There once was a girl from the north....

Gabriel & I || Nipomo, CA || 2012 || Photo by  Paige Budde from Awake Photography

Gabriel & I || Nipomo, CA || 2012 || Photo by Paige Budde from Awake Photography

 
We met, I forget the rest.
— Walt Whitman
 

 Cliffnotes version:

--I TRY EVERY DAY TO LIVE WITH ALOHA. I LOVE HAWAII AND ALL THAT THE POLYNESIAN Islands TEACH us ABOUT our connection to EARTH AND LIFE. I KNOW THAT I AM CONNECTED TO ALL LIVING THINGS AND WITH THAT COMES THE IMPORTANCE OF INTENTION.

-I LOVE THE SKY SO SO MUCH, LOOKING AT IT AND TAKING PHOTOS OF IT, IT'S THE COLOR BLUE. It’s my favorite color. I LOVE CLOUD FORMATIONS AND OFTEN TRY AND CATCH THE SUNSET EVERY SINGLE DAY IF I CAN.

-I LOVE A good ESPRESSO roast IN A cute cafe - OR A GOOD SWEET COLD BREW on a sunny day.

((TRYING TO SWITCH TO MORE TEA THO. #THESTRUGGLEISREAL))

-I DAYDREAM ABOUT TRAVEL EVERY OTHER DAY BUT THE FARTHEST EAST I HAVE BEEN IN PUERTO RICO. THE FARTHEST WEST WOULD BE THE HAWAIIAN ISLANDS

-I RECENTLY GOT ENGAGED AND MIGHT ELOPE CAUSE IT WILL TAKE ME 5+ YEARS TO PLAN MY WEDDING.

-I ENJOY BEING OF SERVICE IN MY COMMUNITY, I LOVE MAKING THINGS EASY ON OTHERS, I DEFINITELY LOVE BEING APART OF A GREAT TEAM AND DEEP CONSIDERATE COMMUNICATION IS A MUST WITH ME.

-I TRULY BELIEVE EVERYONE HAS THE BEST INTENTIONS AND I GO INTO EVERY RELATIONSHIP WITH A GLASS 1/2 FULL,

-I HAVE 9 LIVES FOR SURE AND I HAVE ALREADY USED 5 OF THEM. ASK ME MORE IF YOU WANNA KNOW.

-YOGA IS MY THANG. YOGA+HAWAII=MY HAPPY PLACE

-I LOVE TO DANCE - ANY KIND; ALL KINDS, I JUST CAN'T HELP MYSELF. I USED TO BE A PROFESSIONAL DANCER AND INSTRUCTOR.

-I love my Kiddos so much it’s the best. I love being a mother and partner and I know that exchanging Aloha is the most important thing I can do.

THe Fam || Maui || 2017  photo by  Steph Wahlig

THe Fam || Maui || 2017

photo by Steph Wahlig

 
 

My name is Rhianna Mercier and I am a photographer. I am also a content creator, creative director, and destination wedding specialist.

I document reflections of life through love & light.

I do this everyday, this is my passion, my career, my company, and my heart. Photography allows me to stop time and immortalize this existence will everyone who asks for my services. I have the opportunity to place my feet in situations I was meant to capture, to see without categorizing it or labeling it but just by being in it. I have the chance to live free creating a living from the thing I was meant to do.

Inside all of us is a shine, that purpose, it’s there the whole time. Only some people can help us see it or release it. That’s my job, and then I add a camera. That’s why we feel more comfortable around some souls and not others. To be able to be you without reservation is my goal, but if reservations are your thing, I am also adaptable to all my clients' needs. I like fancy dinner reservations too.

I am however an open book, ask me anything. Literally anything. I want to learn, grow and change constantly because I know the experience here is a one time go around. This time ;)

I do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, or any other status protected by law or regulation or not protected. I take great care when it comes to disabilities and the art of portraits, if extra time is needed, that is what is given, I get it, we’re human.  My only hope is that our values align to have the most optimal experience. 

I am engaged to this super hunky guy aka stay at home dad of the year @the.real.gabe, and he makes sure I am ready to keep the positivity up. I have two kiddos, one is autistic and one is not, and they are both my shingin Oh, being a parent, what a crazy ride. I secretly wanted to be a professor or teach about love or religions traditions from around the world. Gabe wanted to be indiana jones. Adventure family we are.

I love talking about everything photography. from classic portraiture to modern iPhone photography, I love talking in general. I am extremely verbal. I could probably make a date with someone new each day and it would never get old, I process through images and the spoken word. Truth be told I am a terrible writer and e-mailer. You’ve been warned.

"alligator tears" sometimes show up, during moments at my clients' because i get so invested. My job, however, is to “think outside the box," take lighting (extra or lack thereof), weather, timing, precision, emotions, moments, composition and true connection into consideration; while I work on a timeline and make sure my team and equipment is ready to create the best experience for you. 

All heart and art here; high quality, visually stunning images, that make you want to stop everything and look at them over and over and over again-that’s my goal everytime I walk on set. .

I want you to build the trust that I am a professional artist giving you the very best service and information every time we speak and meet together. Most importantly, I want you to enjoy every moment.

I pour my heart and soul and tons of my time and money into this photographer role, and I am constantly learning and growing.  I review every single image before releasing it to you. Every image is a reflection of you and myself and just "ok" doesn't fly with me.  

I want you to enjoy getting your portrait taken. My hope is that it just feels like hanging out with an old friend.

I have been photographing people for over 11 years now, and I was lucky enough to attend Brooks Photography Institute 2011-2012, graduating with a certificate in professional portrait wedding photography.  I have been trained by some of the best, and I am forever grateful for my interships and mentorships.  I am also a work for hire with many companies, different publications and editorial work as well.  I worked very closely with Anna Delores Photography as an Associate Photographer for 4 years.  I attend workshops constantly to expand my art and keep me up to date on everything photography related.  I am based out of Santa Barbara, CA + the Hawaiian Islands (certain time of year).  I love to travel #mybagsarepacked #letsdothis 

I hope that this gives you a LOT more insight into me, I cannot wait to chat with you!   I can't wait to hear your story. Let's get coffee!   :)

 

Aloha! Gracias!

 Thank you

-Rhianna

hello@rhiannamercier.com

206.240.0695