Petar Jurica

Wedding | Last Updated: December 15, 2020

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My name is Petar Jurica and I am wedding photographer from Croatia, Europe. I get to travel around the world and shoot in all these amazing locations with awesome couples in front of my lens. I feel really blessed that I truly love my work and that this job gives me these awesome opportunities to meet new exciting people, see beautiful places and hang out with fellow photographers…

Before becoming a wedding photographer I used to work as a photojournalist for 14 years in leading regional newspapers, covering different stories and that experience definitely helps me a lot on any wedding day, as wedding photographers have to be at the same time a photojournalist, a fashion photographer and even a sports photographer, in order to catch the best possible image of the wedding.

I really enjoyed my previous job too but after some time I needed new inspiration in photography and surprisingly found it in weddings.

I live in Zagreb with my soul mate Ziva and our little boy Jan…

For the last 10 years I have been using a Domke F2 camera bag (not the same bag :)), it’s light and compact and it does not look like a camera bag that has expensive gear inside, which is perfect as I’m often on the road in an exotic location such as India, Egypt, Lebanon… So I want to be low profile and not look as someone who has a bag full of expensive stuff.

I manage to squeeze into the bag my 2 bodies and 5 lenses (thinking of cutting down the lenses), passport and some energy bars.

I always shoot with 2 Canon 5D Mark III bodies, and mostly my combo of lenses is Sigma 35mm f/1.4 and Canon 50mm f/1.2. I did start using a body strap a few weddings ago and I am still getting used to it. At least it looks cool!

Canon 24mm f/1.4 – this the lens that I use least, just for some wide angles shots of the ceremony or reception venues.

Sigma 35mm f/1.4 ART – my favourite lens and I shoot 80% of weddings with this lens. I could do a whole wedding with it, it just feels right.

Canon 50mm f/1.2 L – it’s usually on my second body in combo with 35mm, using it through the day, for ceremony, reception and portraits.

Canon 85mm f/1.8 – for ceremony when I can’t get close enough… Although I move a lot during a ceremony and try to be as close as possible to the subject. I need to upgrade to Canon 85mm f/1.2 version or wait for Sigma ART… no rush as I really use it just for a small part of the shoot.

Canon 45mm f/2.8 TS-E – I use it depending on my mood, for example the last few weddings when I did take it out from my bag. I am sure I will be back to this great lens, some amazing pictures can be made, especially when the location for portraits isn’t the best… this beauty is there to help.

Lighting: sun, moon, candles, bulbs and Canon 600 EX-RT, but just for the dance shots. I try to use natural and existing light as much as possible.

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  1. Ferzio Mampwe on February 10, 2016 at 6:28 pm

    I am an enthusiast, but would like to push my dream of photographing weddings further. This post, and many others are helping to inspire that dream. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Mike from Blavou on January 26, 2016 at 6:25 am

    Sweet bag creating sweet work! Nailed it.

  3. Saša on January 25, 2016 at 9:00 pm

    Definitely one of the best croatia photographers! So happy to see him here, thank you Mark :)
    Next stop for you to get are Marko Marinković and Nikola Tomić :)

  4. Mamad M on January 15, 2016 at 1:24 am

    Some Awesome work Petar. Thank you for the post Mark ;)

  5. Brad Wood on January 7, 2016 at 9:29 am

    Epic photos!

  6. Bojan on January 6, 2016 at 11:13 pm

    Thanks Mark for fullfilling my wish from request-a-shotkit page : )

    • Mark on January 7, 2016 at 5:51 am

      ahhh so you were the fan, Bojan! Petar, I think you have someone to thank!! ;-)

    • Petar on January 10, 2016 at 9:49 am

      Bojan the Man! :)

  7. Mads on January 6, 2016 at 2:58 am

    What’s the brown leather strap in the picture for? Do you go without camera strap on your 5DIII when shooting? Thanks

    • Ivan on January 7, 2016 at 7:54 pm

      I think that is for Holdfast moneymaker strap.

    • Petar on January 10, 2016 at 9:48 am

      Hi Mads, yea it’s holdfast moneymaker strap (part of it:)).

  8. Petar on January 4, 2016 at 8:59 pm

    Thanks Mark! :)

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