Justin Hackworth Photo Shoot

Today I am so happy to share with you the magic of photographer, Justin Hackworth.
“This is how it’s going to work,” he says, “You guys just do your thing and I’ll just start taking shots.”
Sure.  Here we go.  Fingers crossed.
And then Justin takes over….

Welcome to Soho, New York!
photo shoot in New YorkDanny and I feel spoiled rotten to have so many professional photos.  I
mean, we figured we’d just have our wedding photos and that would be it
for a long time – at least until we had a baby.  But somehow it hasn’t
turned out that way.  We’re very grateful we’ve been able to
document our little family in the meantime.  I will treasure these
photos so much.  There is so much amazing history behind our time
 Getting ready for a photo shoot is a little bit tricky, isn’t it?  Oh,
what to wear!  I’m usually painting my nails on the train on the way to the shoot.  🙂
There is no one on earth I’d rather be in a photograph with than Danny.  When the
photographer says to look at each other, I end up not being able to take
my eyes off of Danny.  In fact, I get kind of dreamy and carried
away in the moment that I forget we’re being photographed (Justin, could you tell? haha!)  I mean, to
have Danny just looking at me, so joyful and exuding all the love in the
world…it just makes my heart hurt and my eyes feel all twinkly.  🙂
You see, when Danny looks at me, there is not one ounce of hesitation,
or awkwardness coming from him.  Instead, he just offers love, kindness, approval and joy.  I never had that before.  I can assure you it didn’t used to be this way!  Never in my life
have I felt such happiness with my partner – even in front of a camera.  It’s amazing how much a photograph captures. 
But you know what?  Danny just lives that way – he does it very
deliberately because that’s just the kind of man that he wants to be. 
Anyone who has met him would tell you that he makes you feel loved, uplifted and admired.  And
also, I’ve learned to not necessarily rely on Danny to provide all this
happiness for me.  I know that sounds tricky and it’s hard to explain.  But because I don’t put
that pressure on him and instead take responsibility for my own wellness, it’s
like my happiness is all the more real…and I then have it to offer him, too.  Anything that he offers me
(which he does!) is just icing on the cake.  It has made all the difference. 
Love to you all on this Monday!  
Here’s to a good week for all of us.
P.S.  I know you don’t need a loving partner to feel joy.  You can feel it on your own.  In fact, that’s when you know it’s real.  This is the first photo of my life where I felt it.  It was a couple of
months before my first husband left.  But I can assure you, that joy you see was all my
own.  In my dreams – I want you all to be able to document yourselves feeling joy….the REAL kind of joy that is not dependent on your circumstances.  Keep that in mind.  If the stars align, I would love to somehow have a photo gallery of all your beautiful faces.  I want to add a few things to our site and that is on the list!
P.P.S.  We are always battling the New York minute around here, and so for this shoot I called Madewell and said I’d be stopping by.  I asked if they could pull a few ideas together in advance.  When I arrived, they had some suggestions and it made it a lot easier to pick and choose what I liked.  Ask for Melissa Haske at the Soho location.  She was so helpful!  

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  1. Anonymous September 24, 2012 at 6:44 am - Reply

    Oh, you are always so lovely together…. Have a great week both of you!

  2. Jeane M. September 24, 2012 at 9:57 am - Reply

    Fab! What a sweet thing to do! Love seeing those sparks together. Got my eye on your next posts

  3. Sage September 24, 2012 at 10:40 am - Reply

    Loving the love! Thanks, Mara and Danny!

  4. Amy September 24, 2012 at 12:41 pm - Reply

    What does Danny appreciate about Mara?

  5. Camille September 24, 2012 at 1:13 pm - Reply

    The love you guys have is almost unbelievable. These pictures are great! 🙂

  6. Melissa September 24, 2012 at 3:56 pm - Reply

    They turned out AMAZING!! Since I met you both I've DEVOURED your blog… So inspiring!! Thanks for the shout-out! 🙂

  7. rebecca s. September 24, 2012 at 4:38 pm - Reply

    i have shared your amazing blog with everyone i know. i wish i could share it with everyone i don't know! you are both amazing and your love and your blog are so inspiring, i'm sure your readers would agree.

    gorgeous photos!

    and miss mara: you are smoking hot! i need to try on a pair of those pants. 🙂

  8. Laurie September 24, 2012 at 7:57 pm - Reply

    Love the photos… they are fabulous as always. And thanks for sharing your inner feelings, you always make me smile.

  9. Lisa September 24, 2012 at 8:50 pm - Reply

    The pictures are so bright and joyful, but nothing too cheesy, they are the perfect dose of cuteness. I always like how you guys coordinate in your clothes color palettes in photo shoots , but this one is my favorites. You are not matchy-matchy but you look so well paired together 🙂

  10. adrian and caisa October 1, 2012 at 4:12 am - Reply

    you are so beautiful Mara!

  11. Anonymous October 2, 2012 at 5:39 pm - Reply

    Yep. That's what this blog needed: one more photo shoot. Can we say s e l f a b s o r b e d?

    • danny October 2, 2012 at 6:25 pm - Reply

      Anon –

      You are certainly entitled to your opinion. One comment from me, or the absence or existence of one more photo shoot most likely won't change your mind…which is just fine by me. You can feel about us however you like.

      However, a little perspective may soften your opinion. One photo shoot was done because friends volunteered us to model for their photographer friend who needed a couple for a class he was conducting. Another photographer was going to be in NY and wanted to offer services as a token of gratitude because they felt our blog had been helpful to their family in some shared circumstances. Another photographer was in the city on other business and offered services. One of our favorite pictures was taken by someone Mara used to work with in a professional capacity and was offered as a wedding/gift and congratulations.

      Each of them have been wonderful to meet and work with, are delightful human beings with incredible talent, and we happily post pictures and credit them regularly. They most certainly have our gratitude and support. It is unfortunate that for you this detracts from the other things Mara and I try to do on this blog. Hopefully you can look past this shortcoming, whether perceived or accurate. I wish you well and hope that if what you find here doesnt benefit you that you will be able to find it elsewhere. Best, Danny.

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