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  • Hi, I’m Merrilee…

    I’m a wedding and lifestyle photographer in San Diego and I feel so blessed to be doing what I do. I love capturing the special moments in a family or family-to-be. Sometimes it’s the look between two people in love or a rare hug between brothers or maybe even the impish grin on a toddler who just stuck her toes in the sand. My style is very casual and relaxed. I want to get to know you and your family and create authentic images that you will treasure forever. Most of all I want you to have fun and I want to photograph that.

    A few random tidbits about me…my grandfather was an obsessive photographer and documented every detail (not exaggerating) of my childhood. You should see the photo albums I inherited from him. Priceless. I like to think that's where I inherited some of my photo skills. I’m married to the most amazing husband in the world. His patience never ceases. He pushed me to start up my own business and I am eternally grateful. He also shoots all of my weddings with me…we make a great team. We have two littles named Paxton and Corbin who are the biggest balls of energy you will ever meet. They make frequent appearances on my blog.

    My happy places are easily Disneyland, the beach, the library, and the kitchen. I am so fortunate to live in Southern California. I’m a runner. I’ve run four marathons, a bunch of half-marathons, and someday I'll do Boston. I knit (well, I used to before my boys arrived). I like craft beer and classic cocktails. I'm addicted to Instagram and Pinterest. I eat way too much chocolate. I take a lot of pictures and I'd love to take yours!

Blakley Family

Last fall, I drove up to Orange County to take family photographs for the entire Blakley Family. Living in Southern California, we were blessed with gorgeous beach weather in the middle fall and we took advantage of it…kinda like we’ve been doing all winter too. Wait, did I just say that? Anyone not living in our part of the country can pretend I didn’t. Blakleys, it was a treat to spend the evening with your beautiful family in your lovely home and at the beach. Thanks for inviting me up to capture some special memories for you all!

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The Denvers

This last holiday season was one of my favorites for family photos and this beautiful family was certainly a highlight! I love capturing families in their homes and creating memories that they will treasure forever and ever. I love that these girls will have the chance to look back years from now and see what the love in their family looked like, to relive what it was like playing with Mommy and Daddy, and to remember the house they lived in when they were small. These memories are absolutely priceless and I am so glad that I was able to be a part of them. Denver Family, I can’t thank you enough for inviting me into your home and giving me the honor of capturing your family!

May the force be with you

So it’s a Star Wars kind of Halloween at our house this year. Yoda and Jango Fett stopped for a brief photo op and here’s what we ended up with.  See if you can find the one taken right before our potty stop…heck even bounty hunters have to go sometimes:)

We wish you the happiest of Halloweens and may the force be with you!

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