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Hi! I’m Tonya Merke. An avid adventurer, hopeless romantic and fearless seeker of “what’s next!” Having grown up on the diverse, university streets of Ann Arbor, MI (Go Blue!), I developed a deep appreciation for all cultures and a wild curiosity to explore. So, after graduating from Michigan State University (Go Green!! haha!) with a degree in Advertising, exploring is exactly what I did. I moved from city to city while pursing new opportunities as an art director in advertising. However, after twenty-something years, and a dozen different zip codes, I decided it was time for my biggest adventure yet… to follow my childhood passion of photography. So with a lot of excitement, and a ton of nerves, I took the plunge into a life of full-time freelance. I started Tonya Merke Photography (+ Design), and haven’t looked back!

Are you ready to invite me on your next big adventure? Whether you’re looking for your wedding or family or your brand, I’m excited to join you on your journey. We’re sure to have a blast!

Shoot me an email. Or to see my design work, pop on over to tmerke.com I look froward to hearing form you soon!