Instax by the Ocean

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My favorite summer tradition is a week long beach vacation in Newport Beach, California! We have been going to the beach every year for as long as I can remember, and it’s seriously my most favorite thing. The weather is always perfect, and I have to admit it’s the most CHILL vacay that you can imagine (especially with a whole house full of kids)! We usually rent a different house every summer but always within a block or so of the beach and within walking distance of the closest grocery store.

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From SLC, it’s about an 11 hour drive to the beach! I love the familiarity. I love the ease and simplicity. There aren’t very many places that we go that everyone is totally content to play on the beach all day! This year, we rented a house with my parents and siblings. We had both levels of a 2-story house, and it fit our family perfectly! Eric’s siblings also came to the beach at the same time, so it was a combined total of all the people we love in our favorite place!

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Every year, I take some of my most favorite photos while at the beach! I basically wish I could just press pause on life while we are there! It really is a little heaven on earth as far as I am concerned! This year, I took a few Instax cameras and gave them out to family members, and invited everyone to take instant pics all week.

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As the week progressed, it was so fun to see the stack grow, and the photos turned out so awesome! It’s definitely a different kind of feel than a regular 4×6 photo and there is a really unique nostalgic vibe captured in each image. Maybe because the image isn’t particularly perfect, or sharp like we are used to from the super advanced SLR images, there is a little room to reconstruct each image with your own thoughts and feelings.

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I sat down each day for just a few minutes, and tucked the photos into one of my Instax albums, along with some of the little insert cards.

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This is the perfect solution for memory keeping on the fly.

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The insert cards come in a little plastic card case which is perfect for traveling with. Each case holds some journaling cards, decorative cards, stickers and little instax frames. I usually like to lay them out on the table surface and figure out all the spots for my mini album “spreads” before I actually slide them inside.

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I kinda grouped these shots more by their visual quality, rather than something chronological… I feel like they all capture the moments that combined to create this amazing week that we had together.

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These little images are one-of-a-kind. You can’t really re-print them… or get “doubles”. But that is also part of what makes them so special.

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These aren’t the only photos we took at the beach.. I still shot w/ my SLR, and my iPhone… I also took my GoPro which takes some amazing shots! So, I guess you could say that I wasn’t going to miss anything! And pretty much that is the closest I will get to freezing those moments in time!

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You can find my Instax collection of products at Michaels stores… whether you are tucking them into a book, hanging them on a lit banner or displaying them on a shelf or at your desk… instax prints have an amazing way of capturing all the feels!

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