encourager. author. storyteller.

meet merry

Meet Merry Ohler - the heart, soul and storyteller behind the lens at Merry Ohler Creative.

Kansas City Storyteller & Photographer

"Stories have to be told or they die, and when they die, we can't remember who we are or why we're here."

- Sue Monk Kidd

it might surprise you to know...

  • I'm the oldest of seven.

  • Public speaking has always terrified me, but I felt called to kick that so I started a podcast.

  • I drink my coffee black.

  • I sing about literally everything - like, making coffee. And walking down the stairs.

  • I'm just as awkward in front of the camera as you.

  • I once sang at Carnegie Hall.

  • I'm allergic to baby chicks.

  • My love for tacos rivals that of my love for coffee.

  • I'm also a writer. And a singer.

Hi there. I'm Merry.

I guess you could say I'm the heart, soul and Storyteller behind the lens here at Merry Ohler Creative. My husband Jamie is the other behind-the-scenes half of our team and I wouldn't have it any other way. He runs all kinds of things for our business. We've been a team ever since we met in our small-town high school - I won't tell you how many years ago. He heard me singing something from Rent in the hallway outside our choir room and the rest is - well, our Story. We live in Kansas City with our three Littles - Zai, Elle and Ezzy. Our life can be loud and crazy, but we lean into the art of slow living as much as possible and love to spend time playing outdoors, playing pretend and encouraging our Tinies to live big and fearless.

My heart is to tell your  story in a way that is unmistakably you.

I pour every ounce of my passion, creativity, knowledge and mastery of still photography into everything I do - so your Story will also be told in a way that is unmistakably me.

You might be wondering what makes me different from all of the other photographers vying for your attention. Here's the thing:

You need a storyteller.

Anyone can pick up a camera and claim to be a photographer, but few can document the tiny, imperfect moments of your life in a skillful, artistic way that portrays who you are in this season perfectly. Few can document a life in a way that makes our eyes fill with tears as we recognize the story of us in every frame. Few can connect with you, know you and love you the way I do when I study, learn and tell your Story through my images and films.

Your images should make you feel something.

Our images are the window into who and where we are in a given moment. They are quite literally the record of us and our great loves. Of who and where we are. They should not look just like everyone else's pictures. They should be unique and tailored to you and your people. I work hard to create that unexpected, engaging experience for every single couple, family and individual whom I photograph.

Our stories have the power to change us - and the world around us. 

That they are vital to our very essence. Stop and think about the most defining, impactful moments of your life. Really think about them. I'm willing to bet that nearly every pivotal moment in your life has revolved around a moment of deep connection you felt with another person as one of you were drawn to the other through a story you've shared.

Those connections are my heartbeat.

That's why I am most taken by images that are more than forced smiles and stiff poses. My heart is to produce work that makes me - and my clients - blink back tears as we are drawn back into the emotion we felt in those moments.

I am after connection, emotion and relationship.

Whether you are a head-over-heels, madly-in-love couple, a mama aching to hold her long-awaited little one or a fresh, innovative brand yearning to create meaningful connection with your ideal clients and build loyalty, you need a Storyteller

And that, Loves?

That's exactly who I am.

A decent camera, skill and talent are only pieces of the whole. There are literally thousands of photographers who can take great images with clean lines, strong composition and compelling subject matter. The difference between photographers has surprisingly little to do with technical mastery and equipment and everything to do with the heart behind the lens - and how they connect with you to elicit real, meaningful interactions.

I believe that everyone has a purpose.

I believe that every one of us has a light inside. A calling.

A God-breathed purpose.

I believe that we were each meant to embrace that unique purpose and lean into it. Walking in our calling is never easy. It takes humility, courage and boldness to call out the big dreams inside our hearts... and to chase after them, fast and furious.

It takes a little wildness.

That's exactly what my heart is all about. It's recognizing the dreams inside each heart while encouraging my clients to own who and where they are. It's about embracing our beautiful becoming with bravery and authenticity. It's about walking in our identity without changing who we are to conform with popular culture. It's choosing the freedom to simply be us. It's living our best life by cultivating the gifts we've been given and choosing to chase our biggest dreams with courage...while encouraging others to do the same.

I believe we encourage others best by  sharing our  stories.

That is why I'm here - to serve my tribe like only I can - by telling the stories that matter with love.

Your  stories. 

in my bag:

  • Canon 5D Mark IV

  • Canon 6D Mark II

  • Canon 5D Mark II

  • F2.8 24-70mm

  • 35mm

  • 50mm

  • 24mm

  • 70-200mm

  • YN600EX-RT II x 2

  • YN600EX-RT Trigger

  • 10 Ft Light Stand x 2

  • Batteries. So many batteries.

  • Battery charger x 2

  • Q-tips

  • tissues

  • breath mints

  • dollars and change

  • notebook

  • eleventy pens

  • voice recorder

  • Rode mic

  • windscreen

  • baby wipes

  • protein bar

  • peanuts

fav flicks:

  • While You Were Sleeping

  • My Big Fat Greek Wedding

  • Anne of Green Gables

  • Anne of Avonlea

  • Jurassic Park (classic)

  • Monsters, Inc.

  • Elf

  • White Christmas

  • The Greatest Showman

bucket list:

  • Ireland

  • Scotland

  • Switzerland

  • Ozark Mountains

  • Paris

  • Belgium

  • Austria

  • Prince Edward Island

  • Alaska

  • Maine

  • Pacific Coast

  • Fiji

  • Hawaii

  • Brazil

  • Amalfi Coast

m + j fav date go-to’s:

If you made it through all of that and are still with me, I want to meet you! Say hello or click through the links below to view full galleries of my recent work!