Monthly Archives: June 2011

Shooting castles in the rain

It’s early morning. I’m used to waking up with the sun, so my brain is slightly confused with the fact that it’s still light when I go to bed and wants to wake up with the sun at 3 am. Today I managed to hold off until 6.30am, but now I’m awake, tired but not able to sleep.

We’re staying outside of Stockholm, Sweden at my mother’s house. It’s not the house I grew up in, but I’m still surrounded with so many things familiar. Books, paintings and small things bring me back to my past and every move is a trip down memory lane. As I write this my email inbox chimes and lets me know it’s not happy, not happy at all. I’ll have to attack it today, get back to business.

I’ve just arrived in Sweden after one wedding in Italy and one in Austria the weekend after. You will definitely see more from both those weddings, and the people I met, further down the line.

My goal is to blog more, it really is, but being on the road has made that more difficult. Trying to find some sort of routine is essential. I have a feeling that this bad habit of waking up before everyone else in the house will take care of that.

This is a photo I shot the other day in Deutschlandberg in Austria. You can’t tell, but it had just started raining and I’m standing on a slippery slope to catch this photo of the wedding venue. After I pressed the shutter I lowered my camera and had one of those moments. I looked around me and thought to myself, what an utterly weird job I have. Strange, but fantastic.

I guess that’s what I do now.

Shooting castles in the rain.

It doesn’t make my life feel less surreal, I’ll tell you that.

Burg Deutschlandberg

June 22, 2011 - 4:11 pm

benj haisch - freakin’ woah. that frame is unreal.

June 22, 2011 - 4:16 pm

Angela - Purely amazing.

June 22, 2011 - 4:17 pm

Agnieszka T. - Wow! What a fantastic view! Love your work Jonas! /Hälsningar från Skåne ;)

June 22, 2011 - 4:17 pm

joanna - wow, places like this do exist in real life. :) amazing.

June 22, 2011 - 4:18 pm

Linda Truong - MY EYES ARE BURNING FROM THE PURE AWESOMENESS OF THIS FRAME!!!

June 22, 2011 - 4:19 pm
June 22, 2011 - 4:22 pm

Johanna - Kombinationen av det varma och det kalla ljuset är helt fantastisk!

June 22, 2011 - 4:23 pm

trish - wow.

June 22, 2011 - 4:24 pm

Mandy Campbell - Um, wow, ok.

June 22, 2011 - 4:26 pm

Heather Nan - “…I’m still surrounded with so many things familiar. Books, paintings and small things bring me back to my past and every move is a trip down memory lane.” Enjoy… that’s the goods.

And, that is an incredible image.

June 22, 2011 - 4:30 pm

Nick Coyne - C’mon, admit it, this is just a postcard you bought! ;)

Awesomeness.

June 22, 2011 - 4:33 pm

Sofie - your words make me feel I am in a fairytale. When I read your blodposts I can relax for a moment while enjoying your calming photography. Thanks for giving me these moments I am longing for so often.

June 22, 2011 - 4:34 pm

Jorge - “Shooting castles in the rain” would this be the title of your life novel? Great image can’t wait for the rest. You are a great inspiration, thank you.

June 22, 2011 - 4:39 pm

Kellee - Nailed it.

June 22, 2011 - 4:40 pm

samm blake - ah.. pretty.

June 22, 2011 - 4:45 pm

Rene Benkjer - Did you compose the clouds too? Really dramatic. Love it.

June 22, 2011 - 4:48 pm

Mathew Sacco - wow. what an amazing venue!

June 22, 2011 - 4:55 pm

nancy - that has to be one of the most amazing photos and quite a tease for the rest… bring it!

June 22, 2011 - 5:07 pm

jodi - Such a beautiful, stunning photo-I cannot wait to see more of your european photos!

June 22, 2011 - 5:08 pm

Sarah - Wow, den bilden är så vacker så det gör ont. Ser fram emot resten av bilderna från detta bröllop!

June 22, 2011 - 5:35 pm

Joanna Lincolne - I just swore to myself when I saw this pic….so amazing!!!

June 22, 2011 - 6:25 pm

Vanessa - You are AMAZING! Everything you shoot turns to gold!

June 22, 2011 - 6:26 pm

Josie Richardson - The clouds make this one for me, really captivating without being overdone.

June 22, 2011 - 6:27 pm

Thao Trinh - Wow, gorgeous surreal capture. I’ll bet that castle has been around a loooong time.

June 22, 2011 - 6:27 pm

Izzy Hudgins Photography - Wow, you shot a wedding HERE!? This is what I dream about! I dont want to say lucky you because you work for it – so just keep up that awesome work!

June 22, 2011 - 6:32 pm

Mark Dohring - Awesome image man. Award winning no doubt.

June 22, 2011 - 8:01 pm

Wedding Photographer Sussex - Cool :-) like the subdued feel to this shot..

June 22, 2011 - 10:43 pm

Nathan - Surreal is right! That is crazy good!!

June 22, 2011 - 10:43 pm

Eden - Lovely!

June 22, 2011 - 10:44 pm

Ben - speechless….again.

June 22, 2011 - 10:53 pm

Camilla - Like something out of a fairy tale… Unreal.

June 22, 2011 - 11:47 pm

Rachel Tatem - Beautiful! Great job, you captured something real in an almost unreal way!

June 23, 2011 - 5:31 am

Chanelle - There are certainly worse jobs in the world ;)

June 23, 2011 - 7:12 am

Fredric - Grymt! Som i en saga

June 23, 2011 - 12:33 pm

john benavente - bonkers!

June 23, 2011 - 2:34 pm

Jayne - god, looks like they lit it up just for you!

June 23, 2011 - 5:33 pm

Paul Sargeant - suh-weet experience

June 23, 2011 - 6:03 pm

Manel Tamayo Photo - Amazing picture !!! I like much more your new blog because I love your writing. Congrats Jonas !!!

June 23, 2011 - 7:44 pm

Olivia - Grymt! Ja har följt din hemsida i snart 2 år och jag älskar dina bilder och din stil, hur du skriver mm mm. Du har möjligtvis inte någon workshop eller liknande i Sverige nu när du är här? Glad midsommar!

June 24, 2011 - 11:33 am

Natalie Champa Jennings - Surreal is wonderful.

June 24, 2011 - 12:29 pm

ayesha - love. my dream.

June 25, 2011 - 4:43 am

Lidia Codrean Photography - this is a dream. Makes me want to write a fairytale based all around this single photo.

June 27, 2011 - 3:42 pm

Tom - Castle on the hill looks extra, and the play of light:)

June 28, 2011 - 1:55 pm

Bec - Beautiful Jonas, spectacular shot. I’m completely jealous of your travels! Loving your images.

June 29, 2011 - 2:54 am

Eztiphoto - Amazing work!! I love your style.

June 29, 2011 - 4:33 am

Matt Foden - Wow! what an amazing wedding venue!

July 3, 2011 - 9:19 am

Eva @ Four Leaf Clover - Wow, this photograph and the castle = absolutely gorgeous! It definitely sounds like you’ve had quite the amazing past few days and I’m so glad you were able to capture this shot and share it with us.

July 4, 2011 - 3:44 am

Jason Lloyd - Gotta love a castle – pretty damn sweet Jonas.

July 4, 2011 - 10:42 pm

Kuba - Beautiful!

July 6, 2011 - 12:57 am

Dinu George - Absolutely Stunning.

July 6, 2011 - 1:43 am

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July 6, 2011 - 3:55 am

Photography lover - Nice shot, the castle seems to stand out, nice overall composition.

July 7, 2011 - 5:23 pm

Fotoperiodista de bodas Malga, Spain - Lovely picture of a beautiful place. I like you work

July 11, 2011 - 11:25 pm

Elisabeth - After having shot my first wedding, now having about 600 pictures to edit (yes, I already threw away lots…) I realize it’s also a HARD job. Maybe you have it all sussed out by now – what to do, what not to do etc. – but still. HARD work… :)

July 20, 2011 - 12:54 am

Keith Carey - Damn! how did you took a shot like this? Very nice shot dude! You make it more attractive..

Mitra

I’m sitting on my bed at the hotel we’re staying at outside Rome, going through the images from yesterday, trying to pick one or two to blog. Going through them I realise how impossible it is to tell you about the day in an image or two. How impossible it always is.

Here’s Mitra in a field in the Italian countryside, the sun setting perfectly in the background.

What it doesn’t show you is how Mitra two days earlier races through the crowd at Piazza di Spagna in Rome, throws herself around my neck and hugs me like a long lost friend. It doesn’t show you how she welcomes us all, takes us around the city for two days, does her own guided tours around historical sites and the Vatican and shows us secret restaurants and other things wonderful.

And it definitely doesn’t show you how she takes my son Noah’s hand dearly, so much so that Noah still holds it every second he gets a chance and looks at her like a boy in love, it really doesn’t show you that at all.

What it does show you is Mitra in a field in the Italian countryside.

The rest of the story will simply have to wait till another day.

June 13, 2011 - 2:12 am

cole - Flawless. The lighting is incredible.

June 13, 2011 - 2:15 am

Anushe Low - Beautiful, both short story and long.

June 13, 2011 - 2:15 am

Tamara Kuzminski - Gorgeous. This everything I love about photography combined into two beautiful frames. Love them.

June 13, 2011 - 2:34 am

Christy - Gorgeous photos – but an even better narrative if you ask me! Your writing is right up to par with your photos, huh?! Warmed my heart – the part about your son taking her hand. So sweet. Thanks for sharing!

June 13, 2011 - 2:39 am

Julieta Schwartzmann - your such a great storyteller, either with images or beautiful words. It is always a pleasure stopping by.

June 13, 2011 - 3:07 am

Kikka - beautiful – I just love your photos, and your writing – thanks for sharing!

June 13, 2011 - 3:12 am

Rene Benkjer - I’m in love with that golden light. I just love your off wedding images that you put into your storytelling of the wedding day. Like the image of the field above. Gorgeous.

June 13, 2011 - 3:23 am

Petra - Just lovely, both pictures and words <3

June 13, 2011 - 3:31 am

stacey - thank you for writing more…I’m learning to enjoy your words as much as I’ve always enjoyed your images.

June 13, 2011 - 3:33 am

Susie - She is breathtaking Jonas. You have done a wonderful job as always!

June 13, 2011 - 3:39 am

Chloe - Ma, che bella! I cannot wait to see this one.

June 13, 2011 - 3:48 am

cinzia bruschini - wow.
your eyes on my country

June 13, 2011 - 3:54 am

Cecilia - you make me quite happy with your words!

June 13, 2011 - 4:50 am

Nashville Wedding Photographers - rocking the aliens skin exposure! most importantly, great capture!

June 13, 2011 - 5:13 am

Nani Annette - Oh gosh, you made me weap with those words. She most be an amazing woman and a friend. All the best.

June 13, 2011 - 5:57 am

Natalie Meade-Cook - I think I love you. ;) Thank you for the great photos

June 13, 2011 - 6:22 am

Kirsten Mavric - Beautiful. So serene.

June 13, 2011 - 7:15 am

Natalie Champa Jennings - Her earring is my favorite…lovely.

June 13, 2011 - 7:57 am

Kate/MagnoliaRouge - Beautiful… you story makes me want to meet her!!

June 13, 2011 - 7:59 am

Claire Plush - She sounds as beautiful as she looks x

June 13, 2011 - 9:11 am

Teresa K - I love the way you write Jonas…oh and your photos aren’t too bad either. ;)

June 13, 2011 - 9:22 am

Tim Coulson - kesh and i agree – this is one of your most readable posts ever.

June 13, 2011 - 9:38 am

Jess R - wow stunning Jonas!

June 13, 2011 - 9:50 am

Mark Dohring - Beautiful words – Beautiful images. Your out of this world!

June 13, 2011 - 11:22 am

kyle - Oh Jonas. This is what makes me love your images and love your blog.

June 13, 2011 - 12:11 pm

Nicole McKeering - Wow Jonas – AMAZING!!!

June 13, 2011 - 2:29 pm

Kellee - Perfection. Pure & simple.

June 13, 2011 - 2:31 pm

Rachel Tatem - Such a beautiful bride. Love the lighting!

June 13, 2011 - 3:45 pm

benj haisch - deciding to write more on your blog is amazing. I’m totally even more jealous of your skills now, more than ever. amazing, my friend.

June 13, 2011 - 6:32 pm

Nirav - Love this man.

June 13, 2011 - 7:13 pm

Annika - She IS just as beautiful as your image shows, both inside and out. Taking part in her wedding was such an amazing, beautiful experience, and I can’t wait to see it captured by your camera and words.

It takes someone special to be able to do it justice, and you are just the one to do it, which is obvious from all the other weddings you’ve covered.

Your work will enable us who were there to remember it better and to return to that magical day again and again, and to share some of that magic with the people who were not able to attend.

Thank you.

June 13, 2011 - 8:47 pm

Another Wedding Photographer - Beautiful

I love this colour work, never been able to achieve it myself…

June 13, 2011 - 11:46 pm

jonathan canlas - i heart you jonas. you are very eloquent.

June 14, 2011 - 2:37 am

Becky - She is absolutely stunning! Thank you for sharing – both the images and the story. Yep, I’m pretty stoked with where you’re taking the blog. Thanks for the inspiration. Always. :)

June 14, 2011 - 6:51 am

Amy Arrington - These photos are so so pretty!

June 14, 2011 - 3:21 pm

Calvina - simply love your thoughts here and the images too, of course!

June 14, 2011 - 6:19 pm

Another Wedding Photographer - A beautiful story too. Did you know the couple or did they just want you as the photographer. Either way, what a welcome.

June 15, 2011 - 3:49 am

Daniele - E bravo Jonas sei arrivato anche nella nostra terra!!!! Noi siamo così esterofili!!! :)

June 15, 2011 - 3:50 am

Daniele - Bravo Jonas sei arrivato anche nella nostra terra!!!! Noi siamo così esterofili!!! :)

June 15, 2011 - 7:44 am

Michael - Du berör lika mycket med dina ord som med dina bilder. Det är stort!

June 15, 2011 - 10:25 am

chatti - I freakin love this guy! Photos are always amazing!

June 15, 2011 - 11:46 am

Eyecon Photography - OMG.. Stunning work, well done jonas

June 15, 2011 - 3:14 pm

Tenielle - Beautiful photo, beautiful girl and certainly by the sounds of it in more ways than one. Can’t wait to hear more about her.

June 16, 2011 - 7:59 am

Diego Molina Photography - Simply Amazing, great composition and beautifully taken!!!

June 16, 2011 - 2:07 pm

lindsay - looking forward to seeing the picture roll! looks and sounds amazing so far.

June 16, 2011 - 3:59 pm

Cathy Fali - Jonas,

You inspire me beyond belief.

Congratulations on the beauty you hold inside, see in others and share on all your images.

Thank you

June 17, 2011 - 6:07 am

Matt Foden - What a beautiful location! :)

June 18, 2011 - 5:21 am

Mark Tierney - Beautiful Jonas – the images are rather nice too ;)

June 18, 2011 - 5:54 am

PJ Photos - LOVE IT ;) as always…

June 20, 2011 - 7:43 am

steven - gorgeous photos jonas

June 20, 2011 - 8:59 pm

Niklas Johansson - Alltid inspirerande!

June 21, 2011 - 12:54 am

Katty - I want more…! Never enough

June 21, 2011 - 4:28 pm

Annelie Esséus - Can´t wait for the rest….

June 21, 2011 - 6:09 pm

Branden Harvey - Well written, Jonas.

June 21, 2011 - 10:09 pm

Wedding Photography - bride is looking very nice and this photo shows her beauty. Love the lighting. Nice Blog.

June 22, 2011 - 1:24 am

Albert Bardina - Wow, beautiful pics Jonas!

June 23, 2011 - 7:49 am

janine - if i had to choose between reading your words or seeing your imagery, i would be at a loss to decide.

June 23, 2011 - 10:25 am

Maleny wedding photographer - This picture express a love and happy memory for me.

July 4, 2011 - 5:23 am

Fariahn - This post is lovely! And as for the pics.. Well, just as fantastic as all of them. You’re pretty damn amazing at what you do, you know :) I find myself sitting with tears in my eyes out of pure fascination.. Fantastiskt!

July 14, 2011 - 5:10 am

Ali Paul Photography - Absolutely gorgeous Jonas. Look forward to another of your ‘long’ photo blogs.

July 14, 2011 - 6:19 am

Karin - Helt underbart! Du har träffat Mitra :) Hon är alltid så öppen, snäll och gullig! Dina bilder av hennes och Fabios bröllop blev så fina att de inte kan vara annat än supernöjda! Kul att se!

July 20, 2011 - 1:24 am

Photobooth - The Pictures express a long lasting Love.

February 4, 2012 - 7:34 pm

Melbourne Photographers - simple and beautiful picture. no words to describe it…

May 18, 2012 - 4:44 pm

wedding photographer Melbourne - looking so gorgeous.. some time photo speaks more than a word..

September 15, 2012 - 7:55 pm

Diamonds - Just Gorgeous and Beautiful pics…Memories for a long time…unforgettable fore ever…Thanks

March 8, 2013 - 2:24 pm

wedding photographer Melbourne - awesome pictures… :)

Bouquet toss

- Lauren, do you min…

- Sure.

June 7, 2011 - 1:41 pm

its beautiful here - hey jonas, your work is great, we love it. thanks for being so inspiring and we love your humour too.

June 7, 2011 - 1:53 pm

Jayne - nice catch….by you and your camera ;)

June 7, 2011 - 2:23 pm

Geoffrey Goudeau - Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

June 7, 2011 - 2:44 pm

Kellee - Did she catch it?

June 7, 2011 - 2:52 pm
June 7, 2011 - 3:56 pm

Renee - Wedding Planner - great! so simple yet you are left wondering – you have captured soemthing great here!

June 7, 2011 - 4:22 pm

morgan - …show off! ;)

June 7, 2011 - 4:38 pm

mark dohring - Awesome colours, Love the suspense.

June 7, 2011 - 5:44 pm

Markus Axelsson - I realy like how you managed to get the fokus on the flower bouquet and still keep the camera bokeh. No punch intended. =)

June 7, 2011 - 5:46 pm

kyle - I love this. I always love throwing the bouquet shots. This one is extra cool.

June 7, 2011 - 5:48 pm

Ola - please tell me you need an assistant. a student to learn your magic. anything?!

June 7, 2011 - 6:41 pm

Arek Kubiak - Hello Jonas. Do You use a Canon or Nikon equipment? I presume is a Nikon to catch shot like that.
Regards

June 7, 2011 - 6:48 pm

Jonas Peterson - Canon :)

June 7, 2011 - 9:22 pm

Brian Davis - Coolest bouquet toss shot I have ever seen. Really beautiful…and hard to catch!

June 7, 2011 - 11:01 pm

aga - canon rules ;) and so do the talent behind the camera…great shots

June 7, 2011 - 11:34 pm

Rachel Tatem - Love her face… too great

June 8, 2011 - 12:01 am

Mark Eccleston - Beautiful work! Love the fact that you’re posting a lot more! You and Sean Flanigan have been the biggest inspiration for me in regards to returning to wedding photography. Excellent work man :D

June 8, 2011 - 1:23 am

Arek Kubiak - Well than it has to be a 1d mkIV or 1ds body am I right? :)

June 8, 2011 - 4:06 am

Manel Tamayo Photo - Thank you man !!! You’re inspiring every day Jonas

June 8, 2011 - 6:41 am

Andy Barnhart - Very cool! Love it.

June 8, 2011 - 7:42 am

Another Wedding Photographer - seriously. do you set up thee shots?

June 8, 2011 - 8:06 am

Another Wedding Photographer - seriously. do you set up thee shots

June 9, 2011 - 7:06 am

Matthew Salter - Seen this trick before. It’s dangling on invisible thread isn’t it.

June 9, 2011 - 11:19 am

Stacey - Ha ha! I love the commentary almost more than the photos, but I REALLY REALLY love the photos. I can tell we’re going to see some more amazing color from this one!

June 9, 2011 - 12:04 pm

Julian Beattie - Dude, rad. That is all.

June 9, 2011 - 2:06 pm

Brian Van Wyk - You don’t need “superior” auto-focus when you’re Jonas Peterson. Canon win… Lovely shot.

June 10, 2011 - 6:46 pm

Megan Kelly - Jonas, what is your most loved canon lens? I recently got myself the 5d Mark II ( i admit i was copying you).

June 11, 2011 - 3:32 am

Rene Benkjer - When I saw this photo I was wondering how you keep focus using servo when recomposing. Or did you not use servo for this particular shot? Did you crop the photo maybe? Great photo.

June 12, 2011 - 8:21 am

Abby - What a great capture!

June 22, 2011 - 3:58 am

Anonymous - Så gött att läsa, att du blev utnämnd till värdens bästa Wedding fotograf.
Ock det förstår man när man tittar på bina bilder, BTW så blev jag inspirerad av
Din fotoblogg och skapade min egen :-)