Why I Bought An Instant Camera
My grandparents gave me a beautiful Canon DSLR camera on the day that I graduated from college. I jumped with excitement, and then proceeded to use it on automatic for a few years. When I started blogging, I realized it would be good to actually learn how this thing works so that I could be more in control. I signed up for an online course, and then read/watched the lessons a few times. For me, I'm a visual learner, and studying something very technical at home was a challenge. I was able to pick up some basic terms (ISO, f-stop) and tricks (natural light is always best) but then I got sidetracked. Planning a wedding is a full-time job in addition to my full-time job and photography fell to the wayside.
I was embarrassed every time I had to use the camera on auto and it became a constant reminder of the unfinished lessons waiting on my dashboard. Then one day I was browsing through the internet and I saw a DIY for hanging polaroids on string lights. It was SO cute and I wanted to make it immediately. Except... I didn't have a polaroid camera.
I got to googling, and coincidentally Prime Day was happening. The Fujifilm Instax Wide was on sale, and I loved the vintage look it had, plus how much larger the prints were. I appreciate extra room in a photo; for props, blankets, puppies, etc. The camera is big, but not heavy or a pain to carry around. I haven't celebrated anything without it in months. You can also go for the more classic mini, which is lighter, more popular, and creates teenier photos. I LOVE the instant gratification of both, and I find people are more willing to take a photo when they can see it right after. Additionally, as someone who never finds the time to print albums, it's great to come home after a party and have something tangible to revisit in the coming weeks and years. The film can be pricey, so I highly recommend buying it in bulk.