The best photographs I've ever taken have been captured on my lomo and polaroid film cameras (you can see a few over on flickr). I tend to go through fads with my various cameras, but have been neglecting the film cameras of late since discovering instagram a few years ago, where ironically I make my pictures look like film ones with various effects!
I love the film cameras as the results are unpredictable, grainy and more emotive. When I use the 'big' camera (which isn't even that big anymore) I don't like how it makes me. I become obsessed with taking the perfect picture, reshooting until I'm happy with the results, or more often than not the expression on a child's face! So as a result I made a conscious decision a few years ago, not to view my children's milestones through a lens, so there are many pictures I haven't taken, instead these are my most treasured memories not to be shared with anyone. Of course I still use the 'big' camera a Nikon digital SLR for planned shoots when I need to check the pictures as I'm shooting or for when I want 'fancy' shots.
So this Christmas I squealed with excitement as I opened my presents to find a lomokino camera, a 35mm movie camera, my lovely husband has given me. Just what I need to rediscover my love of film, and enjoy the journey of learning to use a new camera all over again!
I do hope you had lovely Christmas presents too?