A Disney Christmas in August

In January, Scott and I took a mini getaway to Disneyland. It was when I was still in a wheelchair but I didn't want to miss the magic Disneyland has to offer around Christmas. It was the last weekend of Christmas decor and we stayed at California Adventure Hotel. For Christmas I got a Hello Kitty Fuji Instax camera and some great Disney and Sanrio film, it was the perfect time to use them. You can find the Disney film here and the Sanrio film here

I'm so used to a Polaroid camera, I'm not familiar with the Fuji settings and some of the film came out overexposed but I still love the effect. Find more on flickr

Lulu Guinness x Impossible Film

I am so excited for this collaboration. Impossible Film has been updating their film with better quality which includes better color formula, better battery and adding fun decorated frames. I had to get the Lulu Guinness iconic red lips, colorfully decorated on the film frame. I've been using the Impossible Instant Lab with my current iPhone 5S. 

They came out warmer than what I imagined but I like the contrast of the frame to the photo. You can buy the film here. The film works with SX-70 cameras and Impossible Instant Lab. Thanks to the ABM team for sending me the fun glasses! 

Locals Only; Shutter + Light

I just have to note the irony of this post- I couldn't blog the past couple of weeks because my disk on my laptop was full. I'm writing about an awesome analog camera shop but my digital photos were taking up space...Well, I thought it was funny. 

UPDATE! Shutter + Light has moved! They are still located in Santa Ana, but the new address is updated below.

 Shutter + Light is a camera store located in Santa Ana, close to my favorite shops, Mothers Market and Harveys. When I head down there, I like to pop in Todd's camera store and say hello, and see what new stuff they carry. They are the only ones in Orange County that carry Impossible Film, offer tintypes, and will offer to test your Polaroid camera to make sure it works before buying film. How awesome is that? I can't keep track of the amount of time and money wasted in thrift stores and ebay searching for the perfect vintage camera only to discover it doesn't work. This is one of the perks Todd offers in his shop. 

I've actually just found out about tintypes through S+L, and I was curious about what they were. I was there for the process and it was awesome to watch. I saw how careful the process was, sometimes it's hit or miss, but just like film, that's the exciting part of it and I can see why Todd does them. 


"A tintype is a handmade photographic process that was invented in the late 1800’s. It is a chemical based process that allows you to put an image on a piece of tin (we use aluminum). So the image you see on the plate is silver. Since it is a chemical based process each image is unique and one of a kind. If you have the same subject and controlled lighting the image will still look a little different because of the way the chemicals were poured on the plate. It’s a fascinating process...When I say beautiful images I mean that in the way they are unique and one of a kind. Like a lot of hand made products they have their flaws and special qualities. They are not perfect and to me that is what makes them beautiful."

You can see more of Todd's tintypes and book your appointment here. The prices range from $60 to $220.


Visit the store for their vintage cameras, too. I was in awe of the vintage Diana cameras they had. It's a small shop but they have so much! If you're going to Disneyland and are short on film, this is the place to go. 

Shutter + Light on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram

904 East Santa Ana Boulevard, Santa Ana, CA 92701

(714) 617-5374
Shop hours:Tuesday-Saturday: 11am-5pm

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LOL Disposable Camera Challenge

Katie from Skunkboy Creatures has a fun disposable camera challenge. I've had the disposable LOL Cam sitting in my drawer for a couple years (and thankfully the battery didn't die out!) Coincidentally, I first used it when I was in Santa Barbara and finished the roll 2 years later in SB. I love "full circle" connections!

I should point out I normally get my film done from Dwayne's and Old School Photo Lab but for something quick like this, I did go to Walgreens per Katie's recommendation. My roll was off either because of the film winding or the Walgreens guy didn't cut it right. Either way, I love them even if they're a little off center. It highlights the weird! 

You can see them all here and there's even a flickr group dedicated to the camera

The camera is sold out but there are different variations of the camera here and here


New Camera Bag; Review of The Lula from Theit Bags

I love my Kelly Moore camera bag but I wanted something with more room. I've used diaper bags before to protect my gear (seriously, they work when you're in quick need), but with experience, I recommend investing in a great camera bag. There are so many out there, but rare as stylish as the one from Theit Bags, The Lula bag designed from one of my favorite blogger, Jen Lula. I've been looking for a bigger one for years, and I knew this was the one. I ordered it late last year and it has been worth the wait. It's even more beautiful in person! I wear all black, and I wanted to tone down the goth girl vibe a bit, so I chose the coral color. 

Yes, it's beautiful but it's very functional. The padding is so thick, and I feel comfortable leaving my most expensive lenses in the bag alone without their cases, but not thick enough that adds excess weight to my shoulder. They're also removable, I can customize it according to what I'll be carrying that day.

Those cute front pockets work, and there is a zipped large pocket on the back, as well as inside the bag. What I love best about it is it doesn't look like a camera bag- it's adorable! But don't let the cuteness fool you, it really is a workhorse! It can fit everything I want. 

In my camera bag- Canon 70D, 18mm lens, Lensbaby, Powershot S95, extra film, pancake lens, Diana camera, mini tripod, extra SD cards, extra battery, light bounce and SD card reader. I also fit my iPad Mini in the back pocket. So much room!

In my camera bag- Canon 70D, 18mm lens, Lensbaby, Powershot S95, extra film, pancake lens, Diana camera, mini tripod, extra SD cards, extra battery, light bounce and SD card reader. I also fit my iPad Mini in the back pocket. So much room!

I did notice there was this weird line going across the top flap of the bag. It doesn't bother me, but I thought it'd be worth mentioning since the bag is a little pricey. I already emailed them and I'll update the post with their reply. The rest of the details are well made and even though I've only used it for a day, I can tell it will take a few beatings while still looking great.

*** UPDATE! ***

I emailed Theit bags and they replied within 24 hours (within a few hours I emailed them actually). The line on the bag is a fold/wrinkle from the material, and it will go away overtime. They've never had a mark or defect, and they stood by their bag quality, they offered me a new one with the exchange I send the current one back. Honestly, I don't want to wait another day without my bag and since the fold will go away overtime, it's even better news since it didn't bother me to begin with but I can see it bother others. Plus I want to make sure I'm honest on everything I love and recommend. After the email with Nicole from Theit, it makes me love the company even more. I should also mention the bag isn't leather but a very strong resistant higher quality synthetic. I actually prefer it, because leather has more maintenance, this material feel like it could outlast some of my cameras. 

I totally recommend this bag. I trust Jen as a mom, a blogger, a photographer and as a friend. I know she wouldn't put her name on something she didn't believe in, and she wrote about the collaboration process. Another blogger I love, Brandy, was also involved with working with Theit bags and I trust her standards as well. After testing out this bag, this is something I love, too. Get your own Lula bag here! More photos here.

Pink Projecteo

I've had sunglasses, a bracelet and now a Instagram projector designed for me. I feel so honored with the relationships i've made with the most creative folks. I've mentioned Projecteo many times and all the projects involved with them (ICYMI, they're here, here, here, here, and here. Can you tell I love them?) The look on my face would have been picture worthy when I opened up the package I received from them- a custom PINK Projecteo! I feel so so honored. The current wheel I have for my projector is memories of Max and I will always treasure it, they hold a special place on my shelf. Projecteo is a great team I love working with and they were so so encouraging and patient when Max died. Most sponsors bailed (yes, as in see ya later!) and didn't wait, but they were so sweet. I can't praise them enough! Thank you, Projecteo!! 

It fits perfectly with my pink camera collection, too! 

Instagram Photos on Marshmallows; BOOMF

I know I always say 'I'm so excited' in every intro to my blog posts, but really, I am! The same folks that brought you Sticky Gram and Projecteo, bring you Boomf. They cooked up a funny idea to put Instagram photos on marshmallows. It sounds like a novelty, but again, just like they blew me away with Projecteo, I was surprised at how much I love Boomf. 

The marshmallows (marshmellows?) come in a secure box, in foil and individually wrapped and separated to preserve the photos printed on the candy. 

They are surprisingly resilient to touch and especially being shipped from the UK, they came in perfect condition. 

I chose 9 of my images from Instagram, and about a week and a half later, they were at my house. I have a friend getting married this year and I can imagine these would be great for her bridal shower, or a topping on cupcakes, stacked at a baby shower, and I can go on and on! 

And yes, they were tasty! The printed photo doesn't take away from the marshmallow taste! (Also, why in the world aren't marshmallows spelled as marshmallows?? I can't write this post without mentioning it). Get your Boomf 'mallows here! 

Cutie-fy Your Lens

One of my goals for 2014 is to take more photos. I've even cleaned out digital space to prepare for the photos I'll be uploading, and since I've been using my pancake lens more than most, I wanted to cutie-fy it. I bought this Photojojo Donut Lens (they also offer the burger lens but since I don't eat beef and I'm not cool enough to be ironic, I didn't get it). 

Here's to a more photo-worthy 2014! And more donuts. Lots of donuts! 

Get Projecteo

When I first heard about Projecteo, I thought it was a cute novelty but was still curious to try it. Projecteo is a mini photo projector from a 35mm photo wheel. You can choose your own photos from your Instagram stream, and make as many wheels as you'd like, nine photos at a time. Once it's inserted into the projector, it runs on the battery provided by Projecteo. 


I decided to theme my wheel from all my favorite moments in pregnancy so far, the hardest part of this process is choosing which 9 photos. I wasn't sure if it was something for me, as much as I love gadgets. However, as soon as it arrived, I can see why this is more than just a novelty. It was easy to store (it's barely 2oz), the wheels are cheap to purchase, and most importantly, you can't put a price on the nostalgia it brings. It was easy to set up, and our darkest room with an empty wall was the nursery closet,  we both oooh'd and ahhhh'd at how cool it was to use (stuffed in a closet and all). 

I also imagined what a great gift this would be. There are no cords, no wifi, all you need is a wheel, a wall, turn off the lights, and you have a projector. It would be a perfect gift to capture the best wedding photos, baby shower, or your favorite Instagram photos. 

I swear it looks much better than the terrible quality my camera took. It's dark and I couldn't use flash to try to capture the full effect.  

I swear it looks much better than the terrible quality my camera took. It's dark and I couldn't use flash to try to capture the full effect.  

Thank you, Projecteo! I can't wait to make another wheel. Sign up using promo code FRIEND03OM and get $5 OFF your first wheel. 

Blogger Disclosure- yep, I was offered a Projecteo for free and yep, I loved it so much I decided to tell you about it.