Monthly Archives: July 2010

{wedding} luke & amelia

July 27, 2010 - 2:28 pm

Kate/MagnoliaRouge - Oh mi!!!! This is divine!! The hand holding one – magic!!

July 27, 2010 - 2:30 pm

Drew W - Outstanding! Very gorgeous light control!

July 27, 2010 - 2:45 pm

Sarah D. - Quite possibly my favorite that you’ve ever done. Ever. If you ever do a workshop in the States, I’ll sign up.

July 27, 2010 - 2:46 pm

Natalie - I love the one of their hands in the sun. Her fingers look so dainty in his.

July 27, 2010 - 3:20 pm

Jenn Stark - Absolutely divine. Love the first four especially.

July 27, 2010 - 3:59 pm

Luis Godinez - Jonas. This is awesome, purely awesome. It’s so awesome it’s almost insane. :)

July 27, 2010 - 4:53 pm

Camilla - *blown away*

July 27, 2010 - 5:12 pm

NATAN Fotografia - Hi!
Ok, guy, you shoot good pics.

July 27, 2010 - 5:26 pm

Dean G - Do you carry around this huge bag of awesome light and then unleash it just before you are about to shoot? Brilliant stuff.

July 27, 2010 - 8:06 pm

Justin - JP, I like the subtle, natural vibe in this series of images. Especially the sunset over the fishing rocks – so Australian :-)

July 27, 2010 - 9:02 pm

Melanie Birt - Jonas, your images are breathtaking, and when Amelia told us you were her wedding photographer…. well, I’ve been eagerly anticipating this post and it’s…Awesome!

July 27, 2010 - 9:49 pm

Alex - I really like that you used some direct sun on these. Lovely series.

July 27, 2010 - 11:34 pm

Jase Lloyd - Love the picture with them under a tree and the fishermen shot. Beautiful :)

July 28, 2010 - 6:47 am

gabe aceves - gorgeous as usual jonas. i love the lighthouse photos and that shot of the fisherman on the cliffs. super!

July 28, 2010 - 8:50 am

Jared Tseng - That last image is so rad!

July 28, 2010 - 3:05 pm

Damian - Was that dawn? Looks magic

August 1, 2010 - 12:35 am

Lotta - Hej!
Jag har glömt dig för ett tag, men hittade idag tillbaka.. wow, hur kunde jag har glömt? Du är fantastisk.

August 1, 2010 - 8:19 am

Lynn - These are so lovely – the hand holding shot is exquisite!

August 2, 2010 - 2:31 am

Paul Rowland - These look like they were taken at dawn also….but I suppose they were done in the evening? The hand-holding shot really is cool with the crashing surf ‘behind’ them.

August 2, 2010 - 4:04 pm

James Day - Jonas, the last image is incredible. So are the others.. but that one really does something for me! Just so impressed by you and your work. Can’t wait to sort out a time for our engagement shoot!

August 6, 2010 - 8:44 pm

Stephanie Wales - Thanks for not ruining the shot of them holding hands looking out at the sea with a lame Photoshop action.

August 7, 2010 - 2:30 am

Manus Chau - very nice images.. love your work.

August 9, 2010 - 5:58 am

Amy French - Beautiful shots Jonas. I just love the way you read and capture the light. Love the forest shot too.

August 27, 2010 - 10:09 am

eli - I love the attitude of the one of them on either side of the tree. It has the feel of one of those stills from a movie in the 40s, even though it’s very modern.

July 28, 2011 - 8:05 pm

happy hearts | san diego children's photography - even just the hand holding images alone seals the deal…


July 21, 2010 - 9:56 am

Cliff - This is the ultimate on-location portrait. A rice paddy field in Bali… unreal Jonas.

July 21, 2010 - 10:58 am

Bryan Miller - location, location, location

July 21, 2010 - 12:48 pm

rich - Screw location – I could have been there too and not made this frame – great work, GORGEOUS bride. Kudos.

July 21, 2010 - 7:03 pm

Dean - Wellies or no wellies? Lovely shot.

July 21, 2010 - 8:53 pm

Chloe - Beautiful. My brides are rarely up for things like this “oh my dress!” You only where it once, right?

July 22, 2010 - 10:32 am

Kaye Le Fleur - Oh this is superb, you rock Kaye

July 22, 2010 - 12:14 pm

Abby - I love this picture. I love the fairylikeness of the bride sitting in a rice paddy.

July 22, 2010 - 3:01 pm

gabe aceves - oh well sure, if you get to shoot your weddings in bali….. :) this is rad.

July 22, 2010 - 6:41 pm

Amanda Hoffman - What an amazing location. Her dress is killing me. LOVE it.

July 22, 2010 - 8:08 pm

Adam - Beautiful!!

July 30, 2010 - 9:50 am

Eric Kotara - Wow!!! I love the tilt/shift portraiture. This is such a nice post Jonas. Fabulous work!!!

August 4, 2010 - 11:20 am

Caroline Anne - What a beautiful scene. and bride. and photo.

August 10, 2010 - 9:40 am

Aimee Grover - ooo la la. I love her whole look! Beautiful lighting Mr. Peterson!

August 12, 2010 - 1:59 pm

Alyssa Andrew Photography - She looks like she is floating – quite stunning!

August 12, 2010 - 9:25 pm

Rik Pennington - Your powers of persuasion must be better than mine! Great shot.

August 13, 2010 - 12:11 pm

Lorna Henson - Your photos are so captivating so love your vision x

It’s a wonderful world

November 2006.

It was raining the night Noah was born. In a country in the middle of its worst drought in a 1000 years, the skies opened and drenched Melbourne in water. In the birth suite I could hear the rain pounding the windows with a rage I’ve never felt before. Of course there would be a flood the night Noah was born. The symbolism escaped no one. It was also obvious he had no plans to come out. It didn’t matter what we did, no creams or drips would force this little man to enter the stage this cold and rainy morning.

I had put a CD together with music both Jac and I love and for every time it went on repeat, I could see the doctors getting more and more concerned. To make matters worse, the whole room smelled of lavender, roses and lemon because of an oil burner a friend of ours had given us. On a heart monitor we could see Noah’s pulse go up and down because of all the drugs the doctors gave Jacqui.

The world smelled of lavender, roses and lemon.

And the rain kept falling.

The contractions got worse and worse, but Noah just wouldn’t budge. To the sounds of “It must be love”, I heard Jac whimper quietly, when the next song started she passed out.

It was an odd mix.

1. Concerning the UFO Sighting Near Highland, Illinois – Sufjan Stevens
2. Scythian Empire – Andrew Bird
3. Hoppipolla – Sigur Ros
4. Fruit Tree – Nick Drake
5. Breathe – Alexi Murdoch
6. It must be love – Madness
7. Sister Winter – Sufjan Stevens
8. Odi et Amo – Johann Johannsson
9. Here’s to the future – Ken Stringfellow
10. Svefn G Englar – Sigur Ros
11. Hymn For Her – The Magic Numbers
12. Casmir Pulaski Day – Sufjan Stevens
13. Somewhere over the Rainbow – Israel Kamakawiwo’ole

And just like everything else that night made perfect sense, Noah was born to a song I’ve always loved. After 24 hours in hospital the midwife told Jacqui to push. After two quick ones, and less than ten minutes, our son popped out to the sounds of the most beautiful ukulele in the world. It was seven in the morning. As I looked out the window, the rain suddenly stopped, the sun appeared behind heavy clouds and I called my family in Sweden.

Noah is born.

The sun is shining.

It’s a wonderful world.

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July 20, 2010 - 11:43 am

Lara Hanlon - Congrats, Jonas! Can’t wait to see pics!

July 20, 2010 - 11:44 am

BENJ - screw photos, I wish I could write like you, man.

July 20, 2010 - 11:45 am

Jonas - This was 3.5 years ago, but thanks :)

July 20, 2010 - 2:11 pm

cinthia - thanks for posting this memory.

July 20, 2010 - 2:34 pm

Sarah D. - I love that song, too. Such a beautiful way to remember your son’s birth.

July 20, 2010 - 4:43 pm

Dosiss - Love that song too;) Birth is magic.

July 20, 2010 - 5:14 pm

Kip - Beautiful sir… Thank you for sharing. Thank you too for stimulating the replay of my family’s birth story.

July 20, 2010 - 6:08 pm

Alexa Catalin - Good morning to you too! :)
Thanks for sharing this great playlist. It’s time now to search and read about this new bands.

July 20, 2010 - 6:12 pm

Mark Kalkwarf - Kind of puts things into perspective when you experience something as amazing as this. It is indeed a wonderful world and we are pretty lucky guys.

July 20, 2010 - 6:39 pm

Abby Wilkes - Thanks for sharing this story.

It was very similar to me giving birth to my first born. He did not want to be born, too comfy on the inside. We woke him up by giving birth. And you know what? My son loves the rain. The more rain the better, he has to go out and dance. Still now at the age of 11. Love it!

Ready now to search the other songs on your list.

July 20, 2010 - 9:56 pm

Annelie - Yes, it’s a wonderful world:)

July 21, 2010 - 12:25 am

Anna - Vilken vacker historia. Sitter på mitt jobb och har haft en helvetiskt stressig dag,är precis på väg hem och avslutar dagen med din vackra berättelse. Tack.

July 21, 2010 - 5:17 am

Nessa K - This is absolutely lovely.

July 21, 2010 - 7:26 am

anda - so dang beautiful.

July 21, 2010 - 7:27 am

[email protected] - I am in my sixties. I love the time I spend with your boys Noah & Joel because it reminds me what a wonderful world it really is. We find joy in things like rolling in the grass and looking up at the clouds; playing “hop scotch” on one leg; or just enjoying licking an ice-cream in a cone together. Pure joy!

July 21, 2010 - 10:02 am

Linnea - Your CD is a lot like my snowy day mix (which I listen to on snowy days..! with a mug of hot chocolate and a big blanket), only I’ve got a bit of Bjork and Antony and the Johnsons on there too.

I enjoy making soundtracks, music is particularly good at capturing a moment. Aural photographs, snapshots of memories.

July 21, 2010 - 11:07 am

Fiona - Such a beautiful read. Thanks for uplifting my day, that was really special.

July 21, 2010 - 11:09 am

Suzanne - Awww, congratulations!

July 21, 2010 - 11:10 am

Suzanne - Hope to see pictures of Noah soon :)

July 22, 2010 - 6:43 am

G. - So touching, so beautifully written.

July 22, 2010 - 2:59 pm

gabe aceves - jonas, write a book. about anything. i’ll buy it.

July 23, 2010 - 5:10 am

Kat - Can I ask you how did you add the player to your blog? Thanks. Kat

July 23, 2010 - 5:30 am

Julia - “It must be love” is our planned first dance. =)

July 27, 2010 - 1:50 am

larry reeves - perfect! having a son named Noah, this hit home for me, too. I love that song, used to live in Hawaii…where “bruddah Iz” is extremely popular. Great story, Jonas. thanks for sharing!

July 27, 2010 - 2:28 pm

ayesha - one of my favorite songs too – and i heard it for the first time in years just this weekend. funny. thanks for sharing the playlist :)

July 27, 2010 - 9:25 pm

Jennifer - Your talent and candor have once again inspired chill bumps! Just like your images do. You have a knack for making outsiders seem like we’ve snuck in to your world uninvited. I’ll take a glimpse of beauty any day.

August 5, 2010 - 4:48 am

Helena - när jag lyssnar på musiken efter att ha läst din text så får jag tårar i ögonen. Jag lyssnade inte på musik under min två förlossningar men jag förstår så väl din känsla…låten passar så fint in

August 6, 2010 - 2:25 pm

Reathel geary - Jonas, many heartfelt congratulations! Beautiful story, I’ll build that playlist and think of rain and birth in a dry country.


August 6, 2010 - 2:27 pm

Reathel geary - Ok, after reading a bit more carefully I see this was a while back, no change in my feelings though.


August 18, 2010 - 10:23 pm

Sebastian - Thank you for sharing that lifechanging moment, Jonas. I feel the same way about that song by Israel K. It was actually performed by my brother and father in law at our wedding two months ago. It was truly undescribeable (at least for me who, unlike you, don’t have the ability of writing).

August 20, 2010 - 1:55 pm

Tatjanna Miller - Jonas, thanks for sharing such a wonderful memory! Your sons Birth is such a lovely reflection of what children are. They are a challenge, a worry, a concern and the absolute brightest and most beautiful thing our lives. I hope you are enjoying your now Toddler! *and he couldn’t have picked a better song to come into this world to…*