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Behind the Photos: Instax Edition

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I've been snapping away with my Fujifilm Instax Mini camera for a fair few years now and so I thought it might be quite cool to delve into my collection and share the stories behind some of the images with you. As sometimes, the stories behind the captured moment can be just as good as the images themselves!


July 2016. Some of my best buds all wrapped up in my blankets with mugs of tea at my birthday BBQ once the sun had gone in. I had to take this photograph because they all looked like little pensioners. This was such a lovely day. The sun shone. We all ate too much. All but one of my best friends could make it. I was very happy. And yes, that blue slug is Lyzi. Hilarious.   

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July 2014. We were staying at my Aunt's house up in the Scottish Borders and she bought us ringside tickets to the Borders Show for a day or two. We wandered around the craft tent, cooed at all the donkeys, laughed way more than we should have at the size of a bull's bollocks and ate fresh lobster caught that morning for lunch. It was my first experience of lobster and I enjoyed it. I especially enjoyed watching my sister try not to vomit it back up and her boyfriend managing to spill salty lobster water all over himself. If you'd like to read more about this trip, you can do so as I shared an Adventures with Bee post all about it. 

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July 2014. A photograph taken on the same trip to the Scottish Borders. I tend to try and escape all of my cousin's kid's schemes by sharing graphic details of my shark attack. Heads up, I told these two that I was a victim of a shark attack by showing them my abdominal scars in order to get out of numerous games of Tag. In this photograph, they're holding up a ransom note for my Mother, who wasn't so lucky, who they had captured in the contraption they're perched on above. I just had to capture the moment because, for me, it just encapsulates youth. Oh, to hold members of your family captive at parties again.  

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September 2015. Graduation day on Plymouth Hoe! I was really depressed on  this particular day so I don't exactly have fond memories of it but it's nice that I have a few photographs of the day, I guess. Looking at this photograph, however, makes me realise how much I miss skulking around Plymouth on a sunny day. I'm definitely going to have to return for a day trip at some point. If you'd like to hear more about my Graduation, as I've really sold it to you here with my tales of woe, head over to my Adventures with Bee post from that very day. 

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Christmas 2014 at the old house playing a family game of Cards Against Humanity. We all squashed into the kitchen and played round after round - terrified and greatly amused by Luke's Grandad's offerings each round. I think laughter is my favourite thing to photograph and I'm glad I captured this moment between Luke, his brothers and Bruna. 

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Summer 2015. I had not long been out of hospital and we were invited to our Mum's best friend's wedding do so I threw on a maxi dress and hoped for the best. I love this photograph because us 4 are very close as a unit, my sister's boyfriend is essentially Luke's best friend, and it just reminds me of the fun we had raiding the buffet for the honey and mustard sausages. It has also become a running joke that we can't take an Instax without one of the boys being a victim of lens flare - there's one unfortunate shot where the flare makes it look as if Luke is entirely bald. Oops!

Aaaand that's a little insight into the stories behind some of my Instax photographs. I'd love it if you too shared your very own photos and the stories behind them so do let me know if you do so. In the comments, I'd love to know about a photograph that you managed to capture that has a funny or heartwarming story behind it...


  1. I have an old Polaroid but it's slowly dying so I'm definitely going to invest in an instax I think. I like the size of the photos and how you can keep them in a wallet or a pocket if you want to. This is a wonderful collection and a lovely way for you to look back on good memories.


  2. Loving this post, I need to get myself an instax, seems like the perfect way to keep a good collection of memories!

    Anika |

  3. Love this post, it reminds me of my own posts of Polaroid Moments or the analogue prints you commented on recently.

    More, please!

  4. I think "Oh, to hold members of your family captive at parties again." may be the best line I've ever read in a blog post. I've been tempted by the idea of purchasing an Instax or some disposable cameras, just because there's something so much more exciting about film photographs than digital! Especially when they transport you back to memories like these. One of my favourite photos I've taken is out of a plane window onto a beautiful view. I'd just received news that a family member had passed, so found comfort in thinking that they were brightening up the sky :-)

  5. Beautiful!

  6. I loved this post Bee! It was so lovely to read all of these little stories. My dad has bought me an Instax mini for Christmas this year and I am so excited to take photos that actually exist in the real world, as opposed to those just lurking around online or on my phone. I did rediscover one of my favourite photos on my old phone earlier today actually: it's of my little sister and my boyfriend. They're both led on their stomachs on my bed laughing together at whatever is on the screen - all I remember is that Luke was playing Minecraft. I adore it because they're two of my favourite people and they didn't know I was taking the photo so their laugher is real and I'm so glad I captured it. xx

  7. This is such a lovely idea for a post. And you've totally reminded me that I need to take my Instax camera out more! My favourite picture I've ever taken with it is definitely one of a friend who let another of my friends do his makeup like Dr. Frank-N-Furter one Halloween. We were just hanging out at my house, so he's just in a normal t-shirt sat on my living room floor, with washing drying on the radiator in the background, and his face done up in perfect Rocky Horror style. If I ever lose that photo I will probably actually cry haha.

  8. Aw I really like that you've shared these photos with us. I have an instax but I don't take it out of the house enough for photos

    Mel ★


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