John Merkl Photographer John Merkl, a California native, has been living and working in the San Francisco Bay Area for the past 20+ years. A seasoned professional creative artist, John’s career started long before he decided to focus on photography and includes Creative Direction, Art Direction, Graphic Design and Brand Strategy for major and micro brands. Born in Santa Barbara to German/Portuguese parents, raised in the cities & museums of Europe and the beaches of Southern California. His work captures stories told and lives lived through beautiful spaces and layered environments. From interiors to lifestyle, the images evoke a passion for life, and an inability to resist feeling the warmth they convey. Indelible pictures that transport and define a brand, design or concept long after the first impression. His work appears regularly in numerous editorial publications including Cottages & Gardens, Traditional Home, Better Homes & Gardens, Coastal Living, California Home + Design, Consumer Reports Kitchens, HGTV, Remodelista, Gardenista. He also shoots commercially for a diverse group of clients including Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Bed & Bath, Pottery Barn Teen, Select Comfort, Dell Computer and Goyard Paris.