Over the past decade, I have been privileged to document the love and excitement of couples on one of the most wonderful and meaningful days in their lives. I embrace this trusted role and have traveled across the world capturing their singular moments. These images have graced the covers of magazines, colored the pages of newsprint, won international competitions, and our studio has been ranked among the best of the best.

But, at the end of the day, my passion is driven by the things I value the most: my family, my friends, and the memories that we have created together.

If you take a peek into my home, you will find old walls adorned with photographs of simple yet profound moments:

a newborn baby sleeping peacefully in her bassinet, the sun warming her face as it rises on the very first morning of her life. A toddler dressed in snow boots (and a tutu), exploring the hills of a mountains or collecting seashells on a muddy beach. And dozens of faces of those who made it possible for us to be here today.

To me, these are the moments that shape our lives. And to my clients, it is their desire to have their own moments artfully documented that draws them to our work.

To request more information and check availability, please call us at (443)-330-7775 or use the contact form on our website and we'll get right back to you. I would love to bring our skills, talents, and passion to your wedding!




About Katie, Lead Photographer and Owner

I'm a mother, photographer, artist, part-time musician, writer, and business owner. 

But before I became any of these things, I was a girl with a disability.  I struggled to walk, to talk, and to perform simple tasks like holding a glass of water and writing my own name with a pen.  I spent the first 30-years of my life in and out of doctors offices, hospitals, and clinics. And I've met those last 30-years with determination, perseverance, and grace. My struggle provided me with an incredible insight into the human condition and led me here: to tell your story, with homespun wit, uncanny insight, and the ability to find the beauty in everything. Should you find yourself with a cup of coffee and twenty minutes, you can listen to my story here







Elopement packages include up to 3-hours of coverage, high-resolution images (available for download) and online proofing gallery to share with friends and family. 



One- or two-hour sessions offered at the location of your choice. Travel available for out of state clients. High-resolution images (available for download) and an online proofing gallery to share with friends and family. 




intimate weddings

Intimate wedding packages are perfect for weddings under 75 guests. Packages include half day coverage, a beautiful modern album, high-resolution images (available for download) and an online proofing gallery to share with friends and family.  


comprehensive coverage

For weddings over 75 guests, I'm thrilled to work with a network of some of the best photographers worldwide. Packages include full day coverage, a beautiful archival album, high-resolution images (available for download) and an online proofing gallery to share with friends and family.  





Modern flush mount, archival flush mount, and handmade matted options available.  



Archival quality, cotton rag hand decked prints offered for a true heirloom keepsake. For more information on our exceptional high-quality print process, please visit our partner lab at: http://musealab.com/longevity





“WOW.  tears.  need we say more?

“Katie, thank you times infinity! I love your sweet and subtle ways. It’s really does stand out in your photography. I’m so happy that the stars aligned so that we were able to have you part of long cherished memories. I truly appreciate you. Thank you truly, madly, deeply.”

“This is art at it’s finest.”

“Thank you for making the world so beautiful.”

“We just saw the pictures that you took from our wedding and they are mind blowing … simply beautiful. I am speechless and love all of them. Thank you for capturing the best day of my (our) life in such an amazing way.”

“Timeless, Raw, Emotional, Real, Unique, Grand, Natural, Poetic”

“I’m speechless.”

"All of the remarks from friends and family are happening on Facebook. But your blog readers need to know that the crowd is going wild. The word “perfection” doesn’t even seem to do these justice. We are over the moon and at the same time, not the least bit surprised by it. We KNEW YOU WERE GOING TO PULL THIS OFF FANTASTICALLY… AND YOU DID! I pity the couples who go elsewhere. All that they could ever want is right here in your capable eye. I wish I had a quarter of your talent… and an ounce of your heart. But from the bottom of my soul… thank you. A million times… thank you. "


“It’s difficult to articulate but there is a sense of authenticity to these shots. We had such a wonderful time and we’re so happy with the decision to take the engagement photos.”

“Your work made this day unforgettable. We are truly blessed to have you be a part of this important moment in our lives. We cannot say thank you enough!”

“The engagement pictures are AWESOME!!! I look at the pictures can’t imagine how great the wedding pictures will be!”

“We can’t stop looking at the photos! There is so much emotion in every image …”


“This is exactly what we wanted in a photographer and more!!!!!”

“I can’t stop looking at these blog images! Every photo leaves me wanting to know more of the story!”

“Exquisite! Stunning! Wow wow wow!”

“I feel like I bought a piece of art from my wedding day. A single, unique, thoughtful, beautiful, deep, inspiring piece of art. ”

“Katie has an amazing ability to see the beauty in everything.”

“To any bride looking for timeless, beautiful, and insanely unique images, book them: you won’t be disappointed"

"I wanted the best. And I found it."

I’m going to keep this short: Katie Merkle is one of the industries best kept secrets.







I want to cover your day in a way that highlights the joy and sincerity that surrounds you and the people you love. Some emotions are unbridled, but most are nuanced and fleeting.  When you look back at your set of images, I want you to be transported back to that day and to have those feelings rekindled.

I need very little from you to do my job. My role is to be an observer and a listener.  The less time I spend interrupting, the more time I can spend watching, waiting, and capturing the moments that should be remembered.

If I'm there to record it, it will be without a list, without printed pages of images from other photographers that you’d like to see imitated. I'll be there as me – and I’ll be capturing you.

photo credit: Monica Munoz (http://thewildbrides.com)