Justin Hackworth.

I am usually the one in the photo who is hiding behind someone or something. I've always hated photos of myself. My flaws seem to scream to me. My pores and lines and limpish hair. My husband often stands by me as I upload photos off our camera so he can "save" photos of me. I'm known for deleting all photos with me in them.

I've always wanted to love a picture of myself. I knew that if anyone could capture a picture of me that I liked, it would be Justin.

I was lucky enough to acquire one of Justin's portrait sessions. I was excited and nervous as I arrived at his beautiful office, not far from my home.

I've never quite had a photography experience like this before. I walked into Justin's office and he sat me down to "chat." He asked about where I grew up, what I did for a living, how many kids I had, why I blog. He laughed at my jokes. He put me completely at ease and made me feel like he cared about what I had to say. It made the photo session much more fun.

Justin's photo studio is unique. No props. No poses. No nonsense. Clean. I like that the pictures are about the people; not about the setting. The faces are the star. That's rad. 

A huge "thank you" to Justin Hackworth. I had a wonderful experience with the photo session yesterday. I'll be back. (With my family next time. I much prefer pictures with my kids in them. They are way cuter than I am.)

32 comments

  1. Hannah, those pictures are fantastic. You look amazing in them. I specially like the black and white one - I have a thing for b/w pictures. =)

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  2. Fun! You look great. I love your sweater. Too bad we don't live closer - I'd borrow it... well, once this belly of mine is delivered :)

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  3. beautiful! i'm with you about my pictures, always finding the flaws! but i think our kids will appreciate them in many years to come :)

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  4. What a beautiful daughter I have. Good work Justin.

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  5. You look stunning! OMG.Beautiful photos, beautiful subject.

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  6. I love it! I knew your picture would be beautiful and I've been dying to hear about how your session went.

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  7. Beautiful photos of a beautiful you!

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  8. You look stunning, I lake it!
    Kisses.

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  9. Gorgeous, gorgeous, GORGEOUS! Someday I need to meet this Justin Hackworth I've heard so much about!

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  10. Beautiful. I wish we lived closer to Provo so he could take photos of my cherubs.

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  11. Isn't Justin the best? You are SO BEAUTIFUL! :)

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  12. You are so incredibly beautiful Hannah. (I was a little intimidated by just how gorgeous you are the first time I met you.)

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  13. oh, goodness, Lindsey. You are too nice.

    I was intimidated that I was COOKING for you the first time I met you. Whoa. I can't believe I had the guts to cook for the food genius.

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  14. Fabulous portraits! You look gorgeous!

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  15. so pretty!! congrats on a fab photo shoot and the new domain too! hooray. happy valentines.

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  16. so awesome! :) you look so pretty!

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  17. beautiful photos, you have an elegant grace about you!

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  18. gorgeous. I love that blue on you.

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  19. Beautiful photos. You look like royalty. I especially like the b/w one. The best thing about you is that you're beautiful on the inside & it comes through in your photos.

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  20. Hi Hannah,
    I'm Justin's sister and found your blog through him. Then I saw you comment on Tiffany's Would Be Writer's Guild. I love her blog too. Small world.

    Anyway.... just wanted to say that your pictures turned out GREAT!! And glad you like Justin's work. He awesome! And I'm not biased AT ALL :)

    Keep up the good [designing, photographing, cooking, blogging] work.

    Jen

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  21. You look stunning, what a gorgeous treat to have for yourself. I do know what you mean about photos of yourself though, I am just the same.

    The photographer sounds incredible, just like our wedding one who completely put me and my photo shy husband at ease.
    xx

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  22. Beautiful pictures. I wish I lived closer to Provo so I could get pics like this. I'm the same way, deleting all pictures of myself thinking, "well I'll just save the ones I like (and then never liking any)" Funny how when I look back at old pictures now I think, Oh I kinda looked cute in that one. Maybe time is all you need. Not for these though, they're great!

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  23. Beautiful photos! My husband went to high school with Justin. Now we know where he is and what he does. Your blog is beautiful. Your saying to blog what you live is perfect and I wholeheartedly agree!

    Oh, and I have the honor of being your 1111th follower. Cool!

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