Sometimes I just wake up and know that the day will be great. I was looking at quotes about smiles recently, and one that caught my eye was: "There is always a reason to smile, so find it." I adore this idea. There is always a way to see the glass half full, and one way we are able to capture the world in a beautiful light is through cameras.
But, how do we create a picture perfect memory? With polaroids of course. Polaroids have been trending like crazy for the past two years, I mean, it's to be expected considering our generation is iconic for bringing vintage styles back into play. But why do polaroids add an extra element that digital photos lack? It's because of the sentimentality and value a polaroid brings to a picture. Not only is the picture now one-of-a-kind, which adds value, but also if you're going to spend $1 per film, you're going to make it count.
Now, you must also ask yourself, is obtaining a polaroid camera a) worth the money and b) worth the inconvenience? The camera alone is just short of $100 and the film is a constant upkeep. Why continue to pay money, when any smart phone can take a quality picture for free? Then, there is the inconvenience of taking a picture of the picture if you want to post it on social media, and if you don't, then the picture is as disposable as any other keepsake -- it'll get lost in the pile. Not to mention, if you take the picture with friends, and they all think it's cute, then they, too, will want a copy and are sad that they don't have a polaroid of the moment as well. But, it doesn't stop there because you also only have one shot to get the picture right, or else you just wasted a film. That can be a lot of pressure, especially if you're travelling, with no time to stop at the store, and it's your last film. But, a polaroid is cute, trendy with our generation, and just plain nostalgic. I doubt the trend will end anytime soon, and rightfully so.
Personally, I've always preferred to live in the moment than capture it, so I've never invested in one of these. However, I do love the idea behind it. Though inconvenient, when there is only one copy of a picture, the moment becomes more sentimental, and I'm a sucker for sentimentality. If I ever do purchase a polaroid, I won't regret it.