Hi, I am Cari "CJ" Mercer

What can I say about myself? Well, for starters...my real name is Cari Mercer, but you can call me CJ...

If you wonder where Eva Seraphine comes from. I am also a novelist, and Evangeline and Seraphine are two characters from my first book. (shameless plug)

I am creative and artistic and always put all of me into every shoot I do. Whether that is the classic works, such as senior photo shoots, family shoots, engagements, weddings, or the artistic portraiture, fashion, and creative works I specialize in.

I am a mom, a wife, a dog mom, a writer, and a philanthropist. I am the creator and editor-in-chief of Modern Raw Magazine. I am a disabled veteran, a domestic abuse survivor, a novelist, and a poet. But these things do not define me, they inspire me, just like each person who gets in front of my camera.

I look forward to working with each and every one of you. You inspire me to be a better photographer, you just don't know it yet. So, contact me, and let's create some art

Photo taken by family friend and fellow photographer Claire Spampinato of Claire Spampinato Photography

Publish Credits

  • The Storyteller Magazine 2021
  • The Humans of HVAC 2021
  • Time Square digital billboard 2021
  • Modern Raw Magazine 2021
  • UnSung Magazine 2012, 2013,2014
  • Stellar Exposure 2021

Publish Credits etc

  • The Legend. Model Magazine 2021
  • Iconic Child Magazine - 50 most Stunning
  • Entanglement Magazine - 2021
  • RAAMAT Magazine - 2021
  • ViewBug Judges Award - Aug 2021

Ongoing Projects

  • The Survivor Chronicles Project
  • Genderbent Alice and Wonderland


Courtney T.

“I recently had graduation pictures taken, and I’m absolutely in love! She did such a great job and was also a pleasure to talk to. There was even a chance of rain the entire time, but she worked so hard and we were able to get in lots of pictures before the rain came. I think the best part was I wasn’t limited to choosing my favorite pictures - she sent an adorable USB and I get to keep all of them! Highly recommend!”

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