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

 Gabriel & I || Nipomo, CA || 2012

Gabriel & I || Nipomo, CA || 2012

 
We met, I forget the rest.
— Walt Whitman
 

 If you like lists, cause I make them all the time, here's more "about me": 

--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 REALLY. 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.

 photo by Steph Wahlig

photo by Steph Wahlig

 
 

MY NAME IS RHIANNA AND I AM AN ARTIST+PHOTOGRAPHER+content creator+creative director.

I SPECIALIZE IN FINE ART DESTINATION PHOTOGRAPHY

LIFE IS ALL ABOUT AN EXPERIENCE. WE ARE either IN the LIGHT shining, or IN the SHADOWS WAITING, pointing OUR HEARtS TO THE WORLD or closing in. CHANGING & GROWING, WALKING & TALKING (P.S. I WALK IT LIKE I TALK IT*HEEY), DANCING & KISSING all UNDER THis big big sky. ALL TYPES OF fashion AND TRADITION, expression and culture. I want to experience it all.

I WANT MY ART TO BE A REFLECTION OF your heart and MY HEART AND HOW we PAINTED YOUR STORY WITH MY tools, time, and love together.

I am a storyteller; I want it to be HOW IT ALL REALLY WAS & HOW IT REALLY REALLY FELT.
to be able to document love, light, colors, life inside the world of photography, feels like a dream come true.  To see and feel the genuine love in people, it brings me so much joy. 

I am grossly optimistic. I consider myself an empath, that's why I say I'm a heartiest (Let me introduce you to my favorite modern poet: Cleo Wade; Heart talks.)

I meditate and participate in yoga regularly. I need that time to remember that I can choose anything. This is the part of the about me that makes me vulnerable to tell you how I see life. Photography allows me to grow and touch and see without categorizing it or labeling it but just by being in it, next to it, existing with it. An artist of acceptance. i understand the spinning plates and the team effort of energy it truly takes to be free sometimes, and I want nothing more than to be free.

I secretly wanted to be a professor or teach love/ wedding religions/traditions from around the world in college. I want to remember every soul.

inside all of us is that shine, it’s there the whole time, Be you without reservation, but if reservations are your thing, I am also adaptable to all my clients' needs. 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 a hunky guy aka stay at home dad of the year, and he makes sure I am ready to keep the positivity up. I have two kiddos, one is autistic and one is not. oh, being a parent, what a crazy ride.

I do love to talk about photography, if you are a photographer yourself, I love discussing everything from classic portraiture to modern iPhone photography. I could probably make a date with someone new each day and it would never get old, the conversation is apart of this art thing for me.

"alligator tears" sometimes show up, during moments at my clients' wedding because i am so invested in my clients. I love die-hard romantics, I gel well with the earth tribe, a little hippy and a little city or just real real.

 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. 

My goal is to give you exceptional service and artful images. All heart and art; high quality, visually stunning, images that make you want to stop everything and look at them over and over. 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. I want you to know that this is a mostly planned/some things are unplanned life event and things can go different but we always make it work because it always does.  Most importantly, I want you to enjoy every moment.

I pour my heart and soul and tons of time/investment into this photographer role, and I am constantly reviewing and 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