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Provide professional photographic services with integrity and respect to help every client look their best.


Merk Photography leads in creative photographic services and positive collaborations in Richmond Hill and the York Region area.

About The Photographer

Karen Merk, LPPOC, PMP, is an award winning Photographer based in Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada . Merk Photography serves York Region, and the Greater Toronto Area for the past ten years. In her portrait photography, Karen strives to reveal the unique qualities in each individual -getting the right expression is key and photographing in that person's environment really personalizes the portraits. Many clients tell Karen that she makes them feel at ease and comfortable during sessions, which is what she strives to do at each session. Karen is a "seasoned veteran" at special event photography and has had the pleasure of photographing thousands of special events and celebrations since 2008. Nature photography and outdoor family portraits are also favourites in the spring, summer and fall seasons. Karen’s fine art photography is found in private and public collections throughout Ontario. She has enjoyed photographing the cover page for the inspiring Neighbours of Mill Pond Magazine to highlight families in Richmond Hill for several years.


Karen is a licensed member of the Professional Photographers Canada and has won several awards at juried competitions including a national award for her fine art photography.

Karen is a past Board Director for the Richmond Hill Board of Trade and has been an active member supporting her business community.


For many years, Karen has held her Project Management Professional designation that is the foundation of her skills to create new initiatives steeped in collaboration, like Portraits of Giving, to educate, celebrate and inspire her community. The annual Portraits of Giving exhibit allows Karen to celebrate the many people she has met along her adventures in photography and who provide a true source of inspiration.

Karen is active in the arts community and was honoured to be elected to serve second terms on the Richmond Hill Cultural Leadership and the Richmond Hill Public Art Councils. Recently she also served on the Town of Richmond Hill's Canada 150 Council and was honoured to have witnessed and photographed many inspiring events that were revealed during the Canada 150 historical year.


Always looking for ways to help her community, Karen donates full event photography services every quarter, frequently donates fine art photographs and gift certificates, or lends a hand on charitable committees.

Here are some of the organizations Merk Photography has given back to over the years:

St. Andrews Presbyterian Church - Sutton

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