love thursday: witness
While I was in Salt Lake City, I had the chance to meet the immensely talented Justin Hackworth, a wedding and portrait photographer based in Provo, Utah. Justin was also on my panel at the Altitude Design Summit (discussing photography on the web), and I cannot begin to tell you what a lovely person he is without embarrassing myself by gushing. In addition, it was just so interesting talking with him, particularly because we come to photography from different places: he's always been a professional photographer who recently started a blog; me, I used blogging to help improve my photography. In any event, we really clicked (ha! see what I did there?), so I was pretty thrilled when he suggested we take portraits of each other.
Right before our panel, I had the chance to meet his lovely wife of almost 10 years, Amy; after we were finished, I showed her a couple of the images from the display on the back of my camera that I had taken of him. "Those are great," she said. "I'm so happy to have them -- we have very few pictures of him, or of us, for that matter."
"You want to take some now?" I asked.
"Well, you're here, he's here, I have my camera, it seems silly not to, don't you think?"
"Wow ... sure! Thanks!"
And so we went back to the lobby, and I shot a few more.
What's amazing about the above images is that none of them were staged in any way -- they just sat down together, and we were all talking and I was just shooting, and these were the images that resulted. And it occurred to me that this is probably why Justin is so successful as a wedding photographer: because this is a man who clearly knows love.
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Happy Love Thursday everyone. Please feel free to leave your stories or links to your words and images of love in the comments below.
And may you know love today.