About Me

Dear Fun & Stylish Bride, 

I remember clearly my earliest brushes with photography: the original Polaroid pressed between my young fingers, shaking up and down and back and forth, exposure and color slowly fading into the film; my careful hands flipping over with eager glee, then dawdling to caress a face I knew and loved. 

Holding in my hands more than an image, a photo, but a lasting memory. That’s the power of photography, that each of us can hold in our own hands a piece of time which will transcend us and outlive us and remember us. 

My kids are now grown and have left the nest, impressing on me an even stronger sense of importance about my calling as a photographer. Despite slow mornings with homemade lattes, great kitty cuddles with my cats, Game of Thrones marathons, and delicious French pastries, photos are what I go back to. Photos are what matter, because they are the enduring, tangible memory of those we love. 

A Sweet Focus is my opportunity to work with the most wonderful couples, offering St. Louis wedding photography and destination wedding photography that will endure. I can’t wait to sit with you over coffee to chat about your wedding. 


I can't say enough nice things about Merinda. She was fantastic and inventive. I love our engagement photos and cant wait to see all our wedding pictures!! 
Especially for my wedding venue that did not have things together she made it work and made me feel better about how things were going. The reception was incredibly rushed so we were very tight on photo time but she made it work and go smoothly! Super sweet and go with the flow. She was great especially for a quiet, shy bride who just goes with whatever is happening she helped me get things done. I absolutely will be recommending her and finding excuses to use her for more photo-ops in the future.  Ashley

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"We were in a bind when our original photographer backed out on our wedding close to a month before the big day. I am a big believer that everything happens for a reason and this stressful situation was no different. Losing our photographer lead us to Merinda with A Sweet Focus. Our wedding photos were beautiful and more amazing than I ever thought possible. She was also so nice to work with. Anything I asked or wanted, she made sure it was done. I would recommend them to everybody!” Kayla

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"Merinda was amazing! From the get-go she would listen to our concerns and always had ideas. She was very good about communication. I am highly recommending her to everyone I know! She did our engagement and wedding pictures. The engagement pictures were fantastic! Hope

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Albums are available for order after the wedding starting at $499. 6-12 month payment no-interest plans are available.

Custom USB and Online gallery with print release are included in all collections. Engagement Session Upgrades are also available!


Pride and Prejudice

Start to Finish coverage (10-12hrs average). 2 Photographers and Engagement Session

Payment Plans are available

Mansfield Park

8 Hours coverage with 2 Photographers and Engagement Session

Payment Plans are available

Intimate Weddings and Elopement

5 hours coverage with 1 photographer $1500
6 hours coverage with 1 photographer $1800
Engagement Session $350 with Wedding Collection
Engagement Session $450
2nd Photographer $450

Inquire with details for a custom quote
Includes session to be used on the day before or after
I travel often and may not charge travel fees.  Send me
an email and let's talk about your wedding plans!

Destination Weddings


8 Hours coverage with 2 Photographers

Payment Plans are available

Sense and Sensibility

8 Hours coverage with 1 Photographer

Payment Plans are available


Print Release vs Copyright?
My collections will come with a print release for you to print for yourself and your family members. What you cant do is submit the images for publications, contest or advertising without permission from me.

Do you have insurance?
Yes, I have liability insurance.

What kind of equipment do you use?
I shoot with a Nikon full frame camera and a collection of lighting.

What is your booking process?
The booking process is a digitally signed contract and 30% retainer.

Can you stay later?
Of course! The cost is $300 a hour and will be invoiced to you after the wedding. Don't worry, I won't be collecting money from you while you are on the dance floor!

How many pictures of my wedding will I receive?
In my contract I will deliver at least 50 edited images an hour.  

How are the pictures delivered?
Your images will be in an online gallery and a USB. You will be able to purchase prints through the online gallery. 

Is a second shooter available?
Yes the cost is $450.

How long will I have to wait for our photos?
I will deliver the images within 6 weeks of the wedding and maybe sooner!!

Tell me more about your payment plan!
The payment plan is equal occurring payments that start from the day you sign your contract to the month before your wedding.  For example: If your wedding is September 2017 and you would like the $3300 collection, your payment would $206.25 for 16 months (from May '16) with your last payment in Aug 2017.  

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