Juan Carlos Calderón

Puerto Vallarta

CAR&MEL Photography
Juan Carlos Calderón
Fearless since 2015
1 Recent Fearless Award
3 Lifetime Fearless Awards
1 Honorable Mention

Contact Juan Carlos Calderón

The year 2012 was a very challenging year for me because I didn't have a job for 6 months straight. The only job I could find was an online coupon agency, something like Groupon, but locally. It was an extremely demanding job. I was in charge of the creative department and was editor as well for online ads of different local businesses. Many of these businesses I didn't even know but still had to make them look like they were “IT“. It was an 8 hour straight job in front of a computer creating the ads, answering emails, making phone calls and doing customer service and I was doing all this trying to be as charming and convincing as Steve Jobs, but I felt absolutely miserable.  
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.

How long have you been in business? How many weddings have you photographed as the main photographer?

8 years in total with just about 200 weddings.

Describe your "style" of wedding photography.

I love the documental or wedding photojournalistic style mainly and I love doing portraiture as well.

Do you have a studio where we can meet? Do you use Skype?

Skype will work.

What are your professional degrees, credentials, affiliations? Have you taken any recent educational workshops or classes?

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.


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