Alt Design Summit

Alt Summit 2014: A Visual Review

by justin on June 27, 2014

in bloggers, Events

For the previous 2 years, the summer version of Alt Summit has been in New York City and San Franciso. This year, however, it took place in Salt Lake, where the winter version has been going on for years. I love photographing this conference, and once again, had a fantastic time. Here’s a visual summary of what things looked like this year.

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Here’s Brooke Dennis. (Image below) She and I photograph the conference together. Working with her is one of the best things about shooting Alt. Alt Design Summit Alt Design Summit Alt Design Summit Alt Design Summit Alt Design Summit Alt Design Summit Alt Design Summit Alt Design Summit Alt Design Summit Alt Design Summit Alt Design Summit Alt Design Summit Alt Design Summit Alt Design Summit Alt Design Summit Alt Design Summit Alt Design Summit Alt Design Summit Alt Design Summit Alt Design Summit Alt Design Summit

Hey look, it’s Susan Peterson from Freshly Picked. Alt Design Summit
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Here’s Martha Stewart. She was the keynote speaker, and I made this photograph just before she was announced to come on stage. She included this picture in her blog post about coming to Salt Lake. Alt Design Summit Alt Design Summit Alt Design Summit Alt Design Summit Alt Design Summit Alt Design Summit Alt Design Summit Alt Design Summit Alt Design Summit

I was in a room, taking pictures of her with a few people, like Gabby (shown above), Alt co-founder, and some other folks. Then Amy came in the room to bring me my camera bag, which I had left in the ballroom. Martha saw her with the baby, and said, “I want a picture with the baby”. So, that’s how this picture happened.Alt Design Summit Alt Design Summit Alt Design Summit Alt Design Summit Alt Design Summit Alt Design Summit Alt Design Summit Alt Design Summit Alt Design Summit Alt Design Summit Alt Design Summit Alt Design Summit Alt Design Summit Alt Design Summit Alt Design Summit Alt Design Summit Alt Design Summit Alt Design Summit Alt Design Summit Alt Design Summit Alt Design SummitAlt Design Summit Alt Design Summit Alt Design Summit Alt Design Summit Alt Design Summit Alt Design SummitAlt Design Summit

 

So, that’s that. A great week. If you’ve ever thought about attending Alt Design Summit, I’ve been to every one in Salt Lake and the two in New York and I can tell you that it’s totally worth being there.

 

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Justin Hackworth photographs bloggers and designers and creative types of all kinds, and he wants to photograph you. Planning a wedding? Let’s talk. Need a new headshot? Give me a jingle. I’ll catch you on the jangle.

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Alt Summit – A visual review

by justin on January 30, 2013

in bloggers

It was, of course, amazing. Year four of Alt Design Summit looked like this.

Alt Design Summit 2013 photographed by Justin Hackworth

Alt Design Summit 2013 photographed by Justin Hackworth

Alt Design Summit 2013 photographed by Justin Hackworth

Alt Design Summit 2013 photographed by Justin Hackworth

Alt Design Summit 2013 photographed by Justin Hackworth

Alt Design Summit 2013 photographed by Justin Hackworth

Alt Design Summit 2013 photographed by Justin Hackworth

Alt Design Summit 2013 photographed by Justin Hackworth

Alt Design Summit 2013 photographed by Justin Hackworth

Alt Design Summit 2013 photographed by Justin Hackworth

Alt Design Summit 2013 photographed by Justin Hackworth

Alt Design Summit 2013 photographed by Justin Hackworth

Alt Design Summit 2013 photographed by Justin Hackworth

Alt Design Summit 2013 photographed by Justin Hackworth

Alt Design Summit 2013 photographed by Justin Hackworth

Alt Design Summit 2013 photographed by Justin Hackworth

Alt Design Summit 2013 photographed by Justin Hackworth

Alt Design Summit 2013 photographed by Justin Hackworth

Alt Design Summit 2013 photographed by Justin Hackworth

Alt Design Summit 2013 photographed by Justin Hackworth

Alt Design Summit 2013 photographed by Justin Hackworth

Alt Design Summit 2013 photographed by Justin Hackworth

Alt Design Summit 2013 photographed by Justin Hackworth

Alt Design Summit 2013 photographed by Justin Hackworth

Alt Design Summit 2013 photographed by Justin Hackworth

Alt Design Summit 2013 photographed by Justin Hackworth

Alt Design Summit 2013 photographed by Justin Hackworth

Alt Design Summit 2013 photographed by Justin Hackworth

Alt Design Summit 2013 photographed by Justin Hackworth

Alt Design Summit 2013 photographed by Justin Hackworth

Alt Design Summit 2013 photographed by Justin Hackworth

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Alt Design Summit 2013 photographed by Justin Hackworth

Alt Design Summit 2013 photographed by Justin Hackworth

Alt Design Summit 2013 photographed by Justin Hackworth

Alt Design Summit 2013 photographed by Justin Hackworth

Alt Design Summit 2013 photographed by Justin Hackworth

Alt Design Summit 2013 photographed by Justin Hackworth

Alt Design Summit 2013 photographed by Justin Hackworth

Alt Design Summit 2013 photographed by Justin Hackworth

Alt Design Summit 2013 photographed by Justin Hackworth

Alt Design Summit 2013 photographed by Justin Hackworth

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Alt Design Summit 2013 photographed by Justin Hackworth

Alt Design Summit 2013 photographed by Justin Hackworth

Alt Design Summit 2013 photographed by Justin Hackworth

Alt Design Summit 2013 photographed by Justin Hackworth

Alt Design Summit 2013 photographed by Justin Hackworth

Alt Design Summit 2013 photographed by Justin Hackworth

Alt Design Summit 2013 photographed by Justin Hackworth

Alt Design Summit 2013 photographed by Justin Hackworth

Alt Design Summit 2013 photographed by Justin Hackworth

Alt Design Summit 2013 photographed by Justin Hackworth

Alt Design Summit 2013 photographed by Justin Hackworth

Alt Design Summit 2013 photographed by Justin Hackworth

Alt Design Summit 2013 photographed by Justin Hackworth

Alt Design Summit 2013 photographed by Justin Hackworth

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Alt Design Summit 2013 photographed by Justin Hackworth

Alt Design Summit 2013 photographed by Justin Hackworth

Alt Design Summit 2013 photographed by Justin Hackworth

Alt Design Summit 2013 photographed by Justin Hackworth

Alt Design Summit 2013 photographed by Justin Hackworth

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Thank you, Sara and Gabby for putting on such an incredible conference. And thanks for allowing me to be a part of it.

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Stefan Sagmeister

by justin on January 29, 2013

in portraits

Legendary graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister was one of the keynote speakers at this year’s Alt Design Summit. He’s amazing, of course, and wowed and inspired everyone in attendance.

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Stefan Sagmeister

Stefan kissed everyone he greeted. And I mean everyone.

Alt Design Summit 2013 photographed by Justin Hackworth

Do yourself a favor and check out his amazing Ted Talk.

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Color Me Katie

by justin on January 28, 2013

in bloggers, portraits

In the nicest way possible, Katie Sokoler made me feel old. Old, as in, having fun took effort, instead of something that just happened naturally, because if you have fun naturally, that way, life is so much, uh… funner. And for someone that describes themselves as a professional fun maker, it’s not surprising that when I asked her if I could take her picture, instead of just sitting in a chair (what I probably would have come up with), she wanted to jump on the bed or throw around some balloons. It was so great to watch the way she thought about taking pictures. She’s a photographer herself, and a very clever one. She took a look around the room and came up with possibility after possibility.

Clever and creative, and most of all, FUN, meet Katie.

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Katie Sokoler

Katie was photographed at the Grand America Hotel in Salt Lake City during Alt Design Summit where she was one of the keynote speakers.

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Editor of Kinfolk Magazine

by justin on January 26, 2013

in bloggers, Editorial

Here’s Nathan, the founder and editor of Kinfolk Magazine, photographed at the Grand America Hotel during Alt Summit, 2013 in Salt Lake City.

Nathan, from Kinfolk Magazine

Nathan, from Kinfolk Magazine

Do yourself a favor and buy a copy of Kinfolk. It’s a gorgeous publication.

 

 

 

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Mexico wedding at Azul Sensatori

by justin on January 22, 2013

in bloggers, Travel, Weddings

Late last night I returned from photographing a fantastic wedding in Mexico at the Sensatori Azul resort. Paradise, really. I was there for four days with a full schedule every day of relaxing (well, except for the day of the wedding).

He’s a teaser picture. Hot, don’t you think? I’ll make of full post of their wedding pictures very soon.

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Wedding near Cancun and Puerto Morelos, Mexico.

Tomorrow and for the rest of the week I’ll be in Salt Lake photographing the always exciting Alt Summit Design Conference. I’m so excited to be there. You meet the coolest people. I feel fortunate to have been able to attend every year. Will you be there? If so, you must come say hello.

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What can I photograph for you? Wedding? Family portraits? Call me. Let’s chat.

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Online class today: Photography for bloggers

by justin on November 15, 2012

in Learn

Today (November 15) I’m teaching an online class called, “Using Photography to Build Your Blog” and it is packed with so much good information. We’ll be talking about photography tips for fashion, DIY and food blogs, how to use Pinterest to your advantage, some technical questions and even a bit about gear, what you should know about SEO, and how to begin your own stock photo library. I hope your head doesn’t explode from all this valuable information.

The class is taught online, so you don’t even need to get out of your sweat pants for it. It lasts one hour, and only costs 15 bucks.

Here’s where you sign up: https://worldfunction.com/events/using-photography-to-build-your-blog-2/

Class begins at 12pm Pacific time, 1pm Mountain Standard, 3pm Eastern.

See you soon!

 

 

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Alt Summit Party on the Roof

by justin on October 11, 2012

in bloggers, Events

One of the great things about the folks that put together Alt Design Summit is that they know how to throw a party. I remember at one point in the evening, as the sun cast long shadows over Manhattan, and there we were on the roof of the offices of Marth Stewart, I thought to myself, “there isn’t anywhere I’d rather be right now than right here, in this town, with these people, photographing this party.”

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Online Photography Classes and some other updates

by justin on February 13, 2012

in Learn

Alt Summit

ONLINE PHOTOGRAPHY CLASSES
From the Alt Design Summit website: We want to make Alt Summit available to everyone, everywhere, all year long. So we’ve created the Alt Summit Channel.

This week I’m teaching a couple online photography classes for the Alt Summit Channel, but there’s lots of other great classes, too. You can check out all the options and sign up here. And they’re only 15 bucks each. Wowza!

The two classes I’m teaching are Beginning DSLR, which I’ve taught several times and each time it gets better and better and more refined and the other class I’m teaching is 10 Photo Workouts To Make You a Better Photographer. The beginning DSLR class is for beginners (of course) and the Photo Workouts is for anyone at any skill-level.

It’s going to be great fun and I hope you can join us.

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30 STRANGERS 2012
In other news, plans are cooking up for 30 Strangers 2012. This will be the fifth year I’ve done this project. I have secured a location for the exhibit, which I’ll mention in more detail at a later time. And by later, I don’t mean around 11:30pm, I mean, later on in a month or so. For the past 3 years I’ve photographed the participants in the month of April, but I’m moving it to June this year so I can shoot outside more often. Last year it seemed like it was about 100 below zero every day of the month in April. Not my style. I like it HOT, see. So, in about a month or so, I’ll be making an full announcement about the exhibit/project and how you can be in the running to be a 30 Stranger. I’m so excited to do it again.

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WPPI PHOTOGRAPHY CONVENTION
This weekend I’m going to hit the road and head to Vegas. I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, “Vegas? That town is so gross and fake and just a cheap copy of some place else.” Or maybe that’s just what I was thinking. In any regard, I’m headed to Vegas to go to WPPI, a trade show I’ve been attending for the past few years. All the vendors I use to run my business are there, so I get to talk to them and see what’s new and chat with photographers I always enjoy seeing. Plus, there’s an Eiffel Tower in that town! An honest-to-goodness, real-life, fake Eiffel Tower!

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Last year when the 30 Strangers project was announced, we had far more requests to participate than we had spaces. Emails came, mostly from Utah, but from other places as well. One email was from Texas. The email said she wanted to be a part of the project. But in the end, it didn’t work out. That’s the first part of the story, but not the end.

Last week, I was on a panel at the Alt Design Summit. Let me just stop the story right here and tell you that the conference was so great. It was for folks that blog for a living, and it was specifically geared towards those that blog about design, but it was attended by all kinds of bloggers. For me, the best part was meeting the folks that write the blogs I love. I knew Kathryn Storke would be there from Snippet and Ink, because she was listed as one of the speakers. But I didn’t know Jen Campbell from Green Wedding Shoes would be there, so that was a great surprise. You can view the complete speaker list here, and as you can see, this was a real rockstar group of speakers. Heather Armstrong from Dooce, Stephanie Brubaker from Stephmodo, Sarah Wright from Sarah Jane Studios, Grace Bonney from Design Sponge and the list goes on.

So back to the story. I was speaking on a panel at the Alt Design Summit and the other person on the panel with me was Karen Walrond, a beautiful women, talented writer and photographer. And, as it turns out, she is the one that emailed me from Texas that wanted to be part of the 30 Strangers project last year. How about that! We had a great time getting to know each other the night before our panel. The next day, we photographed each other. Then we gave great advice to some people on the topic: Photography on the web. Thanks to the Alt folks for inviting me, and a huge thanks to Amber Roussel for moderating the panel and coming up with such astute questions. Amber, I wish I would have been able to photograph you, too. Next time, huh?

And now, I give you the effervescent and magnetic Karen Walrond:

Karen is sweet, sweet. When the panel discussion first began, when she was introducing herself, she said to everyone there, “…You know, I’ve been around celebrities and I never get nervous or anything, but when I found out I was going to be on the panel with Justin, I thought, Oh my God, JUSTIN HACKWORTH.” Ah, Karen. You are great. You know how to make a guy feel good about himself. At that moment, I was ten feet tall.

And here are some pictures she took of me and Amy.

I love those pictures. I’m uncomfortable getting my picture taken. Karen set me at ease, then knocked it out of the park.

One last picture from the Alt Design Summit. Here’s Grace Bonney in the lobby of the Grand America hotel just as I was leaving. I wanted to say hi, but she’s a busy girl and I didn’t get a chance.

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Justin Hackworth photographs photographers from Texas, bloggers from New York, and he wants to photograph you.

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Alt Design Summit

by justin on January 5, 2010

in blogging, Events

Alt Design Summit

January 21 – 23 in Salt Lake City are the dates for the Altitude Design Summit. It’s a conference for design and lifestyle bloggers. Love great design? Then you should go. Get this: Keynote speakers include Panelists Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan, founder of Apartment Therapy; Grace Bonney, founder of Design*Sponge; Jean Aw, founder of NotCot, and Heather Armstrong, founder of Dooce.

And that’s just the beginning. There are so many more speakers including Stephanie Brubaker, founder of Stephmodo, Kathryn Storke, founder of Snippet and Ink, and um…me. I’m so excited that I was asked to be one of the panelists. You can see the full list here.

So far, 2010 is turning out great.

From their website here is who should attend

– People that love talking about design in all its iterations. What it is. How it’s changing. Why it’s important.
– People that read sites like Apartment Therapy/drive German cars/subscribe to magazines from Europe.
– Design or lifestyle bloggers who want to (finally!) meet their fellow design and lifestyle bloggers.
– People from across all the design disciplines: graphic, industrial, fashion, interior, product, textile. Plus illustrators and photographers too.

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