My parents

by justin on December 21, 2014

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Allen Hackworth

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



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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Five months old

by justin on August 1, 2014

in Family

Our little guy is now 5 months old.

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Two years ago, when I turned 44 years old, my friend Brett Howell gave me a great idea. Spend the day making self portraits as a way to celebrate my birthday.  So, that year, when I turned 44, I took 44 self portraits. Last year I turned 45 and did 45 self portraits. This year, well, you know the drill. So here they are: 46 self portraits on the occasion of my 46th birthday.

Good morning

Like tiger cubs, those kids

There’s not a sweater or socks in any of those boxes. I didn’t know that then, but I do now.

I’ll probably step on about half of those in the next week or so

Our neighbor and friend, Liz, was walking by. I asked her to be in the picture.

On my way to the office.

Amy surprised me and invited friends to the office.

Michal Czarnecki- Alden and Ashley Aikele – Mindy Gledhill (front row) – Sydney Macfarlane – Brady Parks – Courtney Kendrick – Leah Wright (front row) – Amy (front row) – Brian Kershesnik – Julie Mackay – Brooke and Rich Hoopes

Mindy Gledhill

Courtney Kendrick

Brian Kershisnik

Double exposure. Still just counts as one picture, though.

She’s worn out. Planning parties, plus, being 8 months pregnant is hard work.

On our way to dinner.

Checking out the menu at our favorite restaurant – Communal.

After Cub Scout Pack Meeting.

Baskin Robbins

Reading Minnie and Moo to the boys.


Amy Hackworth

by justin on August 18, 2013

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Amy Hackworth

Amy, at Torrey Pines.

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by justin on July 25, 2013

in Family, Travel

Torrey Pines, California
They don’t care if the water’s cold. They don’t care if they get sand in their pants. They only concern themselves with having fun.

And then I interrupt them and ask them to stop all that. I want to make a picture that our family will care about in 40 years and beyond. And in 40 years we’ll look back on this picture, and remember that getting your pants wet and sandy on the beach at Torrey Pines is a good thing to do at any age.


I’m not just making pictures. I’m making history.


Amy Hackworth

by justin on June 18, 2013

in Family

Great writer, Amy Hackworth

Amy Hackworth, writer

Have you been reading her columns on Wow. Every week (usually Mondays) she’s got a post on there that is thoughtful and thought provoking. Oh, I’m telling you what–I love this girl.


Happy Birthday, sugar

by justin on February 14, 2013

in Family

Her birthday is on Valentine’s Day. That’s why she’s so sweet. Happy Birthday, sugar. I love you like crazy.

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Christmas Eve in Rexburg

by justin on December 24, 2012

in Family, Holidays, Rexburg

Rexburg Idaho

There’s a picture of me when I was about 6 years old standing on top of a pile of snow that had been pushed by plows to the side of the road. It’s twice as high as any car, and so my parents’ green AMC Javelin looks tiny and I look even tinier in that picture. My memory of how much it used to snow here in Rexburg might have been exaggerated by a young mind, but then, there’s that picture. There’s proof, that at least that year, snow was a massive presence in this farm town.

It was snowing when I woke up this morning but not enough to reach as high as the cars. Not even enough to completely cover the lawn.

There were just a few last minute gifts to get so I went with the boys to town. I drove down Main Street and looked for all the stores that were open when I lived here. There aren’t many, anymore. The hardware store is now a call center for an alarm company. The shoe store, both jewelry stores, the blacksmith (for real, there was a blacksmith), the place where you could buy both snowmobiles and baseball mitts–all gone. The courthouse and jail are still in the same place, though, because justice never goes out of style.

I dropped the boys off at their cousins’ house and went back to my in-laws. I walked down to the river that cuts through their back yard. It’s beautiful there, and quiet. I scared a blue heron on my way. If he could understand me, I would have called out and said, “Hey, let’s both stay here!” And if he could speak English he would say, “Oh, I’m not leaving because you’re here. I just remembered I left the oven on.” And I would say, “You have an oven?” And he would say, “Just kidding. You frighten me. I’m getting the heck out of here.”

It’s quiet now, and there’s the sound of the river, and you can just barely hear the cars on the highway about a mile away. It started snowing while I was down there and I wondered where all those cars were going on Christmas Eve. Did they have their Christmas shopping done? Was one of them going to propose to their girlfriend tonight? Were they going to cook a ham tomorrow? Were any of them planning on putting towels on the heads of their children as they acted out the Nativity story? A lot of those people were headed to houses that would be peaceful and ideal. And I thought of my friend Bill Conley who will instead spend Christmas in the hospital getting his body blasted all to crap with radiation. Leukemia. I know there are those stories, too.

I got cold, came inside and called Amy. Later tonight we’ll all gather and eat good food. We’ll sing and put towels on the kids’ heads and act out the Nativity story. The kids will go to bed with frenzied thoughts about Legos and Santa. And I’ll go to bed grateful for all the ways that God manifests Himself in my life.

Merry Christmas.


Here’s Amy’s thoughtful reflections about this time of year.




San Diego Family Pictures – my family

by justin on September 2, 2012

in Family

In July we drove to San Diego and had the time of our lives. It looked a little something like this.

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San Diego Family Portraits

by justin on August 29, 2012

in Family, portraits

Here’s my brother Jeremy with his lovely wife Carisa and their kids, photographed in San Diego this July. Soon, I’ll have some pictures from their wedding celebration, which is the reason I went to California in the first place.

But for now, please meet Carisa and the good doctor Hackworth.

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Bear Lake

by justin on August 27, 2012

in Family, Family portraits

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This summer, there’s been a some time to relax.

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Family vacation

by justin on July 30, 2012

in Family, Travel

We drove to San Diego (Coronado Island, really) and went straight to the beach. Our primary reason to travel to California was for a wedding. (More on that in an upcoming post). Our other primary purpose was to get salty and sandy, to relax, drink lemonades on the beach, and soak in that beautiful California weather. Mission accomplished.

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Twice as long, twice as fun

by justin on July 23, 2012

in Family, Travel

At the end of May, me and the boys went to St. George for the weekend and came home the long way. I already posted something about it here and here, but wanted to include a few more pictures. Instead of taking I-15, we drive down highway 89, also known as Utah’s Heritage Highway. From time to time we’d get out of the car and walk around to see what we could see.

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Mugwumps Antiques


A weekend in St. George

by justin on May 27, 2012

in Family

This weekend, it’s just me and the boys.


How to be six

by justin on May 24, 2012

in Family

Someone at our house had a birthday last week. A bunch of noisy kids came over and played games, ate cake, and gave my son gifts. We feel lucky to live where we do and that our boys have the friends they do.

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blowing candles at a birthday party




Ideally, I’d have my camera with me at all times. But that’s not always the case. Like, at church, for example. Who takes a camera to church? So that’s why I’m so darn glad I have a camera on my phone, because I take that sucker with me everywhere I go (including church). Oh, sure, it can’t solve all my artistic problems (or hardly any of them) but when I’m in a pinch, it will do the trick.

Sometimes I use it just to take a picture of something I want to remember later, like the giant banner at the fabric store stating “Not going out of business” (hilarious) and sometimes I use it to see things differently than I would if I was looking through my regular camera’s viewfinder.

So here you go. All of these were taken with my camera phone and this slide show is just a bit longer than 2 minutes. Enjoy!

Good pictures are made in the head and the heart, not in the camera. If you are interested in improving your camera skills but just aren’t sure how to go about that, or if you’re already making pictures you like, but know there’s room for improvement, or if you just want to shake up what you’re currently doing, then you may be interested in taking an online class I’m teaching on March 27, 2012 called “10 photo workouts to make you a better photographer” as part of the Alt Design Summit’s online channel. You can read more and sign up here. Space is limited.


Happy Birthday Amy!

by justin on February 14, 2012

in Family

Today is Amy’s birthday. A Valentine’s Day birthday. It seems like everything I want to say about her seems like a cliche – “Where would I be without you”, “I’m so lucky to be married to you”, “Nice bum”….

Let me keep it simple and say: this is who I love.

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Happy Valentines Day, y’all.


Fourty-four self portraits

by justin on January 10, 2012

in Family

Here are forty-four self portraits, all taken January 9, 2012, on the occasion of my 44th birthday.

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Days Market

At Five Guys Burgers

We went to the movie

In front of my office building

My studio

My office

Family dinner

Timpview drive

Writing this blog post




Merry Christmas

by justin on December 24, 2011

in Family, Holidays