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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. He provided me with professional, hands-on mentoring for lighting and posing. More recently I have attended workshops for newborn posing, wrapping and lighting! I am happy to now offer newborn studio sessions for my clients in Central Kentucky.

I understand that choosing a photographer is a huge decision for any occasion. My goal is for your experience to be stress-free and enjoyable from the beginning to end. I want you to have genuine images to cherish for the rest of your lives whether for a newborn, family session or an event. For lifestyle sessions, I use a journalistic style to capture authentic candid moments in addition to some more traditional poses. My newborn sessions are held at my in-home studio in Lexington, KY.

My graphic design background helps me to make amazing albums to showcase your images. Please ask about how I can design you an album for your newborn session! 

I am currently based in Lexington, Kentucky but am available for travel.*
Contact me today to discuss your session or to set up a 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 have completed the process of creating a dedicated home studio!
These photos are best taken in the first 7-14 days. Contact me for pricing.

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I am currently booking portraits for Fall-Winter 2019 and events for 2020. In order to provide the best experience for families and couples,
I am unable book every newborn, event, portrait, or event 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 event, 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