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Destination wedding – Cancun

by justin on January 13, 2016

in Travel, Weddings

Sun Palace Cancun wedding photography

On the night before their wedding at the Sun Palace in Cancun, I photographed Lauren and Taylor on their own. Just the two of them. And me. Very romantic.

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In Peru at 15,000 feet

by justin on October 15, 2015

in Travel

Earlier in the year, I went to Haiti. I posted some of those pictures on Facebook. Matt Greene saw them and emailed and asked I wanted to go to Peru. Thing is, he was headed up to a village in the Andes to visit the Q’eros nation. It’s a very remote village at 15,000 feet above sea level.

In the last 1,000 years, the village has had maybe 300 total visitors. (Machu Piccu, for example, gets about a million visitors a year). And in all those years, and with those very few visitors, none of them have been high school students. Matt was taking high school student with him, and felt like this very historic occasion needed to be documented. I agreed, and was happy to be hired to photograph the trip.

I wasn’t sure what to expect, and had a certain amount of apprehension, mostly about the high altitude. What followed was one of the most memorable experiences of my life.

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To mitigate the effects of high altitude, it was recommended that we spend the first day in Cuzco, just to acclimatize. It’s 11,000 feet, there. We spend the day walking around the city. The only thing I knew about Cuzco, was that in 1948 portrait photographer Irving Penn had made a series of portraits of the indigenous people, there. For some reason, I excepted it to be a small town. It’s not small, but it is lovely. I’d go back in a heartbeat.

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Check out that menu, above. Breaded udder? Deep fried Guinea pig? Someone ordered the Guinea pig, but I just couldn’t bring myself to eat it. I had the pork chop.

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The next morning we traveled to the village. The van arrived at 6:30am to pick us up. The van door opened, and sitting in the van, ready to go to the village, also, was my friend and fabulous videographer (and photographer) Jed Wells. I said “Jed Well! What the heck!” He looked up and we just stood there and stared at each other. It was kind of hard to wrap our heads around the fact that we were thousands of miles from home, and just happen to be traveling to the same very remote village. He was there to film, and it turns out, he’d been in the village before, and knew all about how the next few days would play out.

The van picked us at at 6:30am and we arrived in the village twelve hours later. For the first couple of hours, the road was paved, and easy to navigate. After that, dirt roads, bumpy, narrow, washed out…sometimes treacherous.

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Jed Wells (above), what are you doing here?

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The road ended. It was time to walk. There were people from the village with horses, ready to take us over the mountains, and into a gorgeous valley. At the highest point, we were at 16,000 feet, but drop down to 14,500 at the village.

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We made our way up over the top of the mountains, then down into the valley. It was just starting to get dark when we got our first glimpse of the village.

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It’s pretty damp up there, and mossy and slick. I fell three times from this point before I ever got down to the village. So I was soaking wet when I arrived. It’s cold, there. While we were there, I think the warmest it ever got was 50 degrees, and that’s if the sun was out, which was about 30% of the time. It’s cloudy there, a lot, but the clouds move in and out pretty quickly.

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The above picture shows us all gathered on the first night. This is where we eat all the meals.

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The next morning, with the sun up, I got a good view of the whole valley.

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Matt’s son, above.

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Matt and his wife, Juliann

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The above picture shows the hut where I slept. Dirt floor, no electricity, no light, no bathroom, of course. This picture was taken as soon as I woke up in the morning and opened the front door to leave. The scene is lit from the daylight, coming in once the door was opened. If you look hard, you can see another kid at the far left of this picture. I went in the hut when it was dark, and was never entirely sure how many people slept in there that night.

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It was muddy and wet, everywhere. Glad I had these 7 dollar mud boots.

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Here’s Hannah, above. Five years ago she started a school at this village. It’s purpose is to help preserve the traditions of the Indians. Her life is devoted to these people.

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Jed Wells took a picture of me.

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Matt and the visiting high school students he brought along, and also, his son, as well as Amy (far left), one of the teachers at the high school in Costa Rica where these high school students live.

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Nothing grows at this elevation. But the alpaca and sheep do very well at this elevation. Most of the villagers have a second hut at an elevation about 2,000 feet below this one. At that location, they grow potatoes.

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Three days later, we left.

 

And now, those kids from Costa Rica are raising money to bring two of the kids at the village to Costa Rica. It’s a great cause, and if you’re interested in donating (I did!) then go here.

 

 

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So, now, I’m getting all these images ready for Matt. I’m making some prints and a book. For the digital files, I used to put everything for clients on CD but recently started using these thumb drives. Thanks to USBMemoryDirect for sending them to me.

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Portraits from Haiti

by justin on August 20, 2015

in Photography, Travel

After my first trip to Haiti in 2001, I just never imagined it would be a place where I’d get a chance to return. But in February, I took my third trip to Haiti and I was so happy that Partners of the Americas hired me again to make pictures for them.

I spent the nights in Cap-Haïtien (mostly) but during the day, we’d venture out to villages outside of the city.

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This is my favorite kind of job to shoot. If you have a humanitarian organization and you are interested in getting artistic, heartfelt, soul-stirring images of your program and your program’s participants, well then by golly, we should talk. 801.916.6993

 

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Film images scanned by Alpine Film Lab. The best lab.

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New York has always been one of my favorite places to travel to and it is even better when I get to photograph wonderful people in love. Here are images from Kate and Nick’s NYC engagement session. I can’t wait to photograph their wedding on Cape Cod in June!

 

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I absolutely love it when I get the chance to travel outside of Utah to photograph couples weddings, so I was so happy to go to San Antonio for Sean and Lisa’s wedding.

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Justin photographs happy couples and beautiful weddings whether he travels miles and miles to be there, or if they are in his own backyard, and he wants to photograph you. Are you planning a wedding of your own? Give us a call. 801.916.6993

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Dispatch from the Road – Haiti

by justin on February 28, 2015

in Travel

Haitian mother and child

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Dispatch from the Road – Haiti

by justin on February 27, 2015

in Travel

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Photographed in Haiti, for Partners of the Americas.

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Dispatch from the Road – Haiti

by justin on February 26, 2015

in Travel

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Somewhere near Milot, Haiti.

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Dispatch from the Road – Haiti

by justin on February 25, 2015

in Travel

Cap Haitien, Haiti

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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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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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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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