The Moth and the Flame – Band portraits

by justin on November 8, 2015

in Music

The dudes from the band The Moth and the Flame

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It was so much fun to photograph The Alison Show‘s Candy Shoppe and her Candy themed dance party!

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Melissa Chappell

by justin on November 5, 2015

in friends, portraits, Provo

Melissa is one of the cheeriest, most pleasant people I know. She’s busy running a school for doula’s, but most people know her because of her cooking.

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For extra fun, watch the two of us make a pie on her cooking show!

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It’s that time of year again where I get to have a family portrait session with my old friend Cjane Kendrick. Photographing these guys is always the best time. To see more of Cjane, her kids, and her adventures, follow her blog here.

 

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Art exhibit at BYU – DEMOLITION

by justin on November 3, 2015

in Exhibits, Idaho

A couple months ago, I drove to Blackfoot, Idaho, to the Eastern Idaho State Fair. I ate fried food and hamburgers and almost got the cheesecake on a stick, dipped in chocolate. And then I went to the demolition derby and photographed what happens in the pit before the race even starts.

It wasn’t my idea. It’s was Clark Goldberry’s idea. He’s done the same thing two other times, and this year, invited me to go along.

And now, we’re having an exhibit at BYU. I’m showing photographs and Clark has video and an amazing art installation with dirt and car parts and links them to some of the Buddhist elements he experienced when he was in India earlier this year. It’s really going to be a great show.

So in a couple days, on November 5, 2015, we’re having an artists reception and you’re invited to come say hello. If things go as planned, we’re even going to have corn dogs. (County fair, remember?)

Where: Harris Fine Arts Building on BYU Campus
Day: November 5, 2015
Time: 6-8pm

If you can’t come this Thursday, the show will stay up for another week, until November 13. If you’re in the area, it’s worth seeing.

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Studio C Portraits – Behind the Scenes

by justin on November 3, 2015

in portraits

I got to take pictures of what goes on backstage during a live taping of Studio C and made a few portraits of the cast when they had a minute or two between sketches.

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A picture of my dad

by justin on November 3, 2015

in Family

Allen Hackworth, or, Dad.

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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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Provo Engagement Photography

by justin on August 21, 2015

in Engagements

Tyree and Lee are getting married today! And I’ll be there to photograph the wedding. Here are some of their engagement pictures from a couple months ago, taken at my studio in Provo, and also a park that’s nearby. Congratulations to the happy couple!

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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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I had the best time with Rebecca and Aric a couple of weeks ago. After photographing at my studio in Provo we headed over to Rock Canyon Park where, of course, the moment we got there it started raining. These two were just awesome and we made it work. I think the rain helped make for some gorgeous shots too.

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I recently photographed Aric and Rebecca’s wedding and can’t wait to post those, too.

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It was so great to photograph Hannah and her fiancé Kit and take their engagement photos. I’ve known Hannah for almost ten years ago. We met, first, when I photographed her sister’s wedding in 2006.

These pictures were taken in Salt Lake City, just below Ensign Peak.

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I recently photographed their wedding and will post that some time, too.

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This is a group of some of my favorite people in Provo. Well, in the world.

family portraits with the Clark family

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Summer

by justin on August 7, 2015

in Family

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The Lieber’s live in Switzerland. At least for now. But on the last trip back to the states, made an appointment to come have family portraits the studio. I’m so darn glad they did!

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Feeling grateful

by justin on June 7, 2015

in Family

It’s Sunday, and Amy’s taking a nap. It’s not often she can squeeze a nap into her day but the baby’s asleep, so that makes it easier. I think the other two boys went outside, somewhere. There was a time when they were little when we wanted to know exactly where they were at all times, but now, they just say goodbye and we say, come home for dinner, and they always do.

I was out of town last week (Cancun) and I’ll be out of town next week (Cape Cod) and it’s really nice to have this sunny Sunday at home. Traveling is a double edge sword for me. I love going places and that’s one of my favorite things about this job, traveling. On the other hand, I miss Amy and the boys when I’m gone and I know it’s hard on Amy when I’m not around to help. Last month I stood at the remarkable site of Machu Picchu and couldn’t help but think it would have been more enjoyable if Amy had been with me.

This year so far, all work related, I’ve been to California twice, Las Vegas, Haiti, Mexico, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, and Peru. It’s my first time going to Peru and Puerto Rico, but the other places, I’ve been before. Third time to Haiti, second time to the Dominican Republic. In April I had a wedding in the DR, but stuck around for three days and headed to a beautiful town called Las Terranas with my friends Gheen and Beth Hillman. Lots of relaxation on the beach, but the best part about that trip was swimming in the El Limon waterfall. Last week I was in Cancun for a wedding and while I was there, went parasailing for the first time. $60 well spend, I say.

A couple days ago we had our first Rooftop Concert of the season. We’re having 4 shows instead of 6 this year. Earlier in the year, Sarah, Courtney and I decided we would quit. We got together and said we’re done putting on these shows. Courtney told the mayor we’re through, and he talked her back into it and she talked us back into it. After Friday night’s concert, I’m glad we’re back in.

The boys just came back inside the house and just woke up the baby. There’s a lot of things about this world I just don’t know (how to speak Russian, how salmon can figure out how to return to where they were born in order to spawn), but one of the biggest mysteries is why on earth my older boys can’t remember to keep quiet when the baby is asleep.

May in Provo was the most rainy May on record. But now, sunny days seem to have finally made their way to this part of the county. Today, right now, the sun is shining and it feels so good. I love the sun. I love sunny days. I love today.

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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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Here are a couple pictures from a portrait session at my studio with the lovely Shelby.

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Earlier on the blog I posted their engagement pictures, and now, their wedding. Hayden and Tarryn are so much fun! I’m so glad I was there to capture their Salt Lake City wedding and Provo reception. (Sidenote- I’ve known Hayden’s family since 2010 when Hayden’s sister, Ashley, came to work in my office.)

Meet Hayden and Tarryn.

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Provo Portrait Session of a Musician

by justin on April 15, 2015

in Artists, Music, portraits

Stephanie Mabey is one awesome woman. And on top of being awesome and gorgeous, she is a very talented musician. You can see and listen to her work here.

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