Three years ago, after receiving his first bonus from an entertainment company on the island of Aruba,
Jonathan Petit headed straight to a local technology store and purchased his first camera and lenses.
What started out as a hobby quickly became an obsession. Petit, only twenty at the time, used to rush
home from work every evening to binge watch tutorials and follow online courses in
photography. He combined his learnings with his innate artistic instinct and began to share the
results online. His images quickly gained attention and his obsession became his full-time job.
As his schedule filled up with photo shoots for different occasions, it didn’t take him long to
know he would specialize in portraits, weddings and events.
Now at twenty three, Petit is a professional photographer featured on the official aruba.com
website. His style is very much concept driven as he works closely with his clients to understand
their vision and help them find unique locations that reflect their sentiments. Working on a small
island never limited his creativity. When asked how come his images always have a slightly
different touch, he claims to live by the rule of never repeating a successful step. His inspiration
is rooted in art—fashion, in particular. He is drawn to symmetry and contrast. Recognized for his
dark images while photographing on a tropical island, he is always on the lookout for something
different “Afterall”, he says, “everything has a beautiful dark twist to it, including paradise.”
In 2016, Petit landed his first international cover on DISfunkshion’s magazine’s 24 th volume. His
images have also been featured in Stadium Magazine, a Swedish publication which releases
600.000 copies per edition. Locally, Petit photographs for Xclusivo Magazine and Amigoe. Over
the last two years, he has covered major events as the official photographer for Aruba Island
Heritage and Caribbean Sea Jazz Festival. When he is not on set, Petit binge watches tutorials on
cinematography. If history is any indication, his next bonus is as good as spent.
Written by Petit’s friend and fan, local writer Rosabelle Illes.