On our recent family vacation, I took along three of my cameras for documenting (yes I have more than three cameras, it's a sickness). My DSLR of course, my phone camera, and also my Instax Mini 25. I used each one for different purposes.
I'm a confirmed Instagram freak, so of course my phone camera was a must. I really use Instagram the way it was originally intended, sharing moments with family and friends, and so I took photos of things along the way that I knew others would want to see, and moments that struck a cord with me and I wanted to document right there. Here are some examples.
My first photo after we arrived and were having a snack at a sidealk cafe
Kieran collecting shells on the beach
A shot of breakfast one morning
A shot from the flower market, which I took especially for a friend who loves gardening.
I will probably scrap some of these photos in my Project Life album, and even on layouts, but for me sharing photos on Instagram with a caption is also a way of documenting life.
I used my DSLR to get higher quality photos for my main scrapbook albums. And also because I love photography and a vacation is a great time to get some photography practice in.
With my DSLR I am somewhat removed from the action, and I am taking photos more at a distance, and with a wider view. (With my camera phone, I tend to be closer in taking photos of the details.)
I used that last photo on my page for this month's gallery.
I brought along the Instax Mini because I wanted to use the photos to make a mini book. I figured that it would be something I could quickly complete, without having to think about downloading and editing or resizing photos.
I'm so glad I did, because I love how the beach photos look in this format. I'm making a super simple mini-album with them. Just photos + words.
So the next time you're heading off on vacation, or even a day trip, think about how you want to document the trip. You don't have to take multiple cameras like I did, maybe just an Instant camera or a camera phone would do?