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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!

Happy Father’s Day

We celebrated Father’s Day this year with pictures cause that’s pretty much how we celebrate over here. These are my three favorite guys and I couldn’t love ‘em anymore than I do.  Happy Father’s Day to the world’s best Dad. Brad, our boys are so enormously lucky to have you…and so am I. Love you bunches!

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Emily is five

Honestly, I can’t believe that I have been taking pictures for these guys for five years now. Every year around Emily’s birthday, we take family photos and every year we’ve done something different. Personally, I think this year is my all time favorite. When Pam mentioned Disneyland, how could I resist? What a fantastic way to celebrate their time living in Southern California before their big move to San Francisco. We seriously had the best time and I hope these photos bring you guys so many happy So Cal memories. We will miss you guys tons!

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Zoey

These portraits were such a celebration for Zoey…a celebration of all her hard work, a celebration of the incredibly bright future ahead of her, and a celebration of exactly where she is right now in her life…a graduating senior poised to begin an exciting new chapter of her life. Zoey, I’m so excited to see what that new chapter looks like. It is going to be beautiful! I hope these photos help you remember this incredible time and bring you memories for years to come. Congratulations on your upcoming graduation!