If you follow me on Instagram, you probably already know that I have a full on love affair with Polaroid cameras. The nostalgia they have, the texture they bring to an image, it's got a grip on me, and one that doesn't seem to be going away anytime soon. Early on last summer I decided that I wanted to try and capture my entire summer on Polaroid. Now, that's kind of hard, to capture the ENTIRE summer, but the goal was to get the overall feel and vibe of our summer. Paired with the nostalgia of a Polaroid, I just had a feeling it was going to be something special. And I would say I was not disappointed. I still shot lots of other film and cameras all summer, but the one constant was I always had at least one, if not more, of my Polaroids packed. There was always one sitting shot gun in my car. One in my backpack or purse. One in my camera bag. If I went somewhere, I had a Polaroid camera within reach. I'm so proud of this set, which isn't even close to including all the images I took over the summer, but for me it's chock full of memories. Days at the pool with my kids, trips to North Carolina, Decorah, Chicago and Minneapolis. The Iowa State Fair and outdoor summer concerts.
I will treasure these forever and definitely want to get a small set framed to hang up in our house. And beyond the sentimental side of the personal project, I also grew so much with my knowledge and skill of my Polaroids. So much so that I've started to incorporate Polaroids into my sessions and even had a full paid gig last fall just to take Polaroids at an event. Personal projects can and likely will lead to growth in your business. Are you making time for them? I had so much fun teaching about it at Photo Native. It's a topic so near and dear to me, and I'm thrilled to share my passion with others and why they are so important to your professional work. If you missed out on Photo Native, be sure to get on my email list for future speaking and education!