meet the photographer


Merritt is one of the top senior photographers of Pittsburgh, PA.  She received the 2017 Senior Icon Award and named one of the top 100 international senior photographers.  She also offers stylized portrait sessions for fashion-inspired newborns, children, teens, & women.  Merritt’s boutique studio is located at 519 Locust Place Sewickley, PA.  Merritt Lee Photography is available for commercial work & travel.

Commercial: In addition to portrait work, you might have seen MLP featured in an international brand campaign or featured in commercial print and web campaigns and billboards. A few companies that Merritt has worked with: Free People, Lex & Lynne, Lex & Lynne Bridal, Table Magazine, Holl and Lane Magazine, Senior Style Guide Magazine, Pittsburgh Film Office, Docherty Talent Agency, Brunner Agency, San Giorgio, Izazzu, Pizza Taglio, Travel + Leisure Magazine, DK Designs, SWD, Cuttings, Louis Anthony Jewelers, Afternoon Espresso and has been commissioned and published in international magazines.

PRESS: Senior Style Guide Magazine, Mozi Magazine, Seniorologie, Lemonade and Lenses, Beauty Revived, Design Aglow, Teen Years Magazine, NAPCA Senior, Modern Teen Style, The Senior Collective, Senior Inspire University, Senior Style Guide, Seniors Ignite, and

AWARDS: 2016 and 2017 Region Gold Awards for Best Photographer in Pittsburgh, Recipient of the National Icon Award,  Named Top 100 Senior Photographer in the Country, Placed Top 100 in multiple categories in the International Shoot & Share contest.




 Merritt: mother of 3 beautiful daughters + photographer 

When I started my business, I focused a lot on young children and babies. And while I still love photographing the little ones, I fell madly in love with working for teens and young women. As a mom of three daughters, I know how important it is to build a girl’s confidence. With my seniors I get to design a whole photoshoot around their style and personality, I get to pamper them and make them feel beautiful, I get to celebrate them! I love their reaction when they see the back of my camera and realize there’s no photoshopping, no filters… it’s just them being beautiful! And it allows them to see what we see when we look at them! That experience is priceless.



It’s a journey, a lesson, a forward movement & it has my attention. I love my job.  xo Merritt