Melissa Mercado Photography

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Hi! I’m Melissa Mercado, crazy, passionate, photographer, always smiling!

I hail from the regions of Southern California as a photographer and genius from Apple. But don’t hold it against me. ;) I’ve lived in San Francisco as a photographer and book seller. I also lived in Denver as a photographer and coffee slinger. Most recently, I’m living it up in Mexico’s Riviera Maya, specifically Playa del Carmen. Here I’ve managed an internationally award winning photography studio, laughed so hard that I couldn’t stop crying, and decided to continue my pursuit of character collecting through photography.

I have a passion for my friends, all things technological, working on my California tan (Hecho en Mexico!), and seeing the world through all of my plethora of lenses. From the expired film in my vintage Hasselblad 500c/m, to the Fujiroid pulls in my “altered” Holga, my gorgeous digital frames in my Canon 5D MKII, and my everyday iPhonography – I LOVE PHOTOGRAPHY. I love documenting the world around me, I thrive in letting others live vicariously through my pursuits and I do the same through my connections to people all over the globe.

With more than 15 years of shooting, a lifetime of formal education in Art Theory and my hands on knowledge of managing a few wonderful businesses, I look forward to bringing my energy and talents alive in your images.

And hopefully along the way we’ll laugh so hard our cheeks hurt.

I look forward to our journey together.

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Meet a Wedding Photographer in Playa del Carmen, Mexico: Melissa Mercado Photography
Meet a Wedding Photographer in Playa del Carmen, Mexico: Melissa Mercado Photography

After a little more than 7 years I graduated college never believing that I’d make a living out of taking pictures. I always figured I’d be great at helping others realize their dreams and connecting with their clients would be awesome for me. Having supported myself through school in various customer service jobs, I loved people and my hobby of capturing my friends fulfilled my desires to shoot. But the life happened and I went to a party and made one connection, then I went to a wedding and made another...
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Extravagant Mayan-inspired Destination Wedding in Mexico
Extravagant Mayan-inspired Destination Wedding in Mexico

Photographer Melissa Mercado says "In the heart of the Mexican jungle and on the turquoise coast of the Caribbean Sea, there is a unique spot: Xcaret, a majestic park by the sea that offers the beauty of the Riviera Maya as well as the legacy of the Mayan culture and the traditions of Mexico."
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Intimate Bohemian Wedding in Tulum, Mexico
Intimate Bohemian Wedding in Tulum, Mexico

Photographer Melissa Mercado says "Doreen and Marcus dreamt of a very intimate and bohemian wedding in paradise – Tulum, Mexico. A few years ago they visited Mexico and absolutely fell in love with the country."
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