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Welcome! I’m Tonya Merke. I grew up in Ann Arbor, MI and graduated from Michigan State University with a degree in Communications. After that, I began my 20-year career in Advertising as a Creative Director/Art Director. I’ve lived in Chicago (three times!), North Carolina, Atlanta, Boston and San Francisco and have worked for a few of the world’s best agencies. However, after many years of art directing some of the countries top photographers, I realized how much I’d love taking these photos myself. So five years ago, I turned my personal hobby into my profession, and I haven’t looked back! My passion lies in capturing authentic moments in lifestyle, food and travel.