It took me a good handful of years before I could accept digital photography into my life. Coming from a fine art background – having majored in it (photo media, specifically) and spending most of my days winding film to the sound of running water and holed up in darkrooms (mmm, loved that) – I didn’t actually learn digital anything until well after I had graduated. Even the few years following my education, I assisted the pros, all of them still using film. And to think, that was only 8 years ago!
How far we’ve come.
In any case, nothing beats the feeling of images in your hands, and I practically screamed that argument until I broke down and bought my first digital SLR in 2006. (Yes, only 6 years ago. And now the thing never leaves my hand, go fig.) So while celebrating our brother’s wedding a few months ago, you can imagine my immediate love affair with this cute, compact instant camera that a guest (now friend, hi, Jill!) toted around.
It’s a Fujifilm Instax Mini, and I love it. Scott loves it. Our friends love it, too, having seen some bizarre snaps left on our counter after a fun night on the patio. The day of that wedding, I picked up a pack of film from Target, and I planned on using it as my incentive to pull the trigger on the camera itself as soon as I got home. (Because, you see, why pay retail when we have Amazon?)
We stash the photos in a clear vase we keep on the console, and it’s always a fun conversation starter when guests sift through the shots – and we immediately apologize for the absurd amount of Jack’s silly mug. It’s almost embarrassing.
In any case, they’re a sweet reminder of our every day – from date days downtown, a good game of cards with friends or music in nights in the park. We’ve had a busy, fun August thus far, and we have a few more summer trips on the horizon (our annual anniversary vacation included!), so we hope to give it a good workout in the coming weeks.
The mini, sort-of fuzzy images feel nostalgic, and you really can’t beat holding a photograph. We’d also love to print our Instagram shots (you can follow us @yellowbrickhome) and display those in a cute way, too – this post is a great source, but we’ve yet to try any of those ideas.
How do you stash, store or print your photos? There are many creative ways to do so, but it seems that most of us are guilty of keeping everything in its original, digital form. Aah, how we yearn for the good ol’ days – you know, of ten years ago.
Nope, we weren’t perked in any way for the instant camera love. We just really, really… well, we just love our little Fuji.