Thank you for visiting Merchant Photo!

My name is Laura Merchant and I have loved photography since taking my first photo classes in college. I first learned traditional and then digital photo techniques at Indiana Wesleyan University before embarking on a travel photography class to China. 

Shortly after graduation I began doing small photoshoots on my own and worked as a second shooter for a fantastic wedding photographer, Barry Davis. There, he gave me professional, hands on training with lighting and posing. 

Since, I have been photographing weddings, events and portraits as the main shooter for about 7 years and have even gotten married myself! As a former bride and new mom, I understand that choosing a photographer is a huge decision for any occasion. My goal is to form a good relationship with you and for your experience to be stress-free and enjoyable from the beginning to the end. I want to create fun, genuine, and romantic images for you to remember for the rest of your lives whether for a wedding or a family session. I use a journalistic style to capture authentic candid moments in addition to the more traditional poses. 

I am always learning and after doing some mentoring workshops, my photo work has transitioned more into the realm of studio newborn sessions! I am thrilled to now offer this service for families in Central Kentucky!

My design background helps me to design amazing albums to showcase your images. This is an optional service that is included in most wedding packages. 

I am currently based in Lexington, Kentucky but am available for travel.*
Contact me today to discuss your session or to set up your free consultation!

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Newborn photography is such a special experience for both me as the photographer and the parents.
I thoroughly enjoy capturing these moments in the first few weeks of a newborns life.

NOTE: I am excited to announce that I am currently in the process of creating a dedicated home studio for
amazing images taken within the first 9-14 days, in addition to the in-home sessions I currently provide.
Contact me to set up an in-home portrait session for your newborn today!
I am also available to photograph in the hospital, though space and lighting are usually more limited.

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I am currently booking portraits for Fall 2019 and weddings for 2020. In order to provide the best experience for families and couples,
I am unable book every newborn, event, portrait, or wedding session, so please inquire about availability.
I would love to get to know you, hear about your wedding plans, and see if we could work together!

I look forward to hearing from you.

* There will be a travel fee for any wedding or portrait session more than 50 miles outside of Lexington, KY

All Images © 2019 Merchant Photo, All Rights Reserved  |  Located in Lexington, KY and available for travel