the way i see things

Sometimes clients ask me about my favorite shoot. Can you show us your favorite slideshow, they say unsuspectingly. I always tell people I like photojournalism. I always have. My dad was a journalist and I remember growing up, hiding under desks in the newsroom, reporters running around smoking and drinking coffee from brown plastic cups. On my mother’s side we had the artists. My mother paints and so did her mother before her. At my grandmother’s house you’d find oils and canvases all around the place.

So naturally I never wrote.

I never drew.

It took me years to address my need to tell stories and express myself creatively. Ten years as a copywriter in advertising helped me, but even though I won a lot of fancy  awards, I soon realized that wasn’t the stories I wanted to tell.

The stories I had to tell.

I’ve always loved photography but I didn’t get into to it until 2002. I learned the basics of the darkroom, shooting black and white film. Soon thereafter I moved into digital and I haven’t looked back since. A couple of years later I started writing for myself, through blogs and columns in various magazines. I started to realize I could tell the stories I had in me, but I also understood I knew how to capture the stories around me, the small things that happen every day. After years of making things up for ads, it was liberating capturing real life.

And that is partly why I love shooting weddings so much. It’s got its rules and in some ways it’s a very orchestrated event, you know what’s going to happen, you know when people are going to do what. And yet you know nothing. Every wedding is completely different, every couple adds something new to the mix. I love being there to capture their day and I hate being in the way. You won’t find me running around telling people what to do, hauling flashes and umbrellas from room to room, setting up shots I’m good at. I try and walk in with a sense of naivety. I try and capture the events as they happen.

I know the story is there, all the beauty and drama, all the characters and the details. I’ve started to trust the day. It will be beautiful, people will be relaxed with me around, I don’t have to tell them what to do, where to look. I watch the story unveil and try to capture every bit of it. Today I work as a photographer capturing these things the way I see them.

I’ve realized I’m good at telling stories – long and short – mine and others – and there’s nothing I love more. I don’t need to do much, the stories are already there, magnificent in their glory, all I need to do is capture them and put them together, be it in an album or a slideshow. You won’t see me creating moments, telling the groomsmen to “fight” with the groom or hear me tell dad to hug his daughter before walking her down the aisle. He probably will anyway and if he does, I will capture that moment, because that is the moment that matters.

But back to the question.

Eight months ago I brought my camera to work as usual and I shot what was going on around me the way I always do. Then something suddenly happened. Jacqui called. To me this was one of the best and most extraordinary days of my life and I decided to capture it.

To me nothing will ever be more beautiful.

(click slideshow to play)



Your work always moves me, inspires me and takes my breath away. You have just shared such a personal and intimate moment that forever changed the world. Thank you. Thank you for sharing and thank you for opening that door and letting us in. Bravo!!

“So naturally I never wrote.

I never drew.”

resonates so loudly in me.

Ugh. Man… You’re my hero. You have no idea…

Completely beautiful and amazing. Sigh.

What evocative, beautiful images. Thank you for sharing such a beautiful, intimate moment with us. Wow.

Dude!!!!……Ummm Dude! Speachless!!

Thankyou! Though I’ve seen the pictures before, I cried a little bit.

Ok, so I cried. Stop doing that to me.

On second thoughts, please don’t.

I still cry my eyes of every time I watch those pics. And I’ve been in here watching them many times now. I’ve never seen anyone who can capture a feeling in a picture like you do.

Wow – Jonas, it’s been a while since I found your blog(s). I’ve been reading and wanting to tell you that I am (feels kinda weird to read and not to tell you that I do so…) but I just haven’t found the words before.

Now it’s impossible not to write anything. Thank you so much for sharing all your beautiful stuff – photos, thoughts, dreams and so on. It is amazing to see the person you’ve become, and it makes me happy to see the beauty that surrounds you and also seems to spirit from within you.

All the best and again, thank you for sharing. Magical stuff!

truly extraordinary. my son is now 2 1/2. *sigh* how does it go by so fast?

lovely. the images weave well, the story unfolds seamlessly in the slideshow. makes me anxious to start a fam of my own. thanks for the post.

Lucky kids to have their childhood so wounderfully documented by you. You are saving so meny memories for them, they are gonna be so gratefull for that and we are too, for you sharing them with us.

Åse Feltwall Mannebratt

-You did it again!
You are an extraordinary photographer. You do really catch the moment… and the feelings that lies within.
Thank You for sharing the most beautiful moments of Your life. I’m so impressed both of Your work and your words. Congratulations to You Jonas and to your family.
Take Care… Kram Åse

Stunning captures buddy, as always!

Awesome images. What’s the music selection?

Jonas, that slideshow is stunning, truly beautiful. All births are beautiful, of course, but you’ve captured it so well. I started to have tears in my eyes by the 2nd hospital shot, and they didn’t stop til the end.

Almost makes me want another go at this labour malarkey…but not quite.

Wow…thats one of the most beautiful honest and heartwarming things I have ever seen. Thankyou for sharing.

That was absolutely fantastic Jonas…beautiful pictures :)

So beautiful. This text reminds me of when I first started reading Ett liv i exil (when you first started blogging). I’ve missed your texts, but I know this is an ever-changing life and ever-changing blog. Thanks for lighting up my day.

Jonas, you are the best photographer in the world. I still look at our wedding pics that you did for us and thank the universe you have such good google preferences! These pictures of such an amazing moment are so vivid it feels like you’re there with you all. Thanks again to you and Jacqui for being so effortlessly efficient, professional and for caring enough about moments in other people’s lives to tell their story so perfectly.
Bren and Chrissy

I absolutely love your blog!!

I love your work so much. It feels so pure.

absolutely amazing. brought tears to my eye. *sigh* is it wrong to say i would totally have another kid if i could have it captured like this? ;) Thank you for sharing this with us.

Beatiful slideshow, excellent music! My wife is giving birth here in Stockholm in about one month and I’m going to bring my camera. Hopefully my pics will be at least halfway decent so that we have something to show our family when we go to Brisbane in November.

Simply beautiful! i love the toe touching one!

I just had to comment! Amazing, this is how photography is supposed to be! It goes straight to my heart and soul and your pictures is now forever in my head. Thank you for sharing! You have another fan :-)/ Karin

This is truly beautiful and the most special photos you may ever take. Thank you so much for sharing and caring. I wish I had that opp 18 mths ago but my wife went in to emergency c-section and the emotions of it was too much to photograph.

You are amazing. I pretty much cried the whole time. I’ve got 4 little ones that I wish someone would’ve been able to be there for each one and to get images like these. These are just breathtaking and what you wrote is probably something that will resonate in my mind for the next little while. Thank you for this! I found you on Polka Dot Bride and glad I did. Meet your new blog stalker ;)

You inspired me and I took my camera, and I’m glad I did!

My pics are here:

If you would like to have a look that is…

I just cried, thanks a lot Jonas.

why don’you live in France!!!
if one day i get married i want you to capt the moment…
your world is all i adore!
your job is amazing..
maybe one day in auz we could met.or in france…(biarritz)

Amazing slideshow. I look at a lot of photography these days, and this moves me more than anything I have seen in a very long time. Awesome!

Hei Jonas, jeg “fant” din side i helgen – og jeg har sett gjennom alle bildene dine. De er fantastiske. Jeg er faktisk litt forelsket (kjär)..i bildene dine altså.
Takk for masse inspirasjon.
Hilsen fra Oslo

Så underbart vackra bilder!

I’ve just come across your work and i’m in love! The photography of your childs birth just moved me to tears, it was truely beautiful. Thank you for sharing this special and treasured moment!

I love, love your work!

I´m a portuguese architect and photography is always in my heart.
I want to develop my skills in photo and your work is inspiring.

Unfortunaly you’re not near by orelse I would love to visit you in your space and learn more.

amazing work

thankyou so much for sharing this beautiful story…
tears filled my eyes and joy filled my heart.. gorgeous…
sooooo special to have our stories recorded…

This is not easy work, but the rewards are significant: a stronger civil society where all mem- bers feel included, respected, and responsible for building community. ,

Grettings from s sunny South Africa. you are AMAZING. u can put that in your pocket for today xxx

Simply brilliant, Jonas.
Love your work man.

just beautiful.. but not words to put here really.

that was simply beautiful. the photo of the little guy with the fries on the edge of the bed took me by surprise. i remember how i longed to have my older boy with me the minute his sister arrived, and how complete it felt to be together in that utter chaos. i love your style.

Hello Jonas,

I had the pleasure of seeing the results of your work from a recent wedding I attended earlier this evening – absolutely fantastic.

I’m now glad that I decided to explore your site a bit further. And thankyou for sharing the moments of child’s birth – gave me goose bumps and reminded me of the joy I experienced with the birth of our own two little ones.


Jeez – just surfing around and then bam – tears… and I’m a bloke… stunning work.

I´m from Germany and by accident discovered your website and I am speechless – the most beautiful wedding pictures I ever saw!

thank you so much for your beautiful work! it is absolutly touching and breathtaking – blessing to you and your family

I’m so moved by your talent.

Har utan att vara särskillt foto-intresserad eller kunnig följt dig i flera år nu och lovat mig själv att den dag jag gifter mig, eller har något annat som verkligen är viktigt, då är det du som ska föreviga det hela. Kosta vad det kosta vill.
Du är magisk.
Tack för alla underbara bilder!

you are simply insane… beautiful pics, have a nice life!!!
a big fan from Mexico

I’m really loved your picture and I almost burst out in tears when I saw this slideshow and I joust want to tell you how much I enjoy to see all of the picture I´ve seen this far.
Have a great Christmas and a happy new year!

Åh… Vackert

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Hej Jonas!

Jag undrar om du skulle kunna maila mig angående artikeln om dig i SVEN – Tidningen för SVENskar i utlandet.
Hade varit jättesnällt!


the miracle of life and makeing. I to video and photographed the birth of my son. Your vision is beautiful thankyou for sharing these intimate photos a joy to watch.

Lorna Henson

You have a God given gift to capture life as it really is in such a pure, beautiful way, Jonas. I am truly inspired by your work and desire to study it to improve my own photography. And as a mother, I am beyond moved by your slideshow. The toe touching image completely took my break away. Simply stunning. You tenderly captured the humanity and wonder of childhood in that one photograph. Thank you!

galet fint, det berör

Hi Jonas,
just wanted to see you are available for a wedding in Toowoomba on the 6th November this year and you prices.
Please phone 0438520082 if you are available.
Samantha Long

Beautiful work. Cannot wait to see photos of Emily & Beau’s weddding in October 2010. Have been looking forward to this since she was a baby.

Some of the most beautiful storytelling Ive ever seen, Im thrilled to have found my way here via


Hittade hit via la French Touch Sara, och nu har jag suttit här i evigheter och läst, tittat på foton och njutit! Känns ju lite extra speciellt såhär utlandssvennar emellan..

Dear Jonas,

WOW !!!!!!!!!!! AMAZING & STUNNINGLY DIFFERENT !!! Your work is very unique. Your slide show of the birth of the baby was just so touching, i actually shed a tear, you moved me. I was online searching for a wedding photographer with something special, The ” WOW” factor & you have just that.

Hej Jonas,

Så fantastiskt lycklig jag blir, när jag av en slump råkar hamna “hos dig” och får ta del av en liten bit av ditt liv… Jag ler när jag ser dina små underverk, som påminner så mycket om dig själv, trots att den Jonas jag minns gick på gymnasiet och var ett antal år äldre! På ett ögonblick är jag tillbaka på Frölundagymnasiet och i klass S3b… Lite skrämmande vad tiden passerar fort! Underbart att se dina konstverk, du är verkligen en helt otrolig fotograf…

Hälsningar från ett idag kallt och snöigt, men otroligt vackert Skåne genom,

Maja Lindberg (Rydberg)

Hi Jonas,

First let me say, you are without a doubt an inspiration. I have your website tagged so that I can check back every week to see what you have posted. You really are amazing, and it pushes me to strive to do better.

I’m an aspiring photographer (just started about 4 months ago) and i have so many questions for you. Did you attend college for photography? Or get a degree in anything of the sort? What kind of camera do you use? It seems like you’re such an advocate for natural light, but do you still use studio lighting in your photographs? Also, is there any sort of reason that you photograph in almost an ethereal way, very washed-out and bright?

I hope that I’m not an annoyance to you. I’m sure you get this all of the time!

Thank you so much for reading this,
Jennie B

Jonas Peterson made me cry. Who knew you were an amazing birth photographer to? The little hand reaching for the little foot killed me!

Hardened seen-it-all british photographer with tears streaming down his face sends praise and regards from across the world.

Beautiful! I’m expecting my first this year!

Someone on a flickr wedding group posted your link and all I can say is I’m blown away by your work. Very emotional and inspirational photography. I’ve just got into shooting weddings and it’s inspiring to view your incredible photography.
All the best,
Tommy, NYC

Such fantastically moving photos, Jonas :-)! Thanks for sharing them with us.

I have no idea where I found you, however, for the past year, I continue to check back regularly to see what you have to share. You never cease to amaze me, to enthrall me and to inspire me! As you, I’ve always enjoyed photography and now, having done my first shoot, I’m ecstatic. I love being able to capture the essence of the event. To be able explain or describe the event without words, is priceless to me. Thank you for your blog, your art and for showing us your passion.

Hey I was just wondering what you use to get such shallow depth of field. Thanks, and your work is amazing!

Hey Jonas,

Well naturally with everyone in ‘the’ forum raving about you and your work, I’ve wanted to keep a safe distance to really decide for myself what I thought about ‘you’ (the internet you) and your photos. It must be the Aussie in me wanting to cheer for the under dog and not the already successful talented photographer. :)

Well after reading this post and watching this slide show, ‘you’ really struck a chord with me. Your writing is so real, powerful and emotive. I appreciate your honesty and also your talent in stringing together our language with the beauty that you do as well as your way of capturing moments. Real moments, important moments and beautiful moments.

All power to you in all that you endeavour as I believe that you can and will succeed where ever you focus your energy.

Thank you for sharing your most beautiful day.

lots of love, Rae

These are the most beautiful pictures…

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after a long research on worldwide wedding photographers that would inspire me, in order to begin shooting weddings as well, i found you and you became my ultimate inspiration. this great slideshow you show here came to make my choice on you even stronger.

sincerely well done

all the best from a far away small place called greece!

Jonas, wow, I do not what inspired me this night to click on you “about me” but I am blown away. this is so beautiful, so amazing, I now know why people connect with you. because you are real.

Jonas, YOU ARE the first photographer I’ve been truly inspired by. AMAZING.

Just incredible. So simple and yet so powerful. Inspiring.

wow, the slide show is amazing, it made me feel the pain that she was feeling, it took me back to my labour ooooaaahhhh, thanks , sort of ,for reminding me of the pain i went through :) but it was on a good way, te way that it shows how important photography is, and how it’s magic! it transport you to places and moments in time …love your work!

Simply stunning & inspiring – the best wedding photographer in the country – love your work Jonas!

I want to be you when I grow up!

I wish I could afford you.

I speak English not very well, but I want to speak about your photos)) They are beautiful! It’s amazing! You make really magic photos! I am from Russia and I am photographer (beginner, of course). And your works have a big inspiration for me.
Thank you very much.


Wow. I wasn’t expecting that. That was beautiful.

Jonas, your work is so suble and inspiring. I’d really like to learn more about wedding photography. Would you be willing to take me on a shoot with you? I could your assistant, bystander, or second shooter. I really like your style. I’d love to hear from you. :) 0411-952-991

Thank you; there could be no greater gift.

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Jonas, emotional, beautiful and what a memory. Glad I found you:-)

Too beautiful for words.

I just saw one release about your job on Viniciu’s web site ( He is a brazilian photographer and he is one of my references as well. Great to know about you and your job! All the best mate! Gus.

Hej Jonas,

Jag googlade efter något i Brisbane och hittaded din websida. Bor du i Brisbane? I så fall vore det roligt att träffa dig och göra en articel för vår Swedes Down Under Club (Svensk Klubb i Brisbane) News Letter.

Ser fram emot att höra tillbaka från dig.

Vänliga hälsningar,
Elisabeth “Bettan” Johansson

Hay dude This is very nice idea LOL. Do u like watch worldcup 2010 ? I love america . How about you friend ? Regards admin of

I have recently spotted you on the web. I cannot put into words how much your work inspires me to do better and how it also fills my daily urge to fill my eyes with beauty.
I love how elegant and real all your shots feel.
I love how clean, yet sophisticated all your compositions are.
I shall continue to follow you closely as one of my photography heros.

So, so, so, very stunning. ALL of the images on all of the pages… can’t stop looking. Im transfixed, I almost want to eat, or collect all of your gorgeous photos … !

Jag sitter här en tidig morgon på jobbet… har jobbat hela natten. Blev rekommenderad av en vän att titta på din hemsida då vi pratade om poträtt foto. På jobbet har jag en ganska dålig dataskärm, en långsam uppkoppling och inga högtalare till datorn… Men utan stämnings förhöjande musik så rinner tårarna ner för mina kinder och mitt hjärt håller på att sprängas utav kärlek! Du har fångat just den där känslan av kärlek, den kärlek som rymmer hela mitt bröst och som får mitt hjärta att slå varje slag. Den kärlek som gör att jag fylls av alla dessa minnen som nu knappt får mig att andas… på både gott och ont.
Du fotar dom bilder som finns inuti mig, dom som är känslor jag inte kan sätta ord på.

Du är en fantastisk fotograf…


Isn’t a photography… It is a memories! You awesome mate!

Seriously, your little red headed child is the cutest thing I’ve ever seen.

i just happened to stumble onto your website…you know, blog jumping, first from my iamposer, then to you. i quickly became obsessed after seeing the entire life story of nick and surya unfold as i scrolled down the page. i have no idea who these people are, what they are made of, their character…but im obsessed…im pretty positive we could be great friends ;)

your ability (along with poser, whomever they are) to capture life and emotion and feelings is incredible. i dont think i have ever been so drawn into someone elses life so quickly as i was surfing your blogs. nick and surya, along with the other couples, i feel connected to now…how weird is that…just through pictures.

i have never, in my life, emailed anyone i don’t know, to tell them how great they were at something i know nothing about. but experiencing all the emotion i felt just by looking at your pictures, compelled me to do so. your talent is beyond incredible. i just thought you should be told that. your video of you and your beautiful wife welcoming – what looks like your second child – into this world, is reeking havoc on my emotions. we just welcomed our second boy last november, so the memory is personal and now fresh again…thank you.

thank you for using your talent to communicate stories and emotion, it is simply. beautiful.


what a sensational blog, i only wish mine could get this good

Inspirational reading, so true, thanks for sharing

You’ve inspired me in ways I can barely explain. Thank you.

i’m new here, from last night…i woke up and went right back to where i left off. can’t seam to get enough.

My God, you move me. You really, really do.
THANK YOU! I come here whenever I’m having a bad day. Do you have any idea how much inspiration you provide?
Again, Thank You.

This is breathtaking and has just moved me to tears. I’m sat here holding my little 8 week old Daughter, Sister to a beautiful 4 year old little girl – as I recall my baby’s recent traumatic entry into the world. Traumatic, horrendously painful, but beautiful and heavenly none-the-less; in just a few photographs, you have captured that beauty right here that reminds me why I live to be a Mummy, why I also adore my children more than life itself.
May you and your family always be blessed with love and happiness,
Annabel xXx

Thank you so much for sharing these, truly beautiful. I hope your day is wonderful!

man……….I have two small kids and that just made me well up, that is incredibly beautiful – my new favourite photographer (the last one was a hack compared to that) – John Warren

Jonas, I’ve spent the most part of 3 hours scrolling through your stories!!! You have inspired me to be great… I now know why I love telling stories so much.

Hi Jonas – Erica from Moonlight & Whimsy here. I just featured Monique and Lee Hampson’s wedding on my blog. I am so inspired by your work – and have just spent half an hour going back through pages of it! Can’t wait to see more! xo

Hi Jonas, I just stumbled upon your site and was instantly mesmerized. It really shows how you have the heart for photography. I admire that and instantly loved the way you capture moments. This collection of pictures was especially moving and simply beautiful.

Keep up the amazing work – and I know you will.

love your work. your style. everything is so freshly inspirational for new photographers( like me ). Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts, writing…

wow. im speechless.
amazing work!
can’t wait to see more of your work!

Beautiful slideshow with beautiful music!

I’ve been having a look through your flickr – some of the best work I’ve ever seen in my life! So inspiring and amazing! I will most certainly be having a look through your portfolio on here now!

I hope my photography can be as great as yours someday!!


Beautiful slideshow! It´s great!

Wonder full! Love the shot of the mascara smudge, that one little smudge says so much.

The more often I see this video, the more I like it and the more I admire you!

As a relatively new wedding photographer based in York Ive promised myself I’ll never be a run of the mill photographer, I’ll take risks. The wedding style of photographer right here is what I aspire too -

I cried. and I seriously think all babies are weird.
Thank you.

Wow. I’ve never seen anything more moving. Seriously the BEST birth story I’ve ever seen. You have an amazing gift. I just came across your site from Jonathan Canlas’ formspring, and I’m so glad I did. You are an inspiration.

So I know of you as ‘THE Jonas Peterson” – Australia’s answer to the “rockstar” photographer.

I’ve looked at your blog 1000 times over, read countless amazing posts from you in the SAAWPB flickr group, yet I never knew anything about “you”.

And I’m simply blown away. What an amazing post, a breathtaking slideshow. Thank you so much for sharing.

I cant tell you enough how thankful I am that I saw this today.

Thank you. :)


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Great reading, always nice to understand how others work!

This text and slide sums what photography seems to me. I’m starting to make it real, after few years at a graphic design studio, and I feel your story really inspiring to me.

Thank you for sharing it.

Mr. Peterson,
Your photos are simply amazing. One day when I get married, I definitely want you to be the photographer. I wish there was a way you could do my senior pictures this summer, haha.
Always, Kaitlin.

Thank you for inspiring us!

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There are no words, only tears of joy. Beautiful x

Jonas, I hope this finds you well.

My respect for you just skyrocketed. This was absolutely beautiful and it moved me to tears. It reminded me of the birth of my daughter. Thank you for sharing this.

This is so beautiful! I especially love the photo where the big brother touches the baby’s toe. It struck me deep down in my heart. Thank you so much for sharing this with the world!

Jonas what a vocation you have. You have a wonderful gift and you are using it to make the world a celebrated and beautiful place to embrace. Thank you for sharing your most beautiful memories, you bugger you reduced me to tears and i didn’t even have a big weekend. I was reminded me of the day my son was born and what a miracle life is.


I just found your work, and I won’t forgive myself for noth knowing about you before! This is special, doesn’t come with many people. You are an amazing human being and with simple and few words you describe it.

You deserve a great life…

Thank you for bringing joy to this young woman from Portugal.

Marta Cabral

awesome, jonas. you’re work is inspirational. cheers, mate.

Hi Jonas

I came across your work through an article in a uk photog magazine.I just wanted to say I absolutely love your work and have learnt a lot from you regarding blogs etc.

All the best,


This brought tears to my eyes. Bravo for your amazing work.

There is nothing more beautiful or perfect in the world.

genial jonas ….impressive way of showing something as beautiful as it is a new life .. congratulations

Nice about me section. I always like to know a bit more about any person on the web, so nice to see you’ve got a bit more than the standard guff…

Amazing – This blows all your beautiful wedding photography out of the water. So much emotion in every image.

This is really quite moving, Thanks for sharing a really personal story.

WOW! OMG You are amazing if Only I can be as good as you!

tårarna forsar ner för kinderna.
så vackert och äkta.

tårarna forsar ner för kinderna
så vackert så äkta.

Ok… I’m crying like a baby now. Thank you for sharing. You are indeed living your passion to the fullest. I will learn from you.

WOW….I am so moved by these images. Beautiful.

what is the Music???

You have a way of making your viewer feel the emotion …..that is so special …many photographers dont have that!

Just stumbled upon this… so beautiful!

freedom garvey photographer

thank you are not words enough for sharing such a personal & beautiful insight into that precious day your family shared. your work continues to inspire in everyway…..namaste

hi jonas..i’m from malaysia…i like your photo wedding so beautiful…so sweet..!! :D

Just stumbled on your site whilst surfing, some beautiful images here- excellent. Will bookmark and visit again – thanks

Extremely inspirational…

On October 13th of last year, I delivered my son Ethan Sage Schafer on our excruciatingly tiny bathroom floor, minutes before the paramedics arrived. The most amazing thing I will ever do as a father, as a man. Thank you for reminding me of that day.

Such an inspiring post and slideshow. Thank you so much for sharing such a personal story.

i just watched the slideshow, so moving. seemingly so effortlessly you captured each moment so tenderly and perfectly. it really did makes me smile. thanks pixelboy :) xxoo

Beautiful work. Can you share the name of the song playing in this slideshow? Thank you.

i love your photos and i can’t say more. the weird things is i always thought the world was deadly boring,but now everything is just wonderful….

……I am about to be a father October 3rdish. crying!! ugh!

Yes! I couldn’t agree more. For me, it’s always about the story. I feel that the most compelling part of an image is what it conveys emotionally. I feel that there is sometimes too much emphasis placed on the style or aesthetic look of an image these days when what really catches the eye (or my eye at least) is the story of that image. What a lovely set of images, Jonas.

Thank you for sharing this..

You’re at the forefront.

You are so AMAZING! Congratulations!

Super story well told and a great initial idea. Documenting is so fulfilling when the images you create are powerful enough to evoke emotions in not only yourself but others.

Thank you. For reminding me what’s important.

I absolutely love your work, Jonas.
Your vision is an inspiration. No words can describe the beauty that you have captured. Keep up the amazing work!
From a passionate admirer.

What kind of camera do you do such beautiful pictures???????????

wow im like, crying. i wish i was a man- i could never have done this done this during my labour! Amazing photos Im trying to be as good as you but im not there yet.

This was simply beautiful. Very subtle way to show a ‘birthday’. Wonderful.

Thank you for sharing your art AND heart.

I am 64 but I had five children and am amazed at your ability to capture what labor is like! And the moments after. You are very talented.

Just “found” your blog. Love everything I’m seeing and reading. Keep it up!

Are you kidding me? I dont even remember how I came across your site or what I was doing before or anything else for that matter. I am BLOWN AWAY in a really wonderful space at what I just watched. Thank you. wow.

That slideshow made my day!!

It actually brought a tear to my eye. Beautiful… especially with that music.

uuuaaaaaaauuuuuu amazing pictures… It’s so soft and tender, all time… Fantastic.

That made my day… Moving essay and photos. Thanks for sharing, Jonas.

Beautiful Thanks for sharing. Happy Christmass

you truly have a gift, your words and the slide show are inspirational…so pleased I stumbled upon your site! Will be following you on twitter! Cheers, Pete

Every time I watch this one I love it just that little bit more! Inspirational start to 2012!

You are a true inspiration to me. Thank you so much .


You are a true inspiration to me and my work.
Thank you so much Jonas.

Amazing, inspiring, beautiful! I have been following you for a few months now, but this is really something special.

Your photography is truly amazing, thankyou to your amazing wife for helping me with my assignment about you I really appreciate it…

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

This is breathtaking. I loved everything about it. I feel like I am echoing what everyone else has said. What I love is how you tell the story, it doesn’t feel like its fake in anyway, but completely authentic and natural, which I think is a rare ability in photography. Its an inspiring collection of photos.

I`m really really impressed !!! and suprised, You are true artist who take a happiness.!!!

Really beautiful and very moving photography – thankyou very much for allowing the visit. I

I love your works!
very strong images..

I really love your style of shooting.
Those angles give me a lot of new ideas!

Absolutely stunning work Jonas! Love it, love it, love it!

Hi Jonas!

Greetings from Denmark :-) I love your work!! All the best

/Rene Asmussen

Nice work. and the website design is great too.

Simply Beautiful…LOVE the feel of the images..lots of real emotion portrayed..just love it! You totally deserve the title of a Top Ten Wedding photographer :) Congrats!

Great work.very touching

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Beautiful, a powerful set of images. So glad I discovered your work, Jonas :)

Jonas, always been an admirer mate, just watched this slideshow, after reading the last paragraph. It moved me fella. Beautifully captured.

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Jonas….simple yet deep, thankyou for sharing that slideshow…another photographer I’ve recently met recommended your site to me……I am pleased he did. All the best, Jona

Hejsan! Beundrar verkligen alla bilder du har tagit och vilken karriär du gjort! Väldigt inspirerade. Fotar själv rätt mycket men lär mig fortfarande. Min fråga är vad för kameror du använder?

Fortsätt med det du gör! Martin

your work is remarkable!!!

Pure photographic genius.


I am writing to you today to offer you a free 6 months listing on a new website.
The site I am currently having built is Weddings & Events Australia The Premier Directory & Planner.
It is now coming near completion so I am looking to populate the businesses with a few complimentary local (Brisbane) listings, this will not only give me examples to show other businesses on how the site will look/function but will also provide you with a 6 month free ‘Advanced’ listing.
Weddings & Events Australia is a brand new Australian website which provides a directory and also planners for people wanting to create any type of Event and will provide the user with contact information for businesses that have anything to do with Wedding or Event planning anywhere in Australia.
If you are interested, all I need from you is the following;
Up to 6 good quality images for your Wedding listing & 6 good quality photos for your Event listing as well as a summary about your business.
If it makes it easier for you, I am happy to go to your website and download all necessary information for your listing and put this together for you,unless you have anything particular you would like to include?
I will show you your listing before launch to get your approval, I am hoping this will be by the end of next month.
Please let me know asap as I am only offering this to a select few.
I would also like to offer you free advertising through my social media pages if you are interested as I need some photos for content and I think your work looks amazing. This would include your business contact details.

Thank you.

Kind Regards

Parri Wieckmann
0448 888 479

gorgeous synergy effect of music and pictures !!! I will remember this one !!

Hi I saw your site through prophotoblogs and was wondering if you would be able to tell me how you set up your client page for proofing. Did you use a 3rd party for this? I want to do this to my website but am unsure how. Thank you so much for your help.
Sarah Hazen

Amazing, just amazing. Jonas your work is outstanding and I strive to be able to tell the story half as well as you do. This is the first time I’ve looked at your page / site and it is truely an inspiration to me. Thankyou so much for sharing such an intimate moment with us. It truely is a gift that you would share such an amazing story with us. Thank you!!

:.) of joy.

Amazing and very touching………I love the colours of pictures and unusual shots…… i dont know much about photography and i just started learning, is there is anyway that i can learn from you ……?

Wow this is an amazing post! Thank you for sharing such a special moment in your lives, it made me cry :)
You are truly an outstanding photographer and person. It’s no wonder you are able to capture such beautiful moments.

How have I not seen this page before?!
Great slideshow. I love the shot of the finger about to touch the toes – brilliant!

I cried through the entire slideshow. Just beautiful, you have a gift.

Hi I can’t seem to access your contact details. Just wanting to see your availability for feb 2/3 2013? The date is not set in stone!

Love your passion but most the reason why you do this, it is all pure love and being in love of.

Jonas you are a lucky man…by living your dream and sharing your gifts you inspire us all and remind us of the constancy and joy of life!
Paul :-)

you truly have the soul of an artist- thank you for letting us in

your photos are truely amazing. i love love love them. i can look at the same albums day after day. Very Special! i hope one day when the time comes for me to get married you will be avaliable to capture my special day.

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Lovely picture – great blog

Hi Jonas
You tell the stories in a very beautiful way. So evident in your work. Thanks for sharing.

The world is always looking for inspiration and love and if they find this website they won’t have look any further. The images tell the story. Thank you BH.

The world is always looking for inspiration and love and if they find this website they won’t have look any further. The images tell the story. Thank you BH.

Can’t believe I’ve read this post before but never actually watched the slideshow! So so glad that this time I stopped a little while longer and hit the play button – Beautiful! New life is such a precious gift xx

Hello! Can you say that camera use? Wonderful job! Amazing pics!

The little great moments in life! So touching…

I can’t imagine the feelings and emotions that you must’ve felt from that special. But through these images I felt very moved which says alot to me — namely you’re an awesome photographer! Beautifully captured my friend.

that was deeply moving Jonas

Love your site. Bookmarking it for sure.


I just herd you being interviewed in the xposed photography podcast.
What I saw in your work is emotion of the moment. As a father I can relate to what you were saying with your images.
What I have seen will change the way I shoot not to imitate but approach my own work differently .
Well done

WOW… that is besides just beautiful images the most most moving story I have seen in a long time… Your a great inspiration!!! HUGS from a fellow Swede – Sandra

Awesome words!! Congratulations for your photos!

You see.
Your photography touches.
Thank you…

Brilliant. Hope you’re still enjoying being a dad.

Fantastic, Jonas. Haven’t been to your site in a while and every time I do it’s full of inspiration. Keep up the great work. All the best.

Jonas, this is far beyond beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful story and the most personal moments. All the best for your family.

All of those above me have said everything I could’ve tried to say and they said it better.
Thank-you for sharing a part of your life with us. I feel humbled and honored. – Staci

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Your philosphy doesn’t seem to match your work. i see you have put up lovely photos but what about all the other weddings you have ruined? You charge so much and then only bother to take good photos if it is a destination wedding that you have had your trip paid for. otherwise you are moody and take pretty average photos (that definitely do not appear on your blog.

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