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Meet William Mercer of William Mercer Photography in DTLA

Today we’d like to introduce you to William Mercer.

Thanks for sharing your story with us William. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
It all went back to the MySpace days when I became easily bored with webcam profile pictures. I picked up my mom’s point and shoot camera and started taking self-portraits on that. I remember having a trial version of photoshop on my computer and just went from there. Facebook came around a year later and my photography grew from there. This was right before the real takeover of smartphones, so around 2010 is when I started getting an applause for my work. I knew that I was good right away. I knew that I wanted to do this right away. The journey has continued since. It started in Indiana where I’m from then to Kentucky and now finally I made it out west to LA. I specialize in portraits but have a deep love of street photography. So, I’m constantly inspired by people and places around me. I have to be in an inspiring dimension of my mind almost 24/7. My mind is a fun place to be.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Never. I came from a very rural area in Northeast Indiana so there wasn’t much diversity as far as culture. Luckily I had found Tumblr and that showed me a world that was out there long before I was old enough to leave home. When 18 came I left home for Louisville, Kentucky. Because I was from such a small town I was very easily seduced by the city life. Even though I was in the city though I was still in the Midwest. So my inspiration I felt was still limited. After 23 long years of the Midwest, I chose to pack my stuff and head out west. Every day is a challenge when you’re far from home. But the stimulation you get from being liberated when you leave is a high like no other.

William Mercer Photography – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
My freelance career has always dealt with one thing and that is portraiture. I feel deep in me the need to photograph humans. To have them as my subject brings such a sense of connectivity that I feel I cannot photograph wrong. What makes my style unique I believe is my sensitivity to colors and light. Being able to manage these components of photography equally can really set you apart from the next best photographer.

What is “success” or “successful” for you?
What defines success is having your hard work be paid off. Whether it be through an award of some sort of financial gain. If something is given back to you for the time you’ve worked hard at that defines success for me. The amount of talent in LA is undoubtedly some of the greatest in the world. But everyone knows hard work beats talent every day.

Contact Info:

  • Website:
  • Phone: 260-571-3883
  • Email:
  • Instagram: @tripmercer

Image Credit:

Ally Toal, Ally Rubbo, Veronika Issa

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  1. Antia Durden

    April 17, 2018 at 15:51

    Very happy that Will’s talent is being recognized. He is wonderful.

  2. Leroy Striker

    April 17, 2018 at 19:33

    William has the drive and ambition to use his talents to succeed. His work speaks for itself and is outstanding!

  3. Jeff Hobson

    April 18, 2018 at 00:16

    Great to see some of your work and catch up with what you’re doing since you left Indiana.

  4. Samantha

    April 19, 2018 at 09:26

    Will is awesome and so much fun to be around! He took my wedding photos for me in Jamaica!! He made me feel so comfortable and at ease the entire time. So glad you are being recognized for your breathtaking work!!

  5. hilson weather

    April 22, 2018 at 19:41

    So impressed with your diversity. Some of your young white models look to the left, some look to the right. Some even look straight at you.

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