There once was a girl from the north.... #GOT4ever

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We met, I forget the rest.
— Walt Whitman
 

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

--I TRY EVERY DAY TO LIVE WITH ALOHA. I LOVE HAWAII AND ALL THAT THE POLYNESIAN CULTURES TEACH ABOUT THE EARTH AND LIFE AND 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 DO LOVE ESPRESSO IN A CAFE - OR A GOOD SWEET COLD BREW, 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
--WE LOVE HAWAII EVERYTHING. I TRAVEL BETWEEN CALIFORNIA AND HAWAII OFTEN FOR WEDDINGS OR PHOTO SHOOTS, EDITORIALS, ETC. I DO MY BEST TO MAKE IT AFFORDABLE FOR MY CLIENTS TO HAVE ME TRAVEL WITH THEM TO TELL THEIR STORY. I WAS MADE FOR DESTINATION WEDDINGS ;)  
-MY FEED IS FULL OF WEDDING STUFF AND MORE WEDDING STUFF, I LOVE THE IMAGERY --I RESEARCH AND FIND INSPIRATION IN SO MANY AMAZING ARTISTS.
-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 IS 1/2 FULL, PEOPLE MIGHT SAY I AM GROSSLY OPTIMISTIC AND BUBBLY.
--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 IT'S A PAST LOVED ART. 
-I LOVE MUSIC. ALMOST ALL MUSIC.  
--I CHOOSE EVERY MORNING TO KISS MY KID'S CHEEKS AND LOOK AT EVERY DAY AS I HELP GUIDE THEM ON THEIR JOURNEY. SO FUN BEING A MOMMA, I DIG IT. 
 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 HYBRID DESTINATION WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY AND A REALLY GOOD TIME. 

LIFE IS ALL ABOUT AN EXPERIENCE. WE ARE IN the LIGHT shining, IN SHADOWS WAITING, pointing OUR HEARtS TO THE WORLD, CHANGING & GROWING, WALKING & TALKING (P.S. I WALK IT LIKE I TALK IT*HEEY), DANCING & KISSING all UNDER THis RAINBOW; or ALL KINDS OF WEATHER, ALL TYPES OF ATTIRE AND TRADITION, AND IN SOME OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PLACES IN THE WORLD; IT'S JUST TOo EXCITING to truly express.

I WANT MY ART TO BE A REFLECTION OF your heart and MY HEART AND HOW we PAINTED YOUR STORY WITH MY tools. i was there to FEel THOSE MOMENTS WITH YOU and save them forever together.

YOUR STORY; HOW IT ALL REALLY WAS & HOW IT REALLY REALLY FELT, THAT'S ALL I WANT. 
I want to breathe in art every day, (but I have to work sometimes.)  It's all worth it though, to be able to document love, light, colors, life inside the world of photography, (in this way!? pinch me) feels like a dream come true.  To see and feel the genuine love in people and behind my lens is everything to me, it brings me so much joy. I literally cannot stop taking pictures of EVERYTHING. I need lots and lots of coffee to do this, and then lots of sleep and lots of adventure. So I ask the world to see if you like how I see you and if you do then we should probably meet, cause you see things similar or maybe you'll show me something new and that's alright with me. I am all about Aloha if you couldn't tell and stay in the flow. I don't want to fight the waves, it never works out. 

I wake up and decide to live my best life every day or I don't, I am choosing to follow my destiny right now and think positive, but progress, not perfection. I am in love with most things in love and have compassion when life hands us heartache. 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 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 is there for whats right in front of them and the artist collaboration at hand, the spinning plates and the team effort of energy it truly takes to be free within yourself to breathe in each moment.  it's simple and magical, sounds crazy. I have the best job.

I secretly wanted to be a professor or teach love/ wedding religions/traditions from around the world. I truly just want to remember every soul I meet, so I do. Capturing the human experience from the deep love for humanity within me, the trust from human to human in friendship and then in love, in love for years or a short while, ALL the tears.....let'em roll!!!!! all the laughs let them me little or be but let them come out; AND the party!!!!! I Looooovveeee a good dance party. I love it all. 

I hope that by connecting with my imagery and then choosing me to artistically represent your day, from all of my years in photography and my travels around the world, I will do my best on the day and that you can trust that.  I can almost guarantee that we can help each other have the best time ever. I know I can transport you back to that moment and you can feel what it was like.  I hope that you feel safe enough to let in, and get to know you. to take the picture that actually feels and looks just like you.  Let's let what's inside all of us shine the whole time, without reservation, but if reservations are your thing, I am also adaptable to all my clients' needs. I have a few clients who have asked me to come along due to the compassion that is needed when any person may need extra consideration, on the Autism spectrum to Oh ANYONE. 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 have an autistic son, I get it.  My only hope is that our moral values align to have the most optimal experience. 
I am also a super team player, engaged currently to a hunky football coach/dad of the year, and ready to make sure we keep the positivity up, and always remember, people first, photo second. 

I do love to talk about photography, if you are a photographer yourself, I love discussing everything from classic portraiture photography 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, (but technically I only need one eye!) I love die-hard romantics, I gel well with the real down to earth tribe, a little hippy and a little city or just real real. I am an open book and I love adventures.  
I DECIDED TO MAKE PHOTOGRAPHY MY CAREER BECAUSE I WANTED TO DO GIVE SOMETHING SPECIAL TO EVERYONE. I WANT TO LEAVE SOMETHING BEHIND, ALL WE CAN TAKE WITH US IS THE LOVE WE SHARED AND THE IMPACT WE MADE. THIS IS ALL APART OF THE BEAUTY OF BEING HUMAN AND PHOTOGRAPHING IT. WHICH IN THIS LINE OF WORK IS IMPORTANT, TO SEE THE BEAUTY IN EACH PART FIRST BECAUSE EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL.
 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, appealing 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.  

You should love love love your images. I want you to enjoy getting your portrait taken. Sometimes it just feels like hanging out with an old friend.

I have been photographing people for over 9 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 mentorships and inspirations.  I work for hire with many companies in the state of California, different publications and editorial work as well.  I work very closely with Anna Delores Photography as an Associate Photographer.  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 (the certain time of year).  I love to travel anywhere. #mybagsarepacked #letsdothis 

I hope that this gives you a LOT more insight into me, and what you're getting into with this whole wedding photography portion of your special day.  I cannot wait to chat with you!   I can't wait to hear your love story. Let's get coffee!   :)

 

Aloha & Mahalo

 

-Rhianna

hello@rhiannamercier.com

206.240.0695