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In The Spotlight: Fer Juaristi

Towards the end of last year I was looking around at various training courses and they all seemed much of a muchness until I found one at Aspire with a man called Fer Juaristi.  I had never heard this name (shamefully).  I Googled him.  I booked on the spot.  You will see why below….


I would just like to personally thank Fer for being so honest, funny, charming and generous with his knowledge.  Apart from the really useful practical tips gained on the day it was hugely inspirational, everyone there was in agreement. It has had a big impact on how I shoot and interact with clients.  My images from that workshop can be seen HERE.


Anyway I am delighted that Fer ‘the Mexican monkey’ agreed to talk to us a little about what inspires him and share some of his incredible work.  We know you are an incredibly busy man Mr Juaristi so a big thank you on behalf of the CC girls and all of our readers.


~ Claire

(Many thanks to Boo Marshall for the questions!)





Fer, we’ve heard that you get a lot of your inspiration from movies…. are there any particular film directors or films which stand out for you?  Could you share with us who and why?


For sure, Directors of Photography are just awesome. From Emmanuel Lubezki to Conrad Hall, those guys really know what they are doing.   Just awesome visuals & beautiful inspiring frames.


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And, leading on from that… which of your photographs are you most happy with which came directly from those inspirations?


There’s no particular images, I don’t just want to create wedding images, there are a lot of cliches in our industry, we can at least try to generate a mix of mediums.



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You only use primes. Why?


Love the sharpness and they make me work harder!


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And if you could only take one prime to a wedding, which one would it be?


35mm all the way





You are clearly very successful at marketing. What tip would you give the newcomer to weddings and why?


Trust the pros, don’t try to do everything yourself.  I work with a design firm, a web firm and a marketing company one on one to know that I’m on the right path.  I’m only a photographer.



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How did you start off?


I was doing cheap advertising and  TV work here in Mexico.  A good friend was about to get married and I just went to Google and typed ‘wedding photography’ and a DVD called MASTERS OF WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHY showed.  From there on I just quit my job & started loving wedding photography.



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Photographers have an unhealthy fascination for what’s in other photographer’s camera bags…. what’s in yours?!!


Jajaja for sure!  Well right now:


Nikon D3s with 35mm 2.0
Nikon D700 with 85mm
Leica M9 & M6
An LED light & 2 flashes .

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In your opinion, what elements make a great photograph?


One that makes you think & feel at the same time.


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A lot of us dream of travelling; your job takes you to some amazing places around the world. Where has been your favourite to shoot and why?


So far New Zealand, it was a dream to shoot there, mostly because of the vibe of the couple. It was something that even in my wildest dreams I wouldn’t expect to happen to me.


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And where would you love to shoot a wedding that you haven’t yet?


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Andrea Ellison Photography - May 23, 2012 - 9:00 am

O to the M to the G !!!! Just STUNNING imagery ….and a fab interview… to google Masters of wedding photography

Claire Penn Photography - May 23, 2012 - 9:04 am

Amazing photos (the dog is still my favourite I think!) from a lovely man. Way ahead of you on the Googling Ellison!!!!

Photos by Zöe - May 23, 2012 - 9:14 am

Oh my word!!! Actually I am lost for words!!!

The beauty and realness in those moments captured, they are breath taking… I love how you think about images Fer – “…. that makes you think & feel at the same time.” … wise words and stunning images – thank you so much Fer xx

Tracy Cornes - May 23, 2012 - 10:07 am

Very interesting read, love the first two images! :)

Amanda - May 23, 2012 - 10:31 am

Incredible work…blown away by these images…thank you Fer for sharing your thoughts and beautiful images

Debbie Harris - May 23, 2012 - 10:45 am

Great interview – fabulous images. I have been following (stalking!!) Fer for several months now and just love his work and his approach!

Magda Gould - May 23, 2012 - 10:59 am

What an inspiration!

Sam Pommells - May 23, 2012 - 11:11 am

Wow! Wow! Wow! That is all!

shelly - May 23, 2012 - 11:18 am

Fer is DA MAN! What a dude! His work never ceases to blow my socks off. And sometimes I wonder if staring at his blog all day long will actually help the magic rub off into my head so I to can create an image as striking.

I live in hope.

Peace dude!

Jane Packard - May 23, 2012 - 11:26 am

Wonderful, wonderful images. I love the fact that they’re not your typical wedding captures. Very unique and inspiring, thank you for sharing Fer. :-)

Jaye Cole | Tux and Tales Photography - May 23, 2012 - 11:34 am

SUCH gorgeous work. I love the honesty in the photos….

Cristina Rossi - May 23, 2012 - 11:38 am

Great interview, I love Fer and I am really excited and can’t wait to attend his workshop in October! x

Sara Hazeldine - May 23, 2012 - 11:41 am

Thanks for sharing your words and these fantastic images, Fer. And thanks to Claire for securing the interview. :)
When are you next at Aspire?!!!

michel quijorna - May 23, 2012 - 11:42 am

Great artist and nice interview, congrats

WENDY GRANT PHOTOGRAPHY - May 23, 2012 - 11:55 am

So pleased you introduced me to Fer’s work Claire and I can’t think of anyone better to be our first male tog in the spotlight. AMAZING work!

Mandy Beck - May 23, 2012 - 12:00 pm

WOW! Such beautiful images, I love the one with the dog, one of my favourite posts to date x

fer juaristi - May 23, 2012 - 12:05 pm

Thanks a lot girl, it;s truly an honor to be featured here. Cheers from MX

Helen - May 23, 2012 - 12:56 pm

Amazing work!!!!………stunning! So in awe!

Laura {Babb Photo} - May 23, 2012 - 1:49 pm

I am a huge fan and I can’t WAIT for Fer’s UK workshops in October.

Citlalli Rico - May 23, 2012 - 4:08 pm

Fer is the bomb!

Mayra Franco - May 23, 2012 - 4:18 pm

Lovely reportage Claire , so great that you had a chance to experience one of how workshops. With no doubt Fer is on of Mexico’s wedding jewels, i can imagine you learned and lived many things at this workshop!!!!!! thanks for sharing

Tracy Morter - May 23, 2012 - 4:24 pm

Great interview of one of my most admired wedding photographers! In fact the lip biting is one of my all time favourite wedding pictures.

Kate @ Lucabella - May 23, 2012 - 4:50 pm

Nice article there Claire, wow – he rocks! If we ever decided to tie the knot again…

Boo - May 23, 2012 - 7:36 pm

Thank you Fer!!! The photos are amazing – really can’t choose my favourite!!!! xxx

Sachin Khona - May 24, 2012 - 10:16 am

Fer is one of the best out there! Awesome interview!

Kay - May 24, 2012 - 5:27 pm

Excellent interview and just love all of the images but especially the one with the dog. Thanks Claire and Fer:)

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Cat Hepple - May 25, 2012 - 8:38 am

Oh * sigh* Fer’s work is just incredible. I was lucky enough to do the workshop with him last year also, and he has honestly changed my approach to so much of the business. I’d admired him from afar for a while but meeting him, hearing about his work ethic and listening to him talk was a huge eye opener. He really shook up the typical world of wedding photography and it was so refreshing.

Fer is inspring, humble, genuine and insanely talented.

I am in awe


PAM HORDON - May 25, 2012 - 11:39 am

Fantastic interview .. and amazing images! just love that lip biting one :)

mike - July 21, 2012 - 6:13 am

Solid interview Fer : D

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