I have been saving up to buy this little pastel beauty for a few months now, and with the recent de-cluttering of my closet, I was able to finally order it. I have wanted a polaroid camera for a very long time and it feels so amazing to finally have one that I can experiment with. The instax mini 8 is available in five different colours: yellow, pink, blue, white, black. I was torn between the blue and the white but eventually decided on the pastel blue as it was just too adorable and cute to resist – not to mention I would probably scuff the white one in no time.
The bundle I got included the camera and 40 shots all for a pretty decent price of £80. Considering the camera alone retails in Urban Outfitters for £90, I was happy with this price. It arrived at my door in this quirky box which pretty much triggered my excitement. It sounds amazingly cringe, but there is something about the bright colours on the box which just made it seem 10 x more exciting to open! Inside it had little silver packs of film and another box that had the camera in. Seeing all the polaroid films in their neat silver packages made me pretty much gag to start taking snaps and get my camera up and running.
I like how it game in quite a good sized box as this box is currently doubling as a place to store my polaroids until I figure out what I want to do with them. Having recently painted my room, I do not want to stick blu tac up over my walls so I think I am either going to string them up around the walls with pegs and string or get a little album to put them in. I can decide later though as they probably will be coming with me to university so there’s no rush! Polaroids are just so easy to liven up any room. If I string them along my shelves then they will give my room some personality, but an album would also be a great way of storing them; knowing me I will probably string up a few of my absolute favourite polaroids and store the rest away in cute albums which I can look back on. I also need to decided whether I want to write on the polaroid! My handwriting is dire and I feel like I would probably ruin the photo.
The camera itself is so quirky and portable that I am in love! It fits perfectly in my hands to take a shot and it is easy to figure out how to work. Despite the instructions being in Japanese, I was easily able to figure it out from the photos and a bit of YouTube, which is a huge help to me as a polaroid camera noob. It also has a dial around the lens which tells you which light setting it should be on. This is such a plus as it limits me wasting film on not knowing what exposure setting the camera should be on. Although, I did have a few troubles trying to figure out lens positioning. The lens is obviously a bit further down than the viewfinder (?) so you have to really think before taking a snap as to whether it is going to be centre. Also the flash goes off for every photo but this does not really bother me.
I have taken about 10 polaroids already and I have only had it for one day, so I know I am going to have to start limiting what I snap as I do not have endless money to re-stock film – especially as it is quite pricey. Most of the photos were of my boyfriend and I as he was heading back home today so we wanted some memories to keep until I see him next. Also, I had to try and get a few snaps of my cats as they are too adorable to resist. I cannot wait to expand my polaroid collection in my final year of university and be able to look back at my collection and smile (sounds so soppy!). I could not think of a better way to document my final year of university.