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Photographer Spotlight – Mexico Destination Wedding Photographer Fer Juaristi

December 2, 2011 | christy

Today were thrilled to bring you the work of Mexican wedding photographer Fer Juaristi, a rising-star and rare talent in the world of wedding photography. We were simply blown away when we found his work and we couldnt be more honored to have him as a member of the Junebug Weddings Worlds Best Wedding Photographers Hotlist.

a beautiful bride glowing from the light behind her- wedding photo by top Mexico wedding destination photographer Fer Juaristi

Blair: How did you get into wedding photography?

Fer: I went to college for media production and advertising. I started doing music films as with the intention of moving on to film school. During my education my friend asked me to shoot his wedding so I bought myself a video called Masters of Wedding Photography. Two hours in to the vid and all the myths I had about wedding photography completely vanished. I literally quit my job the next day to start pursuing wedding photography. Ive been on this road for five years, and thank God, everything is going great.

a groom in the foreground and the bride on a staircase behind him- wedding photo by top Mexico wedding destination photographer Fer Juaristi

 

Two brides walking together in the surf of the lake- wedding photo by top Mexico wedding destination photographer Fer Juaristi

Blair: What are your favorite locations?

Fer: The most humble ones, even if they are in the most luxurious settings. I like to find something new for each couple and I stay away from the obvious backgrounds at resorts and ballrooms. I love the challenge of working hard to see things differently. I try to create stand alone images that are totally unique, so that each one can be seen as a separate work of art. As far as shooting in Mexico goes, I love the historic town of San Miquel Allende, the coastal town of Merida, and Campeche with its beautiful colored haciendas and ancient ruins.

 

Blair: Where do you want to shoot next?

Fer: I want to do more urban weddings in large cities around the world. I love lines and composition so discovering new types of architecture really excites me. I sometimes refer to myself as the Mexican Monkey because I am willing to climb trees, lie on the floor, or shoot from the rooftop to get the shot Im looking for.

A bride and groom up to their noses in water with their reflections on the surface- wedding photo by top Mexico wedding destination photographer Fer Juaristi

 

A bride and groom look lovingly at each other as the grooms tie flies in the wind- wedding photo by top Mexico wedding destination photographer Fer Juaristi

Blair: Do you have a favorite camera or lens?

Fer: I usually shoot with my Canon 5D and the Leica M9. I also use a medium format camera with film for my day after shoots. For me, the fixed length 35mm is the best lens. I like to move a lot when shooting and that lens gives me exactly what I see.

 

Blair: What gets you up in the morning?

Fer: I wake up very early every morning and get right to work because I like to get the most out of my day. What moves me is the freedom to approach my work on my own terms. I am not a dreamer, I am a doer, so challenging myself to do the best work I can keeps me going.

A bride and bridesmaid throw their wedding bouquets at the photographer - wedding photo by top Mexico wedding destination photographer Fer Juaristi

 

engagement portrait of a woman kissing and biting her fiance's lip - wedding photo by top Mexico wedding destination photographer Fer Juaristi

creative colorful wedding portrait - wedding photo by top Mexico wedding destination photographer Fer Juaristi

Blair: How would you describe your wedding photography?

Fer: Cinematic I like to think there is a movie-still like quality to my work.

A bride gets help walking through the rain- wedding photo by top Mexico wedding destination photographer Fer Juaristi

 

engagement session - creative perspective of couple laughing - wedding photo by top Mexico wedding destination photographer Fer Juaristi

Blair: So what are your favorite movies or music?

Fer: Musically, Im listening to Jeremy Larson from the U.K. right now and of the last movies Ive seen I really enjoyed the Art of Flight and Hanna I like watching movies on mute so I can get caught up in the visuals.

A couple shows off their arm jewelry and tattoos - wedding photo by top Mexico wedding destination photographer Fer Juaristi

Bride walking barefoot - wedding photo by top Mexico wedding destination photographer Fer Juaristi

Blair: What makes you give yourself a mental high five?

Fer: Oh, I think thats what my photography buddies and I call a visual boner. For me, my high-five comes when I surprise myself with an image thats totally new. I love to find awesome perspectives every time Im out there. When I get that perfect shot I know it, and I let my couples know it so they can be excited too.

wedding photo by top Mexico wedding destination photographer Fer Juaristi

wedding photo by top Mexico wedding destination photographer Fer Juaristi

Blair: Is there one thing you’d like every bride and groom to know before their wedding?

Fer: Yes, their wedding will be a totally new experience, so I tell them to expect the unexpected and stay flexible. If they dont see me its because I am hiding behind a palm tree or lying on the floor getting the best shot and I want them to go on with their day.

 

Blair: How has witnessing so many weddings impacted your life/outlook?

Fer: When Im in front of couples who are emotional and deeply in love, it makes me want to pick up my phone and call my wife and tell her how much I love her, and it makes me feel grateful for my own marriage every day.

A bride posing in her dress while a beautifully organic pattern of light falls on the background - wedding photo by top Mexico wedding destination photographer Fer Juaristi

 

creative image of the bride walking up stairs as her dress and veil trail behind her - wedding photo by top Mexico wedding destination photographer Fer Juaristi

Blair: Do you have a tip or two for couples who are looking for their perfect wedding photographer?

Fer: Find someone you trust. Its the most important thing you can have. Choose someone whose work inspires you, then forget about what youre envisioning and let your photographer go beyond it for you.

 

Blair: What really gets to you at weddings? Makes you cry? Makes you laugh?

Fer: I love the getting ready shots. Because most of my clients are destination couples, I dont get to meet many of them before shooting their weddings. I love this time because there is so much anticipation and it sets the stage for the day. I also love the father-daughter dance, I am usually crying and shooting at the same time, but most of all I love the day before and day after sessions where I get to spend a lot of time with the couple Im working with.

A bride creatively posing in a window - wedding photo by top Mexico wedding destination photographer Fer Juaristi

 

A bride with her veil flying around her head - wedding photo by top Mexico wedding destination photographer Fer Juaristi

Blair: What has inspired you recently?

Fer: Other photographers, I love to meet other people in this business, and Ive recently been able to hang out with Junebug members, Joe Cogliandro, Adam Houseman, Erik Clausen and Otto Schulze who are all great new friends.

 

Blair: What is the best possible/your favorite reaction from a client when you deliver their images?

Fer: When they say holy sh*t!” and their mouths drop open.

Portrait of the bride and groom with double exposure effect - wedding photo by top Mexico wedding destination photographer Fer Juaristi

 

Alternative bridal portrait- wedding photo by top Mexico wedding destination photographer Fer Juaristi

 

Bride and groom at the wedding reception- wedding photo by top Mexico wedding destination photographer Fer Juaristi

Blair: What are you looking forward to most right now?

Fer: Traveling and learning about new cultures and traditions. I love to experiment and be surprised by the results, and new places give me an opportunity to move beyond what Ive created so far.

 

Blair: Name the three photographers you admire most right now.

Fer: Erik Clausen of Poser: Image, Nirav Patel, and Daniel Aguilar.

wedding photo by top Mexico wedding destination photographer Fer Juaristi

 

wedding photo by top Mexico wedding destination photographer Fer Juaristi

Blair: Favorite image you’ve taken lately?

Fer: There is a natural light photo I shot very recently that I love. My client is a photographer as well, and Im doing her vow renewal. The image was shot with my Leica Rangefinder. The lens is old and it makes awesome flare effects.

Bride and groom with creative lens flair effect - wedding photo by top Mexico wedding destination photographer Fer Juaristi

Thank you so much Fer! It was a real treat to get to know you better.

To learn more about Fer Juaristi, be sure to visit his website, blog and Junebug Member Brochure.

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23 Comments

  1. WOW!! Incredible work. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Just one word – WOW!

  3. Fer is one of my biggest sources of influence. Nice interview!

  4. Fer’s passion shines through his work so so well… wonderful interview.

  5. Fer’s work is so gorgeous! I love the composition and sense of spontaneity in his work.

  6. Fer is humble and so talented. I love his work.

  7. Fer’s work is inspirational. He is also a wonderful person to talk to. Cool interview 🙂

  8. no question he is one of the most insanely talented (and genuinely good people) photographers in the industry. his talent is just of the charts!

  9. fer’s vision is truly inspiring! fantastic work man! here’s to 2012!

  10. Yay, that’s us in that last image! Fer has been my favorite photographer for about the past three years. When I first saw his work my mind was blown. It was the most unique way of seeing life that I’d ever seen. Fer continues to inspire me as a photographer on a daily basis…and as a client, I can’t fricking wait until our vow renewal! We’re going to let Fer choose the location 🙂

  11. Humbled! As good as Fer is at photography, he is a much better person. Love that dude.

  12. A haiku for Fer: Mexican Monkey finds the light, kicks ass, takes names. Fer, you are the man.

  13. Fer’s unique approach and desire to push his own limits is incredibly inspiring.

  14. Amazing work! I’m glad i’ve been able to discover his work!

  15. Fer is incredible. Amazing person, Amazing photographer. All the best to yo brother!

  16. He is a true artist!!! So inspiring and one of my favourite wedding photographers.

  17. wow these are all…cinematic! and inspiring 🙂

  18. Incredible job Fer! Very inspiring work.

  19. One of the very few photographers I always admired since picking up a camera myself. Fer is absolutely brilliant. The best of the best.

  20. A couple of years ago Fer send me an e-mail introducing himself and complimenting us on our work (something which I appreciate until this day!). I immediately googled his name and since then I’m hooked on his images. He has the ability to see pictures totally different than most togs and this is truly inspiring. Way to go Fer, you are definately one of the best in this industry!

  21. I recently had the pleasure of taking Fer out for the day on a shoot, having dinner with him and his UK hosts, attending his seminar and then a coffee before he left. What a bloody nice man, made me laugh, taught me load and made a lasting impression on mine and Rachy’s lives – we look forward to meeting again one day!

  22. Lovely photos!

  23. Just came across this interview – thank you! It’s great to get an insight to the man behind this beautiful images. More like this please!!

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