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A Greater Story – Paris

A Greater Story is a two day workshop I’ve been working on for the last year. I even bought a fancy domain and everything. But since that site is a work in progress we’ll have to start here.

A Greater Story is a photography workshop, but you will walk away with more important things than settings and photoshop tricks, hopefully inspired to run a meaningful business and live the life you’ve always wanted.

Over the two days we will discuss a range of different subjects. I will share my story and show you how it affects everything I do. I have built a business and body of work completely based on who I am and the needs I have and I will try to push and challenge you to do the same. We will discuss how inspiration works, how to push through creative blocks and how telling a good story can change your business dramatically.

We will discuss – in detail – how storytelling impacts everything from branding to client interaction, pricing and sales.

I have in a very short amount of time built a highly successful photography business, but I’ve also made mistakes and I will take you through both the good and the bad. Today I’m one of the most booked destination wedding photographers in the world and we’ll talk about that aspect of my business too, the choices I’ve made to get to where I am today.

We will go through gear, software, workflow and post processing. We will also talk about your role as an artist, finding your voice (you already have one), social media, how to get published and a bunch of other things.

After the two days you will hopefully walk away inspired and reassured that you have what it takes to move your business – and your life – in the direction it needs.

WHEN: Paris, France (venue still to be confirmed) 25-26 June 2013

WHAT: Two day workshop, meet and greet drinks the night before the workshop, drinks, snacks and lunch both days and a dinner out on the town at the end of day two. You will also receive a number of discounts from suppliers I work with as well as books and inspiration material.

PRICE: $1950 AUD

HOW: To secure a spot, send an email with the subject “PARIS WORKSHOP” to mail [at] jonaspeterson.com. We will answer the emails in order and to secure your spot you will need to pay a non-refundable retainer of $1000 AUD. First come, first served. You can pay by credit card or paypal. The number of seats are limited to 15.

May 29, 2013 - 7:00 pm

Unaiz - Brilliant photographs..!

June 2, 2013 - 9:11 pm

Alison - Sounds so good. When are you going to present in Sydney or Melbourne? Pleaaasssseeeeee!!!

June 5, 2013 - 7:12 am

simon - Your work is incredible! Really impressive *doffs cap*

June 13, 2013 - 11:33 am

Kierstin - Yes, please please please do a workshop in Sydney!!!

Missing Bali

It’s early morning, we’re staying at a cosy little hotel just outside Rome, Italy. I can hear this giant of cities waking up outside. Only days ago I woke up in Bali, overlooking the Sayan Gorge, the air nice and cool, to another view. Today it feels so far away. Everyday I try and tell stories with my images, capture shards of life, moments in time. Sometimes I do well, other times it’s more difficult. In many ways that’s the beauty of photography. As much as you want to be able to control it, own it, there are elements to it you can never own. Sometimes photography lets you down.

I struggle with capturing Bali.

Mere images can not, in any way, capture all that Bali is. The feel of it, the look, the smell, none of that can be translated into photography. The image below is just a flat and somewhat dull attempt at taking what Bali is and explaining it to you. Looking at it I know I have failed. Standing on the deck at Bambu Indah overlooking the Sayan Gorge can’t be captured in a photograph, nor can it be described properly in words.

And that’s why I’ve decided to do a workshop there. In that very spot.

I don’t know when yet, but it will happen.

Must happen.

Hopefully we can then experience a little of what Bali is, together.

And maybe talk about photography.

June 13, 2012 - 3:03 pm

Tamara - That would be the sweet smell of utopia friend.
Island of the gods indeed.

June 13, 2012 - 3:05 pm

mike - I’m in brother.

June 13, 2012 - 3:09 pm

Greta - Having just done the Jonas workshop in Brisbane I would highly recommend it to anyone who is thinking about it.

June 13, 2012 - 3:15 pm

Courtney Lindberg - Jonas,
You inspire me not only with your stunning images but with your thoughtful words. I have been to Bali and completely agree with you…how do you capture the essence of a land that flows so sweetly? Maybe it is as if it is not meant to be captured…maybe it remains illusive and waits to be experienced in person. One must hati (feel) Bali. Thank you for this, I must get back there soon!

June 13, 2012 - 3:35 pm

Mia Hozhona - It’s so beautiful, your capture… Count me in.
Looking so much fwd to meeting you, and seeing you work at the 21.7 wedding!! :) Mia

June 13, 2012 - 3:35 pm

lisa Mckinnon - Well Jonas, I’ve stood in that exact same spot before and tried to take a photo – you sure as hell did a better job than I did.

June 13, 2012 - 3:36 pm

Alex - Pretty. :)

June 13, 2012 - 3:38 pm

Teresa K - Don’t ever stop this pursuit…the journey is amazing and must be experienced on every level possible.

June 13, 2012 - 3:47 pm

Dirham Gama Radityo - This is such a beautiful photo of Sayan Gorge. I feel so lucky I live 45 minutes away by plane from Bali. My parents even have a home there, but I always amaze everytime I saw your photo of Bali. Thank you for loving Bali. I will also miss Bali so much when I move to Auckland, NZ, and it even hard to know that you have decided to have a workshop there and I’m going to miss it.


June 13, 2012 - 4:11 pm

Lyn - Let me know when, I’ll be there

June 13, 2012 - 5:52 pm

Mats - Seems like a great place even though it might as well be someplace in Sweden (aside from the palmtrees). :)

June 13, 2012 - 6:17 pm

Phill - This is why I’ve always felt that the best British photographer of all time was Thomas Hardy. Whilst a picture can paint a thousand words, a handful of well crafted words can paint an evocative picture. Rest assured you fare more than well on both counts.

June 13, 2012 - 8:12 pm

Gary Lashmar - This sounds brilliant.

June 13, 2012 - 10:43 pm

sarah danaher - I’m in.

June 13, 2012 - 11:32 pm

maria- elisabeth - Stunning words.
I`m going to Bali and Bambu Indah in Aug. 5 whole weeks at Bambu Indah and Yoga Immersions. I can`t wait.
@ Jonas :
any suggestions for my stay? whatever you think its important :)

June 13, 2012 - 11:52 pm

Courtney Melanson - I agree with Courtney Lindberg. Perhaps part of what is so magical about the place is that it is beyond being captured.
Nice work, Jonas. I’m starting to fall in love with a place to which I’ve never been.

June 14, 2012 - 9:47 am

Belinda - Now THAT would be workshop utopia!

June 14, 2012 - 10:41 am

Jon Yoder - Awesome shot! Makes sense to be missing that. :) Thanks for telling stories.

June 14, 2012 - 11:18 am

Taylor - I love Asia and missed Indonesia on my last five month adventure… If you do a workshop there well I don’t think there would be much of an excuse not to go back.

June 14, 2012 - 12:50 pm

Indra King - Bali holds such a special place to my fiance and I, I teach Indonesian and my fiance proposed to me there last year… Would you be able to recommend a photographer there for a engagement shoot in September? I would enquire with you (that would be my dream) but I am scared to add those travel costs up!! Unless you were already booked for Bali wedding in September??? Hehe! LOVE you’re work!

June 15, 2012 - 3:06 am

Paul Von Rieter - Count me in. Even if it is just for a vacation and that view.

June 15, 2012 - 7:24 am

Kevin McBride - -> Sometimes photograpghy lets you down <-


It'll be hard to find a reason not to go a workshop in Bali. Do it.

June 16, 2012 - 3:04 am

David Fiser - You never cease to inspire, Jonas.

June 16, 2012 - 4:48 am

Meredith S - If that is a failed attempt, Bali must be truly breathtaking beyond words.

June 16, 2012 - 9:44 pm

Mro - Jonas where is the Austrian wedding post?Have You deleted?

June 16, 2012 - 11:26 pm

Chanelle Segerius-Bruce - We where there for three weeks last year and there is something truly magical about the place. My husband is a surfer and together we shoot weddings. We spent two weeks traveling around and went to Lembongan Island which I highly recommend, a week in Uluwatu / Belangan and a week in Nusa Dua for a wedding that we shot there. It is one of those places that touches you and keeps calling for you to go back! Love this shot.

June 19, 2012 - 10:00 am

Gwen - I vote you do the workshop next March. If all goes as planned I will be redeploying from Antarctica and need a *green* place to regroup, explore and breathe. This past March I did that. Bali is a magical place and I get what you are saying about capturing the spirit of Bali in an image. I want to explore this possibility more.

June 22, 2012 - 3:14 pm

Laura Berton - This is beautifully eloquent, Jonas, and captures my sentiments exactly. I hope you don’t mind that I shared it on my Facebook page (crediting you, of course). Sounds like a great idea for a workshop spot, I’d love to attend it one day down the line! I am quite interested in pohotgraphy in fact but I am pretty bad at it. People keep asking to see my pictures from Bali, and can you believe it… I didn’t actually bring a camera on my trip because I thought it might take away from the experience (plus I knew there would be someone like you there!). I am interested in discussing photography through philosophical and psychological lenses.

June 22, 2012 - 3:15 pm

Anonymous - This is beautifully eloquent, Jonas, and captures my sentiments exactly. I hope you don’t mind that I shared it on my Facebook page (crediting you, of course). Sounds like a great idea for a workshop spot, I’d love to attend it one day down the line!

July 14, 2012 - 12:03 pm

Edward - Hi Jonas. I’m a photographer from Indonesia and my heart is aching seeing your images :) Make sure you let me know when you are in town. I also might be able to arrange things (for the workshop) for you, be your eyes on the ground.


August 6, 2012 - 8:34 am

Matt Parry - Well said Jonas, so true

April 10, 2013 - 4:16 pm

Lucie Zeka - wow

September 18, 2013 - 10:18 am

Heath - You make a good point, we need a form of photography that captures smell and atmosphere to truly capture the essence of places like Bali.


Workshops. There are a millions of them out there. I’ve been asked to host my own for quite some time and I’ve been thinking and thinking. I’m still thinking actually. What’s the best format, how many people, what should I talk about? Do I include a shoot or not? Many things need to be sorted in my head before I host my own two or three day extravaganza.

I am happy to announce two dates this year though.

On June 30 I will be hosting a one day seminar in Stockholm, Sweden. It will be an open book kind of thing. I will share pretty much everything I know, talk about my journey, workflow, photography, the choices I’ve made and also cover subjects like branding, running a business, how to get international work and many other things. This seminar will be in Swedish, so if you don’t speak hurly burly bork bork bork, I’m afraid this is not for you. If you do understand Swedish, you can read more about the seminar and sign up here.

I’m also extremely excited about the workshop I’m guest speaking at in San Fransisco August 8-10. Over three days you will be able to listen to me, Nate Kaiser from the Image Is Found, Sean Flanigan, Joel Flory, Greg Lutze and the lovely Kathryn Storke from Snippet and Ink. You can read more about that here.

June 3, 2011 - 10:21 am

Mandy Campbell - Sounds awesome. I do hope that one day your workshop foray does include Oz :-)

June 3, 2011 - 10:54 am

Kara - If only I understood hurly burly bork bork bork – I’d be there!

June 3, 2011 - 11:56 am

Vanessa Parker - So jealous! Well I did understand the hurly burly burk burk from the Muppets, does that count?!

June 3, 2011 - 12:02 pm

Luisa Brimble - I am pretty sure that as soon as you release one for Oz it will be sold out within 5 minutes!!!! Can’t wait until one in Sydney is announced!

June 3, 2011 - 1:47 pm

ALMA - My dream workshop!

June 3, 2011 - 3:53 pm

NATAN - Next in Barcelona, Jonas :)

June 3, 2011 - 5:13 pm

EdurnePascalFotografía - Yeeees, in Barcelona please!!!!!

June 3, 2011 - 6:52 pm

Erik - So I leave Stockholm for SF the week before the seminar, and I leave SF for Stockholm the week before the workshop. Just say it, you hate me?

June 3, 2011 - 8:41 pm

Kirsten Mavric - Please do one in London, Jonas.

June 3, 2011 - 11:29 pm

Anonymous - OMG, go to a workshop like this is a dream for me.

June 3, 2011 - 11:30 pm

Marie - OMG, go to a workshop like this is a dream for me.

June 3, 2011 - 11:33 pm

Rachel Tatem - That’s awesome! I love hearing about workshops

June 4, 2011 - 1:20 am

Petra Berggren - REDAN SLUTSÅLT I STHLM!? Jag blir galen. Det här är bara inte min dag! Hoppas jag får chansen igen. Nu ska jag småböla lite såhär en fredagkväll…..

Klappa dig själv på axeln, Jonas. Du är fantastisk!

June 4, 2011 - 3:52 am

jenniann - ojojOJ det hade ju varit drömmen verkligen !! hoppas det inte är sista gången du gör det Jonas…. du är en fantastisk fotograf!

June 4, 2011 - 12:32 pm

Sam - *opens swedish phrase book… hmmmm. dang.

June 4, 2011 - 5:26 pm

Another Wedding Photographer - Good luck. Personally I am not sure on these seminars. I think it’s a way for photographers to make money (fair enough) without really sharing much information. If it was a live seminar e.g fake wedding shot from start to finish then back at the lab to see the processing side of things it might be more beneficial. Saying that, I am not sure what you have planned…

June 4, 2011 - 7:02 pm

Aileen - I would LOVE it if you had a workshop in Brisbane – please make it happen!

June 5, 2011 - 6:30 pm

Jeni - Please come to London

June 5, 2011 - 9:35 pm

MIchelle - One day Jonas, please speak at the Brisbane Camera Group. You are awe inspiring.

June 6, 2011 - 8:40 pm

Veronica Kiefer-Jarneberg - What happend to my text?!?! I will try again:

Too bad it’s not 2 weeks later, as I will be in Sweden then. Would have loved to join. I wish you much success and am sure those participating will be truely inspired!

June 7, 2011 - 4:03 am

morenica - Jonas…I think this is my opportunity to meet you. I’ll be in San Francisco during that date but I don’t think that I’ll be in your workshop. But as a BIG fan of yours let me know if I can have your signature and a picture with you :)

June 28, 2011 - 4:02 pm

kvs reddy - amzing

June 30, 2011 - 6:29 pm

Sara - Your picture are great, I’m sure you got that before, but I just had to say it…I love the feeling, the lights, the…everything….

July 10, 2011 - 1:02 pm

Leigh Gray - The Castle… what a great backdrop that would be for wedding photography!

August 17, 2011 - 11:27 pm

Nilla - Missed out on you this time, will there be a second opportunity?

August 24, 2011 - 10:48 am

Courtney Norris - I second Nilla! When will you be coming back?!?! Tomorrow???