There’s nothing better than reading a little bio, I love engaging with people through our loves and likes for the same thing so here goes!
I’m Shianne Mercer, a 90’s girl who loves adventure, exploring new things, learning and being outdoors.
I am an Essex Londoner, if there is such a thing? I spent a few years of my childhood living in the south-east of Spain and now live on the outskirts of Chelmsford which for me feels like total country-side in comparison to a town closer to London. I share a home with my Fiancée, Daughter and our little (big) puppy Simba who is worse than a toddler but has so much love to give!
I am outgoing, sociable, sensitive, positive, hilarious (yes I laugh at my own jokes), adventurous, a total creative, your new best friend, soul sister and agony aunt. I love hearing stories from my grandparents generation and spending time with my family and friends. I absolutely love a bargain and wear Dr Martens pretty much all the time, comfort is key! When work is busy I’m on a work coaster, I spend most of my weekend at weddings or with families and my week days I get my editing and admin groove on. During the week days around work I do school runs, food shops and have lots of coffee breaks!
My childhood family album means so much to me for many different reasons. Not only does it hold so much sentimental value, but actually helped me visualise and shape memories and moments from my childhood I would have otherwise never remembered. I am thankful every day for my mum using tons of kodak disposables throughout the 90’s. I always thought I would be a teacher, I love to be organised, in control and am a little bossy. I am so thankful for this amazing journey I have been put on. Having a job I have always dreamt of and never thought achievable. It has brought me so many moments of pride, such an amazing supportive community and have accomplished things I never thought possible.
THINGS I LOVE
Mint or Orange Snacks
A good series
THINGS I DONT LIKE
JUST SOME HOBBIES
FAVE PLACES TO GO
The New Forest
A Good Pub Lunch
Ba (Hons) Degree in Photography
Becoming a Mother
Best New Business of the year 2020 award at the Essex Wedding award
Surviving a Pandemic
Living each day with no regrets and continuing to be the best version of myself
GOALS FOR THE FUTURE
Plan a styled shoot with another photographer
Run a Workshop
Collaborate with more suppliers
Travel for UK Weddings
Work on more Branding content
DREAMING THAT ONE DAY
I’ll buy my Own Home
Win the Lotto
Travel abroad for Weddings minimum twice a year
Buy a brand new car outright
Have my own office space for meetings and to work from
A FIRM BELIEVER OF
Everything happens for a reason
Believing in Achieving
MY PHOTOGRAPHY JOURNEY
THE LEARNING JOURNEY
Photography is such a hard subject to crack! I was torn between a Photography Diploma in College or taking Spanish at A Level and becoming a translator. I was put off my A levels because of the hours, with my Diploma I was able to get a more flexible job and also have time to explore and create my own adventures so it was a no brainer!
I started my Photography Diploma back in 2012 a year after leaving school and them two years taught me basics on how to work a camera. Frustration after every module that passed as to when I will find ‘my style’ and my various tutors always telling me ‘it will come’. I started my degree two years later and was still unknown. I have Artists I love such as Sally Mann, for her purity and sticking to what she believed in. However, could still never distinguish my authentic style. Until one day i got asked “Why did you choose to do photography” so I said… “Because I love looking back at my childhood family album and how real and true the photographs are. I now have memories of my childhood I didn’t actually remember just by looking at them pictures and reading them”
I do photography for this reason. I understand the importance of a photograph and the importance of its value. Whether it be of a place or a person, a good moment or a bad, it is a memory that if gone you can never get back. One that although you cannot go back to you physically, you can relive through the power of photography mentally.
I know first hand the power of a photograph.
Think about it… I bet you do to.
THE BUSINESS JOURNEY
My very first wedding booking was a reception which I was confident with giving that I had been doing events photographing during my years at College and University. I began to share photographs from the first two weddings which let me to receive enquiries via Facebook from local community groups. I ended 2018 with two wedding bookings for the following summer which I was super excited about.
I decided that in April 2019 I would register my business and go self employed. It was kind of bitter sweet. I never imagine to photograph 8 weddings in my first year but my summer was full of weddings and photographing families. I began to give myself goals and targets for my business and with each wedding I shared, more weddings I booked! In the middle of the summer of 2019 I decided to give my business a revamp – make it me. I hadn’t at this point put much thought into the branding of a business but as my year got busier and busier it made sense to focus on the next steps.
2019 ended with me winning my first ever award as the best new business of 2020 and a full diary which I was so excited for. Little did the whole know we would be faced with a global pandemic. I entered 2020 full of beans, lots of goals to achieve and so much content to create. Whilst the year didn’t go as planned, I grew some of the most amazing relationships within the industry, friendships within the wedding community and reflected on what I really want from my business. I continue to work hard, set goals, believe in myself and push to always be the best version of myself.
My diary remains full for wedding, I continue to work with the most wonderful families and also amazing small businesses.
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