About Hilo & Ginger


Hilo & Ginger was founded by photographer Luca-Mercedes Stemer in 2013. Born in Austria and raised around the world, the traveling gene has been soever present. Luca is based in New York City, shooting weddings & editorials worldwide. 

She occasionally works together with photographer, friend and colleague, Xenia Bluhm if two full wedding photographers ans second shooters are needed, alone in case of an intimate wedding/elopement, and with a second photographer for bigger weddings.

She is available for Bridal Fashion Lookbook campaigns and Editorial features for lifestyle/product/food styling stories.


Photographs are part of our human legacy, and an instrument to document our existence. 

 Xenia. Scorpio. Mountain Hiker. Horse Whisperer. Pasta Connoisseur.

Xenia. Scorpio. Mountain Hiker. Horse Whisperer. Pasta Connoisseur.

Xenia Bluhm is a leading Austrian wedding photographer with more than 5 years of experience in the industry. She is based out of Hamburg/Germany, covering mostly Germany, Austria & Switzerland for Hilo & Ginger if Luca is booked already. Luca and Xenia have worked closely together on various projects over the past 10+ years. 


No Mountain is too high, no desert too dry, in search for the perfect picture.

I mean it, I am proud to be able to follow you on your most adventures day - be it a beautiful wedding on the beach or a ceremony on the highest mountain, I am here to create amazing pictures with you. 


I shoot digital, I shoot on film, doing my part to keep this wonderful craftsmanship alive.


Connecting with my clients is a wonderful experience.

I am here for you, if you want another Skype session before the big day or need help with getting dressed. My team and I have your back!


Fine Art WEdding || Editorial || Portrait || Photography