It should be celebrated, and lived to the fullest creating your story. Life is magnificently beautiful. And it is my absolute joy to help you capture and share moments of your story for generations to come.

Charisa Studios is Central Illinois’ premier family photographer. She offers both in-studio and outdoor portraiture. Located in Washington next to Spring Creek Preserve, Charisa Studios is conveniently situated between Peoria and Bloomington/ Normal. Looking for an intimate baby or wedding shower venue with portrait options? Look no further than Charisa Studios. Charisa Studios helps your family to “Hit Pause. Return to the Moments. And Relive the Magic of Family.”


“Our family loved being with her; the photos she captured were a gift, but she made the photo shoot a FUN experience!  It is a true gift to have 3 children smiling and jumping/running/playing in the beautiful world God has given.  Charisa brings joy to the ( sometimes frustrating ) experience of family photos.  She captured our daughter (who struggles to make eye contact). Not only did she capture her eyes, but smiles as well…and so many of them.  This is an incredible gift that brings tears of joy every time.” 


Senior portrait photography by Charisa Ripma Ausfahl, in Metamora, Illinois.

We get swept away with the passage of time.

Our boys change from having baby soft cheeks to suddenly having facial hair.

Our girls lose interest in tea parties with their stuffed animals and are running out the door to meet friends at the coffee shop.

It happens seemingly overnight.

Everyone gets so incredibly busy and trying to get everyone’s schedules to line up is a chore. Add in the stress of getting everyone in coordinating “Pinterest-worthy” outfits, family pictures slide to the back-burner and the years slip by.

But preserving your story is too important. And I am here to help make capturing it easier and so much fun! 

We do milestone birthday portrait sessions.


Style Guide

What makes me different?

“The first thing that comes to mind is peace. You make everyone feel comfortable and they can come be real with you in a moment and can capture a memory they can always hold.”

rElizabeth B.

Family photo session in rural Illinois.


Relaxed & Fun

My degree is Elementary Education. I’m a mother of 5. Children are my jam. Many husbands and fathers have also made a point to tell me at the end of a session that they were surprised to discover they had a good time too. I keep it fun and relaxed. We do a lot of laughing. I help you create a fun memory.



Having my own studio and office space means we can meet whenever it works best for you. Often that means clients get home from work, have a relaxed dinner, and then meet with me at 7 or 8PM. We enjoy coffee and have a great time together.

Charisa Studios specializes in western photography sessions for girls, boys, seniors and families.
Charisa Studios - Newborn and mother photography session.



One of the most common questions I get asked during the planning stages with my clients is “What should we wear?” Advice on what to wear on your photo shoot has changed over the years. No longer are white shirts and jeans on everyone the trend.

I am more than happy to discuss your clothing choices, help you narrow down your decision, as well as make sure that your clothing coordinates well with the locations chosen for your photo shoot. Also, I have a Client Closet that helps you minimize your expense and keep things extra easy!


Adaptive & Accommodating

I have such a love for families that have a member with a special need. I see the hard, but I see the beauty as well. I see our world’s desperate need for them and their high resolution, full color, out of the box perspective on life.

In a world that seems fixated on everyone looking and sounding just alike, they remind us how much we are missing! I understand the additional needs involved with working with children who have sensory issues, physical limitations, and behavioral challenges. I welcome any and all discussions on your family’s needs to ensure an amazing experience.

Charisa Studios has expertise photography children with special needs.
Charisa Studios loves doing sessions for newly engaged couples!

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Let’s tell your story.

Life is a gift- to be celebrated and cherished. It is an incredible privilege to be given the task of capturing these moments and preserving them for future generations to treasure as well. 

What our clients are saying…

Fairytale photo sessions for children.

“Charisa did an awesome job on our family photos.” 

“The individual pictures of my kids even caught their personalities. She found a time and location that was convenient for us. All of my kids said they actually enjoyed doing the photo shoots. Charisa made it fun for us, therefore we all had real smiles in the pictures. I highly recommend Charisa Studios.”

rAudrey S

Two young sisters, photographed by Charisa Studios.

“Charisa was a joy and a blessing to work with for our family photos!”

“Her attention to detail, not just with the typical things like setting and lighting, but also little things such as body posture and hair framing on our daughter’s face, are what set her apart from other photographers. Charisa’s cheerful personality and complete transparency every step of the way made for a smooth experience that couldn’t have gone better- and an immeasurable value for the final results. We highly recommend Charisa Studios for any photography needs!”

rSarah V

Charisa Studios has expertise photography children with special needs.

“We had such a wonderful time doing our family photos!”

“Super professional, but not uptight. We got some amazing photos that reflected her skills and our personality.”

rMatt L

Contact Charisa





Charisa Studios

24363 Spring Creek Road

Washington, IL 61571


Check out Charisa Ausfahl's featured image in the June '21 issue of Shutter Magazine.
Charisa Studios

Hit pause.  Return to the Moments. Relive the Magic of Family.