Last month, Ben Blair and his siblings gathered at his parents’ house to celebrate the 80th birthday of his father, Robert Wallace Blair.

Ben’s sister, Carol, had the brilliant idea to hire Justin Hackworth to hang out during the gathering and get candid shots of the event. So smart! — it’s so hard to be both photographer and attendee of a gathering. I love that Justin was there, recording everything with his lens, so that the Blair siblings could relax and enjoy each other’s company.

My favorite shots are the ones of the family singing. I wish I could have been there!

Justin also happened to be at our home this morning. Ben Blair and I had our 15th anniversary in August and one of the ways I wanted to celebrate was to have our portrait taken. When I heard Justin was going to be in Denver, I reserved some of his time right away. I can’t wait to see how this morning’s photos turned out.