Mercy Hasselblad

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These two are gold. When Elizabeth threw her heart into planning this engagement shoot, her excitement was contagious. I typically do a lot more romantic/natural style engagement photography, even in LA. But I always love playing with engagement pictures. We get the time and flexibility to play, versus on a wedding day, when we’re a lot more pressed for time. So, as you can probably tell, we had an absolute blast. Even with the smoke-clogged air, we came out with some of my favorite photos of my career.

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From the moment I met Mary, I knew we would get along well. We went out for coffee and ended up barely talking about wedding plans at all. She has the best smile, and when I saw her and Carlos together, I instantly understood the attraction. They adore each other. On one of their dates Carlos was teaching Mary to skateboard. When she took a bad spill he forced her to go to the hospital, where she found out she had cancer. But because she came in when she did, they were able to operate on it and she was fine. So he saved her life.

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“OMG WE LOVE THEM!!! Dan keeps saying, ‘we definitely chose the right photographer!'” Stephanie sent me this right after they saw their first Victoria Beach engagement photos. Parking at Victoria Beach for engagement photos is always tough, so when Stephanie and Daniel got stuck without parking, I got a little worried. However, we had planned ahead and had enough light to get THE MOST PERFECT engagement photos I’ve ever gotten at Victoria Beach and the Pirate Tower. They really speak for themselves. Stephanie wore a gorgeous deep red chiffon dress and Daniel was perfectly matched in a simple, crisp shirt and slacks.

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I got so excited when I found out these two wanted to do an Airstream engagement session! They found an amazing location in the hills above Malibu. The sunset was epic, the love was obvious, and it was the perfect Airstream engagement session.

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C contacted me on FaceBook a little while ago asking if I’d be up for a short-notice mini, backyard wedding in Santa Clarita. I have a huge soft spot for backyard weddings, I had one myself. And C’s sweet conversation convinced me this would be a wedding of dreams. C and E loved each other so much. It was obvious from the first moment. I peeked into C’s getting ready room and found E had slipped a note under her door, saying that he loved her to infinity. These little moments are reasons I love photographing backyard weddings. When the production is stripped away, you get to the bare-bones love of the day. The entire family pitched in, decorated the whole house, and invited me to sit down for delicious food. It was amazing perfection.

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This is Will! I got to do his acting headshots in Los Angeles after my husband met him on a movie set. Doesn’t he look like General Shang from Mulan?!? We are planning on doing more soon. I only had about 30 minutes to do these. Will is an amazing young man with an amazing story. He has overcome so many odds, including poverty and an accident that rendered him, a student athlete, paralyzed. You can find out more on his website, Empowered by Will. He’s an inspirational speaker and teacher now!

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I love doing newborn photography in Los Angeles. In-home sessions are my favorite, because they lead to less stress for everyone involved. Both baby and parents have everything they need, and nobody has to disrupt their routine to drive to a studio or location for stressful photos. Jessica and I had been going back and forth with various plans for a session for months, and finally settled on newborn photos soon after baby was born. I was so happy to meet these two new parents and capture these memories for them!

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I love marriage. I think marriage is valuable, regardless of how the wedding has to happen. Simple or complex, the wedding doesn’t matter as much as the two people entering into the marriage together. Which is one reason I was so excited when Quique and Sahana asked me to photograph their Covid-19 elopement at the Honda Center. Because this will be a day and a time we will tell our kids about. And when there are photos, it’s so much more of a story.

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I knew from the start that I would love working with Cadie and David. We met at a local coffee shop and they pretty much hired me then and there to do their engagement photos in Malibu and their wedding photography next year at Calamigos Ranch. And then they asked if they could bring their dogs to their engagement session, and I fell in love just a little bit more.

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