Mini me

In Film

Camera blanket 72ppiAs a kid, I always loved miniature things. Tiny glass animals, small dolls (Little Kiddles, anyone?), anything that could fit easily into a pocket.

So I guess it’s fitting that I fell in love with tiny prints last year. I received a Fuji Mini 90 Neo Classic camera as a gift from my family, and at first I had my doubts about its usefulness. I have an assortment of vintage Polaroid cameras and always enjoyed shooting with them, but I didn’t know how much I’d love the “mini” until I started using it.

What I’ve found is these tiny prints are the perfect way to document my days: the places I go, people I spend time with, interesting architecture I find throughout my week. I especially enjoy capturing details…a snippet of street art, a texture or pattern, a small segment of a larger picture. The camera itself is small enough to tuck into a bag and unobtrusive when slung over my shoulder. That means I don’t mind carrying it everywhere. And it’s so fun to have an instant keepsake to share or take home.

Now I’m at the stage of finding ways to store and display my little treasures. If you walk around my home, you’ll find myriad bowls and containers filled with my small shots.

Heart bowl 72ppi

Just recently I was given this album to help tame my piles of pictures.

Instax book 72ppi

The main thing for me is having images I can see and touch on a daily basis, and easily show to friends and family, and these tiny prints fill the bill very nicely.

P.S. Do you have an obsession with mini prints? Is there a favorite way you choose to store or display them? If so, do let me know. I’m  always on the lookout for new ideas.

~Leslie

12 Comments

  1. I have one of these cameras but have been hopeless at using it. So unlike our daughter who has been obsessively collecting moments from our year with her own little yellow fuji camera!

    • Kirstin, it’s not perfect but for me it’s just fun. Kind of like making your own souvenirs to bring home

  2. I received the neo-classic as a birthday gift last year. I think of the prints as little paintings, and I ofter prop them against a vase for my family to enjoy at the dinner table. Sometimes I glue a photo into my journal, and I have an album/journal to collect my favorites!

    • Clarice, I have some propped up here and there, too! I have been thinking about getting a Midori Traveler’s Journal as a place to keep some of my faves.

  3. These are so much fun, Leslie, and I love your way of displaying them. I’d have a hard time resisting rifling through that bowl to look at them all.

    • Debbie, it’s definitely fun to pick up a stack & sort through them! That’s one reason I have them sitting out

  4. I”ve always wanted one of these cameras Leslie, I might have to start looking into buying one again. I love how you display them and share them to keep the memories accessible and alive at all times 🙂

    • Holly, I’ve been surprised at how much I’ve enjoyed this camera! It’s fun to go low tech and it’s also fun to have little prints to share easily.

    • Staci, you should get one! It’s fun to use and a nice departure from the “serious” cameras.

  5. Thanks, Kim! I rarely get around to printing my digital shots. The Instax prints take care of that problem

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