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Four Hattast-ique Years

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October is here. There is a chill in the air. A change in the wind. The days are getting shorter. The sunsets are more vibrant.There's something strangely beautiful about this season. It reminds me how important it is allow changes to flow. I cannot stop a leaf from letting go of it's branch. I can only appreciate the act of life that it graciously expresses. From a bud to a flower in the spring, to the thriving green leafs that hang from the tree all summer, to an explosion of bright warm colors that cover the earth, as we slowly...

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Life as an Ebb and Flow

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I was reflecting on the amazing summer that I had with my family and friends and started to picture life as an ebb and flow.  Man I have been feeling on top of the world lately, I am enjoying the feeling that the bit! Me is back (basically I feel like myself again).  After a rough year, fighting personal battles, it feels like the victory has finally set in.  I had to take the journey of the ebb to find me again. It was painful. I was resistant to the fact that I had put all my self-identity and worth...

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2018 So Far...

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Time sure does fly. Especially when you're not pay any attention to it. I can't believe the first six months of the year have come and gone. What an adventure it has been so far!  As I sit here on this hot summer day, as the afternoon thunder storms start to roll in, I can't help but to take the time to reflect on all the experiences we have had. Since January, we have done nine events. We have been on the road longer than we have been home. And when we are home, when the stars and our schedules...

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Malabad Images

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"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. ...

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Steampunk Cosplay

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"Imagination is everything. It is the preview of life's coming attractions." - Albert Einstein  The World of Cosplay  Imagine a world where every day you dress up as your favorite pop-culture characters. Every day you are something different. One day you are Wonder Women from the DC Universe. The next day you are Alice in Wonderland. Follow me down this rabbit hole as we explore the world of Steampunk Cosplay.  Cosplay literally means "Costume Play", and it is exactly what it sounds like!  It was inspired by the practice then-known as fan costuming at science fiction conventions, beginning with the...

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