Holidays

Happy Valentines Day

by justin on February 14, 2013

in Fine Art Prints, Holidays

Happy Valentines Day

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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.

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

 

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Thanks, everybody, for a fantastic year.

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Merry Christmas

by justin on December 16, 2012

in Holidays, Outtakes

Justin Hackworth Photography

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Happy Halloween

by justin on October 31, 2012

in Holidays

Justin Hackworth Photography

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Couples in love

by justin on February 14, 2012

in Holidays

Happy Valentines Day!

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Merry Christmas

by justin on December 24, 2011

in Family, Holidays

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Mistletoe

by justin on December 16, 2011

in Family, Holidays

Utah family pictures

Mistletoe

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Memorial Day, Ririe, Idaho.

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Sundance is a good place for weddings and…

by justin on February 27, 2011

in Holidays

I love photographing weddings at Sundance.
Turns out, it’s also a great place to ski.

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Happy Valentines Day

by justin on February 14, 2011

in Holidays

Speaking of being in love, if you’re recently engaged, you’ll want to know about this.

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Happy New Year

by justin on December 31, 2010

in Holidays, Idaho

New Years Eve in Rexburg, Idaho.
Happy New Year, friends.

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Merry Christmas from the family

by justin on December 22, 2010

in Family, Holidays

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Rexburg Idaho on Christmas Eve

by justin on December 25, 2009

in Family, Holidays, Idaho, Rexburg

Rexburg Idaho

Last night, Christmas Eve, a couple hours before everyone showed up for dinner (Taco Soup) I took the Gator down by the river. It was cold. 11 degrees. I was wearing gloves and a hat but still, by the time I got inside some time later I could barely move my fingers. Away from the house a little bit, down in the cottonwood trees with a couple Sandhill cranes and a handful of magpies, it was still. The river isn’t frozen over and that water, moving slow, was about the only sound. A near silent night.

Kids are involved, so it doesn’t stay silent forever. And later, back in the house, after dinner and chocolate cake, with the kids dressed up like wise-men and shepherds, we sang some holiday favorites. At one point during the second song, we sang on key.

This is Rexburg. This is the town where I grew up. It’s good to be home.

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Happy Holidays from a happy photographer

by justin on December 18, 2009

in Holidays

Utah photographer Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas from Justin Hackworth Photography

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My wife’s friend Molly has joined a great Christmas cause called The Giveaway Giveaway. Originating from Miggy, the idea is to offer you a giveaway that you give to someone else anonymously.  So you nominate a worthy friend, sister, neighbor, teacher, general loved one, and that winner wins a free portrait session, plus 20 high res files.

See all the details at Molly’s site,  A Good Grief, where she is hosting the giveaway. Leave your comments on her post to enter. While you’re there, check out her story of grief, loss, connection and healing. She is one strong girl.

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Christmas is over

by justin on December 30, 2008

in Holidays, Weddings

Christmas is over

Christmas is over and I had a great holiday. There was a ham, some presents, laughing, rides on the ATVs, naps, getting out the old family photographs, singing, and telling stories about when we were teeny. No wassle. I don’t know why we didn’t have Wassle. But we’re back home now and it’s back to work. I have two weddings to photograph this week, plus we’re doing another bridal show on Saturday. Busy, busy. Just the way I like it.

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Christmas Eve, or, how to get to Target

by justin on December 25, 2007

in Holidays, Rexburg

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