2010 has been a great year for Justin Hackworth Photography and Amy and I have hearts chock full of gratitude for everyone that has been a part of our business this year. To say thanks, we invited local clients to a party and private concert with the very talented, irresistible Mindy Gledhill who sang songs from her new album, Anchor. It was a perfect night. A giant thanks to Mindy who wowed us all with her music, her gift, her keytar.
Mindy was joined by Stuart Maxfield and Jacob Jones, of Fictionist. Thanks for coming, fellows.
Before the concert, Amy and I told everyone how lucky we feel to serve you, and it deserves repeating here.
You sometimes hear these clever sayings about the difference between making a living and making a life–a little cliche, yes. I am really thankful that Justin gets to make a living as an artist, but I am also deeply grateful for the difference our clients make in our life. Justin calls me every single week, several times a week, after a portrait session or a client meeting or a wedding, uplifted and changed by meeting with you. He learns from you, his awareness is expanded by you, his heart is touched by your stories, your way of life, your choices. He calls to say, “These people were so great today. I think we’d really be friends.” And so often, you have become our friends. Because you’ve influenced Justin, you’ve influenced me and our children, and I am thankful, thankful for YOU and the blessing you have been to us. And that makes a difference in our life. Thank you so much!
And here’s what I had to say:
Here are some of the jobs I’ve had. At age twelve I made bee hives. When I was fifteen I worked at a pizza parlor called Sober Society. Later, Kentucky Fried Chicken. I delivered pianos in high school for Bowen Music. I worked at Rays Gas and Lube. In Jackson Hole, Wyoming, I worked as a desk clerk at The Best Western Executive Inn and as a bar back at the Cadillac Grill. Two years at a shipping department. For three months I had a job at a call center, selling family oriented films over the phone (those were some dark days). During college I worked at the Firestone parking booth in Salt Lake, which I re-named, the John Wilkes Booth Memorial Booth. There was a short-lived job as a technical writer. I had a job as a project manager and later at that same company, marketing manager, where we sold technical services to librarians.
And now, now I have the job I love. And it’s only because of great clients that come to be photographed and trust me to make something meaningful for you. I’m not interested in being mediocre or just pretty good. I want to take great pictures. And my goal is to make something that is far more valuable to you than the amount of money that you spend. I love this job, and I want to sincerely thank everyone that has come this year to be a part of this business. This is my dream job, and you make this dream possible.
Our very capable office assistant took pictures of some of the guests. (Megan needs a better title. She’s so much more than office assistant).
Megan, the amazing office assistant
Chances to win something that night were very good, because we gave away a ton of stuff, thanks to our favorite places of business. We gave away gift certificates to four restaurants: Communal, Rooster, Angels of Philly, and Sammy’s Cafe. We gave away a Lower Lights CD, tickets to Comedy Sports, bags and notebooks from Seraph Stationery, gift cards from The Royal Noodle Picture Company and hand-made chocolates from Lilly’s Sweet Occasions. We want to pour on the gratitude, here, to these places.
Speaking of gratitude, big thanks to Megan who took these photobooth pictures, packaged all the party favors, and the list goes on and on. Special thanks to my sister Jenni who came all the way from St. George just to hand out raffle tickets. It meant a lot to have her there. And once again, thanks to all our clients, from 2010 and from every year.