The Experience

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Your portrait experience should be as memorable and amazing as the images we create from it.

At Kristin Merck Photography, we take care of all the details for you.

We begin with the end in mind, talking about what you want to capture and how you'll display your portraits so that we can capture exactly what you need, whether it be an heirloom album or wall art customized for your beautiful home.

Your session is fully styled and planned during your consultation. From specific shots or props to the finer details like hair, makeup, posing to look your best and pre-selected wardrobe options. Together we create beautiful artwork that happens to be your family.

What makes your session with me different?

You’re busy with life and family - I get it! The last thing you want to worry about is planning a photoshoot. That’s where I come in.

From the very start, we work together to create a vision for your photos: how do you want to portray your family? This helps me get those really personal images and takes the stress of planning away from you. I will even help style your whole family!

My studio has everything you need from diapers and wipes for baby, drinks and snacks for everyone and more. Hair and make up is included with ALL custom sessions, and my client wardrobe is available to you too.

At your ordering appointment, we will select your favorite images and customize your chosen heirloom portrait pieces you can pass to your children one day.

Let me guide you through the process to keep it simple, fun and an experience your family will love and your heirloom portraits to look back on every day.

Kristin Merck

A Luxury Experience from Start to Finish

Kristin Merck Photography is a full service studio. What does this mean for you? It means that I am there for you every step of the journey, and you will walk away with custom artwork from your session.

Discovery Call

We will speak on the phone for your discovery call so I can hear about your vision and answer all your questions. You'll learn about the experience and lock in your session date.


We will meet in person for your design consultation to nail down all of the details for your session, including selecting outfits and planning for your heirloom pieces. You will receive a quote for your portraits as well.


On your session day, get ready to be pampered with professional hair and make up. Then relax and enjoy your session while I use my expertise in lighting and posing to bring out the best of everyone.


Lastly (and most exciting), your image selection and ordering appointment! I will guide you in selecting your favorites. Then, together we will design your custom art pieces using software that allows you see what the finished product will look like in your home!

Kristin Merck photographing a newborn baby.


What should we wear and what should I do with my hair?

I meet all my clients in person to assist with wardrobe selections and suggest pieces from my client wardrobe. Also, professional hair and makeup is always included so all you have to do is show up. Easy!

What if my kids don’t behave?

I have kids of my own and I know many tricks, so I make it into playtime for your kids. Some of the best photos come from your little ones doing something silly or totally “them!” 

Can I document my baby’s milestones?

I highly encourage capturing your baby’s milestones as they grow SO MUCH during their first 2 years! Many of my clients take advantage of my bundles, which range from “belly to baby” and up through your child’s 2nd birthday. We also make sure to update your family’s photos as well 

I just need to lose 10 more pounds, then we can get photos.

We are all our biggest critics, but the truth is, the people you love only see you for you, someone who is precious to them, not a number on the scale. So don’t wait any longer. I have a ton of experience posing and lighting just right to make EVERYONE look their best. And after you have your hair and make-up done you will also FEEL your best. And on top of all that, I have a magic wand called Photoshop 

I have no idea how to pose! How do I know we won’t look weird?

It’s my job to make sure you look amazing, so I am always guiding you and your family. Whether it is a "posed” pose or a “candid” pose, you can rest assured it will look fantastic.

What if we forget something for our newborn photos?

I know this may be one of your first outings and things may be forgotten. Not to worry! Along with all the baby essentials (diapers/wipes/bottle warmer etc), I make sure to have snacks and plenty of coffee and tea for you in my sitting room so you can relax while I take care of your baby.

I have no idea what I want to do with my photos, and we might be moving.

Not to worry, I have options to fit in every house or apartment! From the very first phone call to final installation, I’ll see your project through from beginning to end. We start discussing your options on our first call, during your in-home design consultation, at the photoshoot, and finally at your ordering appointment, where I will walk you through your wall gallery options using state-of-the-art software. 

Covid-19 Procedures


I know you have concerns about keeping your babies and yourself safe. I am currently taking on less clients so that I am able to space everyone out and keep the studio clean and safe for everyone. Here are some extra measures I am taking, above what I have always done, to help.

Between Sessions:

  • All items are thoroughly washed and/or sanitized and surfaces are wiped down.
  • Most design consultations and ordering appointments are done in the clients' homes or via Zoom to minimize traffic in the studio.
  • Sessions and in-studio appointments are spaced out by at least 24 hours, often 48 or more hours.

During Sessions:

  • I ask all clients to remove their shoes at the door.
  • I will be wearing a mask for the duration of your indoor session as well as when we are within 6 feet of each other outside.
  • I ask all individuals to wear a mask when not being photographed.
  • For newborn sessions, I ask that spouses/grandparents and siblings arrive separately at the start of the family portion of the photos.
  • Hand sanitizer is available in each room and I will be sanitizing my hands at the start of and during your session.

If you have a fever, are not feeling well or feel you may have been exposed to someone with COVID 19, PLEASE call me to reschedule as soon as possible.

Gina R.

Gina R.

"As first time (overwhelmed) parents, it was so nice to be able to show up and know she had everything we would need."

Megan K.

Megan K.

"Kristin made my entire experience absolutely amazing! Being a first time mom and having this photo session scheduled so quickly after delivering my baby- I was nervous and tired and not sure what to expect. Kristin made the entire process so easy and fun and exciting!"

Lauren D

Lauren D

"She incorporated our style into the session and the color scheme from our house which made it so easy to be able to order prints. I would highly recommend Kristin and will be using her again in the future."

Seize the moment.

Let’s talk about your story and how we’ll create the perfect portrait.