Hi My name is Tara and I am a photographer in Central Florida and I welcome you to my website.  I specialize in children, family, newborn, and maternity photography in the Orlando, Lake Mary, Sanford, Maitland, Winter Park, Winter Springs, Heathrow, Apopka, and surrounding Central Florida areas.  I travel to many areas including  the beaches of New Smyrna and Cocoa Beach for sessions and occasionally schedule mini sessions in the Tampa and St. Pete Beach areas.

I am a mom of three beautiful daughters that were my inspiration to follow my dream and passion for photography.  I love to photograph families, children, and newborns and capture and create memories through my sessions.  I want your session to become a wonderful memory and to do this I try to make your session as stress free and fun as I can.  I will get those straight on smiling photographs, but I also want to capture your family in the real moments.  Playing, snuggling, and laughing are a must at my sessions.  I want you to remember exactly how your daughter or son looked at you and hugged you at that moment in time.

I schedule my sessions to take advantage of the best Florida light.  This means early morning sessions and sessions just a few hours before sunset.  I feel that is the most gorgeous light and creates beautiful images.  Of course this is Central Florida and during the summer that means we are keeping an eye out for storms up to the last minute of the session.  I love to style sessions to your family and will work with you to create the best setting, location, and look for your family.  I would describe my photography as modern vintage and I definitely mix in vintage items into my styling to create timeless images.

My other passion is newborn photography.  Capturing your newborns in the first weeks of life while they are snuggled up dreaming away is such a wonderful experience.  They grow all too quickly, as I know personally, and I want to help you remember just how they curled up or pursed their lips in those first few days.  I would describe my newborn photography as modern vintage as well.  I love to use quilts, lace, burlap, neutral colors, beautiful hair accessories and bonnets.  I use vintage items mixed in with gorgeous new items to create images that are unique and stand the test of time.  I even love to shop at antique markets to find one of a kind props for my sessions.

Please visit my pricing page for my current pricing and visit my current specials tab to see what specials and mini sessions I am currently offering.  I look forward to meeting you and your family for your photography session with me!

Tara Merkler Photography is a children, newborn, maternity, and family photographer.  I am currently serving the Central Florida area including Lake Mary, Sanford, Winter Springs, Winter Park, Baldwin Park, Orlando, Oviedo, Longwood, Heathrow, Altamonte Springs, and the Windermere areas.  I also have limited availability for beach sessions through the year at Cocoa Beach and New Smyrna Beach.

$200 for a 1 hour session in the setting of your choice. Up to 5 family members included in price.  Location must be within 25 miles of 32773 or I will have to add $25 for travel expenses.  Portraits are usually scheduled for early morning or late afternoon/early evening for the best natural light.

Beach sessions are currently $225 for the year 2017.

Extended family beach sessions are available and priced based on the family size.  Please contact me for a quote.

$350 for a three hour posed newborn studio or in home session.  Newborns take additional time due to their sleep patterns. These sessions should be taken in the first 10 days of life. Please schedule approximate time during 2nd trimester of pregnancy.  A newborn session can take place in your own home if you are more comfortable.  Once booked and a deposit has been paid you contact me once your bundle of joy is on the way and I will fit you into the schedule.

$250 for a two hour newborn lifestyle in home session.  A lifestyle session is a natural non posed session in your home to capture your fresh new interactions in your home with your newborn.

I am available to travel anywhere in the Central Florida area.  Travel outside of the Orlando area will be an additional $25 to $100 depending on mileage.

I occasionally have mini sessions that are styled by me and scheduled for a specific day with available times posted on Facebook.  Mini Sessions come with 12 fully edited images sent to you though an emailed link for you to download.  Become a fan of my business Facebook page to stay updated on these mini sessions.  Pricing and detailed information on these sessions will also be on my blog.

All full sessions will receive a downloadable gallery with 20-25 edited images at the photographers discretion with a print release sent to you.

I also have beautiful professional prints, canvas, and specialty print items available to order once you receive your images.