Juan Carlos Calderón
One day I decided to send some pictures of mine to a photo contest advertised in a local paper. So I sent some I used to take during very relaxing photo-walks around Puerto Vallarta with Melissa on my my days off. And guess what? I won. And the prize was a position as 1st photographer in an exclusive resort! I felt like the luckiest man alive! But the thing is, I didn't know ANYTHING technical about photography, I didn't know about composition, ISO, shutter speed or apertures. I was a layman really. But my boss didn't care about technicalities and he told me very seriously on my first assignment: “Here's your camera, you have your first wedding at 6:00pm“. And I'm like: “ Oookay, I better make this work...“ LOL.
Fortunately for me (and most importantly, for the bride) the pictures didn't suck. But obviously, they were far from great and I didn't want to cheat myself or anybody else again, so after that experience I committed myself to become the best photographer I could be. I've been studying, training, learning and practicing since then and I've had never stopped.
Now, I am so grateful because I do what I love the most, in partnership with the person I love the most, my wife Melissa.
Now, that's my story.
I truly hope you like my pictures. They were created with love, hard work and true commitment to all our beautiful couples.
8 years in total with just about 200 weddings.
I love the documental or wedding photojournalistic style mainly and I love doing portraiture as well.
Skype will work.
I know that learning is a never ending process and it makes people continue to grow. To achieve this growth I have attended the following conferences and workshops:
BodaF Conference & Expo, Cancún, Mexico. We attended workshops with World Class Fashion Photographer: Zony Maya and attended a workshop with Morgan Lynn - October 2013.
FerShop: Workshop by photographer Fer Juaristi - May 2014.
Taller Inspiración: by Master Photographer Mauricio Arias, one of the best wedding photographers in the world and part of the incredible Chrisman Studios team - September 2014.
Light 7: By Master Photographer Daniel Aguilar, an amazing wedding photographers in the world. A true virtuoso and Melissa & Carlos's super heroe - January 2015.
The Wirkshop Series: By Tyler Wirken. One of the best wedding photojournalist in the world. An amazing teacher and instructor as well.- September 2015.
January 2016. Foundation First Workshop; From the creators of Foundation Workshops with Huy Nguyen, Tyler Wirken, Candice Cusic, Joe Appel, Craig Fritz, Gulnara Samoilova, Jan Garcia - January 2016.
WPPI 2016: Wedding and Portrait Photography Conference and Expo, Las Vegas. Workshops by Jason & Joanne Marino and Salvatore Dimino - March 2016.
WPPI Wedding and Portrait Photography Conference and Expo, Las Vegas - March 2017.
Melissa speaks at the BodaF Conference in Querétaro, México - September 2017.
Juan Euan and his WS Creative Light in Guadalajara, México - October 2017.
Master Class Photographers Conference - October 2017.
Workshop with Master Photographer Victor Lax - Mexico City - October 2017.
One on One Workshop with Pulitzer Prize Nominee Gulnara Samoilova - New York, N.Y.- June 2018.
Workshop with Master Photographer Victor Martí from El Marco Rojo. Mexico City, October, 2019.
Workshop with Jorge Romero, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico. January, 2020.