Both daughters received Fujifilm Instax Mini 7s cameras for their birthdays this year. They were gifts from my dad, who is a very snap-happy person himself. Now the girls can take their own instant pictures, which are much like the Polaroids of yesteryear, only the photos are only the size of a credit card.
With the Christmas decorations up downtown, the girls and I went on a photo walk recently. These are pictures I took, altered to look like Polaroid images. Because I'm super-duper nerdy like that.
And these are some of the better pictures the girls took. I think I should have adjusted the settings on the cameras. The pictures were too faded to scan in some cases.
The important thing was for them to have fun. They love walking in the city.
The indoor pictures look best. Here are three from the skating rink, and another set from Little Sis's stash.
Instax film isn't cheap. My dad has been our main supplier, getting boxes off eBay for less. Wal-Mart carries twin packs of film for a decent price. Each film cartridge gives you 10 pictures. I'm trying to teach the girls how to budget. Save your film for moments you really want to capture. The message isn't sinking in as well as I would like, but if they spend their film, too bad. They either wait for the next holiday, or save up allowance and birthday money to buy their own. (I must say, though, I rather enjoy how Little Sis likes to pose her toys for pictures.)
There are some really awesome accessories and films you can get for Instax Minis. I'm going to get some mini clothespins and baker's twine, so the girls can display some of their photos gallery-style. One very cool website I found is for a store called Mochi Things.com. They carry a large supply of fantastic imported films (too pricey for me, but awesome nonetheless), decorative stickers, and fabulous albums. My favorite albums? Here and here. They also carry a couple of awesome lenses: Hello Kitty! and Mickey Mouse!
I guess the best thing about these little cameras, besides the fact that my girls are little and instant gratification is a good thing, is that we'll never run out of gift ideas. They can always use new film cartridges!
And yes, I have a Pinterest board for this.