My parents

by justin on December 21, 2014

in Family

Allen Hackworth

Allen and Loni Hackworth, photographed in San Anotonio, Texas, at a family wedding. They’re very supportive.

 

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Anniversary portraits

by justin on December 19, 2014

in portraits

Jon and Cher have been married 15 years. To mark the occasion, they came to me to be photographed on their anniversary.

Meet Jon and Cher. Two very cool people.

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Adam and Alexis

by justin on December 18, 2014

in portraits, Provo

Here is Provo’s most attractive couple. Meet Adam and Alexis.

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Island Park Family Portraits

by justin on December 17, 2014

in Family, Idaho

You drive north on Highway 20, past the Frost Top in Ashton, past the cabins at Ponds Lodge and a few miles down the Buttermilk Loop Road in Island Park.

It’s cold outside and you think that wind might just send one of those lodgepole pines on top of you, but still you gather everyone in front of the yurt to take a picture. It’s a good idea to make a record of this day. Your kids are young and your nieces and nephews are young, but they won’t stay that way. And they’ll look at these pictures in 20 years, and maybe they’ll say, remember that weekend when we went to Grandpa’s yurt the day after Thanksgiving and ate chili and cinnamon bears?

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Thanks to our interns this semester

by justin on December 16, 2014

in Learn

I’ve been lucky, this semester. I had two fantastic interns that made my job easier, shoots funner, and thing run smoother along the way. I’m so grateful for the help of Mackenzie Foutz and Erica Rascon. And I wish you two well in your photographic adventures. Hopefully, something you learned here will help you along the way.

Meet Mackenzie and Erica

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The Home of Justin Hackworth Photography

by justin on November 17, 2014

in Provo

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This is the home of Justin Hackworth Photography. Since 2007, I’ve kept an office and studio in the Knight Block building, in the beating heart of Provo, Utah. This building has been here since the year 1900, built by a fellow named Jesse Knight, to serve as the business headquarters for his mining operation.

If you live on the East Coast, buildings that are 114 years old are no big whoop. But out west, in Utah at least, it a little bit more rare. There just aren’t a lot a buildings like this in our town. It is unique and beautiful and it remains standing, while other building around it have come down, torn down, and replaced with far less interesting spaces. For example, you should see the abomination next door to me.

This same idea that’s going on with the Knight Block building is what I’m trying to do with the photographs I make, with the work that I create for myself and for those that hire me to document their lives. I want pictures that will be around in 100 years and beyond and will continue to have significance to anyone viewing them.

In this digital age, many photographs are consumed quickly, then torn down to make way for something newer and more flashy. That has its place, I guess. I’m addicted to Instagram, after all, and that’s exactly how that platform functions.

But here’s a story. When I was a kid, I used to look at this one particular photograph of my father. He was young and handsome. His hair was dark brown, he was trim as a praying mantis. In the photograph, he’s smiling, and standing next to a motorcycle that he just purchased. I used to stare at that photograph when I was a kid, wondering about that version of my father, and I wondered what could I learn about Allen from the past that would help me understand Allen from the present.

I think photographs matter. They matter to me, at least, and I come to this building every day to work, and it’s another reminder to me that I want to make pictures that will last.

It’s why we say at Justin Hackworth Photography: We’re not just making pictures, we’re making history.

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3B Yoga in Provo

by justin on October 30, 2014

in Provo

Photographed for 3B Yoga, in Provo, Utah.

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UVU Photography class

by justin on October 23, 2014

in Learn

I’m teaching another photography class this semester at UVU. Today we all went to a park and I set them off on an assignment. While they were working on it, I went around and made a portrait of each student.

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Our final Rooftop Concert of 2014 was perfect. Oh, sure, there were some hitches along the way and leading up to the show things didn’t go quite as planned. But by 7pm when Cjane and I walked on stage to make a few announcements and thank some sponsors, it couldn’t have been more perfect. Great weather, massive crowd turnout, and the best bands.

Here’s what Friday night looked like, with The Blue Aces, Fictionist, and Neon Trees.

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Thanks for a great year, ya’ll. We’ll see you again next year!

 

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Portrait of a town: Gilmer Texas

by justin on September 18, 2014

in Travel

In May I flew to Dallas. I rented a car, drove three hours to the East, then stopped in a tiny little town called Gilmer, Texas. It’s beautiful, there and I’d go back in a heartbeat. My friend Lauren grew up in Gilmer. So did her father. So did her grandfather. And since she doesn’t live there anymore and most likely won’t move back, she wanted me to visit that place and make a portrait of her town. She wanted pictures of all the places that were part of her childhood, youth, and growing up years.

She grew up outside of town. Her folks have a ranch, there. When I was asking her father about the size of the ranch, he said “You don’t need to own all the land. Just the land on either side of you.” Ah, Texas.

In addition to the pictures of Gilmer, she wanted family portraits taken. She wanted portraits of her grandparents before it was too late. And, she wanted pictures of her son, there, too. Four generations in that same meaningful spot.

Here’s Lauren’s town. This is Gilmer, Texas and the surrounding area.

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Here’s what Lauren had to say when she got the pictures back:
When I first got the photos from the project I was blown away. I already knew I loved your work from working together so many times before, but the way you captured the details that may seem meaningless to an out of towner, and the details that have become mundane to those that see them every day, I was overjoyed. It was more than what I ever wanted. Preserving not only memories, but the feelings that go with them is what I wanted, and exactly what you made happen. 

 

What would you like documented in an artful, careful and skillful way?
Last year, I did a similar project in Ottumwa, Iowa. These two projects have been some of the most satisfying work I’ve ever done. And I would love to do more of these kinds of things. So, if you’d like a portrait of your town, or have a similar project in mind, I’d love to talk further and discuss how I can help. Both of these town portraits were two day shoots. The cost is similar to my wedding pricing and clients cover all travel costs.

 

 

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New York City Portrait Sessions!

by justin on September 5, 2014

in portraits, Travel

I’d love to photograph you in the greatest city in the world, New York, New York, the town so nice they named it twice.  I’ll be doing five sessions while I’m there and two spots have already been taken, so, that means, there’s only three spots left. They will take place on September 22, 23, 24. Sign up fast!

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To book a session, ask question, request pricing, email me (justin@justinhackworth.com) and we’ll arrange a time for you on one of the following days: September 22, 23, 24. This is just perfect for families, couples or individuals.

Feel free to email me if you have further questions. Email today to book a session. justin@justinhackworth.com
See you soon!

Here are a handful of pictures from previous Big City Sessions.

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Iris

by justin on August 9, 2014

in Family portraits, friends

My friend CJane Kendrick had a baby this year. Meet Iris.

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Julie

by justin on August 6, 2014

in friends

Meet Julie, photographed at my studio in Provo, Utah.

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Julie makes me feel so old in the nicest way. She’s got all kinds of energy and knows about all the things people in their twenties know and talk about. And she’s funny. And I’ve known here now for about 5 years. And I like it when shes stops by the studio.

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Well, guess who’s getting married today. Or, well, guess who’s wedding I’m photographing today. Oh my gosh. You’re so smart, and you’re right. This attractive couple, Kylee and Ben are getting married today and I’ll be there, visually telling their happy story.

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If you’re planning a wedding of your own and getting great photographs is a priority, then we should talk.

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New York Portait Photography

by justin on August 4, 2014

in friends, Music

Here’s Bianca and Joseph Merkley, photographed in their Bronx neighborhood.

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Bianca is a true artist. She’s a singer and songwriter and don’t stand up while listening to her sing, because you’ll hear that voice, your knees will buckle and you may hit your head on the coffee table as you stumble to the ground. Her songs, her voice, really pack a punch.  Bianca was just in Utah recording new music at June Audio. I can’t wait to hear the new songs.

 

These pictures were taken near their home in the Bronx, New York, in June 2014. Interested in being photographed in New York City? I’ll be back in September and will have opening for only 4 portrait sessions while I’m there. September 22, 23, or 24. Email me and I’ll give you all the details. Now, every time I go to New York and do some portrait sessions, the spots always fill up. So don’t wait another minute. Let me know if you’re interested and we’ll line something up.

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Five months old

by justin on August 1, 2014

in Family

Our little guy is now 5 months old.

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Tia

by justin on July 31, 2014

in business, friends, Weddings

Meet Tia. She’s working as my assistant when I photograph weddings and some times she’s nice enough to come to the studio to be photographed, too. Tia was one of my students at UVU in 2013 and shortly after that, started working for me. I just can’t say enough about how much she contributes to the business and Amy and I are grateful for all she does for us.

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I met Betty and Andrew in 2008. Andrew came to be photographed at the studio. Betty was with him. I told them if they ever got married, I wanted to photograph their wedding. I mean, they’re so cool, both of them, what photographer wouldn’t want to? Well, six years later, nearly to the day I met them, they did, indeed get hitched. And I was there to photograph the happy day. And I’m so grateful. They filled their day with meaningful and memorable symbols and traditions.

What a couple. What a day. And now, meet Betty and Andrew.

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Justin photographs happy couples and beautiful weddings whether he met them six years ago or six days ago, and he wants to photograph you. Planning a wedding of your own? Give us a call. 801.916.6993

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Aaron and Jihan

by justin on July 2, 2014

in portraits

Aaron and Jihan, hanging out in Los Angeles.

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Interested in being photographed with the one you love? Let’s talk.

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