What should I get for my birthday?

What should I get for my birthday?

Tomorrow is my birthday, so today, in a totally self indulgent blog post, I would like to ask for your input.

I am a big fan of the #printyourphotos movement and as you will be well aware my most favourite way to print to preserve is in photo books to ensure I capture the story that goes with the images.  But for a while now I have been considering buying a Fuji Instax Mini and I have the following questions for you…

Who has an Instax camera?

Where do you store your prints?

Do you ever consider scanning them to share digitally and create backups?

If you have one what do you love about it?

If you want one, what is your main motivation?

Who uses Becky Higgins #projectlife? This idea below certainly appeals to my creative side.

I’d love to hear all YOUR ideas about the “Polaroid Revival”.

  • Darla DeMorrow
    Posted at 00:30h, 28 February Reply

    Even back when we had Polaroids, I was never into them. I hated that the film was so expensive, and if the shot didn’t come out, it was ruined forever. Plus the waiting…waiting…waiting to see it develop. Just torture! (I know, some people are still waiting for the Fairy Godmother of Film to develop rolls they have in their dresser drawers!) I think the biggest leap forward in photography for amateurs like me is being able to instantly delete bad shots- for free. Can you do that on an Instax? Also, since they are strange sizes, they don’t really appeal to me. Now I’m going to have a bunch of smaller prints wiggling into my stacks of 4×6 and 5×7’s?

    But then again the whole point of presents is to get something that you are romanced by and isn’t particularly necessary, so if you really want one, then go for it!

    • Mara
      Posted at 14:30h, 01 March Reply

      My head is definitely with you Darla, trying to get over where to store them etc but my heart is ‘romanced’ by the notion of something a little frivolous for my birthday 🙂

  • Holly Corbid
    Posted at 08:15h, 01 March Reply

    They are nostalgic and pretty fun. They aren’t going to fit perfectly size-wise in your collection, nor is the quality going to be great, but as a mom with a pre-teen that begged for one for her birthday, it’s a beautiful thing to watch my daughter and her friends get SO excited over an instantly printed pic. You could totally digitize the good ones (and not all of them are)…or not. It’s more about the experience of taking and enjoying the pic instantly than it is about the pic. I’d say go for it!

    • Mara
      Posted at 14:31h, 01 March Reply

      I am sure it would be fun and I know my own kids would love it too.

  • Richard Lippert
    Posted at 08:25h, 01 March Reply

    I have one and use it for fun. Indulge and get one. Quality is not too great but it is fun popping off shots and handing them to the people you shoot the picture of. I actually have the very last photo of my mother I took with one on a lark and just for kicks. Wouldn’t give it up for a million bucks for the time we had afterwards just looking at the thing together!

    • Mara
      Posted at 14:31h, 01 March Reply

      Now that is great input Richard, thank you!

  • Sherra
    Posted at 04:08h, 02 March Reply

    This is a great video of a pro photographer who loves her instant film camera! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S9oBTwLnwi0
    Photography Concentrate puts out some great stuff. Hope you already bought the camera for yourself – it’s a fun indulgence! 🙂

    • Mara
      Posted at 11:41h, 02 March Reply

      I love Lauren and Rob, can’t believe I missed this! Thanks for sharing Sherra.

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    Posted at 13:07h, 03 May Reply

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    • Mara
      Posted at 13:27h, 03 May Reply

      Thank you for reading!

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