Adam and Alexis

by justin on December 18, 2014

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


The Home of Justin Hackworth Photography

by justin on November 17, 2014

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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.


3B Yoga in Provo

by justin on October 30, 2014

Photographed for 3B Yoga, in Provo, Utah.

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Provo on a foggy night

by justin on January 16, 2014

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Kent Miles always says, “To make pictures that no one else can, you have to do what no one else will.” What he means by that, is when conditions aren’t ideal, it’s cold, or raining, or stormy, or you may have to climb a long way to get the shot, most people will give up and do something else.

I thought about that last week when I was just about to get in bed. I already had my pajamas and night-cap on. Just kidding about the night-cap. But the part about just about ready to get in bed is accurate. Amy came home and said it sure is foggy outside. I thought, well I’ll bet there’s some great pictures to be made out there. But then I thought, too bad I’m just about ready for bed. And then I thought, ya, but fog, and pictures and that thing Kent Miles always says. And then I thought about sleep and a cozy bed.

I’m glad I chose to go outside and make some photographs.


Downtown Provo Inc

by justin on June 15, 2013

Jared, Richelle, and Matt from Downtown Provo, Inc, making this town a better place.

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Provo Family Portrait Photography

by justin on October 30, 2012

Emily’s from Texas but was passing through this part of the world (Provo, Utah) and wanted to stop in for some family portraits in the studio. The way she described it was that she wanted something that didn’t look too posed, and that showed what their family was like when they are together.

Meet the Giles family.

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The best time to be in Provo Canyon

by justin on October 22, 2012

Turn right at Vivian Park. The road gets curvy and stops at the trail head to Big Springs. We wanted to walk in the woods one more time before the snow sets in. I don’t know how many of these good days we have left.

Cross the creek, then just walk. The ground is covered in oak tree leaves but the aspen trees are still hanging on and this is why you should go.

There’s a meadow there, lined with aspen. Their color is so bright you just might think it was painted on. And you can stand there, looking up at those trees, the wind comes through every now and again, and then you think to yourself, no matter what I have to do when I go home, EVERYTHING is going to be all right.

Provo canyon photography

Provo canyon photography


What to do in Provo this week – Two events!

by justin on October 2, 2012

Thursday night is the artist’s reception for the 30 Strangers exhibit. Don’t be a stranger–come stop by and say hello. I look forward to this event all year and I’m so excited it’s nearly here again.

Justin Hackworth's 30 Strangers

The show is at the BYU Auditorium Gallery and has been up for a month, but the reception is this Thursday, October 4, 2012, from 6-9pm and it’s a great time to meet and mingle. I’ll be there, of course, along with many of the participants that were photographed this year. And, you’re bound to see other people you know, too. You might even get to meet my mom!

The best part about the night is at 7pm, we’ll have a very short program in the adjacent auditorium. Four of the best writers in the state will read essays. Amy Hackworth, Kacy Faulconer, Lisa Valentine Clark, and Courtney Kendrick (who I like to call White Oprah). And, music by Cherie Call. I’m mean, come on. This will be fantastic!

What: 30 Strangers exhibit, Artists Reception
When: Thursday, October 4, 2012, 6-9pm (Readings and music at 7:00)
Where: BYU Lee Library, Auditorium Gallery, 1st Floor
Why: Support the arts, duh
How: Easy

So, that’s Thursday and it’s bound to be a heck of a good time. Then, Friday, out under the stars, this:

Have a great week!


Here are a few pictures from our August Rooftop Concert Series with John Allred, Book on Tapeworm, and Isaac Russell.

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Don’t forget, our next show will be September 7, 2012. We’re so excited to welcome the New Electric Sound with Fictionist.

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Peter Breinholt and Ryan Innes

by justin on May 1, 2012

It was a great honor to welcome Peter Breinholt and Ryan Innes to my studio yesterday.

I’d never met Peter before, but have wanted to for such a long time. He’s been making great music and entertaining thousands of happy music goers around Utah for 15 years. That’s remarkable. His music is cheerful and thoughtful and I hardly know anyone around here that doesn’t have a Peter Breinholt story, something that has to do with going to one of his concerts or making out to his music (that’s the story Mindy Gledhill tells). Please meet the authentic, good, genuine and kind Peter Breinholt:

Peter Breinholt

Peter Breinholt

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And then there’s Ryan Innes. When he sings, all the knees of standing girls will buckle and those same girls will start to see stars. If I could sing like anyone, it would be like Ryan Innes.

Ryan Innes photographed by Justin Hackworth

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Ryan Innes

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Ryan Innes



You can hear Peter and Ryan this Friday, May 4, at the Rooftop Concert for our first show in this year’s fantastic season.


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Rooftop Concert Series 2012

by justin on April 11, 2012

Rooftop Concert Serires in Provo Utah

We’re gearing up for another great year of music in Provo and kicking it off Peter Breinholt with Ryan Innes. See the whole season’s lineup on the Rooftop Concert website.



by justin on January 16, 2012

Fictionist, at Velour on January 13, 2012.


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Mindy Gledhill

by justin on December 20, 2011

Around our house, we love Mindy Gledhill’s CD’s, but there’s something that’s even better, and that’s hearing her performing live. Last week she played at Velour, and so, goosebumps.

Her new Christmas album is available here as well as her other music. Mindy is the real deal.

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Fun fact – One of Mindy’s songs on YouTube recently reached over 1 million views. You can see it here. 1 million. Wowza.


Provo engagement pictures

by justin on October 18, 2011

We took Patrick and Ashlee’s engagement pictures in Provo Canyon not too long ago. You take the road that leads to Squaw Peak, but then turn left to Hope Campground, instead. It’s gorgeous, or course, and we were there at the perfect time of year.

And now, meet Ashlee and Patrick.

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Ashlee works at Platinum Salon in Orem, and has been cutting C. Jane’s hair for six years.

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Fictionist in Provo

by justin on May 5, 2011

Here’s what I’m excited about

See you there (unless you hate to have fun).

And this is just the first of six free rooftop concerts this summer. See the whole summer lineup here.


The Head and the Heart – A portrait

by justin on November 30, 2010

Here’s a band I love: The Head and the Heart. They are from Seattle.  That’s where I saw them first.  Then last month fortune shined on Provo and they came to town, played at Velour.

Here is Jon Russell from the Head and the Heart, photographed outside Velour on the night of their show.

If you’d like to see some photographs from their show, you can watch this two minute slideshow. Then go buy their CD. These guys are the real deal.


The Lower Lights in pictures

by justin on October 4, 2010

Provo Utah, hold your head up high. Last Friday night something beautiful happened and the 1,000 people that showed up left happy and feeling good, good.

But maybe we should start at the beginning.

In February or March of this year, everyone’s favorite blogger, Courtney Kendrick asked me if I wanted to be part of a committee of folks interested in making Provo a better place. I’ll be honest with you, I was just happy to go along with any plan that included me getting to hang out more with Courtney. Count me in, I said. We had a couple meetings and talked about ways to bring people to downtown more often. Get them milling about, get them going to the downtown restaurants, get them to be part of this great town.

So then Andy thought it might be a good idea to have some concerts. What if we had them on a rooftop, he said. Great idea we all said. A rooftop. What fun! So Sarah Wiley and I took a little field trip and scouted out some obvious options. One of the things that played so well in our favor is that Richard Gregory from the Provo Town Square was already on the same page as us and had in fact, dreamed up something similar to what we were thinking and graciously offered his property as a location. Richard Gregory, we thank you.

But back to the story. We had an idea and we had a location. So we kept having meetings. We met at my office and we met at Mindy’s office. And for a while, that’s about all we did was talk. Concerts take money and they take a lot of work. Then, two things happened that changed this from an idea to an idea that would actually get done. First of all, Courtney told us she would sponsor the concerts.  And by sponsor, she meant cha-ching, and by cha-ching, she meant put up the money. Wowza. That was huge. And generous. The next thing that happened is that Sarah Wiley, with four kids and a full time job, took the bull by the horns and started making assignments and telling us all what to do. Anyone that came to our first two concerts should know that without Courtney and Sarah, this would not have happened. Another thing that was essential was that Mindy Gledhill put on a CD release concert and donated all the proceeds from ticket sales (a nearly sold-out show at the Covey Center) to our concert series. See, Courtney, Mindy and Sarah are true champs.

So now we’ve got some dough and a location. Next item, put on a damn show.

We lined up Benton Paul and Nic Day and back in September, had our first rooftop concert. Man, that felt great to have talked for so long, and then have something actually happen. Good crowd, good times.

Oh, but then…

But then on Friday, for our second concert, we lined up the Lower Lights. We already knew we’d have a big crowd. Their CD had just been released and people were talking. Folks in the Lower Lights had heard of friends driving from all over the country to come to the show. Everything was lining up just right.

And so, Friday night could not have been more magical. We packed 1,000 people or more on the top of the Central Bank parking lot on one of the most gorgeous nights in October history. You didn’t need a jacket but you could benefit from snuggling close to someone you love. That’s what I did.

Now, I’ve only lived in Provo 5 years, but I can’t imagine this town has seen very many concerts that were better than what we got last Friday night under the stars. Carrie Underwood at the Stadium of Fire? You’ve got to be kidding me.

If you missed the show, don’t cry too hard. You can still get the Lower Lights CD, and as far as the rooftop concerts go, this is just the beginning. We’ll have some more next year. After all, there’s a group of us that care about making Provo a better place than it already is. If you live in Provo and want to be a part of something great, let me know and we can use you for next year’s concert series.

And now, the Lower Lights.

After the show celebration

Scott Wiley, the man behind the Lower Lights

Sarah Wiley, and one reason there is a concert series

The Rooftop Concert committee


Practice makes the lower lights perfect

by justin on October 1, 2010

Don’t forget, the Lower Lights play a free show today, October 1st at 8pm on the roof of the Central Bank parking lot in Provo and sponsored by Cjane. The address is 100 North and 100 West. Libbie Linton will also perform. It’s going to be great and I’ve been looking forward to this for a long time. Here are some pictures from a recent Lower Lights rehearsal.


In other news, October is shaping up to be a busy month and it’s only just started. I have twenty-six portrait sessions scheduled and four weddings. Ten of those sessions are in Denver. I had only planned on doing six there, but added four additional sessions to accommodate requests.

In August I went to New York to photograph the BlogHer convention and will go to San Francisco next week to photograph another one of their conventions. It’s a much smaller affair this time, so I won’t get to take Trevor along, like last time. Don’t worry Trevor. We’ll shoot it again together next year in San Diego.

A couple days ago I took down the 30 Strangers exhibit that had been at the Provo Library for the month of September. Two pieces from last year and two from this year will be part of an exhibit at BYU this month. I already mentioned the exhibit on my blog, here, and will probably mention it again as the day of the opening (October 14th, gets a little closer). In conjunction with the exhibit, I gave a lecture at the library last week about portrait photography and how to improve your own pictures. If I get around to it, I’d like to whip up some notes I used and write a post on what was said. This comes as a suggestion from Marta.

Earlier this week I was at WedSmith as the official photographer. Hilary at Alta Moda knows how to plan an event. It was fantastic and I’m really happy to have been a part of it. I’ll post some of the pictures soon, but in the mean time, I just wanted to mention that I got to meet Lara Casey and I dig that lady. She is so impressive. Meeting her made my whole month.

So, here we go. October. Let the good times roll.


Provo Rooftop Concert Series – The Lower Lights

by justin on September 27, 2010

Here’s where I’ll be on Friday night (October 1st). It’s another Provo Rooftop Concert sponsored by CJane. I can’t wait. I’ve been listening to the Lower Lights new CD for a week strait and I can’t get enough.

Click on the image above to read more. Then, come to the concert. You’ll be glad you did.


Rooftop concert series, on a roof.

by justin on September 9, 2010

Something cool for you to do tomorrow night, Friday, September 10th: Go to this free concert on the roof of the Central Bank parking garage in downtown Provo. It’s sponsored by everyone’s favorite blogger, CJane, and as long as you remember to wear a jacket (my weather widget said it’s going to be chilly) then this might be the best thing you do all September. (Now listen, if you are going to Paris this September, then let’s face it, that’s going to be way cooler than this concert. I’m not an idiot.)

There was lots of meetings and talking and ideas about this concert series and now it’s happening. So while there are only two for this year (the next one is in October and it will knock your socks off and clean in to the wash) we hope that next year we’ll have four or five. That’s why it’s a series, see.

Dude, free concert.

This wouldn’t be happening without Courtney’s generous sponsorship, Mindy’s fund-raiser, and without the go get’em-ness from Sarah Wiley. Three champs. Three cheers.

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