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Portrait of a town: Gilmer Texas

by justin on September 18, 2014

in Travel

In May I flew to Dallas. I rented a car, drove three hours to the East, then stopped in a tiny little town called Gilmer, Texas. It’s beautiful, there and I’d go back in a heartbeat. My friend Lauren grew up in Gilmer. So did her father. So did her grandfather. And since she doesn’t live there anymore and most likely won’t move back, she wanted me to visit that place and make a portrait of her town. She wanted pictures of all the places that were part of her childhood, youth, and growing up years.

She grew up outside of town. Her folks have a ranch, there. When I was asking her father about the size of the ranch, he said “You don’t need to own all the land. Just the land on either side of you.” Ah, Texas.

In addition to the pictures of Gilmer, she wanted family portraits taken. She wanted portraits of her grandparents before it was too late. And, she wanted pictures of her son, there, too. Four generations in that same meaningful spot.

Here’s Lauren’s town. This is Gilmer, Texas and the surrounding area.

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Here’s what Lauren had to say when she got the pictures back:
When I first got the photos from the project I was blown away. I already knew I loved your work from working together so many times before, but the way you captured the details that may seem meaningless to an out of towner, and the details that have become mundane to those that see them every day, I was overjoyed. It was more than what I ever wanted. Preserving not only memories, but the feelings that go with them is what I wanted, and exactly what you made happen. 

 

What would you like documented in an artful, careful and skillful way?
Last year, I did a similar project in Ottumwa, Iowa. These two projects have been some of the most satisfying work I’ve ever done. And I would love to do more of these kinds of things. So, if you’d like a portrait of your town, or have a similar project in mind, I’d love to talk further and discuss how I can help. Both of these town portraits were two day shoots. The cost is similar to my wedding pricing and clients cover all travel costs.

 

 

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Film images developed and scanned by Alpine Film Lab.

 

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New York City Portrait Sessions!

by justin on September 5, 2014

in portraits, Travel

I’d love to photograph you in the greatest city in the world, New York, New York, the town so nice they named it twice.  I’ll be doing five sessions while I’m there and two spots have already been taken, so, that means, there’s only three spots left. They will take place on September 22, 23, 24. Sign up fast!

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To book a session, ask question, request pricing, email me (justin@justinhackworth.com) and we’ll arrange a time for you on one of the following days: September 22, 23, 24. This is just perfect for families, couples or individuals.

Feel free to email me if you have further questions. Email today to book a session. justin@justinhackworth.com
See you soon!

Here are a handful of pictures from previous Big City Sessions.

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Family Portraits in Texas

by justin on May 15, 2014

in Family portraits, Travel

On a sunny afternoon in late April, on a Ft. Worth street that makes you want to make a movie about a perfect Texas neighborhood, I drove up to Grace’s house. The kids answered the door. Happy, well-behaved, inquisitive. I really wish this family lived in Utah so Amy and I could see them more often.

Meet the Mitchell family.

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Visit Grace’s blog, A Storied Style.

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Justin Hackworth photographs happy people in Texas or Utah or anywhere families are gathered, and he wants to photograph you. Interested in meaningful, candid, authentic images of you and the ones you love? Let’s chat.

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Muir Woods, CA

by justin on April 18, 2014

in Nature photography, Travel

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If you get a chance to go to Muir Woods in California, take it.

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Idaho

by justin on January 31, 2014

in Nature photography, Travel

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Three versions of the same grove

by justin on October 26, 2013

in Nature photography, Travel

Highway 12 in the middle of Utah is a pretty good road to drive down. And when you do, plan in stopping now and again to take some photographs.

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New York Portrait Session

by justin on September 6, 2013

in portraits, Travel

Here’s how we met. I went to a wedding in Santa Cruz. Jeff and Aurora were guests. I asked them where they lived–New York–and I told them I had a wedding the next week in New York. They said, well then we should hang out. I just happened to have an extra day after the wedding that I was leaving open for just this sort of random possibility and spending time with someone interesting and fun.

We went to lunch at a great place in Hell’s Kitchen called Room Service. It’s Thai food, and I give it a very high recommendation. I’d go back any second. After lunch, I asked if I could take some pictures of them. Here’s how that played out.

Meet Jeff and Aurora.

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These two are so great, and I was really grateful for their openness, and invitation to get together, even though they had never met me before. After I met Jeff and Aurora, I discovered we have quite a few friends in common. Man, it’s a small world.

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John Waire is one of the coolest guys I know. And until a couple months ago, I’d never even met him. We were just online friends. You know how that goes. We see each other’s posts on Twitter and Facebook and comment from time to time. And John’s always posting very cool links about photography (he’s a photographer, too!) and inspirational articles about better living. Last year during the big storm back east he organized a drive in his neighborhood to gather blankets for those displaced from their homes by the storm. He’s that kind of guy.

So, it was a great honor to meet him and to photograph his family this summer while we were both in New York City.

Meet John and Sarah and their family.

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Cousins

by justin on July 25, 2013

in Family, Travel

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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.

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

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Alt NYC 2013 – A visual summary

by justin on June 25, 2013

in bloggers, Travel

I went to New York City to photograph Alt Design Summit. It’s a real great conference and even though this year, the New York edition doubled in size from last year, it still sold out in minutes and crashed the server a couple times as hundreds of bloggers clamored for a ticket.

The night before the conference, Amy and I went to at Karen Mordeechai’s amazing studio for a Sunday Supper, sponsored by Bing.

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Gaby, (above) told me she was kind of a big deal. I believe her.

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So, that was dinner the night before.

The next day, Alt Summit began and it was held at the Martha Stewart offices.

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This guy sells amazing pickles.

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Grace Bonney was the very inspiring opening keynote.

 

And then, she walked in.

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Well, how about that.

 

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Closing keynote from Garance Doré.

Then, there was a great party.

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Here’s Aida Mollenkamp (above). I met her in San Francisco in 2010. I like her. She’s great.

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And here’s who started Alt. Sara. Oh, my goodness, this one is sharp as a tack. Pictured here with her husband Steve. These are two of my favorite people that I know.

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Here’s Gabby Blair from Designmom.com and co-founder of Alt, pictured above with some of her blog contributors, (including my favorite writer, Amy Hackworth), and pictured below, looking smashing.

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She told me she wasn’t going to be there, so when I saw Nat the Fat Rat there (above) I was thrilled.

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Alt photography sponsored by Atly. Look for a portrait class I’ll be teaching on there in about a month.

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New York City

by justin on June 24, 2013

in Travel

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I just returned from a week in New York City. I went to photograph the Alt Design Summit conference. Amy got to go with me on this trip and we had a fabulous time. I’ll post more about it, later. Right now, I’ve got some editing and culling to get through.

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Portrait sessions in New York City

by justin on May 21, 2013

in portraits, Travel

I did this last year and loved it so much, I’m doing it again this year. Portrait sessions in New York City.

So here they are again, Big City Sessions. Guess who they’re for? You!

I’d love to photograph you in the greatest city in the world, New York, New York, the town so nice they named it twice.  There are only Five Three One Big City Sessions available and they will take place on June 19, 21, and 22.

Imagine all those beautiful, iconic photographs you’ve seen of New York City. Now, imagine them with you in the picture. These sessions will last a little longer than a regular portrait session, and there is limited availability. These portrait sessions will be tailored just for you, with multiple locations, anywhere in Manhattan that you’d like. At this point, you might be saying to yourself, “Ok, ok, I’m in. Stop talking and just tell me how to book a session!”

To book a session, email me (justin@justinhackworth.com) and we’ll arrange a time for you on one of the following days: June 19, 21, 22.

Feel free to email me if you have further questions. Email today to book a session. justin@justinhackworth.com
See you soon!

Here are a handful of pictures from last year’s Big City Sessions.

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A portrait of a town: Ottumwa, Iowa

by justin on May 15, 2013

in Travel

Abby grew up in Ottumwa, Iowa. She graduated from high school then headed off to college, first to Utah then graduate school in North Carolina where she lives, now. And, that’s most likely where she’ll stay.

Her parents have lived in Ottumwa this whole time, so she goes back from time to time. But maybe her parents will leave. They are both retired, now, and maybe they’ll try a different town in a different state. And when they do, there really isn’t a reason for Abby to go back.

And so, with that prospect in mind, she hired me to photograph her home town. She wanted photographs of all the places that have meaning for her and all those places that are in her stories of where she grew up.

Here is my version of Ottumwa, Iowa in April. (View more and buy prints here.)

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Dispatch from the road – Austin

by justin on April 28, 2013

in Travel

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Dispatch from the Road – Austin

by justin on April 27, 2013

in Travel, Weddings

We’d never met before. Only talked on the phone. But when she saw me last night (I didn’t even know she was the bride, yet), she said “Justin!” and ran up and gave me a big, tight hug. I’m in Austin, Texas right now. I’m in town to photograph a wedding, and last night was the rehearsal dinner, a barbeque with the couple’s friends, and that’s when I met Meg, the bride, for the first time. I liked her instantly and I’m so excited to document the wedding day.

Here’s a picture taken last night at the rehearsal dinner.

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The dinner took place at a restaurant called The Country Line. The servers sent me on the way with the biggest single serving of meat I’ve ever had. I was, of course, in meat heaven. Brisket, sausage, chicken, turkey and pork ribs. Maybe I should have taken a picture of that, but frankly, that’s a meal I won’t forget.

The rental car is a Fiat 500. Theses cars are adorable.  And I’m driving around Texas with the radio tuned to a country music station. Texas Country. Robert Earl Keen, George Jones, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, Buck Owens, Loretta Lynn, Tayna Tucker…you get the idea. And here’s a thought I’ve never had before: I sure wish I knew how to line dance.

I’ve got a little bit of time this morning before I start working. So I’m going to find a doughnut place called Gordoughs, recommend to me by a few folks on Instagram and Facebook. But get this. There’s a TGIFridays in the hotel, and can you imagine making that mistake–you’re in Austin, Texas, and you somehow decide that your best choice for food would be TGIFridays? Yikes!

But now let’s talk about you for a minute. Do you have a wedding coming up you’re and looking for a thoughtful, perceptive photographer that can tell the story of your wedding with grace, beauty, wit and without artifice? Is getting authentic photographs one of the things that’s most important to you on your wedding day? Well then, let’s talk. I’d love to hear all about your event and see how I can help.

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Dispatch from the road – Austin, Texas

by justin on April 27, 2013

in Travel

Austin Texas

Austin, Texas

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Dispatch from the road – Austin

by justin on April 26, 2013

in Music, Travel

The Doc Marshalls

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A great honky-tonk band from Brooklyn, playing in Austin, The Doc Marshalls.

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Dispatach from the road – Austin

by justin on April 26, 2013

in Travel

Austin Texas

Austin Texas

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Dispatch from the road – Ottumwa

by justin on April 17, 2013

in Travel

Ottumwa, Iowa

Ottumwa, Iowa – Retired math teacher and his wife.

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Dispatch from the raod

by justin on April 16, 2013

in Travel

Ottumwa, Iowa

Ottumwa, Iowa

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