As a photographer + blogger, I have hords of photos on my phone, computer, harddrives, etc.
It’s messy. It’s scattered.
And it’s certainly not all framed or tangible in photo albums or our space.
There is something beautiful about capturing a moment when you’re at the beach, out with friends or on vacation and having that photo not get lost in the noise of your camera roll. Or on an SD card that is screaming for you to edit the images as soon as you get home. (forget your inbox! don’t you want access to these photos?!) No thank you.
Believe me, I know everyone loves the convenience of instant digital (I do too) but I also love instant film + instant printing too.
One of my favorite gifts I’ve received in the past year was a beautiful album that fit 128 instax minis into its pages. Thank you, Mom! There they were: the raw moments, silly splendor, crazy nights, simple moments. All captured (and printed) in the moment through laughs and cries alike. No stress of editing, or getting the perfect shot, or ordering prints online.
This is why instant printing is so powerful. Not to mention – fun!
Instant printing is perfect for events (weddings, parties, holiday shindigs) and for kids who are interested in photography but I also love them for travel – you can instantly capture something and give the print to friends or strangers that you meet + photograph!
Ever since being introduced to the Polaroid Snap + Polaroid Zip, I’m crushing hard! They’re new toys similar to the Instax Mini + I love them. The Snap works similarly to the Instax cameras where you capture the image + then the camera spits out the printed image out the side. We took ours hiking with us and some dear friends and upon reaching the snow covered lake at the top, I reached in my bag + snapped a photo with this, instead of my cell phone. That photo now of our beaming faces serves as a bookmark that makes me smile every time I close my book.
The Polaroid Zip on the other hand is a little instant printer. If you’re hangin’ out with me on Instagram (which I hope you are!) then you may have seen I hosted a giveaway with one of these as the prize earlier this fall! Everyone loved it and went wild for the giveaway! It’s so simple. You just hook up your phone via bluetooth to the printer and instantly print any image. It was perfect when we were setting up Aaron’s little sister’s dorm room. We had taken some photos that day that she wanted up on her bulletin board – boom! – pulled out this guy + there we were! She was freaking out excited about it. See? It’s powerful. Tangible.
PRINT THOSE MEMORIES!
I challenge you this season to capture your favorite memories in the moment and to stress less about the perfect shot. Capturing the moment is important for me (helllllo, looking back at family photos is my favorite) but I never want the stress of digital clutter to get in the way of that.
Break out the polaroid camera and the ‘big’ cameras (ya know, the ones that aren’t attached to Facebook instantly) so that you are savoring and recording the memories, not just posting them. Have a fantastic holiday week + enjoy making those memories!