Monthly Archives: February 2012

This is why I travel

Day Five in Cape Town. Today one of the attendees of my workshop, Werner, is taking me to Overcome Heights, one of the makeshift townships here to show me the work the NPO he works for does.

Many Capetonians are appalled about me getting skimmed earlier in the week, but I’ve been in worse situations in far more Western countries in the world.

Cape Town is a wonderful and complex place. Yesterday my client Cheree (you saw her in the photo on the Opera House stairs) took me around the Cape. Cheree is of Cape Malay – or coloured – descent and it was very interesting to get an insight into life in the suburbs on the Cape Flats. Tomorrow I shoot the second part of her wedding on the mountainside high up above Camps Bay. The contrasts are not lost on me.

It would be disrespectful of me to say I understand life here in Cape Town. To understand the balance between Whites, Coloured and Blacks I would have to come many times more and not even then I think I would be able to understand fully.

But I do know one thing.

This is why I travel.

February 24, 2012 - 4:04 pm

Scout - thanks for the insightful comments JP. i haven’t been but your words make me want to go.

safe travels.

February 24, 2012 - 4:05 pm

Josie Richardson - Thank you. Thank you for being so refreshingly honest and thank you for reminding us that despite how much we love weddings and wedding photography, there are many more components which make-up the human race.

February 24, 2012 - 4:39 pm

Danielle Chambeyron - Dying to see the photos Jonas!

February 24, 2012 - 9:25 pm

Ruan - Glad you’re taken out to see more than the obvious, that’s why I ♥ my country!

February 24, 2012 - 11:02 pm

Kirsten Mavric - What do you mean by ‘skimmed’, Jonas?!

February 24, 2012 - 11:25 pm

Mike - Never been to Capetown. Born in Nigeria. People are complex indeed, and the more you travel, the more you learn. Cheers J.

February 25, 2012 - 12:14 am

SarahM - LOVE Capetown and would go back tomorrow! The layers of social/economic complexity is astounding. ….looking forward to seeing the pictures.

February 28, 2012 - 7:20 pm

Hannes Uys - Cape Town is one of the best places on this planet. Ever.

February 28, 2012 - 10:40 pm

Hanna Jeppsson - I hear you. Well written. Cape Town is such a complex yet beautiful place. I bet your photos will be amazing.

February 29, 2012 - 5:52 am

Sonja - Amazing how excellent you managed to capture the moments, I’m impressed!

February 29, 2012 - 1:45 pm

Brian - Cape Town, and South Africa in a whole, is a very complex place. I’m thrilled to hear you say that. It is my home country and I am dying to go back and visit. Even more, I would kill to shoot a wedding there. I’m interested in what you mean by getting skimmed?

February 29, 2012 - 8:09 pm

Evert - yeah Cape Town is a very special place indeed. Have some good memories. Can’t wait to see the pictures bru! ;)

March 1, 2012 - 11:03 pm

Fernando Colaço - Fantastic photo. At all genres of photography. Awesome black and withe technic. Remember the old days of film and black and white paper: Congratulations.

March 6, 2012 - 5:25 am

Kurt - I think it’s even more interesting in the words to describe different peoples. In the states, not always thought of as pc. Thanks for the great post.

March 6, 2012 - 4:45 pm

Amelia Rhea - I can’t believe we were in Cape Town at exactly the same time. It was a trip of a lifetime for me and I couldn’t get over how beautiful the place was. Like everyone, I can’t wait to see Cape Town through your eyes.

March 7, 2012 - 2:22 am

Werner - Jonas! Really enjoyed our adventure walking through Overcome Heights. Had such good feedback from the community. Thank you for treating these vulnerable people with so much dignity — it was an amazing gift to them. And to me I might add :-) Bless you big time!

March 11, 2012 - 1:39 am

Jay Rowden - Cape Town is a unique city for sure. One memory that will stay with me is that view from the top of Table Mountain. Can’t wait to see your photos man. The light down there is somethin’ else and with your kick ass bokeh, your images are going to be off the scale. Cheers, Jay

March 12, 2012 - 12:51 pm

Matt - You’re definitely a lucky man.

March 13, 2012 - 3:18 pm

mishe - I wish more people thought like you…understanding takes time and effort…shame you got skimmed, but friends I know this has happened to have always had their cash returned to them in the end…safe travels

March 13, 2012 - 3:18 pm

mishe - I%20wish%20more%20people%20thought%20like%20you…understanding%20takes%20time%20and%20effort…shame%20you%20got%20skimmed%2C%20but%20friends%20I%20know%20this%20has%20happened%20to%20have%20always%20had%20their%20cash%20returned%20to%20them%20in%20the%20end…safe%20travels

March 16, 2012 - 3:20 am

Nicole - I live in the Cape….beautifully expressed Jonas, am so glad a part of us has remained with you.

November 25, 2013 - 8:57 am

Ron Miller - Traveling is such a great way to experience, looking forward to pics!

To Boldly Go

February 14, 2012 - 4:16 pm

benj haisch - IO& BCT$GUKVJSR&O*^T#^VHGFGS i quit.

February 14, 2012 - 4:19 pm

Matt - Awesome man!

February 14, 2012 - 4:23 pm

Jakob - Yeah. This is f***ing awesome.

February 14, 2012 - 4:30 pm

Nick Coyne - Pure awesomeness.

February 14, 2012 - 4:34 pm

tyler - your framing is incredible!

February 14, 2012 - 4:49 pm

Camilla - Underbar!!

February 14, 2012 - 4:50 pm

daniel bilsborough - seriously dude…. you are providing me with so much inspiration. Absolutely LOVE it.

February 14, 2012 - 4:53 pm

Fredric - Vajjert!

February 14, 2012 - 5:01 pm

Mark Quade - Love it!

February 14, 2012 - 5:02 pm

Karolina - Grymt!

February 14, 2012 - 5:07 pm

jenny - That was REALLY cool!

February 14, 2012 - 5:25 pm

Mats - One of your best so far Jonas? :) Very cool!

February 14, 2012 - 5:31 pm

Michael Wachniak - Jeeez. Nice one, Jonas!

February 14, 2012 - 6:03 pm

Dasha - Wow…

February 14, 2012 - 6:03 pm

Jonathan Wherrett - Damn Jonas, love everything about this shot.

February 14, 2012 - 6:17 pm

Nic Parsonson - The fact that you managed a window of “no people” just adds to this beautiful image!

February 14, 2012 - 7:34 pm

Phill - Space Opera!

February 14, 2012 - 7:40 pm

john warren - so much gold !

February 14, 2012 - 10:17 pm

Mary Sylvia - “Can you make it look completely different to all the other Opera house shots?”

“Pffft, sure”.

February 14, 2012 - 10:29 pm

Nathan Combes Photography - It’s all about the lines. Beautifully composed Jonas.

February 14, 2012 - 11:27 pm

Mike and Frida Photography - Epic.

That pretty much sums it up.

February 14, 2012 - 11:34 pm

Rachel Tatem - Beautiful view

February 14, 2012 - 11:39 pm

maria - fan-freakin’-tastic!!

February 15, 2012 - 12:21 am

Erik Clausen - My favorite frame I’ve ever seen from you.

February 15, 2012 - 12:55 am

Eric Barker - Very Nice!

February 15, 2012 - 12:56 am

Paul Krol - now i wanna take every single pic with out any other people than just the couples! Lol :-)
really awesome capture Senor Jonas.
“Follow me” says, the Groom.

February 15, 2012 - 1:50 am

Julian Beattie - Get. Fucked.

February 15, 2012 - 2:02 am

Kat Braman - you are so ridiculous. I agree with Erik. This is my favorite shot from you. I don’t know how you manage to surpass yourself with each wedding, but somehow you do.

February 15, 2012 - 2:10 am

Govinda - this sir, have made my day.

February 15, 2012 - 3:54 am

gee - futuristic

February 15, 2012 - 6:11 am

Maximiliano Barros - AWESOME!!

February 15, 2012 - 7:11 am

jason starr - Love the sense of journey. Nice work jp

February 15, 2012 - 7:31 am

Yann Mignonet - Bloody hell ! That seems like an amazing story !

February 15, 2012 - 9:18 am

Julian Abram Wainwright - Yeah, pretty much what everyone else said. Wonderful image. Again. Thanks for sharing.

February 15, 2012 - 9:22 am

Anni - Amazing. This is ridiculously good.

February 15, 2012 - 9:36 am

erin - this is awesome!!!

February 15, 2012 - 4:41 pm

Cam Grove - Amazing; through simple composition you’ve reinvented one of the most iconic buildings in the world, great eyes Jonas.

February 15, 2012 - 6:46 pm

Amelia Rhea - whoa… talk about another level of grand!

February 15, 2012 - 9:35 pm

patrick dinneen - wow! stunning.

February 15, 2012 - 9:50 pm

Nina - Hi Jonas,

Are you available on the 26 May (Saturday) 2012 to shoot a wedding in Sydney?

Kind Regards,
Nina

February 15, 2012 - 10:21 pm

stefan hellberg click it. :) - Great photo! Makes you think that you got up really early to take that shot without any people in it. I guess you just composed perfect and got the timing right?

Awesome work.

February 15, 2012 - 10:55 pm

Dennis Pike - This is pretty insane. beautiful work, my friend

February 15, 2012 - 11:15 pm

David Schreiner - Absolutely stunning. Like entering starship enterprise…

February 16, 2012 - 1:05 am

rICKI fORD - i can’t wait to see these!

February 16, 2012 - 6:21 am

Bec - amazing Jonas. I love the opera house.

February 16, 2012 - 10:25 am

Steph D - Stunning, amazing contrast, always so beautiful.

February 16, 2012 - 1:22 pm

zaid - damn WOW!!!

February 17, 2012 - 11:15 am

Art Miro - wow…what do u say to something that looks like this…

February 18, 2012 - 1:57 am

Alex - London Wedding Photographer - That building must have been shot a million time but never like that! amazing work!

February 18, 2012 - 3:13 pm

Chris Mallet - Amazing shot!!!

February 19, 2012 - 6:46 pm

Hanna - WOW! You are sooo good at what you do!

February 19, 2012 - 7:23 pm

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February 19, 2012 - 10:01 pm

Forever young - Wow vilken bild

February 20, 2012 - 5:22 am

Jay Rowden - Jesus, Mary & Joseph.
Beauttttttiful composition big man.

I seriously can’t wait to see the rest of the collection though I know you will be teasing us for another couple of weeks.

February 20, 2012 - 11:30 pm

Wedding Photographer Sweden - Majestically!

February 21, 2012 - 3:12 am

Barney Walters - Nothing to add.

February 21, 2012 - 4:28 am

steven carter hewson - Stunning shot Jonas. There’s a boldness, a calmness and an awesomeness about it ;)

February 21, 2012 - 5:39 am

jose anzueto - Speechless, amazing work

February 21, 2012 - 9:49 am

Lucyy - Jonas you’re not one of the best wedding photographers. You’re one of the best photographers. period.

February 21, 2012 - 11:40 am

matt - Persoanlly, I think her dress will get all dirty if she goes in there with him…

February 21, 2012 - 4:21 pm

Amy Jackson - This is such an epic picture. Love it.

February 24, 2012 - 6:37 pm

Fotograf Warszawa - Wow. Nice place. Beautiful!

February 28, 2012 - 1:28 am

Andreas Feusi - Stunning.

March 1, 2012 - 12:18 pm

Jono - Great tone, great composure, just a great image to look at.

March 3, 2012 - 8:43 am

lublin fotograf - Oh my gosh so gorgeous!!

March 3, 2012 - 9:04 am

Micah Jones - What an amazing image. Just stunning.

March 3, 2012 - 11:29 pm

Miami Wedding Photographer - Beautiful B+W! I like that you opened up the lens and waited for THE moment!

March 6, 2012 - 2:08 pm

Rick Fernandez - ::taking quick shallow breath in, then on exhale making an ohhhh sound::

March 7, 2012 - 4:55 am

engagement rings - Love this wedding image, so pretty. Use of lines is perfect.

March 13, 2012 - 12:44 am

Leeds Wedding Photographers - What an incredible shot, I remember coming on your site when we were just starting out and I still find the work just as inspiring.

March 15, 2012 - 6:36 am

Wilczynscy - Lovely shot :) Congratulation.

March 16, 2012 - 3:00 pm

April - Stunning. Literally, I just stared at this for several minutes.
Love the composition, contrast, still-motion, everything.

March 23, 2012 - 5:45 pm

Jose Cortés Cortejarena - Impresionante!!! Esto es muchos más que sólo fotografía de boda. Aquí no sólo hay técnica, composición y tratamiento de la imagen.También hay corazón y pasión!!!! Enhorabuena!!!

April 3, 2012 - 7:10 am

Anna,wedding photographer Scotland - oh i love it! everything, composition, bw conversion..you are the master.

May 9, 2012 - 11:41 pm

Joel C Adelaide - Awesome post-processing.

July 22, 2012 - 11:32 am

Nick Lance - Stunning. Love the composition and contrast. Brilliant!

{destination wedding} Nina & Craig ~ Bali

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Dress -  J Crew, Tulipe Bustier Gown
Ceremony & reception – Villa Simona Oasis and Spa
Wedding Planner -  Beyond Events
Hair Makeup -  Eka-Bali makeup artists
Catering -  Grocer and Grind
music credit: Lykke Li – Love out of Lust (iTunes)
Nina and Craig’s wedding was recently featured in the excellent magazine Dream Weddings Bali Style.

February 14, 2012 - 7:49 am

jason curescu - Amazing Jonas. Like always!

February 14, 2012 - 7:49 am

Michael Wachniak - BOWIEEEEEEE!!!! :) Superb as always, and congrats on the feature! The 2nd last photos of Craig lifting Nina sums it all up right there.

February 14, 2012 - 7:52 am

heidi - unbelievable.

February 14, 2012 - 8:08 am

Uriel Coronado - AMAZING!!!

February 14, 2012 - 8:09 am

Anders LÖnnfeldt - Väldigt vackert!

February 14, 2012 - 8:11 am

Marcos Sánchez - Awesome as usual… :)

February 14, 2012 - 8:11 am

Maximiliano Barros - really cool

February 14, 2012 - 8:12 am

Emilia Jane - Love it! And the music pairs so well :-D

February 14, 2012 - 8:13 am

Rachel Tatem - Looks like an absolutely fun time! I love the bride’s bold taste in jewelry!

February 14, 2012 - 8:15 am

Veronica Varos - beautiful! I love the simplicity of their decorations. they create such an elegant setting. you captured it beautifully. :)

February 14, 2012 - 8:32 am

megan noonan - Breathtaking wedding and amazing photography as usual!

February 14, 2012 - 8:35 am

maria - gorgeous: the people, the location, and the photographs! you’ve done it again, jonas!

February 14, 2012 - 8:53 am

nirav - Brilliant. Love the balance of art/emotion/and wtf pictures.

February 14, 2012 - 9:04 am

Andreas Feusi - Very nice details.

February 14, 2012 - 9:31 am

Richard from Purplest - AMAZING!
(as usual)

February 14, 2012 - 9:40 am

bec - Jonas, SO nice!!! I would love to do a wedding in Bali, you make it look so wonderful.
what a lovely couple, and their reception looks awesome.

February 14, 2012 - 9:50 am

Az - I feel as if I was there too with these wonderful images.

February 14, 2012 - 9:56 am

Nick - You tell a nice story!

February 14, 2012 - 10:20 am

Warren Williams - Absolutely amazing series. Such beautiful details, and great moments captured.

February 14, 2012 - 10:22 am

Nikki Bezel - Great job with light in this one Jonas.

February 14, 2012 - 10:22 am

Rachel Glidden - I love the one of them dancing and he is holding her with her little bare feet in the air.

February 14, 2012 - 10:25 am

Lyndzee Ellsworth - Love it. They are ridiculously cute together.

February 14, 2012 - 10:52 am

Mike and Frida Photography - There’s such a crisp look to your work. We love it.

February 14, 2012 - 11:08 am

Juyá - beutiful vision!!

February 14, 2012 - 6:10 pm

Mathias Cederholm Photography - That photo on the cliff when she is holding an Umbrella is just awesome! Great work as usual.

February 14, 2012 - 8:12 pm

Jane - Alldeles, alldeles underbart!!

February 14, 2012 - 10:35 pm

nicola - So amazing! This couple really got style. How did they manage to bring all the props and deco stuff to Bali? In their suitcase?

February 15, 2012 - 8:17 am

Dragos - This couple is nice! The flying boats shot is so good!

February 15, 2012 - 9:38 am

erin - wow! what a gorgeous wedding! and amazing photos. looks like so much fun!

February 15, 2012 - 9:41 am

mercedes - I feel like I was *there* going through these. Emotional high!

February 15, 2012 - 12:52 pm

David Sundstrom - Stunning as usual Jonas!

February 15, 2012 - 6:45 pm

Amelia Rhea - The way it’s styled, I couldn’t tell it was in Bali. But I do love how it’s done so.

February 15, 2012 - 7:23 pm

Weddingphotography Sweden - Great to tell a story like you do.

February 15, 2012 - 10:26 pm

stefanhellbergDOTcom - Story telling at its best. #awesomeness

I have a feeling Ive seen some of these shots before? are they posted somewhere else?

February 16, 2012 - 1:08 am

Ricki Ford - every post is AMAZING!

February 16, 2012 - 2:07 am

Fia - Hejsan!

Snygg hemsida. I vilket program gör du hemsidan? Är ute efter att påbörja en hemsida med enkel stilren design lite som din här. :) tacksam för svar!

Fia

February 16, 2012 - 5:31 pm

LOGAN COLE - Wow awesome job man! Your locations are always so cool!

February 19, 2012 - 7:24 pm

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February 19, 2012 - 10:27 pm

Lars Virdeby - Jonas, attans vad vackert och vilken stämning !!!

February 19, 2012 - 11:40 pm

Kamash - Is in it too cold? why so bog change in postprocessing?

February 20, 2012 - 1:56 am

Adi - Always love the natural way of your pictures…

February 20, 2012 - 5:42 am

Chanelle - aaaah Bali! so so lovely. love the music too.

February 21, 2012 - 8:28 am

Paul - Beautiful use of natural light! Very nice!

February 24, 2012 - 4:09 pm

Emma Sharkey - Gorgeous work Jonas beautiful location, couple and wedding.
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February 24, 2012 - 11:03 pm

Hillary Pettit - You’re pictures are amazing! Kudos to you (:

February 24, 2012 - 11:28 pm

Fanny - Beautiful!

February 25, 2012 - 11:45 am

gina - and…this is why we love your art so much.

February 29, 2012 - 8:22 am

steven carter hewson - Clean, creative, fresh, fun, beautiful wedding photography. Top work.

March 1, 2012 - 9:07 pm

Hannes Uys - Jonas I love the feel of your work. So consistent and nice to look at. Love it!

March 3, 2012 - 11:28 am

Julie Harris - Stunning as always. Looks like it was a blast!

March 3, 2012 - 11:33 pm

Miami Wedding Photographer - Awesome wedding! I love the TS photos!

March 5, 2012 - 11:42 pm

patrick dinneen - WEll done, truely lovely pictures!

March 6, 2012 - 1:39 am

Iliangna - DAMN ! I felt like i was there ! Absolutely amazing. And LOVE the song choice too ;)

March 7, 2012 - 4:57 am

Rings Dublin - Love this wedding, couple look great together.

March 7, 2012 - 6:29 am

Ella Gagiano - Your work is gorgeous, Jonas. Lovely wedding :)

March 7, 2012 - 11:44 pm

Tarah Coonan - I love the photo of the boats in the sky, really beautiful!!

March 13, 2012 - 12:46 am

Leeds Wedding Photographers - You really get some incredible weddings, but your shots always more than do them justice. I love how natural the shots are, really incredible work as always!

March 14, 2012 - 3:07 pm

Amanda Basteen - This wedding is full of awesome. Kite flying and belly dancing (or some similar sort)? And as usual, you captured the mood perfectly.

March 17, 2012 - 3:51 am

Emma Roodla - Fotograf - Shit, underbart vackra bilder som vanligt!!!

March 22, 2012 - 3:11 pm

Ali M - This looks like such a beautiful, sweet, fun wedding! Such an adorable couple. Your work is always so beautiful, Jonas. Thanks!

March 26, 2012 - 3:30 pm

RB - I like the slow sync shots. Very creative! The masks are classic.

March 26, 2012 - 3:34 pm

RB - Some of these remind me of when I used to cross process E6 film through C41 chemicals. Very subtle subdued hues.

March 26, 2012 - 9:43 pm

Katarina - Helt fantastiska bilder som vanligt! Älskar verkligen de två där bruden får hjälp att knäppa klänningen.

March 27, 2012 - 6:01 am

Anne-Marie Falano - I really love your work! I’m not a photographer expert but I’ve seen a lot of different styles. Lovely work <3 They make me smile.

April 11, 2012 - 1:53 am

fotografia ślubna wrocław - Absurdly beautiful.

May 3, 2012 - 9:19 pm

Justine Claire - Gorgeous dress, gorgeous styling X

May 13, 2012 - 10:33 am

Michael Ralph - All kinds of freaky awesomeness

September 25, 2012 - 2:18 pm

Wedding Photographer in Perth - I love your work Jonas. Can I ask – Do you use mostly primes or zooms? You just seem to be part of the action and Ive found this difficult with primes.

June 22, 2013 - 12:16 am

David - Where did you get the Bowie head pieces, they’re brilliant !