Instant Photo Fun over the Christmas Break

First of all, I would like to wish everyone a happy new year!

December has been an extremely busy month for me socially (as I’m sure it has been for a lot of people) so I’ve not had chance to blog as regularly as I normally would.

This means that December was a perfect opportunity for me to take some instant photos over the festive break.

I spent Christmas day with my husband’s family and took along my Leica Sofort to take some instant photos.

We had great fun playing about with this camera and taking various photos. The photos were also a nice keepsake on christmas day for the family to take home with them.

Here are a couple I managed to keep from Christmas day:

On boxing day I met up with my family. I have a couple of nephews who are 4 and 7 years old so I thought it would be perfect to use up a few packs of the Disney Polaroid film that I had in my film stash.

I also decided to use my Polaroid 600 camera rather than my SX-70. The main reason for this was so that my nephews could have a play and take some photos too.

The Polaroid 600 camera is a lot more robust for children and there is no risk of accidentally putting fingers through the bellows like on the SX-70.

My nephews had great fun trying out the camera and were so excited to see a photo come out instantly and watch it develop in front of their eyes.

The Disney film is expired so I wasn’t sure if it would be any good but thankfully the photos came out fine and they had the old 70s/80s retro feel about them which reminded me so much of my childhood:

On New Years Eve my Japanese friend stayed with me. In the daytime we managed a quick visit to the Photomatic shop in Brighton where we had these instant photos taken:

In the evening, we ate out with a few other friends at a Japanese restaurant in Brighton. We then went onto a local pub with some friends (and my dog) as my husband was DJing there.

This again, was the perfect opportunity to take my Leica Sofort with me and whilst I gave a lot of the photos away, I managed to keep a couple:

Also at Christmas, my Intrepid 4×5 Camera and Enlarger Kit arrived which was very exciting to receive!

I’m very much looking forward to trying out this new camera and also creating a darkroom for my new enlarger.

2020 is going to be another exciting year for my film photography and I look forward to blogging about all my new adventures!

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