The Mindful Photographer

Photography was always about connecting with the human in front of me. Choosing photos that represented their personality and the story they wanted to present for their professional life online and in their marketing. As a Melbourne based photographer in lockdown for the better part of 2 years, unable to photograph professionally, I returned to post graduate study to qualify as a counsellor. Having completed the Graduate Diploma of Counselling and becoming an accredited with the Australian Counselling Association, continuing on to the Master of Counselling to complete mid 2024 will allow for more opportunity to research. Continuing my project The Mindful Photographer I hope to research in greater detail the effectiveness of using a camera as a tool for mindfulness. My research paper is at

Join our facebook mindful photography group and find some time in your day to reset yourself with your camera.

Headshot Photography

In business we need project an image that reflects the real you.  Engagement with your clients begins with a great photo of the real you. Professional Headshot Portrait Photography captures you at your best with optional hair and makeup services available.

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Branding Portrait Photography

 Whether you are a doctor, builder or children’s entertainer, financial advisor, accountant, chef, or professional speaker, you need to create a narrative with brand images for social media, email campaigns, websites, youtube and tiktok.

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Product Photography

Make sure your customers don’t scroll past your well crafted marketing campaign. Professional images will elevate your products to a premium status. We see over 32,000 marketing messages every day.  Creating a memorable image today is more important than ever.

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What our customers are saying…

“Love your work Karen! It’s hard to make the coconut on the lamingtons look good but you manage it every time! Karen has been photographing our product shots and naked shots for the last 12 months and in that time our product range has expanded rapidly! Her work is consistently good and has to meet the stringent standards of the the catalogues for the major supermarkets.” 

Gus Cantone, CEOSusan Day Cakes

Karen was very professional and made me feel at ease straight away! I loved the photos she took at my business. The professional head shots in my workspace are natural and show off what I do!!

Lisa Eddy, Katamatite Garlic

It was a pleasure to work with Karen and the resulting photo’s were the best I’ve ever had done. I’ve used the head shots taken by Karen on my website and social media and have received many positive comments. I’m very happy with all the results.

John Ger, Tamarind Tree Gourmet Sauces

Working with Karen in a professional photo shoot was a great experience. Makeup with Kate Castle from Arbone (optional) was well worth it. I am very happy with the resulting photos and I can use them well. Karen’s skills and clear communication are excellent- which makes her a professional in her field. She is inspired to learn more about portrait photography and has done courses to be the best she can be in her field. Thanks Karen!

Susan Spelic, The Reading Mountain

“A recruiter told me that I wasn’t being considered as I didn’t have a profile shot on Linkedin. I was worried about being over 50. Once my studio photo, by Karen Merry was put on Linkedin, the level of interest increased tenfold!”

Michael Partoglou, Category ManagerTotal Tools

Karen is the best head shot and portrait photographer I know! She took the best shots I have ever had for my website and social media profiles! I have subsequently used her for photo shoots for my PR clients and everyone loves both her work, her prices and her personality! I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Karen and Merry images for anyone wanting some great shots at a reasonable price.

Jules Brooke, Handle Your Own PR

“You get way more than photography when Karen photographs you.  It’s obvious she really cares and connects with clients and it shows in the images.

Karen has this amazing ability to put you at ease so the photographs are of the natural you. Being photographed has always been uncomfortable for us and it often showed in the strained smile on the images. Not with Karen – it is a gift and a special one that allows her to bring out the real you and it is obvious from the final result.

Without doubt, Karen’s work were the best set of photographs we have ever had. Brian’s comment was – I didn’t know I could look so good!”

Helen Maguire

Helen Maguire, Clarity Matters

“We were looking for a photographer to take some action shots to show our gym and demonstrate our point of difference to other gyms. Karen photographed the spread of programs and captured the care and connection we have with our clients. She showed our gym to be the close knit community environment that our training studio offers. Thanks Karen.” 

Michael SmithCore Impact Health and Fitness

Karen has been a fantastic resource both for head shots and product showcasing. She has quickly identified what has been required and the resulting images have really helped improved our position.

Warrick Batt, General Manager Porta Group

I wrote $80K new business as a direct response from new profile shots taken in the Merry Images studio.  Karen was able to make me feel truly comfortable enough (even got a shot of my usual position on the phone!)

The engagement the shot created had lead to an amazing day and so much new business he had to call upon his colleague to help out. So many new connections, shares and testimonials that he has a headache from dealing with the social media alerts! A great problem to have! Thank you so much, you truly know, not only how to take the perfect shot, but to capture the eyes, and engage with the subject to ensure the audience is focused! You’re amazing. Merry Images – get in touch for all your photography needs!

Josh Zuker Travel

“I was always embarrassed to use my photographs in our media/marketing materials until Karen photographed me. Now I’m proud to use my head shots in all our marketing! 

It was great to have Karen photograph our staff on site so that it was a minimum disruption to the day. Each staff member had a 15 minute time slot and we were able to get everyone done in one day. The photos are natural looking shots that our staff are happy to use in the marketing materials where previously we all avoided using them! 

We still get Karen to come out and for smaller groups on site as she is always willing to come in for half days and it is just worth it for our staff to not be out of the office for half the day.”

Patricia Chong, PrincipalCrowe Horwath

“Thank you Karen for my amazing profile photos! It was great to have a selection of photos to choose from so that I could use a variety of shots in my different roles. It was such a lovely compliment to have Laser Clinics Australia use my shot in their marketing. 

The photos were all so good, so much better than my previous selfie! The shots feel much more like me, Karen really captured me. 

I’ll be back for my annual head shot updates and I trust Karen will always get the best shot to show me in the best light.”

Malinda O’Shannassy, Director of NursingWindsor Hospital Laser Clinics Australia

Why I do what I do

As a headshot photographer I know only too well how intimidating being in front of the camera can be. That’s why I do what I do behind the lens! Having overcome my own insecurities about my image, I now empower people to have a great image and elevate their personal brand for themselves and for their business.  Understanding how to get the best out of people is much more about psychology than photography!

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