Monthly Archives: September 2012

The room out the back

James Moes called me “the boy who cried wolf” a couple of weeks ago. We were both in Palm Springs to speak at the Beloved Festival. I had just written – yet another – blog post about me wanting to write more here on the blog.

“You say you will and then you never do”, he said and laughed.

Or that’s not true, James doesn’t laugh, he may have smiled slightly, his dry sense of humor shining through his hipster facade (I say that lovingly by the way).

And I know it’s true, I keep saying I’ll write more, but then I never do. The other day when I was flying home to Brisbane from Sydney I tried to break down why I find it so hard getting back into writing on the blog again. Part of it is because this is my shop front, my portfolio. I don’t have a separate portfolio site, this is the first thing my potential clients see when they go to my site.

This is my facade.

So I hold back.

Oh, how I hold back.

I’ve started a re-branding project where I’m moving the blog back. Instead of it being my shop front, I’m going to let it be my back room. It’s a cosy little place out the back, you have to go through my portfolio room to get there, past the bathrooms with the lavender soaps and folded towels, past the kitchen with that fancy Italian coffee machine and around the corner. It’s a small room with old beaten floorboards, a nice comfy couch and prints on the wall, art posters, quotes and notebooks spread across the rickety old coffee table made from driftwood. A place to relax in, where I can breathe, listen to music and talk about things.

If you look out one window you can see the ocean, through the other the mountains.

I want you to come in and sit down.

I just need to make those changes first.

September 26, 2012 - 10:05 am

benj haisch - I couldn’t write on my blog if my life depended on it. your words are as good as your photos, man. keep it up.

September 26, 2012 - 10:12 am

Josie - Love James and love the photo! Does this mean you went and got yourself a large format camera? Can’t wait to see more :)

September 26, 2012 - 10:22 am

chris prestidge - looking forward to checking out the back room – and all the hidden treasures tucked away in there!

September 26, 2012 - 11:00 am

Maz - Looking forward to sipping that coffee and reading the stories from your back room.

September 26, 2012 - 11:01 am

Rachel Glidden - What do you think made us reach out to you? your pristine shop front or the deeper parts of yourself we saw that showed us you were someone we wanted in our life? let us back in!

September 26, 2012 - 11:37 am

Scott English milam - well said! And that is very exciting! I hope You find time soon!

September 26, 2012 - 11:47 am

sarah danaher - regardless of where that place is, I’ll be there. waiting to listen.

September 26, 2012 - 12:44 pm

liz arcus - I remember you having this conversation and so very pleased you are going to do it. Yay ! I look forward to visiting the back room :-)

September 26, 2012 - 8:06 pm

cara @ lillian and leonard - Shop fronts are over-rated, I look forward to you opening the door to the back room.

September 27, 2012 - 12:52 am

Ria Mishaal - It sounds so inviting Jonas, that room at the back. And, as always I am inspired by your striving to make things more you, more comfortable for you, to express and to be. So glad I met you.

September 27, 2012 - 5:14 am

Meagan Avrit - You have such a descriptive and beautiful way of words. I can’t wait to read more.

September 27, 2012 - 11:32 pm

Ann-Sofie - And I said just the other day that I missed your words in Ett liv i exil. I do want to come in and sit down in your back room. I’ll be sure to check back soon.

September 28, 2012 - 12:22 am

Tina - Hi Jonas, I’ve been following your blog for awhile now and I just wanted to say that your blog being your “shop front” is my favourite aspect of your site. I enjoy how it feels a little against the grain, as your work speaks for itself. That being said I’m sure which ever way you choose to articulate yourself will continue to be a pleasure to view and read.

September 28, 2012 - 6:55 am

Rodrigo - I like it the way it is :)
I come here a lot, but i’m always quiet…

September 28, 2012 - 10:29 pm

mike - Should be interesting.

September 29, 2012 - 8:09 am

David Schreiner - I find it really hard to write on my blog. I think it’s hard to find the right balance between personal but not too private.
Looking forward to see your rebranding. It seems you have worked on it for quite some time.

September 30, 2012 - 6:17 pm

Ellie - I have been “stalking” your blog for several years now Jonas, and I love how honest your work and words are, and the fact that we get to check out your “back room” as you put it. I can’t look at a mason jar without thinking about your manifesto! And I hope one day I will have a wedding for you to photograph!- Don’t change a thing :)

October 1, 2012 - 10:07 am

Anna - Yeah, it’s hard. I love to write as an outlet but as soon as I sit down at the computer I go blank. Dylan and I were just talking about this the other day. I think you have to somehow get over the fact that anyone is going to read your stuff and just write for you. Be bold and be brave and also realize if it’s interesting to you it’s probably interesting to others, even more so than when you write when you feel you are being watched.

October 4, 2012 - 2:45 am

Matt at Foden Photography - Hi Jonas- looking forward to seeing how the new approach to your blog develops over time- always good to shake things up from time to time! :)

October 4, 2012 - 7:33 am

Kaushlesh - This is gonna be interesting! I can’t wait to see/read more from the “back-room”!

October 6, 2012 - 12:07 am

Alexander - You could maybe try to change platform. You could try http://cowbird.com/. Jag läste din blogg när du använde Blogger, den förändrade inte mitt liv men den påverkade definitivt det.

October 6, 2012 - 8:37 am

Alan Hughes - Good luck with it Jonas, although one of your main attractions is your musings on your blog…

October 8, 2012 - 1:18 pm

Scout - Great words.

October 8, 2012 - 6:48 pm

Chris - Sansom Photography - A really lovey way of thinking about it. Might even take some of that pressure off and let you write what you want to. Either way we think your blog is fantastic so keep up the inspirational work.

October 8, 2012 - 8:11 pm

Caroline Gue - Please may I come and sit down?

October 9, 2012 - 6:44 pm

Dani Davila - INteresting… im sure that you will find something amazing.

October 10, 2012 - 12:28 pm

Renee - You really should write more—you’re so talented at it!

October 14, 2012 - 5:58 am

Stephanie Callaghan Smith - This post totally resonated with me. I find it a really hard balancing act too but really I’m pleased to hear that you will be writing more – look forward to reading your blog when it reaches its new home.

October 17, 2012 - 4:25 am

Ida - Jag har fastnat både för dina bilder och det du skriver. Oavsett format vill jag se och läsa mer… Tack :)

October 18, 2012 - 6:05 am

Bianca - Great visual, Jonas! I think I would very much like that room, indeed.

October 21, 2012 - 7:21 pm

eri careyy - Jonas .. i wait with much anticipation for the journey with you into the back room of your blogs. I am impressed very much already with your write, giving us a tiny window of the beautiful weddings you shoot. BRING IT ON!!!!! Ohhh and thank y o u. Xo

October 24, 2012 - 2:42 pm

Tanya Love - Jonas, I love to write. In fact, it is my first love. But alas, work gets in the way. My blog is so very neglected and when I do post it’s usually along the same lines as you “I promise to post more often” etc. Lately, I have been posting less and less because, I also seem to be unhappy with almost everything I create. The joys of being a creative hey? I have but one sentence for you though – a picture tells a thousand words. I cling to that sentence every day and hope that it gets my story across too. xx

November 5, 2012 - 5:24 am

Sarah Khamsoda - Love the comfortable back room blog idea, and love the image of the palms too.

November 5, 2012 - 5:26 am

Sarah - I really love the comfortable back room blog idea, and love the image of the palm trees too.

November 29, 2012 - 7:25 am

Derek Martinez - Phenomenal wedding Jonas, you really captured their day and told their story beautifully!

{elopement} Chris & Jesper ~ Gozo, Malta

When Chris and Jesper contacted me about shooting their elopement on Gozo, an island off Malta in the Mediterranean,  it was only supposed to be them. He’s Danish, she’s French. Apart from witnesses I would be the only outsider there. Over the year that followed things changed slightly. Though we’d never met, we became friends. So when Jesper and Chris decided they wanted their friends there to celebrate their day, they also graciously invited my family. So on a beautiful day in July, only ten days after my own wedding, Jacqui, Noah, Joel and I joined Jesper, Chris and their five friends for the smallest and sweetest wedding I’ve been a part of to date. Every now and then I get to experience something that changes the way I look at love, the reasons I do what I do.

This was one of those days.

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music credit: Wake Me – Message To Bears (iTunes)

September 18, 2012 - 9:25 am

amanda vanvels - absolutely wonderful

September 18, 2012 - 9:26 am

Nick Evans - Stunning. That first look around the corner on the stairs had me grinning dude. Nailed it!

September 18, 2012 - 9:27 am

James Frost - wow !

September 18, 2012 - 9:28 am

andy stenz - the tear shot = pure win. so beautiful as always jonas.

September 18, 2012 - 9:29 am

Emily - That has to be one of the happiest brides I’ve ever seen… she was clearly oozing joy. You can tell this was a genuine affair full of so much love. And the shot of the tear falling? Holyyyyyy crap.

September 18, 2012 - 9:29 am

Jane - The one with the tear rolling off her cheek… are you kidding me?! <3

September 18, 2012 - 9:30 am

Levi Tijerina - This is money in the bank. Absolutely intense and amazing moments

September 18, 2012 - 9:30 am

Valerie - Oh ….W O W . So beautifully presented and amazingly beautiful. Love your work.

September 18, 2012 - 9:32 am

katie - love the love. love the goofyness of the first look too :)

September 18, 2012 - 9:34 am

heather nan - Could her smile be any more contagious? Yeah, and the tear… have to give a high five for that shot.

September 18, 2012 - 9:34 am

coler - Passion.

September 18, 2012 - 9:38 am

nate kaiser - jonas. insane.

September 18, 2012 - 9:42 am

Justin - Soooo good!

September 18, 2012 - 9:47 am

Veronica Varos - Killer. I love seeing the entire day. The shot of her crying and the shot of them with the woman in red are spectacular alone, but the entire set is just ridiculously awesome.

September 18, 2012 - 9:47 am

min - everytime jonas! just WOW!

September 18, 2012 - 9:48 am

Rose Dykstra - You probably have some of the raddest clients around! I love your bride, she is absolutely adorable and what a wonderful intimate wedding to be a part of. Those are the best!

September 18, 2012 - 9:48 am

Cindy - The tear shot brought a tear to my eyes! Just gorgeous

September 18, 2012 - 9:49 am

todd hunter mcgaw - dude!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
too good :)

September 18, 2012 - 9:49 am

Stephanie - so much love and emotions in every photo….So beautiful

September 18, 2012 - 9:52 am
September 18, 2012 - 10:00 am

Michelle - Amazing.

I love the bride, she seems like someone I would really like to hang out with.

September 18, 2012 - 10:01 am

Becca - Laid back, beautiful, effortless barefoot love. Goodness I wish more people got married like this. Each photo made me smile bigger than the one before. By the end of the post my face hurt. Love, love, love this.

September 18, 2012 - 10:01 am

Annalisa - Amazing, I’m speechless once again. And crying.

September 18, 2012 - 10:09 am

porter - honestly, i think this is one of your very best jonas. your connection with this couple really shines through in every shot. truly beautiful work

September 18, 2012 - 10:12 am

Teresa K - I’m speechless man…it’s just so damn good Jonas…my goodness

September 18, 2012 - 10:29 am

tasj - It’s beautiful Jonas

September 18, 2012 - 10:38 am

David Moore - What a beautiful wedding story Jonas. You’ve really captured the joy of their day and connection with each other. Wonderful!!!

September 18, 2012 - 10:52 am

Dave Ferguson - Lovely. Really love the old lady in the tower :)

September 18, 2012 - 11:11 am

Natalie Champa Jennings - I’ve enjoyed your work for some time and this is my new favorite. Sweet, simple, and beautiful!

September 18, 2012 - 11:18 am

Tom Greenwood - Beautiful work, specially the tear shot…

September 18, 2012 - 11:22 am

Que - WOW JP, this story is gorgeous..Amazing, Incredible, but REAL….

September 18, 2012 - 11:32 am

Jake~ - Absoluetly stunning – such an awesome gift, to have these photos forever!

September 18, 2012 - 11:42 am

Rebecca - her face is so wonderfully expressive. What an amazing wedding to be a part of. Relaxed, and just amazingly beautiful. I loved looking at their Wedding story.

September 18, 2012 - 11:57 am

Josie - I love small and intimate weddings! They just have a sense of genuine love and happiness that can get lost in a big, formal do. You’ve really given this couple their own voice and that, to me, is what makes it exceptional.

September 18, 2012 - 12:28 pm

Ellie Be - wow. yeah these are legit.

September 18, 2012 - 12:44 pm

Emilie - the place, the people, the photos, everything is perfect.

September 18, 2012 - 3:59 pm

Belinda - My new fave wedding. Too many beautiful images to choose, the one of her crying though, I gasped! Amazing!

September 18, 2012 - 4:02 pm

Andy - Love the whole shoot! But one stand-out for me is your son wrapped in the orange towel. Being the father of a similar aged boy I can really relate to that shot!

September 18, 2012 - 4:41 pm

Ida Fredrikke - Det bildet med tåren som faller.. For et blinkskudd! Nydelig!

September 18, 2012 - 4:44 pm

Phill - This is the why of it all.

September 18, 2012 - 5:22 pm

Natan - La madre que te parió!

September 18, 2012 - 5:34 pm

Girish - “Every now and then I get to experience something that changes the way I look at love, the reasons I do what I do.” – Couldn’t say it better.

Fantastic pictures. What I really like about your pictures is one can actually relate to the emotions, moments and smiles and tears. It’s not posed, it’s not fake it’s as it is, the real thing.

Truly inspiring work.

The photogrpahs during/after the vows – fabulous.

You should “Take a bow :)”

September 18, 2012 - 6:23 pm

Casey - Amazing!!!! Inspiring! Beautiful!

September 18, 2012 - 7:10 pm

Liezel - i am speachless! that doesnt happen often…WOW!!

September 18, 2012 - 7:21 pm

katty orell - Still dont get how you are not the best wedding photographer every year. Your weddings always bring out what a wedding is (union of love), not a massive expensive party. This one is just out of this world! True love and happines in each picture. A true record of feelings and emotions, captured for eternity!

September 18, 2012 - 7:30 pm

kelly gilbert - OMG! Truly took my breath away….love the song too!

September 18, 2012 - 7:31 pm

Alyssa Schroeder - These are so beautiful and intimate. Love.

September 18, 2012 - 7:38 pm

Johanna Macdonald - So amazing :-)

September 18, 2012 - 7:40 pm

Luis Efigénio - Hi,

Amazing love story. Your perception of reality is very genuine and simple. You obviously shoot with your heart.

September 18, 2012 - 8:05 pm

Annette - Ya good. These are great.

September 18, 2012 - 8:21 pm

Darryn - That shot of the tear falling – wow!

September 18, 2012 - 8:32 pm

Sara - The peek around the corner photo is brilliant, and I laughed when I saw the bride between the two men in cloths. Amazing!

September 18, 2012 - 9:07 pm

Raven - I was one of the privileged friends that witnessed this event and it’s so valuable to be able to live it all through again with these pictures. Thanks!

September 18, 2012 - 9:50 pm

Kim - So full of joy and laughter. Beautiful!

September 18, 2012 - 10:27 pm

Stephanie - pure magic.

September 18, 2012 - 10:36 pm

Lise-Marie - This is such an amazing wedding.

September 18, 2012 - 11:50 pm

sarah danaher - soooooooooo so so so so sweet.

September 18, 2012 - 11:57 pm

Anni - These are beautiful, so full of love and joy. Wonderful work.

September 19, 2012 - 12:17 am

anna - made me cry. wonderful.

September 19, 2012 - 12:18 am

Morten - Beutiful. Your images looks very filmish. Are you shooting film?

September 19, 2012 - 12:23 am

Jesper - Groom signing in :-) – we were and are honoured to have had you spy on us throughout our wedding-day, and to get to know you enough to call you a friend. The same goes for your amazing little family Jacqui, Noah, and Joel.

We loved having you there and that you all took an active part in the wedding in a way we never imagined. You added a big part to the magic. That also makes it very strange to not see you anywhere in the images; a discrepancy with our recollection of it.

I never really liked having my picture taken much and I was a bit wary of how having you snipe us all day would turn out; here I must admit to your great credit that it was the easiest and most natural thing in the world, because of the way you conduct yourself and your camera-wielding. Big kudos.

Lastly, thank you for your kind words, which mean a lot coming from you with so many great weddings under your belt.

lots of love to all of you

September 19, 2012 - 1:04 am

Jarg Woldhuis - wow, what an enormous happy beautiful bride! Fun to look at. Nice atmosphere too!

September 19, 2012 - 2:13 am

alexbee - her laugh is so incredible!!

September 19, 2012 - 2:27 am

twiggs - boy, you always make me cry… this is incredibly beautiful and these are amazingly happy people!!!

September 19, 2012 - 3:15 am

ed peers - Fantastic Jonas. So good.

September 19, 2012 - 6:39 am

Arek - Love it!

September 19, 2012 - 8:58 am

Paul Keppel - Wonderful photos. What is going on with cutting of the ends of the socks??? haha

September 19, 2012 - 9:28 am

Lea - Sublime photos. The most joyful bride on the planet. That first look through the arch – what a moment – and as lots of others have mentioned, the tear photo is out-of-this-world. I love how this couple embraces each other like it’s their last moment on earth. What a blessed couple to have you there to capture their magical day – you know you’ve done well when strangers get choked up looking at photos of a couple they don’t even know. Bravo!

September 19, 2012 - 11:41 am

Dan O'Day - beautiful, brosef

September 19, 2012 - 12:03 pm

jennifer armstrong - beautiful. honest. delight. true. love. love. love. so much captured, shared, created. as being swept up in a dream. such a glorious ride. thank you.

September 19, 2012 - 3:39 pm

Samantha Donaldson - Amazing, amazing photos. Could really feel the emotion of the day and what a super happy couple too. Simply stunning.

September 19, 2012 - 4:21 pm

Sara - Wow. Stunning stunning stunning!!! Happiest bride ever. :)

September 19, 2012 - 4:48 pm

Javier Berenguer - Como siempre un Gran trabajo..

September 19, 2012 - 5:52 pm

Chris - aka The bride - to all of you who commented:
Thank you so much for your kind words.

to Jonas, Jacqui, Noah and Joel:
I love you.

Our wedding day was the most incredible and beautiful day of our lives, we had a great time and felt (and still do) incredibly lucky to have the honor to be surrounded by the people we love most, may it be old or new love.
Jesper and I love each other this way on an every day basis, we jump and goof around, hug, laugh and kiss a lot every day. It is who we are and what we do (although I may have smiled and giggled a tinsy bit more than unsual on W-day… who knows…) but anyway, this is who we are and we are so unbelievably lucky that Jonas captured “us” so perfectly in the way we are but especially in the way we love. For that, we will be eternally grateful.

September 19, 2012 - 5:56 pm

Chelsea Parsons - very beautiful Jonas

September 19, 2012 - 7:38 pm

David Schreiner - Wow, so much love and emotions. Wonderful.

September 20, 2012 - 7:55 am

Rici - Very beautiful and intimate pictures, Jonas! I love the fact that they invited you with your family and the way they look at each other! Adorable!!
~ Saluti.

September 20, 2012 - 10:39 am

shannon - I think all of your weddings are beautiful stories told through your eyes, but this one is different to me. I feel like it’s all told through their eyes and you just happened to be there to spy on it. The amount of love between them is inspiring. Beautiful and moving work as always Jonas.

September 20, 2012 - 9:49 pm

Jakub - Seriously awesome photography dude!

September 21, 2012 - 1:14 am

morenica - This is too much. This is too good to be true, this wedding, this love and these people. But if it is all true, let it be forever. I can tell that Chris & Jespes is the sweetest couple that exists. And you Jonas…I have never have enough words for you, thanks for sharing this love!

September 21, 2012 - 2:09 am

Louise Johansson - Wow! Stunning work! Absolutely love your work!

September 21, 2012 - 3:42 am

Jennifer - Kan inte låta bli att fråga om du råkar veta vart hennes skor kommer ifrån? Så oerhört söta!

September 21, 2012 - 10:07 am

Steve Gerrard - I’m just glancing through another wedding blog, but, as I do, I find myself smiling, laughing and catching my breath with the emotion captured in the images. This is what we wedding photographers aspire to. Kudos.

September 21, 2012 - 10:22 pm

mike - Simply lovely.

September 22, 2012 - 9:30 am

jason starr - what a magic wedding. Stunning as always Jonas

September 22, 2012 - 12:43 pm

Rubén - Absolutely wonderful work, amazing all the coverage; Love the storytelling Jonas!!!

September 23, 2012 - 1:50 am

Christin - I just stumbled upon your site while searching Google for horse photography. I love your horse pictures – they’re stunning. But I have to say, these wedding pictures are out of this world! The pictures require no words, such a beautiful is told with them. They had me in happy tears of joy for these two who are so clearly madly in love with each other. I don’t know that I’ve ever seen such joy captured in wedding photos before. Very touching. I’m in awe. And I really truly mean that. :D

September 23, 2012 - 2:30 am

Anna - Troligen de vackraste foton jag sett av alla de bröllop du fotograferat. Magiska.

September 23, 2012 - 8:55 am

Gold Hat Photography - I absolutely love the photo of the bride peering around the wall and the groom’s cheeky expression! Their personality comes through and I feel like I know them!

September 23, 2012 - 9:23 am

Johny - One of the best wedding photo’s I have seen.. It tells the story.
I felt like i was their,simply stunning..
would loved to know what film look you went for with vsco..

September 23, 2012 - 12:30 pm

xian alexander - That teardrop. Amazing stuff!

September 23, 2012 - 5:56 pm

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September 23, 2012 - 7:46 pm

Lovisa - Hej Jonas!

Jag studerar statsvetenskap och ekonomi i Linköping. Det är inte så hemskt roligt och jag tror inte att jag kommer att jobba med något inom det. Men jag är inte så stressad här och jag har fina och spännande vänner. Istället för att bli orolig över mitt liv eller ivrig på att flyga iväg har jag skapat mig en liten atelje i mitt korridorsrum. Här lyssnar jag på Wake me, leker med photoshop, slipar på min blogg, tittar på dina foton, försöker lära mig mer, blir inspirerad. Jag är trots allt bara 22 år. Men inom två år vill jag göra något annat. Den dagen kommer! Det vet jag :)

Två frågor från mig nu. Först, hur du lägger in ett musikklipp sådär tjusigt i början av varje inlägg? Dessutom, om du får tid över, så vore jag så hemskt tacksam över om du skulle kunna tänka dig att berätta hur du har arbetat tidigare? Plugg osv. Kanske att man kan få något tips!

tack och ha det jättefint nu!

September 23, 2012 - 10:42 pm

Mary - Jonus, just magical. That teardrop – Amazing.

September 24, 2012 - 1:52 am

desde - LOve your pics!

September 24, 2012 - 2:26 am

Chris - Inimitable.

September 24, 2012 - 1:12 pm

Miami Wedding Photographer, Otto Haring - Awesome photos as always!!! Great wedding photography inspiration!

September 24, 2012 - 5:47 pm

scott thomas - Nice work! Such a beautiful location to shoot. I bet the clients loved these photos! Keep up the good work.

September 24, 2012 - 5:48 pm

scott thomas - Beautiful work! Such a wonderful location to shoot. I bet the clients loved these photos! Keep up the good work.

September 24, 2012 - 8:02 pm

Camilla - Lika fantastiska bilder som alltid. Jag har nog aldrig sett en så lycklig brud! Man blir liksom varm i hjärtat när man ser bilderna. Detta trots att jag inte har någon relation till objekten överhuvudtaget. Men det är väl det som är skillnaden mellan en proffsfotograf och en amatör. Ett proffs vet exakt hur han eller hon ska ta bilderna för att beröra.

September 25, 2012 - 1:48 pm

Wedding Photography Perth - Theres so much emotion in all your images Jonas. I love your storytelling! :)

September 25, 2012 - 3:57 pm

Mikey - Hey Jonas, I think this is my favorite weddings you’ve captured. It is simply beautiful & emotive. Thank you for sharing.

September 25, 2012 - 5:30 pm

lisa - Tänker på hur du gått från en blogg som fick mig att skratta tills jag grät, till bilder som berör till tårar. Det här är absolut de vackraste bröllopsbilder jag sett! Tack för att du delar med dig av ditt arbete, det är otroligt inspirerande att se så många fångade ögonblick av lycka och kärlek. You rock! :)

September 26, 2012 - 7:15 am

Josefine Richter - Hei! amazing blogg. What’s the name of that song?

September 26, 2012 - 5:49 pm

naomi - she might have the best smile i’ve ever seen. beautiful emotive photos.

September 28, 2012 - 5:24 am

mathias fast - wow. amazing stuff.

September 29, 2012 - 6:13 am

Philip Thomas - Jonas,

Lovely emotive images. Actually. Outstanding.

September 29, 2012 - 10:20 pm

Dani Davila - Amazing stuff… inspiration for everybody

October 2, 2012 - 5:27 am

Amir - What a magnificent set of wedding shots. This is absolutely stunning! Perfect way to tell a story.

October 3, 2012 - 11:52 am

Key West Wedding Photographer - I love the subdued colors. You are a great inspiration for wedding photographers!

October 4, 2012 - 2:22 am

Aziel - This is hands down the most beautiful wedding I have EVER seen.

October 8, 2012 - 2:30 am

Colin Browne - That is one super happy bride. Excellent shots!

October 8, 2012 - 12:16 pm

Daniel Holman - This really is a great story. Love your work!

October 8, 2012 - 6:54 pm

Chris - Sansom Photography - A beautiful wedding complimented by beautiful shots. It must have been a real honour to be a part of. Couples like Chris and Jesper are surely why we do this and I’m not surprised to hear how pleased they both are with the results. Beautiful images as always!

October 9, 2012 - 12:19 am

PAblo Beita - I love ur photos.. Jonas you are the best in the Planet!
Saludos desde Costa Rica. Algun día tendré la oportunidad de conocerte.
Saludos.

October 15, 2012 - 9:34 pm

Steve Fuller - Jonas, your work is quite simply stunning! I have book marked your site and will be coming back to visit on a regular basis! Beautiful photography in every sense…

October 17, 2012 - 5:55 pm

Roger - Hey Jonas, fantastiska bilder i vanlig ordning. En av de bilder som sticker ut är helt klart “krogsgaard219″ där du lyckats fånga tåren när den lämnar kinden… Otroligt!
Bra jobbat ännu en gång!

Hälsningar från Sverige!

October 18, 2012 - 2:51 am

Matt F - Love, love, love this wedding and also the colours you’re getting :)

October 19, 2012 - 9:56 pm

Alvaro Ayarza - Acojonante!!!, great work, amazing!!! Congrat!!!

October 25, 2012 - 1:54 am

Hong Anh - May i know the name of the song, please??? it is awesome!!

November 1, 2012 - 1:34 am

Oscar Rellán - Congratulations teacher.

November 5, 2012 - 1:25 am

Mark - Wow, what an amazingly intimate wedding to be a part of. Everything about it looked beautiful. Great job capturing it. It’s deflating how good you are!.. :)

November 22, 2012 - 8:46 am

Kevin - Stunning imagery beautiful flow of images telling the story of a beautiful couple.

November 27, 2012 - 8:27 am

Anonymous - .

December 13, 2012 - 10:43 pm

Melissa Jane - All of these photos are simple awe-inspiring. I am in love and inspired, thank you

February 28, 2013 - 10:19 am

David Stubbs - Simply beautiful wedding photography.

April 10, 2013 - 4:11 pm

Lucie Zeka - beautiful

May 29, 2013 - 1:21 am

Carlos Garcia - So good Jonas, my new favorite album online.

May 29, 2013 - 10:45 pm

Rory - Wow! Actually bought a tear to my eye – the peeking around the stairs and hug before the wedding – gulp! Just lovely, the relaxed happiness of these two is wonderful.. what a great story to be part of. An inspiration to a beginner photographer – thank you Jonas.

June 7, 2013 - 10:26 pm

Therese Debono - I have been browsing through your work and I really love the way you capture weddings. I came across this one in Gozo, (I am maltese and live in Malta)….
So I came across these images and did not read the caption first. I recognised the light and said, hey wait a sec this is mediterranean light, this is Malta for sure….so I go up and read…then scroll down and see Rikardu and yes I was right…our light is easily recognised or maybe because am a photographer myself and used to seeing it!
good work!
Therese

July 14, 2013 - 6:12 pm

Louise - you make me cry every time. you are brilliant!

July 30, 2013 - 3:13 pm

Helena Martin - I first saw this post a while ago and I still think of it from time to time. It’s one of my favorite wedding posts. The smiles, the love, and the fun. Its hypnotizing!

December 11, 2013 - 2:42 am

Quique Magás - as simple as beautiful
love it

December 12, 2013 - 4:56 pm

Wedding Photography - What a great photo set! The emotions are captures very well and the light makes the photos very lively. Keep up the good work!

January 20, 2014 - 3:41 pm

Justyna - I loved this one. the emotion was captured SO well!

they look like genuinely amazing people! you have a fantastic talent!

February 16, 2014 - 3:49 am

fotografo boda - es una gozada ver tu trabajo, siempre se aprende de los colegas, enhorabuena

February 21, 2014 - 9:04 am

Chad Bromley - The photos at sunset are great!

February 25, 2014 - 1:13 am

Anonymous - 学习的榜样

February 25, 2014 - 1:14 am

www.moko.cc/kaiyue - The message from the Chinese, photographer is great, we are learning and imitation

March 21, 2014 - 1:44 pm

Karlos Sanchez - Bello reportaje, es increíble como logran narrar una boda, se sienten las emociones y sentimientos que se vivieron ese día.

March 21, 2014 - 10:49 pm

Fotografo boda benalmadena - que buen reportaje, enhorabuena

March 21, 2014 - 10:50 pm

Fotografo Boda benalmadena - Espero coincidir contigo la proxima vez que vaya a Malta
un saludo

{wedding} ~ Frida & Alex ~ Lipari ~ Italy

I normally wouldn’t include something like this in a blog post from a wedding, but this time it’s such a huge part of the story, so I simply have to. Alex only met his biological father once. He came to Stockholm out of the blue, they fought, they made up and promises were made they would catch up again on the island of Lipari, just off Sicily, where Alex father lived. Three weeks later, before Alex got to see him again, his father died in a tragic accident. Maybe I mention this because I too lost my father, but I feel it’s integral to the images I’m about to show you. Alex father left him a beautiful house on top of this magnificent island and the wedding took place there, getting ready, ceremony and the reception that followed. I imagine this has shaped Alex in more ways than one. You can tell he’s a man that looks after his relationships. The love he shows for Frida, his mother, his half brother, step father and everyone around him inspired me immensely. Helping me capture this weekend I had Jakob from Nordica Photography. I could write a whole blog post about his talent. And the wedding planners were my dear friends Mitra and Fabio. It was a love fest like no other.

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September 4, 2012 - 8:01 am

dorothy - that story. wow. these are stunning.

September 4, 2012 - 8:03 am

Natan - Yes, great coverage, very good taste all
…Congratulations for your work, Jonas!

September 4, 2012 - 8:04 am

Annalisa - Absolutely amazing.

September 4, 2012 - 8:04 am

Fernando - Nice dude!

September 4, 2012 - 8:07 am

Tim Bishop - Beautiful scenery, beautiful wedding, beautiful music and what else could the photos be but beautiful also. Great work Jonas! I share the sentiment about the father lost also, 12 years have gone too quickly. Tx

September 4, 2012 - 8:07 am

Sara - This is beautiful and inspiring. Love it. <3

September 4, 2012 - 8:08 am

cam - I think this is the best one i’ve seen from you Jonas, a personal favourite, the words were enough for me without the images but you have captured everything so perfectly. Inspiring stuff. Thank you.

September 4, 2012 - 8:09 am

michelle waspe - beautiful….

September 4, 2012 - 8:10 am

Josie - What a divine location. Magic!

September 4, 2012 - 8:10 am

Jakob - Thanks so much for having me along, Jonas. It was a weekend I’ll never forget.

September 4, 2012 - 8:17 am

Kirsten - Jonas, this is one of my favourite ever of your weddings. So stunning.

September 4, 2012 - 8:20 am

Nick Evans - Beaut work Mr Peterson!

September 4, 2012 - 8:23 am

Sergiu Salcau - love love love love <3 <3 <3

September 4, 2012 - 8:24 am

nadine - GOR-GEOUS.

Also, love her wedding gown!

September 4, 2012 - 8:26 am

Barbara - Maybe it’s because I’ve been there – or because I’ve lost my father, too – this is the very first wedding on the whole world wide web that makes me cry. Apart from my own ;)
Thank you very much Jonas.

September 4, 2012 - 8:29 am

chris prestidge - story telling at its best right there, beautiful !

September 4, 2012 - 8:34 am

JK Blackwell - So beautifully captured!

September 4, 2012 - 8:35 am

Dave Sundstrom - As usual Jonas, stunning work!

September 4, 2012 - 9:00 am

Stefan Hellberg | Wedding Photographer Switzerland - wow, well captured. Thanks for sharing the full story, I still have a big lump in my stomach. I will go call my dad now.

September 4, 2012 - 9:19 am

Clarissa - WOW!! This is amazing! Thank you for sharing the story too. Family is so important. Beautiful capture

September 4, 2012 - 9:40 am

Darryn - Wedding Photography Sydney - Stunning :) I felt like I was there and what beauty it all was

September 4, 2012 - 10:15 am

Sophie - Stunning – what an incredibly beautiful and moving visual story

September 4, 2012 - 10:21 am

mike - Amazing work, J.

September 4, 2012 - 10:34 am

Taylor - So well done. So, So well done. Keep laying your heart on the line and putting your work (all of it) out there. It takes small turns and open true hearts, like yours, to change the industry. Well Well done.

September 4, 2012 - 10:39 am

Dan O'Day - Beautiful brother man… I had the pleasure of having a decent night on the drink in Stockholm with Frida (and Mitra) after your wedding so extra amount of love for this one.

September 4, 2012 - 10:43 am

Mitra - I would call you so many bad names if i did not love you so damn much. DAMNIT Jonas stop making me cry!!! I was there, i planned, I officiated, and you STILL made me cry (again) and you still got me caught up with that perfect piece of music… which by the way ended with me being halfway through, enthralled. I was there, and you captured me in again. God I love you. Ok enough. Not good for your ego. xx

September 4, 2012 - 10:53 am

alyda - anything I say will sound lame after Mitra’s comment (ps. Hi lovely). yeah you did good, real good. maybe you should steal jakob from cole, he’s a good sort.

September 4, 2012 - 11:48 am

Kim - So good, it makes even a stranger like me come to tears. What a beautiful story.

September 4, 2012 - 11:49 am

Kong Wai - Amazing!! Love it so much

September 4, 2012 - 12:04 pm

Moira - More master pieces from the Master himself. Superb Jonas.

September 4, 2012 - 12:28 pm

Matt - Just amazing Jonas, every shot is fantastic! What a day and what a beautiful place!

September 4, 2012 - 12:37 pm

Brad - No B&W….is this a Wedding shot on film perhaps Jonas? If so VERY impressive!

September 4, 2012 - 1:04 pm

Vanessa - Breathtaking

September 4, 2012 - 1:49 pm

tim riddick - O my word. LOVE. Jonas what great work.

September 4, 2012 - 2:11 pm

Ellie - You are amazing. These brought tears to my eyes. I love that they walked down the aisle together. Just beautiful.

September 4, 2012 - 2:25 pm

natt - simply amazing!

September 4, 2012 - 3:32 pm

Katarina - Beautiful indeed! Great work! (and what an amazing place/location!)

September 4, 2012 - 3:48 pm

Joshua Mikhaiel - So good Jonas, absolutely amazing. what a wedding!

September 4, 2012 - 3:48 pm

Manel Tamayo - Wonderful work and fantastic compositions. Congrats Jonas !!!

September 4, 2012 - 4:40 pm

Arkadiusz Kubiak - Really like Your stories!

September 4, 2012 - 4:45 pm

ed peers - Amazing man. Amazing.

September 4, 2012 - 5:07 pm

Tamryn Henn - I love getting lost in your work…Teach me!

September 4, 2012 - 5:08 pm

Sharon De La O - Absolutely stunning, to say the least! Gorgeous work.

September 4, 2012 - 5:24 pm

Caryn - Stunning work, Jonas. Extraordinarily beautiful.

September 4, 2012 - 5:30 pm

Kim - Beautiful Jonas. And the music so suiting.

September 4, 2012 - 5:37 pm

Warren Williams - Stunning work, great light, jealous of Italy! And fab last shot.

September 4, 2012 - 5:43 pm

Juliet Mckee - Jonas you have completely transported me to the island. So beautiful, and I want that first shot on my wall. So calming and beautiful.

September 4, 2012 - 5:46 pm

Michael Ralph - If I wasn’t married and you weren’t married, I’d prob have your babies… ;-)

September 4, 2012 - 5:50 pm

V Tran - Beautiful photos as always.. but I’m glad you included the background story!

September 4, 2012 - 5:50 pm

xian alexander - So much emotion, and the setting.. WOW! Great work.

September 4, 2012 - 6:15 pm

Virginia Harold - The master of mirrors.

September 4, 2012 - 6:32 pm

Nick Lance - Awesome work – as always :)

September 4, 2012 - 9:19 pm

Maja - Det är alltid så fantastiskt mycket kärlek i dina bilder. Slutar aldrig att häpnas.

September 4, 2012 - 10:47 pm

Tina - These are perfect!!!!! Amazing images.

September 5, 2012 - 12:14 am

Anna - so beautiful…

September 5, 2012 - 12:53 am

Christian G - Beautiful! and great match with the music!

September 5, 2012 - 4:22 am

Anonymous - your work in general is one of the few that i take my time to study each image as i truly feel they individually tell their own story. this one made me tear up: http://jonaspeterson.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/trimboli0384.jpg

September 5, 2012 - 4:23 am

caroline - your work in general is one of the few that i take my time to study each image as i truly feel they individually tell their own story. this one made me tear up: http://jonaspeterson.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2012/09/trimboli0384.jpg

September 5, 2012 - 5:18 am

Matt F - One of your best yet Jonas- such beautiful, emotionally charged images :)

September 5, 2012 - 8:44 am

tim coulson - Jonas – that was incredible. Your ability to represent others is truly mind blowing.

September 5, 2012 - 10:45 am

maria - you’re pretty much taking photos of all the same elements as any other wedding but the way you do it is completely original and unique and epically inspiring! i am in love with ever single image you take and i’m not just saying that. i seriously mean that your photography moves me. thank you for what you do and for sharing it with us!

September 5, 2012 - 12:36 pm

Alexandre - OMG! This is complety stunning Jonas, you are just fantastic!

September 5, 2012 - 2:15 pm

brian rickey - Jonas, the slayer!

September 5, 2012 - 5:54 pm

Carlos Ferreira - what more can be said…. pure magic here…

September 5, 2012 - 8:28 pm

Fernando León - beautiful, nice. :)

September 6, 2012 - 2:49 am

Alex Miller - Jonas, you continue to inspire me like no other. I lost my father recently too and I can’t imagine there being a single more defining point in life for me as in that moment. I hope the way I treat others and my family would make him proud. Thanks for sharing yet more amazing moments that inspire people to come together and show love to one another. Breathtaking pictures in every single way.

September 6, 2012 - 4:03 pm

Daniel Bilsborough - copy and paste my usual comments. WOW, totally inspired… something changes in my brain when looking at these. Love.

September 6, 2012 - 5:18 pm

Angelika - Amazing! I’m so happy I found your website back in the Silverfisken days and that I have kept coming back ever since, your pictures inspire me and push me to evolve my own photography, with my very first wedding coming up in two weeks. TACK!

September 6, 2012 - 7:57 pm

Yann Mignonet - Wonderful story told through wonderful colors and images.
And who could ask better than having Jonas and a part of Nordica for their wedding coverage ?

September 7, 2012 - 12:06 am

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September 7, 2012 - 3:06 am

jennifer rosenblad - you are such an inspiring photographer to follow, beautiful imagery and sensitivity. I enjoy your writing just as much. thank you for continuing to share.

September 7, 2012 - 4:34 am

Eduardo Suastegui - WOW. I disdain the use of the words “epic” and “awesome” but I can’t find too many other words that would fit here. You are truly blessed to have the opportunity to photograph such beautiful locales and folks, and you certainly do the most with that opportunity.

September 7, 2012 - 8:24 am

tina - Wow I am wanting to be there. What an amazing location

September 7, 2012 - 4:10 pm

starrman - Magnificent! What an amazing story.

September 9, 2012 - 6:57 pm

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September 10, 2012 - 4:22 pm

Melbourne wedding photographer - great images ! just beautiful .

September 11, 2012 - 12:45 am

Annelie Esséus - OMG, that went right into my heart, and it will stay there forever.

September 11, 2012 - 7:46 am

Margo - I somehow managed to scroll through the pictures in perfect timing with the music so that it played out like a deeply heartfelt silent film. The photos, the story, and the love expressed in this post are incredibly emotional and heartwarming. You did a fabulous job of capturing the emotion and joy of this couple’s wedding day. What a powerful and beautiful post this is.

September 11, 2012 - 9:46 am

Stephanie F. - I didn’t want the photos to ever end… so touching. I was in tears by the end of the set. What a wonderfully beautiful wedding. It was as if I could feel all of the emotion that went into their day and everything leading up to how they came to wed at this beautiful home.
thank you for sharing
sf

September 11, 2012 - 2:46 pm

James - Wow, as usual :)

September 12, 2012 - 1:54 am

anonymous - I sit at my desk, my 9-5 desk, with my heart hurting. The phone rings over and over again, I smile and answer, but this is not where I belong. Every now and then I open your blog on a side tab and flip through the images to help me get through the day. The images tell a story that I wish I could tell, or even be a part of. One day I hope I can escape. I hope I can offer someone else an escape. A medicine out of this jail of unhappiness. A place to be free.

Keep on shining.

September 12, 2012 - 4:09 am

Ayca - Wow. Such a beautiful story and such amazing photographs that let us in to their special day. Thanks Jonas, for sharing.

September 13, 2012 - 1:41 am

Paige Green - Your perspective is always so unique and refreshing.
Thanks for the inspiration.

September 13, 2012 - 3:52 am

Rebecca W - Your work never ceases to amaze me Jonas. Thanks for the inspiration.

September 14, 2012 - 5:54 am

Kristopher - Amazing, I love every last photo!

September 16, 2012 - 1:23 am

Andrew J - Really well seen and created images.

My grandfather was from Lipari and unfortunately we never got to know that side of him as he lived away from us and so it’s wonderful to see something contemporary located in that part of the world and something with a real photographers sensibility and eyes.

Thanks for sharing this.

September 16, 2012 - 8:01 am

Fotógrafo Castellon - Gerardo Cano - Impresionante historia para impresionantes fotos. Vaya poder de narración tienen tus fotos, estoy impresionado. Es como si yo mismo hubiera estado allí. Gran trabajo! enhorabuena!

September 17, 2012 - 12:26 am

Ellinor - These shots are so beautiful, I almost cried.

September 17, 2012 - 9:07 am

Michael - Wow.. just wow. The story was heartbreaking, the music didn’t help! The photos were eye opening and unbelievable. That last shot is just.. heart stopping and breathtaking!

September 19, 2012 - 9:00 am

Paul Keppel photography - Amazing photos, I have my first destination wedding next year, and if it come half as close this I will be very happy. Love the framing though the trees looking at the guests.

September 24, 2012 - 1:15 pm

Miami Wedding Photographer, Otto Haring - This is awesome as well! I love your colors!

September 27, 2012 - 2:34 am

Ever Lopez - Love the final shot with the stars!, great job

September 27, 2012 - 2:58 am

ASH - Every time I look at your photos, it’s like a personal mediation for me; a secret world. Your photos, with the music, tell such a breathtaking story (as usual). Can I ask which song was used here?

September 27, 2012 - 3:45 am

Javi Marin - Interesantes imágenes… Enhorabuena

September 29, 2012 - 10:18 pm

Dani Davila - Im totally ok with these too…love it.

October 3, 2012 - 11:54 am

Key West Wedding Photographer - I love the clean white colors… perfect!

October 12, 2012 - 4:03 am

Bruno Miranda - It is always impressive to come here, you do a very special kind of photography, it’s a kind of special inspiration not just for me but to everybody here at work… I just would like to say how much I do appreciate your job, Jonas. Thank you for that.

October 14, 2012 - 8:56 pm

Michael Munoz - Wow-every photo was amazing!

April 10, 2013 - 4:12 pm

Lucie Zeka - love the location

June 8, 2013 - 5:11 am

jenn - this is so crazy, i was just browsing your amazing blog here and came across this post. my maiden name is trimboli, and my great grandparents were from sicily. i’ve never heard of another trimboli, let alone one from the same area as my family. can’t help but wonder if we’re related in some way…

December 13, 2013 - 7:31 pm

Elias Kordelakos - Fantastic images! The mood, the colors, the composition.. everything. Big congrats!!

December 27, 2013 - 1:55 pm

Stephanie - I stumbled across your site (was looking the ProPhoto website)..

These are simply gorgeous photos.. I am sitting here with tears steaming down my face. Everything is absolutely beautiful.

Thank your for sharing..

Stephanie

January 16, 2014 - 11:15 pm

Weronika - Hi there!
I’m writing from Poland… And when my time to get married finally comes, I really want You to be there and take such amazing photos. I’m really suprised what can You do with Your camera, suprised and amazed. You have a great tallent, these photos are full of love and emotions, I really love them. Take care and keep doing what You do, because it’s beautiful!
Weronika

February 3, 2014 - 2:12 am

Hochzeitsfotograf Anastasia Arrigo - Incredibly beautiful!Bravo,Jonas.

February 25, 2014 - 2:03 pm

Michele Foo - Hi, I’m from Singapore, came upon your website while reading up on lenses. Your photos for this wedding is really beautiful. I aspire to be able to take photos like you. The colors are soft and gives a serene feel. Your skills In capturing the moments and details makes the event feels like the perfect wedding ever.

March 7, 2014 - 7:09 am

Lorenzo Poli - Amazing photos!!! Bravissimo ;)

March 26, 2014 - 11:45 am

Nathalie - Wow! I *loved* the simplicity of your photography. Loved how you captured each moment. So glad I found this.