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. 

xoxo, Merinda

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. 

Dear Fun & Stylish Bride,

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. 

xoxo, Merinda

love notes

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. 

I can't say enough nice things about Merinda. She was fantastic and inventive. 

- Ashley -

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!

Our wedding photos were beautiful and more amazing than I ever thought possible.

- Kayla -

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!

Merinda was amazing! 

- Ashley -

She's obviously an amazing photographer, and her work is flawless. It is impossible to narrow the photos from our wedding to make an album- there are too many perfect images that captured our day. It's not just her work that amazes me, it's her flexibility and her and the fact that she's so personable. She really made sure that our vision came true! From our original consultation to today (over two months after our wedding), she's been quick to respond and just the sweetest!! It would be a mistake to use anyone else.

I cannot stress the amount of love I have for Merinda. 

- Katie -