Photographs. Who doesn’t love them? Well maybe some of you don’t, but they are one of my biggest loves. I’m obsessed, and anyone who knows me will attest to that. I love nothing more than spending an evening going through boxes of old photos or flicking through my laptop, laughing to myself at the memories they invoke. It’s also not unusual for me to sit in my parents’ house for hours on a Sunday afternoon, sorting through old pictures and relaying stories with my Mum about times gone by.
For this post however, I’m going to specifically talk about my love of Polaroids. Capturing a moment and producing an instant print = JOY! I’ve wanted a Polaroid camera for as long as I can remember, but they were expensive back in the day and for one reason or another I never got one. Then they kind of disappeared. Apart from my sister, I didn’t know anyone who had one. The Polaroid dream had died until one day not so long ago, the revival came. Hallelujah!
Early last year I began noticing the odd ad here and there about new Polaroid camera models as well as similar less expensive instant camera options from other manufacturers. What seemed like overnight, these ads were suddenly everywhere. No matter where I looked – television, magazines, social media; like a sign from the photo Gods, Polaroid was there!
I couldn’t ignore it any longer and so began researching different options available. My first proper reintroduction was a few months back when Dave surprised me with an account with a company called Polabora. They print your photos on Polaroids and send them to you, taking away the need for a camera altogether. Genius I thought. What I didn’t realise then was that actually loads of companies were doing this and I was just late to the Polaroid party (awkward for me). I don’t know how I missed it but I was in Polaroid heaven, and started printing a LOT of photos. I have so many printed now that I’ve recently begun working on a Polaroid wall project in our living room – but as it’s not finished yet you’ll have to wait a little longer to see it!
Anyway, I could now print as many Polaroids as I wanted, without the need to pine over a camera anymore. Or so I thought… Having the Polaroids just fuelled my infatuation further and I decided the time had come to treat myself. Given that I was also planning a wedding, what better excuse did I need?!
Our wedding was photo themed from beginning to end; we had a photographer and videographer, we had a retro style photobooth, we had photo stick props, we had a hashtag, we had signs saying please Instagram, we had an Instagram sign prop, we had Polaroid place name favours for each of our guests. And most importantly of all, we had a Polaroid camera.
When browsing wedding ideas on Pinterest, I had seen an image of a Polaroid picture line and just had to have something like it at our wedding. So, I took the long-awaited plunge and finally bought myself a Fuji Instax Mini 8 camera and 120 Polaroid films. The Instax camera is one of the cheaper options on the market, and was the perfect wedding option. I wanted to capture every single second of the day and not miss a thing. I had all my friends instructed to take as many photos as possible. They didn’t disappoint (thanks friends!).
As any bride will know, your day goes by in a heartbeat, you miss so much of what’s going on. People told me this coming up to the wedding and my god were they right. I can’t tell you how happy I am now that I have so many photos to look back on. And I don’t even have my professional photographer photos or video back yet. Can you sense me squealing with excitement? I am!
Realistically, you probably don’t need all of the photo elements that we had on your wedding day, but if you’re looking for a quick, inexpensive way to capture all the fun moments then I would definitely recommend it. We managed to hold on to about eighty Polaroids thanks to our friend Alex who made sure they all got hung up on our picture line, and I can’t tell you how many times we’ve sat looking through them already. All that’s left to do now is add them to my wall project!