How to take family pictures.
Justin Hackworth Photography Blog
by Justin Hackworth
2M ago
When you take a family picture, make sure everyone is looking at the camera and smiling and everyone has to be in a straight line or sitting on a fancy sofa in an apple grove. Or…now just hear me out, you could just let them be themselves and get a good record of that magic. And then when you look back at the pictures, or better yet, when your kids or their kids look back at those pictures, the memories of real life become crystal clear. Try that approach next time you take pictures of your kids or just call me and I’ll help you tell your family story with authenticity and meaning. (Absolutel ..read more
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Gabrielle Blair
Justin Hackworth Photography Blog
by Justin Hackworth
4M ago
Here’s Gabby Blair. Back in 2010 or so, Gabby started a conference called Alt Design Summit. It’s been going on ever since and attracts the very best crowd, women who are both dreamers AND doers. They have great ideas and get things done. It’s a great conference, because it was started and is led by a great person. I’ve been at every Alt and have loved my association with it, and those who I have met, there. I used to go and photograph the whole conference, speakers and attendees interaction and what it felt like to be there. However, for the past few times I’ve been, my role has been to make ..read more
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Austin Channing Brown
Justin Hackworth Photography Blog
by Justin Hackworth
4M ago
Here’s a portrait of the very cool Austin Channing Brown, who I was able to meet and photograph at this year’s Alt Summit. I recommend her book I’m Still Here: Black Dignity in a World Made For Whiteness ..read more
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Birthday self portraits
Justin Hackworth Photography Blog
by Justin Hackworth
6M ago
Yesterday, on my birthday, I did what I’ve been doing on my birthday for at least ten years. I took as many self portraits as the age I turned. This year I’m 56, so I took 56 self portraits. It’s hard (for me) thinking up that many new pictures every time, so there are some repeated ideas from previous years. But there is something new. This year I wanted to ask strangers if they’d be in a picture. So, there’s some strangers in this year’s self portraits, and some familiar faces with friends. This might be my favorite year, yet. Every year, I wonder if this is the last year I’ll do this. I don ..read more
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Just before they got married
Justin Hackworth Photography Blog
by Justin Hackworth
9M ago
"Photography takes an instant out of time, altering life by holding it still." - Dorothea Lange. I love the power a photograph can take on, and it’s ability to immortalize a moment from the past. Here’s Landon and Brinley, married now, but they weren’t just yet when these pictures were taken. Some day Landon and Brinley will have kids, and maybe those kids will look at these pictures, the beginning of their parents love story, and get a little insight into what their parents were like when they were younger. The images are nice to view, now, but just think of what they’ll mean in 50 years from ..read more
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Shaun Johnson
Justin Hackworth Photography Blog
by Justin Hackworth
9M ago
If you’re not already following Shaun Johnson on Instagram then that’s really your top priority today, but only if you like to laugh. @johnsonfiles We had a great time when he came to the studio to be photographed. And we laughed. Well, I did. Like crazy ..read more
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Headshots for actress Suzanne Pereira
Justin Hackworth Photography Blog
by Justin Hackworth
9M ago
Suzanne Pereira lives in NYC but was in town filing a movie. Luckily we found a time while she was in Utah when she could come to my studio in Provo to be photographed. Suzanne is a delight, just pleasant as can be, and easy to photograph. We had never met but it turns out, we know a handful of the same people. I do hope our paths cross again ..read more
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My approach and philosophy for family portraits
Justin Hackworth Photography Blog
by Justin Hackworth
9M ago
I’ve always loved this quote from Peter London in his book “No More Secondhand Art”, he says, “It is not beauty we are after, but meaning. Big, deep, wide meaning.” That strikes a chord. While I sure appreciate aesthetically pleasing moments with family pictures, my primary aim is to capture authenticity and something that is true, and I value that over an idealized version that might not actually exist in real life. So, I look for genuine, unscripted connections that not only look amazing, but are real. And heartfelt. So, if you are looking for a family portrait that gets at the depth of your ..read more
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Demi Tebow
Justin Hackworth Photography Blog
by Justin Hackworth
1y ago
Demi Tebow is rad. (Miss Universe 2017, for one thing). She’s cheerful, kind as can be, and a real pro. She was up for whatever we asked. She made the shoot feel like a real collaboration and gave it her all to get the best images we could. This shoot was for Mixhers, a company that is made up of some of the best people I’ve ever worked with. The founders are amazing, I love the company mission, and the folks they hire are just the sort of people you’d want to spend all day with ..read more
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Kirby Heyborne portrait
Justin Hackworth Photography Blog
by Justin Hackworth
1y ago
I’ve known about Kirby Heyborne for a long time and always secretly wanted to be his friend because he just seems like the coolest person around. Well, as it turns out as I am so often, I was correct in my assessment. He IS the coolest person around. Here’s a portrait I made of him when he came to the studio a while ago. Among all the other things Kirby is doing these days, he is the host on a BYUTV show called Making Good and if you want to feel like there is some goodness in the world, if you want to see something that will make you laugh and make you cry and make you feel good inside, then ..read more
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