Amelia Island on Film

Last weekend, my husband and I were able to sneak away for a quick weekend trip to the Florida coast - Amelia Island.  We stayed at the Amelia Island Plantation Resort - and it was beautiful.  We enjoyed pockets of sunlight in between the clouds, and it was good to get away for a bit.  

I decided to only bring two cameras on this trip - my Pentax K1000 and my Fuji Instax Mini (for a mini book I decided to make at the last moment, which I'll share soon).

Here are a few of my film captures.

how to make a polaroid film photo wall

  How to Make a Polaroid Wall - Azzari Jarrett

I started creating a polaroid film wall a little over a year ago.   I have received a number of questions about how I created it, what I used to attach the polaroids, how are they holding up, etc.  I knew it was definitely time for a post.

After I scan them, the majority of my polaroids end up in this drawer of my workspace:

How to Make a Polaroid Wall - Azzari Jarrett

This is definitely not the best way to store them!  I wanted to display my favorites - and knew that I wanted to make a polaroid film wall.  The majority of photo walls that I found online were prints or copies of actual photographs, not the polaroids themselves.

When selecting an adhesive, I knew that I had to decide carefully.  These polaroids are all originals, they are not copies or prints.  I wanted to preserve them so that I could remove the adhesive if I decided to take the photos down and still keep the photo intact.  That ruled out any permanent adhesive.   Here is my secret sauce, what has worked for me.

How to Make a Polaroid Wall - Azzari Jarrett

Scotch Restickable Tabs - simple, cheap, and a little over a year later, they are holding up pretty nicely.  I have taken a few polaroids down and re-positioned them, and the paint on my wall is still intact as well as the photo.

Adding one more polaroid to the mix, this one captured with the polaroid land camera.

How to Make a Polaroid Wall - Azzari Jarrett

How to Make a Polaroid Wall - Azzari Jarrett

On the back of each polaroid, I attach four of the mini tabs to each corner.

How to Make a Polaroid Wall - Azzari Jarrett

After removing the liner, the polaroid is ready to be attached to the wall.

How to Make a Polaroid Wall - Azzari Jarrett

I like to group the polaroids by size and orientation to maintain a cohesive look and feel.

How to Make a Polaroid Wall - Azzari Jarrett

To secure each photo to the wall, I apply a little pressure to each corner.

How to Make a Polaroid Wall - Azzari Jarrett


Amazingly simple, and definitely a conversation piece in any room.  Plus, a way to artfully display your work.

How to Make a Polaroid Wall - Azzari Jarrett

I have noticed that in the winter, some of the edges do curl up due to the heat in the house.  I simply push them back down evenly, and they are fine.

Please do let me know if you try this at home!


what's in my camera bag, part 2

Azzari Jarrett - Digital Cameras Today I'm finishing up my round up of cameras with my (small) digital collection.  You can read more about my film cameras here - what's in my camera bag, part 1.

The majority of digital images that appear on this blog were taken with my Nikon D90.  As much as I loved that camera, I gave it to my mom.  Hopefully she will start using it soon!

1. Nikon D600 - I have had this camera for a year now, and I really love the full frame.  I use this camera to capture my girls, take portraits, and client work.  I also love being able to capture full HD video.  My Nikon 50mm f/1.4 lens usually lives on the d600.   I am definitely a Nikon girl - I love the way the camera feels in my hands and I find the LCD screen is extremely user friendly.

2. iPhone 5s - You know how they say that the best camera is the one you have with you?  Well this is it for me.  I use my iPhone daily, as in  I have 64 GB for this reason.  All of my instagram photos are taken with my iPhone and I can't say enough about how this digital medium follows me everyday!

3. Fujifilm x100S - the x100s is my newest digital camera.  When I'm shooting with this camera, everyone always assumes it is film, love that.  Ronnie wrote a really good review of this camera, which encouraged me to purchase it.  So glad that I did.  It's slim, compact, and most of the time, I can take pictures in public without ever getting noticed.  I used this camera for all of my submissions for habit during the month of April.

Ant there you have it, what's in my camera bag!  I'd love to see what's in yours.  For fun, here's what I carried in my (diaper) bag 3 years ago (not sure what happened to that Canon!)

I'm glad to answer any questions in the comments below.


what's in my camera bag, part 1

Azzari Jarrett Film Cameras I love to see what other photographers and creatives have in their bags, so here is my first installment - all about my film cameras.

I've collected all of these cameras over the last 4 years - beginning with the manual, 35mm Pentax K1000 (read the post here).   And I guess it is obvious that I became hooked!  Below, I've grouped my cameras by film type.

A. Jarrett Instant Film Cameras

Let's get started with the instant film cameras.

1.  Polaroid Land Camera 250 - I love this camera.  I use Fuji Fp 100c  peel apart color film (mostly for shooting outdoors) or Fuji FP 3000b for black and white photographs, which I mainly use indoors.  I love the results of this camera - the pictures are always beautiful.  It took practice to learn how to focus correctly.  Also, when I take the land camera out in public for a shoot, it is definitely a conversation starter.  People are always interested and love to share their memories of their grandmother/grandfather using this camera.  Images that I have taken with the polaroid land camera are here.

2.  Polaroid Land Camera 660 - This camera takes traditional Polaroid 600 film, which is no longer available.  I still have a few packs left that I am hoarding which I purchased from ebay over a year ago.  The Impossible Project now makes polaroid film, but I have to admit that I haven't experimented with their film extensively.  I bought one pack and did not get good results, but I may have to give it another try!  I almost always shoot outdoors with this camera since I never use the flash.  Images I have taken with my polaroid are here.

3.  Fuji Instax 210 - Definitely a fun camera - bright, bold images.  I always shoot outdoors with this camera, since the flash automatically fires indoors.  Images I have taken with the Instax 210 here.

4.  Fuji Instax Mini - Another fun camera that I don't use as often as I should!  Mini version of the Fuji Instax 210, and cute, small pictures.

A. Jarrett 35mm cameras

Next up, the 35mm lineup.

5. Nikon F100 - Definitely my go-to camera.  I purchased this camera used from ebay, and I absolutely love it.  An automatic 35mm camera, it fits in my hand perfectly.  Great for shooting with a baby on my hip!  The F100 takes traditional 35mm film - my favorites are Kodak Ektar 100 , Kodak Portra 400 , and Fuji Pro 400H.  Images I have taken with the F100 here.

6. Pentax K1000 - My first film camera, and it definitely has my heart.  It is a heavy camera, completely manual.  I can honestly say that shooting with this camera really taught me how to adjust my settings and focus manually.  As with the Nikon 35mm, it takes all traditional 35mm film. Images I have taken with the Pentax here.

AJarrett Medium Format Cameras

Finally, my medium format cameras.

7. Contax 645 - I don't use this camera nearly as much as I should!  I have found that the battery is not as reliable as I would like.  Love the feel of the Contax 645 in my hands - and the resulting images are beautiful.  Takes 120/220 film, and I also have a polaroid back for this camera.  Images I have taken with the Contax here.

8. Hasselblad 500c- I purchased this camera on a whim from a camera shop during a visit to San Francisco a couple of years ago.  I saw it, took one look through the viewfinder, pressed the shutter, and took it home with me that very day.  It takes 120/220  film - although here, it is outfitted with a polaroid back.  I should also note that I use a light meter to help me set the exposure.  I made a short film with this camera to demonstrate what it is like to shoot with instant film.  Images that I have taken with this camera here.

And there you have it - my film cameras.  I use each in a different way.  Mostly, I pick up what is closest and has film loaded!

In my next installment of What's In My Bag, I'll share a bit more about the digital cameras I use.

Feel free to ask me questions regarding any of these cameras, and I'll answer in the comments below.