Jamie Mercurio Photography

Posted: August 31, 2016
Jamie Mercurio blends the look of fine art photography and film to create stunning images for her wedding couples.

How did you get started in photography?
I began shooting when I was pretty young—middle school I think. I begged my parents to buy me one of those little Polaroid iZone cameras! In high school I took photos for the yearbook, and I started shooting film and taking dark room classes which I continued into college. In college I studied in Rome, taking photography classes under an Italian photojournalist, shooting all film. I loved the colors of film and loved everything about photographing people. After college I found my way back to Maine and began working as an assistant to Jen Dean, an amazing photographer (and person) based in Portland, and really fell in love with wedding photography. It was kind of all down hill from there! I started my business in 2012 and took it full time last spring. Of course it sounds cliche, but I truly love what I do! 
 
What do you love about wedding photography?
Weddings make for such an incredible range of human emotion. There is love, of course a bit of stress, there are tears of joy, there is dancing! I get to capture so many feelings over the course of a wedding day. And I love beautiful things—amazing florals, bridal style, details—I never thought I’d find such joy in photographing tablescapes!
 
What is the biggest challenge you face when shooting a wedding?
The biggest challenge, I think, is knowing that you have one shot (pun intended!) to capture so many things. The first kiss. The first dance. It can be stressful but it’s kind of an adrenaline rush!
 
What should clients know about your style of photography?
I love the beauty of fine art photography, and I love the look of film, so I try to create images that speak on those levels. And since I have a learning background in mainly photojournalism, I also strive to capture the flower girl dancing with the ring bearer, the bride whispering to her grandmother at the reception, the groom watching his new bride dance with her dad…the moments. 
 
When you're not behind the camera, what do you like to do?
If I’m not behind a camera or in front of my computer, chances are I’m at the yoga studio or somewhere near the ocean. We live in the Midcoast, right near the water, and my boyfriend is a lobsterman, so we love all things boating and beach!
 
How can the couple help YOU on their wedding day?
Let’s hang out! I love to get together with my couples before their wedding either for an engagement session, or just a coffee or cocktail meet-up. I want to know what makes you YOU so I can tell your story on your wedding day. 
 
How has your photography style changed over the years? 
I think as photographers, or really, artists in general, we all improve technically and stylistically as the years go by. When you first start out, it can be a struggle to find your “voice”…your personal style. The biggest compliment I have ever received was when someone recently told me they saw some of my images on social media and knew that they were mine without yet seeing the photo credit. It’s easy when you’re first starting out to scroll through Pinterest and imitate what you see, but as the years go by, I find myself honing my style and striving to make photographs that I want to make. 
 
What sorts of things inspire you when you pick up your camera?
I’m most often inspired by my couples. I love seeing people in love. It’s so wonderful to be surrounded by it so often! I’m also absolutely inspired by travel. Shooting in a new place or somewhere you’ve never been is pure magic. Maine is lovely, of course! But it can be life-changing to shoot somewhere new. 
 
Where will your business be in the next 5 years?
I’m fortunate to have been able to shoot weddings across several different states and countries this year. I think all I can ask is that over the next 5 years I’m still loving what I do, traveling for it lots, and continuing to meet new and amazing couples who trust me to document their loves stories. If I’m as happy in 5 years as I am now, I’ll call it a success!