A "Playense" from California, I am a global lover of images and beautiful places. I love love, people and the quirky side of life.
I believe in bringing emotion to life through images and having an absolutely awesome time in the process! Be forewarned... my laugh is contagious!
I have more than 15 years experience shooting, nearly 5 running an award winning studio and 2 shooting weddings full time as a solo artist. With 10 years invested in a formal photography education... I realized the only thing that really matters is having fun and making beautiful memories along the way.
My style is campy, silly, and full of color, love and laughter - even in the sweet teary moments. I learned from some masters in the industry that the moments are what we capture when we paint with light. My film and digital approach couldn't agree more! My grandmother, a photographer herself, planted the seeds years ago for what would become my life's passion. And having exhibited from little Cafe Walls, galleries in Denver and San Francisco, to the walls of families from all over the world - there is nothing more exciting than moving someone with a moment.
Currently, I call Mexico's Playa del Carmen home. You call it paradise. I think we're both right - let's go adventure it together - I've got the camera, you bring the sass.
15 Awards for Documentary Wedding Photography
4 Diamond Awards for Engagement Portraits
4 Awards from the Artistic Guild of Wedding Photojournalists
1 TOP Wedding Photographer Titles
The WPJA proudly recognizes Melissa Mercado as a TOP International Wedding Photographer. Members holding the most contest points at the end of each year are ranked as TOP Wedding Photographers or, in some cases POY - Photographer of the Year.