Mercy Hasselblad

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I love doing senior photos for graduations in Los Angeles. I love the significance of the moment. And this girl, this girl got THREE degrees, all in really smart things! And… graduated right after COVID hit. So she had a virtual graduation out of Boise State University and decided to splurge on some amazing graduation photography. I loved getting to know her and the people who supported her through the journey.

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I love doing set photography in Los Angeles.  The comraderie of working with a few dozen other creative who (in the best sets) are absolute crazy nerds who love what they do is so fun. This was a passion project by a young man who was in the corporate world. When covid hit, he said it made him realize that he didn’t just want to play the game for the rest of his life. So he’s taking the leap and filmed a scene for his movie! I was so proud to be able to assist on this set, photograph, and also be a boom operator. Despite almost freezing temperatures and almost hitting people with the pole because of the tight space, the entire set was a great group of talented people.

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Smitha and Arjun got married at the Malibu Hindu Temple in Los Angeles. It was a beautiful venue. Despite coronavirus, these two got together a group of their closest local friends and tied the knot. My husband and I lived in India for several years after we first got married, so Indian tradition and Indian wedding photography in LA is something I’ve really enjoyed. 

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Jenna is such an amazing planner. Which meant we met over a year before the wedding. She’s one of those beautiful people with a good mix of compassion and strength. Right from the start I knew I would enjoy being her Boise wedding photographer. Although I am primarily a Los Angeles wedding photographer, Jenna booked both Matt and I before we moved. And even with all the crazy Covid-19 stuff, Jenna and Cody had such a gorgeous, meaningful wedding day. (P.S. I also got to do their engagement photos at Table Rock, which were absolutely some of my favorite of the summer!).

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I was in a sleepy haze as I drove down the deserted highway. It was the pre-dawn quiet of a city that doesn’t wake up until it’s time to go to work. I gathered together my backpack of gear. For intimate sunrise elopement at El Matador Beach, I typically carry a prime 35mm, some OCF, a trigger, a stand, and a long lens, along with my trusty, beautiful Canon 5D Mark III.

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Elizabeth and Robb’s plan had to change slightly when Covid shut everything down. I’m so happy they still decided to prioritize photos, though. I was still able to be their Santa Monica wedding photographer. They cut down their guest list significantly, changed their venue, and ended up getting married at Tongva Park in Santa Monica. The park is a well-kept secret, something you pass often without realizing it’s even a park. It’s just steps away from the Santa Monica Pier. But it wasn’t crowded and we had one of those amazing, golden sunsets.

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I am the fastest Los Angeles wedding photographer I know, when it comes to giving photos back to clients. I always edit full weddings within the week. Most of the time, and especially for smaller weddings, I have the photos ready within 24-48 hours. Many of my photographer friends shake their heads and wonder how I do it, and even more, why. Over the past few weeks I’ve been thinking about my approach. So, here’s how I edit wedding photos within 24 hours, and lastly, why.

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