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.


 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