storyteller. photographer. encourager.
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Kansas City Photographer | Merry Ohler

Hi there, I'm Merry. I’m a Midwest Storytelling Wedding & Family Photographer based smack dab in the heart of Kansas City. I’m a wife, Mama, shower-singer, taco-lover and coffee-drinker.

Storytelling is my heart song.

Here’s where I’m supposed to tell you why you should hire me… but the truth is that…

kansas city wedding & Portrait photographer

Serving Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, Iowa, Colorado, Texas and beyond.



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Merry, my heart is so happy! These photos are incredible. There are the ones I’d call stunning and the ones I can’t help but laugh at - but I am so happy and elated with them. You’re amazing! Thank you so much!
— Erin Sheets | 2018 Bride

Hey there, and welcome. I'm Merry.

That’s me, smiling at you like I’m not actually sweating my tail off while being eaten alive by the biggest mosquitos this side of Texas. I’m a Midwest Photographer, Writer & Content Creator based smack dab in the heart of Kansas City. People often refer to me as an “Encourager,” and that makes me happier than I could ever really put into words. My friends would probably tell you that I love singing and writing almost as much as I love my time behind the camera. When I’m not busy running my business or corralling my three little ones (5 and under!), you might find me re-reading Anne of Green Gables, listening to my favorite podcasts, or binge-watching Parks & Rec.

 Image by Sara Clance Photography.

First of all, can I just say thanks for being here and reading a little about me? The fact that you’re here tells me you care about your images - and the person you hire to create them. Next, I’d love to invite you over to read my blog where you can check out recent weddings, view portrait sessions, read tips and tricks for brides or learn a little more about my life as an entrepreneurial mama & Midwest Photographer. Or, if you’d like to get to know me a little better, click here to read more about me!

I proudly provide exceptional wedding, portrait and commercial photography services to :

blue springs, bonner springs, camden point, excelsior springs, gladstone, holt, kansas city, kearney, lathrop, lawrence, leavenworth, leawood, lees summit, lenexa, liberty, merriam, mission, north kansas city, olathe, overland park, parkville, platte city, pleasant hill, pleasant valley, prairie village, raymore, shawnee, smithville, saint joseph, tonganoxie, topeka and Weston within the greater kansas city area. I also serve springfield, branson, columbia, saint louis, jefferson city, saint charles, warrensburg and maryville in missouri, as well as fayetteville, hot springs, rogers and harrison, arkansas, and lawrence, emporia, wichita and manhattan, kansas.

I also provide destination photography services to:

Illinois, iowa, nebraska, michigan, new york, california, washington, oregon, colorado, arkansas, texas, oklahoma, louisiana, florida, alabama, tennessee, rhode island, connecticut, maine, georgia, kentucky, wyoming, the dakotas, south america, canada, europe and beyond. visit my bucket list here to view a few spots on my short list.

Here are a few favorite images from recent weddings. To view more gorgeous wedding work, scroll on down and click “Weddings.”



Click through the links below or “recent work” from the menu above to view full galleries!


 Kansas City Winter Woods Vow Renewal

Kansas City Winter Woods Vow Renewal

wedding photography

Wedding clients receive nothing but the best from the very first interaction to the final email. My wedding couples rave about my customer service, personality and how much fun they have with me. Click through to view more real, beautiful, recent weddings from all over the greater Midwest.

 Kansas City at Home Lifestyle Session

Kansas City at Home Lifestyle Session

family photography

Family sessions may be booked for on location at a perfect little spot we choose together, in my studio in downtown Kansas City or in your home! Family Sessions are about leaning in to the in between moments and creating memories of joy together. Click on to view recent families!

 Kansas City Newborn at Home Lifestyle Session

Kansas City Newborn at Home Lifestyle Session

newborn photography

Newborn sessions are typically booked within the first 8 days of life. They can be booked for lifestyle at home or in studio, but please be aware my Baby Sessions are truly all about baby. I use few, if any, props, but spend lots of time near your prettiest windows. Click on to view new babies!