Ansel Adams: “There are always two people in every picture: the photographer and the viewer.”
When I was eight years old, I got fired for looking in long detail at the paintings hanging in the office. I’ve always been a visual person, designing and collecting art since I was a child. But it wasn’t until I got married that I realized the power of photography to bring back memories.
My lifelong passion is to leave the world better than I found it, to spread God’s love around and help people see beauty under the ugly, in each other and in the world around us.
Ansel Adams: “You don’t take a photograph, you make it.”
A Photographer's Shooting Style
I’m a very easy-going person. My priority is to keep you relaxed and having fun. As you might be able to tell from my pictures, I’m not a high-pressure photographer. On the wedding day (and during portrait sessions), I don’t interrupt if you’re happy and having fun. Those make the best pictures.
When I was a kid, my mom was a photographer. Every year she took a picture of us. And there were SEVEN children. Most years, we had a nice, posed portrait in a beautiful location. But one year, we would NOT cooperate. As you can imagine, getting seven children to look good in one single picture is not an easy feat (I don’t know how my mom EVER did it). My mom decided to step back for a minute.
When she came back, we were all in the same place, but we were entertaining ourselves by joking and picking on each other. So we were all laughing and having fun. She snapped the picture and it became our Christmas picture. It’s one of my favorite pictures, because I have good memories associated with it. It has a story and shows a slice of our daily life.
This memory has shaped the way I take pictures. I love to make you all happy and stay out of the way as much as possible. I’ll give you tips and hints, I’ll help you look and feel amazing (especially during the posed portion), but ignore me the rest of the time.
Who I Am
Hi! My name is Mercy Hasselblad (yes, that’s my real name, all you nerdy photographer people). I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Cultural Studies, was homeschooled, and spent the two years after my graduation and marriage in India doing non-profit work for charities and Christian ministries.
My husband and I are both full-time freelancers. We love to travel, and get to hop on planes quite a bit for our work. I started in graphic design and illustration, but photography has slowly consumed me and my work life. My husband is a filmmaker, artist, composer, and all-around talented genius. He is an extremely talented composer, but also makes money through programming and out-of-the-box problem solving for companies like Google. I love him very much.
Back on track: I’ve always been a visual person, and photography is a medium I’ve come to love. I like to focus on telling a story through photography. I like to show the person or couple’s unique personality through my photos. That’s my goal.
Along with photography, I teach Photoshop and design at a local high school. I also teach advanced InDesign, Photoshop, and Illustrator at an educational center. I mentor a couple of people in photography and love helping others discover or further their love of great visuals.
Photography is an art. It’s the ultimate form of record. It can be accurate, it can be bland, it can be loud, it can be unflattering, it can be ugly or inaccurate. Or it can be beautiful, pulling out the wonderful parts of a memory, the best side of a person, and recording it in such a way that it ultimately shapes your memory.
Awards & Honors
View Bug Peer Choice Award (2018).
GuruShots All Star Photographer (10x).
GuruShots Top 10% in Competition (2017).
GuruShots Expert Level Photographer (2017).