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 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.

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

THe Fam || Maui || 2017

photo by Steph Wahlig

 
 

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

I SPECIALIZE IN FINE ART DESTINATION wedding photography but I really document reflections of life through love & light

I do it every weekend, it’s my job, my company, and my heart. Photography allows me to stop time and immortalize this existence. i have the chance to share my gift, to feel and place my feet in situations I was meant to capture, to see without categorizing it or labeling it but just by being in it with you.

inside all of us is a shine, it’s there the whole time, Only some people can help us see it or release it. That’s why we feel more comfortable around some and not others. to Be you without reservation is my goal, but if reservations are your thing, I am also adaptable to all my clients' needs.

I am however an open book, ask me anything.

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 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