Ruby and Lee wanted a different wedding. Low key, just family. No party. Just a get-together the night before. So that's just what they did. Family members gathered at Ruby's father's house in Salt Lake and had dinner, and make beautiful speeches and tributes to Ruby and Lee. The next day they got married in the Provo Temple, across the street from my studio. There were a few formal pictures taken, there, then Ruby and Lee came back to the studio, just the two of them, for a few more pictures. And that's it. Then off to the honeymoon!
I met Ruby a few years ago when I photographed her sister Meredith's wedding in Santa Cruz. I was always hoping she call me when it was time for her wedding. And what do you know!
Meet Ruby and Lee. (Click on any image to view it larger).
Justin Hackworth photographs extravagant weddings or small gatherings and he wants to photograph you.
Some time ago Kristen came to my studio for headshots and after that, I always secretly hoped that when she got married, she's hire me to photograph the wedding. So, I was delighted and flattered that she told her friends and family she had to check what days I was available before she picked a wedding day.
The night before their wedding in Salt Lake at the Memorial House, they had a dinner with close friends and family at the Salt Lake Hardware building. Beautifully decorated, of course, because Kristen's classy.
Kristen is the sort that's loved by all, and Matt is a lucky man.
Meet Kristen and Matt.
I kept calling him Andrew even though his name is Tyler but I had a good reason. He has a brother named Andrew that looks and sounds just like him, who I also photographed. But that was four years ago, so basically you could say I have a great memory.
Meet Tyler and Sydney, soon to be wed.
Photographed in Provo Canyon, and my photography studio in downtown Provo.
This is a list of my favorite photographs I took in 2016. They are compiled from the client work I got, in addition to the things I shot on my own.
It's an incomplete list, really. I initially selected more images than shown, here, but narrowed it down to a more blog manageable size. And for any one event, I tried to only include a single image. So calling this post my "favorite images" isn't entirely accurate. It is some of my favorite images.
So, out of the thousands and thousands of pictures I took in 2016, here are 165 in random order, that for me, rose to the top.
(Click any image to view it larger, then click through individually)
There is a lot of variety, here, but I hope you can see some stylistic consistency. I hope a unique point of view and perspective comes through. Thanks for looking through these.
And maybe you'll be in the mix for 2017?
About 8 months ago, Derrick Clemments and Court Mann, a couple of cool guys, a couple of writers from Provo's Daily Herald started a podcast, talking about the city of Provo, it's people, and the arts. I was honored to be their first guest on their very first show. Thanks for having me on, fellows! If you care to listen to the episode, it's below.
Their site is here, if you want to see their full lineup so far.
And here's a fun fact. At the time, Derrick Clements was not married, but got engaged shortly after the interview. And after interviewing me about my process, why I'm a photographer, and how I approach weddings, he hired me to photograph his own wedding. Court, you're next, buddy.
Here's the vow renewal ceremony of Sherrod and Emily in Bakersfield, California.
One the best parts about being a wedding photographer is witnessing the happiest days in someone's life. I leave the event feeling good about the world, about life, and love.
Emily and Sherrod's vow renewal ceremony felt just like that, except newlyweds often have no idea what they're getting into and have a wonderfully optimistic, yet untested sense of hope. Emily and Sherrod, on the other hand, after being married for 20 years, knew just what that marriage road looked like, and they loved what they saw. The whole event was very inspiring.
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I photographed two weddings last week. Both, originally intended for outside. After all, it is still September. But, cold weather forced a change on the days of both weddings. Here's a photograph from my friend and former UVU student, Mackenzie's wedding. I'll post more from this happy day once I have them all edited.