Polaroid Memories

Isn't time a funny thing?

My mom and I always say that. Because time is a funny thing. It's a really weird thing. Life tends to sneak up on people. That famous quote from One Tree Hill describes it pretty well, 

“One day, you’re 17 and you’re planning for someday. And then quietly, without you ever really noticing, someday is today. And then someday is yesterday. And this is your life.” 

Don't get me wrong though, I am so glad I'm not 17 anymore. Life changes for a reason, we grow up, we change, we meet new people. It's the moments in the middle that make me nostalgic though. All the family holidays that you think will never end when you're younger. The car rides with your dog in the middle of summer. Decorating for your birthday parties with your mom. Your first date. The people you meet throughout your life, when you're in high school or college, that are sometimes just in your life for a short glimpse of your whole life in retrospect. The moments we don't think about until later on though. 

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I love photos, polaroids especially. I'm sure you're sitting there thinking, "of course you do Samantha, you're a photographer" and who doesn't like photographs? I'm such a nostalgic person though, photos just make me feel a certain way. I don't know how to explain it, but it's a happy-sad feeling. I love that photos can take us back in time, make us remember memories or relive moments. They also make me sad though, knowing there's certain memories or places you'll never look at the same. There's certain people you may never see again. People move away. Animals (and people) pass away. Traditions change. 

Back home I spent a lot of time looking at old photographs. From when I was younger or before I was born. I loved looking at my grandma's old photo albums, trying to figure out what the feeling was like when the photo was taken. My grandpa passed away when I was only 4 so I've spent a lot of time over the years looking at photos of him and asking my mom questions because I want to feel like I know him more. All the photos have helped with that. 

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I guess that's what people would say is the beauty of it all though and what's so nice about photographs. Because even if people do leave and things change, you'll always have that memory and that photo to remember it all. 

And I call these Polaroid Memories because I treat polaroids a little differently than other photos. In today's world we're so lucky to have high-tech phones that let us take photos so easily. We can pretty much capture every moment of every day on our smart phone. And with my DSLR have unlimited shots that I can take (well about 3,000 when both my memory cards are empty). We constantly snap away. We post our photos on Snapchat, and Facebook, and Instagram, and we share it with all our friends and followers to see. We have a tendency to not print photos out like we used to. I promise it's different holding a memory rather than just looking at it on your phone though. 

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That's why polaroids are extra special (and I'm sure all you avid film users are rolling your eyes or maybe agreeing) because you don't have endless shots to take. So you have to pick and choose what you want to document. I know a day or a moment meant a lot when I have a polaroid of it. 

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There's just some things I never want to forget, even if they make me a little sad. I hope I always remember my family's dog, Lizzy, the best beagle to ever grace this planet. And all the trips I took with my mom to California, Colorado, New York City, Chicago, and in between. And the holidays every year with my grandma, and siblings, and all my aunts, uncles, and cousins. And the adventures I took with my slendas.  All the photo shoots. My cat. And living with my best friend. Moments are so special. So don't forget the in betweens and the people you meet along the way. Make more polaroid memories. 

“Maybe it’s sad that these are now memories. And maybe it’s not sad.”

- The Perks of Being a Wallflower 

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