2010 – a year in review

December 23, 2010

In a world of  your own harshest critics, I am El Presidente. Both when I shoot and when I edit there’s a whiny little man in my head telling me I’m not at the top of my game. I’m never ever good enough for him. I wonder if I ever will be.

Today I’ve decided not to listen to him.

Because when I look back at 2010 I feel nothing but joy. I still have weddings to blog, but they’ll have to wait. All that agonising in front of the computer is forgotten. Instead I look back at a year of travels, both around Australia, but also three laps around the world. I shot 18 overseas weddings in different parts of the world. I’ve met people I’ll never forget and taken an ok photo or two.

Today and maybe only today I can look at what I have done and be at least a little proud. Tomorrow I’ll be back to beating myself up again, but today I’ll go easy on myself and give myself a light, almost feather-like, pat on the back.

Today I’ll tell myself I did alright.


great issues altogether, you simply won a new reader. What might you recommend about your publish that you made some days ago? Any certain?

Foto fantastiche!! Ammiro molto il tuo lavoro, e’ davvero straordinario! Non ci sono altre parole…

I’ve said that least 3553537 times. The problem this like that is they are just too compilcated for the average bird, if you know what I mean

I truly didn’t want this stream of photos to end. it got me so excited. they just got better and better. there’s nothing like a large group of random photos. how beautiful. you inspire m e to better my photography like nothing else. thank you.

i truly didn’t want this stream of photos to end. it got me so excited. they just got better and better. there’s nothing like a large group of random photos. how beautiful. you inspire me to better my photography like nothing else! thank you.

Wow, what a year of adventure, beauty and love. Thank you for sharing it and well done on taking a moment to stop and acknowledge yourself and turn off the Captain Critic for a day. Enjoy.

en F R Ö J D att kolla igenom…!!
nu har jag kikat på alla bilderna för 3’e gången och jag njuter varenda gång. grym grym GRYM är du!!
själv har jag närapå dukat under för Den Stora Kritikern i mitt huvud… nu jobbar jag på att visa fingret för henne….

Otroligt vackert. Jag tappade hakan vid varenda jävla bild.. GALET!

You certainly shouldn’t doubt yourself, your talent is clear for all to see. The black and white portrait of the bride near the top is my favourite shot, just has an atmosphere about it, awesome

i’m a big fan of yours. i check your blog whenever i’m online. i love every single picture of yours. you’re the best jonas!!

I’m almost embarrassed I put up “best of” posts this year. I love how much more there is to photographing weddings and couples and everything in between that I have to learn.

Jessica you are an amazing photographer!!! Keep up the good work..

you can tell your El Presidente to pipe down dude
by far, your work is the BEST wedding photography I have ever seen,
and I do spend a disproportionate amount of my time looking at other photographers blogs and work :)
kudos to you.

A year to be all mighty proud of Jonas.
It was wonderful to meet the man behind the camera, not super human, just a human striving for the very best in what you do. (it’s working!)

Absolutely stunned. What a year.

its impossible not to hear the voice jonas but dont listen. your work is emotional and touching in a way that is hard to describe. as will ferrell would say…scrumtrulescent.

You’re the best, You are inspiring… etc :)

Thank you for the inspiration and for your honesty.

Jonas – hur har ni det? Ser eländet på tv varje dag och tänker på er.

Some very beautiful shots. I can tell now I’ll enjoy having found your blog… Thanks.


ville bara kolla ifall du/ni mar bra med tanke pa vad som hander i brisbane….

ta hand om er!

You are so ridiculously talented it’s unreal. What a gift! Keep doing what you do and stop listening to that whiny little man because your talent is amazing.

Well I think you are fabulous and a real inspiration!! Thank you for sharing your images, they are magical!!

What a great year! I wish you the best in 2011 – much success and continued creative vision. Love the cartwheel in the field, coronation hall, the dog with his tongue sticking out…so many great, inspiring images.

You’d have to be reasonably happy with a few of these shots! Very inspiring work Jonas. Looking forward to seeing what 2011 brings.

Your work is phenomenal! Congrats on an amazing year!

Otroliga bilder! Tack för att du delar med dig! Hoppas att du får ett fint 2011. :)

I see you had a great 2010! Fantastic photos, most are like paintings! :)

Truly inspirational! Thanks for taking the time to share your work and your thoughts.

These are stunning! This is what I strive to be!

Sparka ut den lilla elaka kreaturen ur huvudet! Eller visa honom alla kommentarer du får.

There is a reason why so many people love your work. It’s just breathtakingly beautiful. I don’t get a chance to check it out often, but when I do wander over to your blog I am never let down. Amazing year you’ve had, can’t wait to see more! :)

I loved looking through this post very inspiring & how amazing you have the talent & ability to capture these amazing moments & memories for all your gorgeous clients ;)

Following your work has been such a great pleasure throughout 2010. Watching your style evolve and change with each wedding has been amazing to say the least. I am really looking forward to seeing your 2011 work and wish you the best of luck as you leave us all awe stricken.

Wonderful, amazing, beautyful… there are not enough words to describe all your fantastic pictures! Looking forward to more, would love some pictures from Scandinavia with the different light and backgrounds. Best wishes for the new year!

Insane, the amount of talent you have is not fair. Cheers to a great year and I am eager to see what you come up with for 2011!

Awesome job! Great look back at the year. Keep on pushing those boundaries. Happy New Year!

Jonas, you just ROCKED this year! Amazing job! Hope your 2011 be an incredible year for you in all ways!

Am-az-ing. Your work makes me smile and I’ve been smiling through the whole of 2010. Good luck with 2011… not that you need any luck!

Verkligen en inspiration och ouppnåligt mål med mitt eget foto. Tack för i år och jag ser fram emot att följa din blogg i många år till.

what a year you’ve had! if you’re not at the top of your game now, i cannot wait to see what it looks like when you are. thanks for taking us all along on the ride. happy new year!

Please Jonas, just don’t give yourself a “light, almost feather-like, pat on the back”. Please hug yourself and tell that “whiny little man” to get the h-ll out of your head. You are awesome and actually an amazing photographer.

I am so jealous of your way to put all these happy occasions together to a beautiful story that all of us, the viewers, can participate in. I can actually feel the joy and the love in all pictures that you take. That is a very special feeling. Very few people can create such feeling. Your are great!

I wish you and your family a Happy New Year!

Best regards Maria

Please Jonas, just don’t give yourself a “light, almost feather-like, pat on the back”. Please hug yourself and tell that “whiny little man” to get the h-ll out of your head. You are awesome and actually an amazing photographer.

I am so jealous of your way to put all these happy occasions together to a beautiful story that all of us, the viewers, can participate in. I can actually feel the joy and the love in all pictures that you take. That is a very special feeling. Very few people can create such feeling. Your are great!

I wish you and your family a Happy New Year!

Best regards Maria

Amazing… goosebumps

You make we wanna go home and propose.

Beautiful work and congratulations!

You SO deserve it! Thank you for being such an inspiration as a great photographer (and thanks for saying that even the Best has a doubt every now and then :-))

it’s always a pleasure to look through your work!

Jonas, I love what you said above it gave me tears, it’s how I feel every single day about my own work. At the end of the day you could have a million followers praising you but it doesn’t change the way we see ourselves…. but you know what, if you didn’t think that way about yourself i’d be worried, that’s what makes you good at what you do, you never stop learning, searching, creating, you’ll never be perfect to yourself… but to us you have always been perfect. Keep inspiring!!! thank you.

Absolutely love these. All of them.

Dude, every freaking photo I just saw blew my freaking mind! Every freaking single one, so freaking good.

I know exactly what you mean. We are never truly happy with what we do. I still struggle with that voice that is ‘self doubt’ and am always looking at other peoples work and think ‘why didn’t i think of that’ or ‘why can’t i be as good as them’. But we jsut have to trust that others see in us what we don’t see and a little bit of self doubt thrusts us to create something better and strive to create something amazing. I hope we get to that happy place though without the ugly side of self-doubt.


I’m sorry but it has to be said. Considering the huge success you have had since you started – not only in Australia but worldwide. And also considering the amazing feedback you are receiving on this blog. It is pretty f-ing insulting to all the couples you are shooting and who are paying to have their favourite photographer capture their day, to say that you are pretty shit, when CLEARLY you are not. There.

Absolutely amazing work, you are such an inspiration!
Best wishes!

gåshud! du är helt fantastiskt duktig!

looks like you had a shitty year. well done sir.

Really loved that low-tide beach shot. The b+w is superb.

Du har en fantastisk egen stil…och det är väl det många av dina kunder attraheras av. Självkritik är bra om det sporrar och inte hämmar din utveckling. Du verkar inte vilja slå dig till ro…verkar vara på väg hela tiden…ska bli kul att följa dig framöver och se var du hamnar… :-)

Oh, you are El Presidente.
Of awesomeness.

Thank you for sharing your amazing photos with us. I’ve enjoyed each one, and look forward to 2011 photos. You are awesome!

Have to say you did pretty stinking amazing. ;)

It’s been an amazing year and I’ve enjoyed reliving all of these wonderful moments…you truly are gifted.

i am looking forward to your 2011 photos quite a bit. Its good you’re not totally satisfied. One should always strive to be better no matter how good you already are. Otherwise you might not get the most out of yourself. Keep up the great work, its truly inspirational and as good eye-candy for wedding photography as there is.

I remember this shots from the first time I saw them because they are etched in my memory. Utter perfection. Little man should shut up a little.

amazing. simply amazing. colors, light.. everything.

Yep, I’d say you had a pretty awesome year!

Truly inspiring, thank you for sharing your wonderful works. Wish you Merry Christmas and another great year in 2011.

Amazing photos for a wonderful year!!!

Känner igen mig Jonas. Precis som du har jag en jävel i mitt huvud som ständigt pissar på mig. När inte den ögonblickliga kicken är där och man känner att det blev kanon så är man en nolla.

Det kvittar hur många gånger alla andra säger att du är bäst, det är inom dig du måste känna dig nöjd. Det är också ett sätt att utvecklas. Att inte stå still.

För döva öron säger jag det ändå. Du är grym. Kick-ass fotograf som får iaf mig att vilja bli bättre.

Visa den lille jäveln i skallen vem som bestämmer. Om och om igen.

God Jul och God fortsättning!

….You deserve every success and then some Jonas. Congratulations on an amazing year. If has been an inspiring journey for me. Looking forward to being back on this site many more times in the coming year. BIG respect from Cape Town, South Africa.

As always, stunning & brilliant. You see what no else can. Genius.

Jaw on floor…… You rock mate. That’s a cracking year, can’t wait to see what you have for us in 2011!!

BTW, that fourth to last shot -genius. I LOVE it.

If you thought you were at the “top”, then you really wouldn’t have much to look forward to in 2011. I never feel like I’ve “made it” to the “top” and know I could always improve or that I could always do better. Maybe that’s what we need in order to push us to do better next year and top off the year before. Keep it up. You are truly good at what you do.

An amazing year all right. Brilliant to see so many of my faves from you all in one post. Imagine how awesome 2011 is going to be!!! I hope you are having some time off for a little while at least – Happy Holidays!

Your portfolio is incredible. Cheers.

Wow. There are no words. Can’t wait to follow your journey through 2011.

You make me sick………… LOL not. But the little person on my shoulder just started shouting at me that I’m not as good as Jonas, that’s ok because I already knew that and like looking up to you anyway.
All the best for 2011 and I’m sure you will be just as amazing.

Jonas, you repeated one image (posted twice). Just in case you haven’t noticed. Xoxo

Yeah, I think you did alright! LOL! man, these are awesome! Happy 2011!

En sak som jag tycker är intressant när jag tittar på dina bilder (FÖRUTOM att de är HELT FANTASTISKA!!!) är hur annorlunda brudklänningarna är jämfört med Sverige. De känns mer personliga!

simply inspiring. I really dig your work a. lot.
i want to be like you when i grow up.

Yeah, I guess you’re alright. ;) I wonder what that makes the rest of us though. LOL Great work Jonas. Can’t wait to see the heat you bring in 2011.

This is a post that can’t be simply skimmed. Phenomenal work. Congrats on a terrific year Jonas!

i’ve never commented before, but i have to say that your work is amazing! you are definitely too hard on yourself. every image you take is breathtaking. you capture people in a way that is unique and simply beautiful.

thank you for sharing.

i wouldn’t beat yourself up. you inspire. great year.

You really have done alright. Your reflection images are my absolute favorates. You are so creative and original with your composition on those. Thanks for inspiring me to be more creative. 2011 is going to be a great year!

i think you are pure magic. you tell stories. you capture wonder and love. you freeze moments. you are gifted.

Looks like an amazing year, great work!

I love your work so much that I run out of words to express it. Aaaaaaaaaand that’s all I can say.

Wow – what an incredible body of work. Your work is always amazing – I love those pictures done at the old fortress the best.

Jonas, your portraits are something else. Something deeper, something real and yet – something intangible. The 4th image down (the black and white portrait of the bride) is by far my favourite wedding photo I’ve seen this year, maybe even of all time, and I can’t even begin to articulate why.
You’ve created a such a beautiful body of work, one which most photographers would be happy to create in a life time and you’ve done it in a year. Close your eyes, take a breath and enjoy it. It’s well deserved.

you are such an inspiration, & I think to inspire is the greatest compliment, no?

I would take a lot of pride in being able to share this year in review portfolio. Truly stunning work bro!

Yay. You’re alright. Forget the tall poppy thing.

i wanna be just like you when i grow up :)…you rock

Jonas! Du är riktigt riktigt duktig… låt ingen mini-jonas eller någon annan säga dig något annat… eller lyssna åtminstone inte på honom för han har inte rätt! Ambitioner är såklart alltid bra, men du ÄR bra. Glöm för fan aldrig det!

I cannot WAIT to have you shoot our day next year. Bring on 2011!

The baby and the bride on the bench and the dog with the bow tie..just does it for me..perfecto!..great year look fwd to drooling over many years more!

If you could see your pictures through my eyes, you would see that you are amazingly brilliant!! All your pictures are mind blowing! A true inspiration! Wish you a very merry christmas from a snowy Sweden!

Jonas, I just want to say thank you for your images this year. You have inspired me to push myself harder and become the photographer I want to be. So glad I found this blog, congratulations on a fabulous year!

Your work is stunning. No doubt.

2010 is the year I found out about Jonas Peterson… My vision for what photography is supposed to be is forever changed. Goosebumps!

Tack Jonas för inspirationen!

Yeah, that’s pretty Stra-yan of ya mate.
Let that bad boy drive you onwards but don’t let him get you down.

He can be a prick like that.

Även fast jag inte ALLS är på din nivå så förstår jag hur du tänker. Och jag antar att det inte spelar någon roll hur många gånger du får höra från andra att du är suverän, när den lille mannen inte är nöjd. Men skit i honom! du är så jäkla bra! Dina bilder är fantastiska!

God Jul!

I like your processing – so there!

Jonas Peterson, you are SO much more than alright! And that’s all I have to say about that.

After reading your 1st line I thought that this would be interesting to see how “bad” this photographer is … boy oh boy was I in for a surprize cause I kind of have to agree with you to NOT listen to that voice telling you you suck. You totally ROCK! Some serious stunner images you have here. Have a blessed and Merry Christmas and a teriffic 2011.

A year of awesome, 60 lucky couples and you can’t say it yourself but you also delivered a year full of inspiration. Good going Jonas ;o)

Seeing all of these just makes me so excited for January! You are bloody incredible!!! Can’t wait to see our day on here!

Screw modesty man – You’ve earned every right to be as proud as you want to be for a day (or longer!). Congrats on an epic year!

I LOVE the shot where the bouquet is thrown and it’s landed in the girls face!! LOL
Jonas you are amazing, my most favourite photographer ever! If I could be half the photographer you are I’d be one happy chick! I love the way you write and of course your photos..always amazing and very inspiring. Thank you for sharing your talent with us. Merry Christmas to you and your family =)

I’m lost for words after seeing your photos, they are truly amazing

Stunning images Jonas, each and every one. What a year you had! I look forward to your 2011 review blog post.

Happy Christmas to you and your family.

The best photograph is yet to come. But wow. 2010 has been an incredible year for you. Can’t wait to see what you can do next year.

God Jul och Gott Nytt år!!
Du är grym men jag förstår hur du tänker. Jag har samma “jävel” i mitt egna huvud.
Ser fram emot att följa in blogg nästa år med!!

Yea, you did alright. If alright means stellar.

Jonas, how can you even think you suck and then blog this many truly awesome photos? It is in danger of coming across as false modesty, but ‘knowing’ you for the last few years, I know that you truly believe you have a way to go. Jonas, man, you’re already there! But keep going, it’s fun to watch just how stratospheric your rise is and will continue to be!

Happy Christmas to you and yours – here’s to a fantastic 2011!