"We are making photographs to understand what our lives mean to us."
For the last few months we have highlighted several small businesses. These family owned businesses show us what it takes to start from scratch and work your way up. The perseverance and dedication it takes is inspiring to say the least.
Hattast-ique is in it's third year of operation. Over time we have gained experience, friendships, and life lessons that we will carry with us through the next decade. Before we started down this path of a family business, there was Simplicity Photography. Now known as Malabad Images.
The Beauty of Simplicity
My love for photography began at an early age. As a kid I use to love to play around with my mother's old Polaroid cameras. I was fascinated by the instant pictures this camera would produce after the click of the shutter.
The biggest influence for photography comes from my Grandpa Taylor. I would spend summers at my Grandparents house in Aurora, Colorado. On rainy days, I would watch old movies in my Grandpa's den and go through all his photo albums. My Grandpa had a true love for documentation. He documented his life mainly through photographs. He had hundred of pictures. I loved seeing his life through these still framed moments!
When I was fourteen years old, right around the time digital cameras were becoming popular, I bought my first camera. Of course this wasn't a digital camera. This was a disposable camera. After taking twenty-five pictures, it was time to develop them. After I bought that first camera, I was hooked! I absolutely love capturing my life through these little cameras. Over the next two years, I had bought over thirty disposable cameras. For my sixteenth birthday I was given the choice of having a big party with my friends or a digital camera. Without hesitation I chose the digital camera. After high school, I knew what I wanted to do with my life. I knew I wanted to a professional photographer. And in the summer of 2008, at eight-teen years old, I was hired to shoot a wedding. The thrill of wedding photography is a feeling I still get to this day!
After I shot my first wedding, I had to come up with a name for my photography. Naming your business is such an important part of establishing yourself, especially as a photographer. It took me almost a year to decide what my photography should be called. And then, on a car ride home, the name came to me. Starring out the window at a beautiful sunset, it was the beauty of simplicity that struck me in awe. And that was how I chose the name,
The Beauty of Simplicity Photography by Amanda Taylor.
Over the last ten years, I have seen the growth in my photographic abilities. I have learned everything from shutter speeds to group posing. I have photographed weddings, families, babies, nature and even taken on a few boudoir shoots. And I have learned to balance when to bring me camera along, and when to just enjoy the moment.
It didn't take long for me to rope my husband, Zack, into being a photographer with me, especially when I found out he had a 35 mm film camera. The more weddings I shot, the more I realized I needed his help. And he wasn't half bad! As it turns out, Zack is wonderful photographer. He even took classes and spent extra time in a development room in high school. What he sees through the lens of a camera is different from what I see. And when we work together, we capture all the moments you want to remember forever.
Of course, when Hattast-ique came along, we needed product pictures. This was uncharted territory for me. Give me people and I will capture the beauty within. Give me a product and now I must bring this object to life through a photo. There was a lot to learn. There was a lot of trial and error. It didn't take long for me to jump in and assume the role of the family business photographer. Over the last three years, my photography has pushed me past my comfort zone and driven me to become an even stronger photographer.
Photography is my passion. It is what drives my creative spirit. When all else fails, when I need a pick me up, I grab my camera and set out on a photo adventure. I capture what is in front of me. This is my happy place.
Whatever talent you have, whatever drives you forward, embrace that passion. Find out where it will take you. Explore your world through whatever means bring you the most joy.
Have a perfectly topped off day,