Photographers

Salt Lake Photographer – Kent Miles

by justin on December 17, 2013

Nearly everything I know about photography, I learned from this guy. Mister Kent Miles.

Kent Miles

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UVU Wedding Photography Class

by justin on May 17, 2013

Here are some of the students from the class I taught this last semester at UVU.

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Photography students from Utah Valley University

by justin on February 22, 2013

I’m teaching a photography class at UVU this semester and yesterday we had class at my studio in Provo.

While waiting for everyone to arrive, I thought I’d pass the time by making quick portraits of those that came early. This is about half the class. I’m hoping I’ll have a chance to make a good portrait of everyone else before the class is over.

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How to be a better photographer

by justin on February 15, 2013

When people ask me how they can become a better photographer, I always have a number of suggestions. And one of the ways I suggest is  to look at the work of other photographers. But not just any photographer–it’s important to look at those folks who are creating work at the highest level of this visual art, people who have shaped the medium of photography.

The best way to see their work is to look at the actual prints because that way you see the finished piece exactly as the artist intended. So, you go to their exhibitions. This isn’t always possible, of course, so the next best thing is to buy their books.

I try to take my own advice in that regard and recently picked up two new books–both beautiful, both inspiring.

First, The Vanities, by Larry Fink. As an event photographer myself, I loved seeing Larry Fink’s approach at fancy parties. It’s so interesting what’s he’s drawn to, what he responds to, and what–for him–is an accurate interpretation of the night’s events.

I love this book and wish I could be at one of those parties–not to see the celebrities–I’d love to watch Mr. Fink do his thing.

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The other book I bought is from the fashion/celebrity/editorial photographer Michael Thompson. The people in this book are all recognizable and you’ve no doubt already seen some of these pictures in Details, Allure, Vanity Fair and the list goes on and on. The work is all highly staged, stylized, and intelligent. Looking at these pictures you get the sense that it’s a heavy collaboration between the photographer and the subject. These images are so different than the kinds of things I shoot, but the clever choices and surprises in these pictures are what inspire me about Michael Thompson’s photography.

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What about you? What are some of your favorite photography books?

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Yesterday was my 45th birthday. So, taking 45 self portraits throughout the day seemed like a swell idea. I started first thing in the morning. Here we go!

45 self portraits on my 45th birthday

45 self portraits on my 45th birthday

45 self portraits on my 45th birthday

45 self portraits on my 45th birthday

45 self portraits on my 45th birthday

45 self portraits on my 45th birthday

45 self portraits on my 45th birthday

Off to school

 

45 self portraits on my 45th birthday

45 self portraits on my 45th birthday

If this floor gets any dirtier, someone’s going to have to sweep it.

 

45 self portraits on my 45th birthday

45 self portraits on my 45th birthday

45 self portraits on my 45th birthday

45 self portraits on my 45th birthday

45 self portraits on my 45th birthday

45 self portraits on my 45th birthday

Amy and I met for lunch.

 

45 self portraits on my 45th birthday

45 self portraits on my 45th birthday

Communal.

 

45 self portraits on my 45th birthday

45 self portraits on my 45th birthday

The best food item on the planet is the Butterscotch pudding at Communal.

 

45 self portraits on my 45th birthday

45 self portraits on my 45th birthday

45 self portraits on my 45th birthday

45 self portraits on my 45th birthday

45 self portraits on my 45th birthday

My office.

45 self portraits on my 45th birthday

45 self portraits on my 45th birthday

45 self portraits on my 45th birthday

45 self portraits on my 45th birthday

45 self portraits on my 45th birthday

45 self portraits on my 45th birthday

45 self portraits on my 45th birthday

45 self portraits on my 45th birthday

45 self portraits on my 45th birthday

45 self portraits on my 45th birthday

45 self portraits on my 45th birthday

45 self portraits on my 45th birthday

Fun surprise visit from our friends, The Hillmans.

45 self portraits on my 45th birthday

Rootbeer float instead of a cake, or, how to have a perfect birthday.

 

45 self portraits on my 45th birthday

45 self portraits on my 45th birthday

45 self portraits on my 45th birthday

45 self portraits on my 45th birthday

Tomfoolery

 

45 self portraits on my 45th birthday

45 self portraits on my 45th birthday

It’s like pulling teeth to get this one to brush his teeth.

 

45 self portraits on my 45th birthday

45 self portraits on my 45th birthday

Uploading these images to the blog.

 

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How to photograph a photographer

by justin on October 17, 2012

A student from BYU came to my office yesterday to ask me questions about my profession. She’s taking a class with an assignment to interview someone in a job they might like to have some day.  I remember my dad once asked me what I wanted to do when I grew up. I told him I just wanted a job where you had to wear a suit. I was 27. Just kidding. I was about 7.

Interviews are fun. I’ve done these before and I’m always happy to do so because I love to talk about myself . Well, that, and of course, I remember back in 1996 and 1997 when I started taking the craft of photography and the business of photography more seriously that I was always so grateful to find successful photographers that were willing to talk.

One of the things these interviews always do is remind me is that I’ve made a lot of mistakes in my business. But I’ve learned a lot, too. I’ve learned that no matter how many questions you ask photographers that have gone before you, you’re still going to need to make a few mistakes on your own so those lessons will stick.

Another thing I’ve learned is that no matter what kind of images I produce for clients, I still need to shoot pictures on my own. Pictures that are just for fun, just for me, and that don’t have any other purpose, except, I love photography and that process of exploration. One of my favorite photographers, Gary Winnogrand, said “I photograph to see what things look like photographed“. It’s a matter of poking around and trying new things and just working through the process of taking pictures.

So the other day I called Diana Palmer from Yan Photography, an amazing photographer and a good friend, asked if she’d come to the studio and let me photograph her. I was really happy she was available. I’m lucky that she was. Her time is in high demand and she’s doing a lot of traveling, currently.

Diana Palmer

Diana Palmer

Diana Palmer

I loved talking to Yan about our approach to photography. She does things different that I do and we do a few things the same, and it’s always helpful to hear other people’s approach. Trevor and I used to have these kinds of conversations, but now he lives in St. George. It’s nice, these conversations, with people that can relate to how I spend my days and weekends at weddings.

Fun fact: Diana and I do one thing similar, as it turns out. When we want to get our subjects to laugh, we’ll laugh, first. Here’s the difference, though. Mine is sort of a high pitched, silly laugh, and hers is like and elephant coughing up an old sneaker. It’s both frightening and hilarious and I seriously couldn’t stop laughing. I think hers is more effective than mine. I told her my laugh only works about 40% of the time.

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Next week it’ll be mine turn to be on the other side of the camera. My family is going to be photographed by this guy.

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Also: If you haven’t had a chance to see the 30 Strangers exhibit, you’ve got about a week and a half left. It stays up until October 27. It’s at the BYU library on the first floor. Enjoy!

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A Bryan Photo workshop in Birmingham

by justin on April 15, 2012

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Birmingham photography

At the beginning of April I had a great opportunity to be in Birmingham for Bryan Johnson’s workshop. Bryan is a photographer whose work I admire and I love the way he runs his business, the brand he has built, and his philosophy about photography. I took the workshop hoping to fine-tune some of my own ideas about photography and see first hand what goes on in his studio. It was everything I hoped it would be.

I shot a few rolls of film while I was there and once I get the film back, I’ll post a few of those images and write a little bit more about the specific things that made an impact while I was in Alabama.

In the mean time, enjoy these two images that were made during our afternoon shooting sessions.

Here’s the website for A Bryan Photo.

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Jasmine Star

by justin on January 22, 2012

Jasmine Star

Jasmine Star

Jasmine Star, photographed at Alt Summit 2012 at the Grand America Hotel.

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How to photograph a photographer

by justin on July 27, 2011

It’s always a nice compliment when another photographer asks me to photograph their family. And then when it comes to Heather Parkison, it’s a privilege just to hang around her for a while. Two things you should know about Heather Parkinson. She is a fantastic wedding and portrait photography. That’s the first thing. And the second thing, is that she and I are from the same home town: Rexburg, Idaho. We’re both Rexburgers. Heather, thanks for bringing the family to be photographed.

One of my favorite pictures of all time. I love this.

Heather Parkinson

Heather Parkinson

Mother daughter portraits

Mother daughter portraits

Family portraits

Cute cousins

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Heather and her grandmother

 

 

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Happy Birthday Kent Miles

by justin on June 23, 2011

Here is Kent Miles and today is his birthday.

Once I realized I wanted to get serious about photography, I knew there was one person that could teach me what I needed to know. I knew it had to be Kent Miles. That was in 1996 and I’m still learning. Here’s a handful of things that I’ve learned from Kent, among the many, many lessons he’s taught over the years.

To make a great picture, use great light. (my favorite)

It’s not what you see, it’s how you see.

You can never see what’s behind you by looking twice as hard at what’s in front of you.

The line around the edge of the frame is the most important line you draw anywhere in the picture.

To make the kind of pictures no one else can, you have to do the kinds of things no one else will do.

If your pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough. (I know this comes from Robert Capa, but I heard it first from Kent).

I invite you to check out his site.

Happy birthday, mister Miles!

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Here is the very well known California wedding photographer Anna Kuperberg, photographed at her home in San Francisco. I love her work and was so happy to be able to meet her. Anna was so gracious and kept our appointment, even though she was feeling ill. That’s because she’s all class.

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The Beauty of Karen Walrond

by justin on November 10, 2010

Here’s the premise. You are beautiful because you are different. And Karen Walrond wants to show that to the world. So she made a book called The Beauty of Different: Observations of a Confident Misfit.

From the book:
The Beauty of Different provides a chronicle of beautiful imagery and portraiture combined with observations and essays on the ways in which we find people who display individuality and uniqueness intriguing. As its stories unfold, it provokes new points of view. It will leave you wondering how we could have fallen prey to believing in homogenized pop standards of beauty. Divided into chapters that reveal the many ways individuality manifest itself, the book showcases ordinary people, each deeply extraordinary–and therefore immensely beautiful.

In the beginning of the book, Karen tells the story of moving from Trinidad to Kingwood,Texas. “The Kingwood Girls were one of my first exposures to Different”. So there you go. You move from home, you leave your country, you land in Texas and see what all the other girls look like, and who can blame you for wanting tight jeans and lip gloss. She also told her mom she wanted to straighten her hair.

Well, that was a while ago. Some time has passed. Karen’s learned a few things and she keeps her hair curly now and is happy with the idea of being unique. “Because after all those years of trying to be the same, I had finally discovered that Different is very, very beautiful”.

It’s also helpful to know that Karen is magnetic. Her blog is very popular (for good reason) and at conferences (she’s a regular speaker at many) she’s always surrounded by people that see that glow in her and want a bit to rub off on them. And that’s just the way I feel about her, too.

If you want to buy her book (I recommend it), you can do so here.

Karen Walrond

P.S. Here’s a portrait I made of Karen in January, 2010.

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Wedding and Portrait portfolio, 2009 – 2010

by justin on March 24, 2010

Yesterday Amy and I spent some time going through all of the weddings and portrait sessions I’ve done over the last year. The purpose is to get some new display prints in my office. Freshen things up a bit. Springtime. Newness. All of that, see. And it was so great to go back and see some of my favorite wedding and portrait pictures from the last few months. And it was fun to discover some new favorites that I just hadn’t seen the first time around.

Back when I shot film, I loved busting out the contact sheets from the previous years and seeing if there was an undiscovered gem that I hadn’t found before. Like a little treasure hunt. You go back with fresh eyes, and maybe the emotion you felt when taking the pictures has faded a little, so you’re looking at the images with a new perspective.

One of my favorite photographers, Gary Winnogrand, used to wait a full year before he developed his film for this very reason. He would shoot the film and set it aside for one year before he even developed it! I could never do that. I’m too impatient. But for him, looking at them too soon clouded his ability to select the strongest images based on the image itself, not on how he felt at the time he made the picture.

So for me, what I’ve discovered, is that some of the pictures I respond to initially are the same pictures I respond to a year later. And yet, there are some surprises when you find a really great picture that you really didn’t notice the first time around. And I like that feeling. Like when you find a 20 dollar bill in some pants you haven’t worn in a month.

So, if you care to spend five minutes, this slideshow is a portfolio of my images from the past year that I find compelling. (There might be a handful that fall outside that one year range). Enjoy.

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Justin Hackworth photographs happy people and beautiful events and he wants to photograph you.

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How to photograph a photographer

by justin on March 16, 2010

Do you want to know who I love? Angelica Glass. She’s a wedding photographer in New York. I met her last year in Vegas at WPPI. She was there again this year and I asked her if I could photograph her. She told me she didn’t want to, and she said she doesn’t like to be photographed. I think she was starting to wish she didn’t know me. But she’s gracious, and as it turns out, she went along with it. Thanks, Angelica. It was great to see you again. Let’s do it again next year!

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How to photograph a photographer

by justin on June 24, 2009

Here’s what I like. I like it when I talk to other portrait and wedding photographers and ask them questions about how they do their thing, and they are completely forthright about what they are up to and how they run their business. There’s no worrying that if I know where they get their albums or prints made that I’ll somehow steal away business or try to copy what they are doing. Nope. Instead, they know it’s just an exchange of info from two people trying to make good decisions about how to provide the best service to our clients.

And I find that the people that are the most open about such things are the photographers that are the most competent and they realize that there’s enough work for everyone and we’re all on the same team anyway. In this town, I’ve felt that good vibe from Kent Miles, Jon Canlas, Tim Uhl, Melissa Kelsey, Dustin Izatt (dude let me borrow his camera!), Hailey Warner and Ashley Thalman. I’m happy I know these people.

And most recently, Stacy Young. I stopped by her studio in Salt Lake a couple weeks ago and she showed me how she does her thing. It was very gracious, and to Stacy, I say, thanks. Then, last week, she came to see me. (I love visitors!) I couldn’t resist taking her picture. Hey man, it’s what I do.

So now, here’s the lovely Stacy.

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Thanks for coming, Stacy. Come back soon. You left your purse.

Just kidding. You didn’t leave your purse. But do come back soon.

Side note: Last month two photographers contacted me within one week of each other and asked me about my online ordering system. I use Instaproofs. They wanted to know the ins and outs and what I thought about it. One of the photographers is a very well known and over the top talented photographer from California –I was flattered he emailed me– and the other photographer, from what I could tell, was a fellow just starting out and had all kinds of questions. I took plenty of time to answer their questions and let them know why I like using Instaproofs. Why did I take all that time instead of letting them just figure it out on their own? I did it because that’s what Jon Canlas did when I called him a couple years ago and asked the same thing and I’ve always appreciated that. And the other reason is because, why not? Why not help a guy out? And one of these days, I just may have a question for those people, and I’ll be glad to have them answer whatever it is I want to know.

One more side note to an already overly long post: Here are some other portraits I’ve done of photographers that have come by my studio within the last year .

Trent Nelson
Melissa Kelsey here and here
Justin Lyon
Jon Canlas

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Justin Hackworth photographs photographers, blonds, red heads, fat heads, headmasters, grandmasters, grandparents, spirited youth, oceanographers, fur trappers, and he wants to photograph you.

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How To Photograph A Photographer

by justin on May 28, 2009

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Provo portrait photographer

Melissa Kelsey photographed by Justin Hackworth

Melissa Kelsey rocks it. She’s a wedding photographer in Salt Lake. I think she’s got style. We’re friends. I’m happy about that. Thanks for coming by today, Melissa. Come by any time.

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Justin Hackworth photographs photographers, doctors, rockers, models, musicians, babies, love-birds, grandmothers, actors, hippies, farmers, people with only one eye, teenagers, graduate students, Idahoans, parents, happy people, politicians, super-heros, gun collectors, firefighters, girls named Chelse, boys named Brian, brides, dilettantes, tall people, lovers of peace, nerds, cool kids, dudes, beauty queens, residents of Queens, sculptors, and he wants to photograph you.

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Utah wedding vendors at Alta Moda

by justin on May 21, 2009

The finest place in Utah for weddings gowns is Alta Moda. There’s no secret there. And every so often they have a party for wedding vendors. You know, photographers, florists, DJ’s, divorce lawyers. (Just kidding about the lawyers). So a few days ago I went to their party with my girlfriend who also happens to be my wife. Here’s a picture of us being cute together.

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Alta Moda just re-designed their website so you want to check it out here and they even have a few pictures I took of beautiful Lindsay. Their party was great fun and it was good to see all the people I dig, like Melissa, Tim, Jon, Leo, Carol and Cynthia, and I was able to meet three photographers who I’ve been dying to meet–Kate, Rebekah, and Stacy. Good times and fancy cheese. And Micah from the Gatsbys was there handing out his demo CD which Amy and I listened to on the way home and danced a funky dance in the car. Want your next function to be awesome? Hire the Gatsbys. If you came to our Christmas party you might recall that’s who we were lucky enough to have play for us.

Thanks, Hilary for the good times. You are a dream.

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Hi. My name is Justin. I am a wedding photographer. I love love and I want to photograph your wedding, especially if you are getting married in Hawaii or Greece.

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Getting my picture taken was a little awkward

by justin on April 28, 2009

I’ll admit it. I felt a little uncomfortable getting my picture taken. But it’s only fair, right? I mean, that’s what I expect others to go through on a daily basis. Plus, I was really excited to see what sort of pictures a capable photographer would make of me.

So far this month I’ve had 38 portrait sessions (26 of them have been for the 30 Strangers project), but Saturday was the first time that anyone brought along a camera to photograph me.

I think it was a pretty good experience because it really gave me a sense of what it must be like for those people that come to me so I can visually tell the story of their lives and their family relationships.

And so to Kiera, I say, thank you, and home run.

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Above images of Justin Hackworth, photographed in Provo Utah by Kiera Haddock.

Get inspired – check out Kiera’s blog:
peaceandpandemonium.blogspot.com

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I saw this on A Photo Editor’s blog this morning. Any other photographers feel the same way?

“You put a camera in my hand, I want to get close to people,” he said. “Not just physically close, emotionally close, all of it. It’s part of the process.”

“It’s a very weird thing being a photographer.”

Danny Lyon – NYTimes.com.

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Mammoth Men

by justin on March 11, 2009

These guys are nuts.

Fred Egan

Nate Kaiser

Matt Sloan

Mammoth Men

Justin Lyon

Justin Lyon

Fred Egan, Matt Sloan, Nate Kaiser, Justin Lyon and the rest of the Mammoth Men photographed in Park City, Utah

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