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Whether you are looking for a photographer for a family gathering, birthday, wedding, or even a major corporate event, it is important to know how to choose the right one for your specific needs, the right choice ensures that your most cherished memories are perfectly preserved. It is the work and passion of a photographer to capture the important moments of our lives.
Before choosing one, it is recommended to do an initial interview to be able to know everything you need to know about your prospective photographer. That is why today we will help you by introducing Félix Faura, a Spanish photographer currently living in the Dominican Republic.
Tell us a little about yourself
My name is José Félix Hidalgo Faura. I am an International Photographer, based in the Dominican Republic. I was born in 1984, in Cártama (a town in Malaga, Spain), where I grew up, where I still have most of my family and friends, and where I am proud to be from. Faura is my second surname, but I am one of those who think that all the tributes I can give my mother will never be enough, and I have decided that I want to be known with two very special things she has given me: her surname and her story.
Where does your passion for photography come from? Was it vocational?
Not in the beginning, although I can proudly say that this passion comes in my blood. My grandfather was in love with the art of photographic processing. He had several cameras, which already at that time (1960) was not very common. It took me a while to take the leap, as some might call it. I studied law at the University of Malaga and worked as an official in the City Council.
When did you start working as a photographer?
A few years ago I won my first SLR camera in a contest by taking a photograph with my cellphone. Every minute I spent with the camera made me even more curious about this world that I have gradually learned more of. You never stop learning, there’s always something new to discover. I was never satisfied with the photographs I took. I always wanted more. It didn’t take me long to realize that this is what I was destined to do.
I started by photographing landscapes, city life, strangers on the street. Three weeks after I had my first camera, I went on a trip to Paris. On my return, I set up an exhibition in a well-known restaurant in Malaga with photographs of the trip. I didn’t know much about photography, but a lot of people told me they liked what I was doing… So I went for it because, why not?
I have done many courses, seminars, photography workshops, and I practice it every day. I’m always looking for new techniques, discovering new photographers to be inspired by, immersing myself in what other colleagues teach me. The most important thing is that you love what you do.
How would you describe yourself?
If I had to define myself in any way, I’d tell you I’m a clown. The term clown has sometimes been used in a derogatory way but it has a different meaning to me. Waking up with a smile is the best way to start your day.
A clown is always able to find the silver lining out of any situation; He’s the friend who talks to you about other things when you’re having a hard time, so you can get distracted and laugh.
I dare you to do the same, to get out of the “right thing to do” and be a clown for a few minutes, put a smile on someone’s face! You’ll see how good it feels.
What do you like most about photography?
Every second in life passes faster than the last. You can never repeat a second that has passed. I think there’s a way to relive those moments, and it’s through memories. For me, photography is being able to draw what’s going on in front of me with a camera. Having the ability to draw it and save it in a way that is a memory that you can relive again in detail every time you see them.
It is an incredible opportunity for a photographer to witness special events and be able to record them forever. It’s very rewarding and valuable when someone trusts you enough to allow you to record some of the best moments of their life.
It is amazing how sometimes a small detail, something material and tangible can remind you what you felt, your origins, where you come from, who you are, and transmit sensations and emotions.
How much is a photograph worth, what’s it’s value? It is my hope that someone will one day see my pictures and feel something. Ultimately that is what I do, I make sure you enjoy your memories.
Felix Faura Photography
Phone number: +1 (849) 206-2209