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DIY INSTAX Photo Mobile



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While I wouldn’t consider myself a photographer, taking photos of the people and things I love has always been a passion of mine. Birthdays, vacations, first days of school and beach days–capturing their milestones brings me endless joy.  And for this reason, the Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 has been on my wish list for a while now.  I was giddy when I unwrapped my Instax earlier this week and even more excited to give it a try on my special beach date with Sawyer over the weekend. It was a blast being able to snap pictures of our little dude in his element and then have the photos in our hands immediately after taking them!  Also, the Instax was perfect for Sawyer to try his hand at taking photos too.

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A few years ago, a friend of mine whose kids are a little bit older than ours, gave me some priceless advice about “dating our children”. Quality one on one time, discovering and speaking their love language, undivided attention and affection. While Wes was at a play date, Ben and I took advantage of our time with Sawyer and spent an afternoon at the beach.  Sawyer is still young–but it is my hope that these special dates will build his trust in our relationship and that we’ll learn how to communicate with one another about every day life and especially the tough stuff.
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We put our feet in the freezing cold water, built sand volcanoes, chased seagulls, collected shells & drift wood and buried Sawyer in the sand–and we captured it all with our new Instax.

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As soon as we got home, I got to work on creating a fun photo project to document our day.  And since I used the Instax, our photos were all ready to be used.  We brought home a beautiful piece of drift wood that we found on the beach and I created a Instax photo mobile using fishing line and hot glue. So fun and so easy!

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Step One:  Tie one end of the fishing line around the drift wood in a double knot.  Cut fishing line at the desired length. Repeat this step until you have 4 strands of fishing line tied and evenly spaced on the drift wood.

Step Two: On the backside of the driftwood, place a dime sized amount of hot glue on the back of each fishing line to secure it in place.

Step Three: Select the Instax photos you want to use for your mobile and determine how you want them laid out. Keeping the drift wood with the backside facing up, begin to hot glue your photos in place by applying a strip of hot glue to the back of the photo and then laying the fishing line into the strip of glue.  Allow the glue plenty of time to dry before moving your mobile around.  When you are done gluing all your photos into place, trim any excess fishing line.

Happy crafting and INSTAX pic taking!  I would love to hear about your favorite moments to capture in photos in the comments section for a chance to WIN a $100 Visa gift card. 

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125 Comments

  • Reply
    Kate PItre
    March 21, 2016 at 6:33 pm

    I’ve been eyeing one of these for months!

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    Ann
    March 21, 2016 at 9:26 pm

    Would LOVE to win this little gem!

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    Hannah
    March 21, 2016 at 9:44 pm

    I LOVE your driftwood mobile! It turned out so beautiful! I also like capturing memories at beach days (we’re Floridians and when I was in high school, my trunk was always beach ready), but also I like getting snapshots from everyday life which is why phones that you can take pictures on are so awesome. #technologyforthewin #stillcantbelievephonestakepictures #stuckinthetwentiethcentury

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    Rachael S
    March 21, 2016 at 10:13 pm

    My brother is getting married and these are so fun to have at wedding receptions!!

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    Jeni
    March 21, 2016 at 10:17 pm

    Sweepstakes: What a fun day! Makes me think about what special days I can plan with my kids individually.

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    Lauren
    March 21, 2016 at 10:28 pm

    We were planning to use one of these at our wedding – I’d love to not add the expense of one to our ever expanding budget!!

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    Becky @ bybmg
    March 21, 2016 at 11:32 pm

    My favorite moments to capture lately have been the everyday moments – digging in the dirt, playing on the swing set, just really capturing my boys in their elements. I want to soak up and remember the stages they’re in.

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    Kayla Allen
    March 22, 2016 at 12:53 am

    I would love to capture the happy moments between my 2 girls

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    Maria M.
    March 22, 2016 at 1:25 am

    glad you had some special time with Sawyer; great idea using the driftwood as a display!
    capturing the everyday moments is so important…they grow up way too fast! xx

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    Whitney S
    March 22, 2016 at 2:15 am

    I would love one of these cameras! Your little project turned out super cute too! I like to take pics of big moments in my kids life and have been trying to take everyday ones as well!!

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    Will G
    March 22, 2016 at 5:54 am

    I like capturing photos when people don’t know they are getting their picture taken.

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    Dennette S.
    March 22, 2016 at 7:08 am

    I love to capture any moment I can on camera with my kids. Probably the moments where they aren’t looking at the camera are the best ones.

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    Mami2jcn
    March 22, 2016 at 7:15 am

    I love to capture moments at the beach when we’re on our family vacation.

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    Mami2jcn
    March 22, 2016 at 7:19 am

    tweet–https://twitter.com/mami2jcn/status/712055993685950464

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    Elena
    March 22, 2016 at 8:21 am

    I like to capture happy moments when we celebrate holidays

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    Livy
    March 22, 2016 at 11:30 am

    I love to capture the little beautiful moments that happen during all the regular life! 🙂

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    Bianca @ Sweet Dreaming
    March 22, 2016 at 11:49 am

    i love capturing moments anytime I get to see my friends/family. even mundane meetings and gatherings will be precious photos later!

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    Julie Wood
    March 22, 2016 at 10:07 pm

    We make photos fun by taking pictures of something we love doing. Pictures at the water park, lake, water skiing. Those are the best photos that are fun! I also have a nice scrapbook that I put my pictures in!

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    Julie Wood
    March 22, 2016 at 10:08 pm

    tweet-https://twitter.com/JewelWood/status/712279694142386176

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    Natalie
    March 23, 2016 at 2:27 am

    The best moments to capture are those spent interacting and having fun with family, especially outside in nature. I love to take pictures of family vacations spent hiking, skiing or biking!

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    Kelly D
    March 23, 2016 at 2:58 am

    We like to capture family moments when we are on vacation, like the kids in front of a lake or at a museum.

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    Kelly D
    March 23, 2016 at 3:00 am

    tweet
    https://twitter.com/Kellydpa/status/712353072715046912

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    heather
    March 23, 2016 at 4:15 am

    My favorite moments to capture in photos are action photos when no one is looking at the camera.

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    Riv
    March 23, 2016 at 5:08 am

    Great post and super cute project!

    http://www.everbluepearls.com

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    Erin
    March 23, 2016 at 5:34 am

    i am obsessed with taking pictures of my kids! 🙂

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    Erin
    March 23, 2016 at 5:36 am

    i tweeted 🙂
    https://twitter.com/erincyoung/status/712392330951598080

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    Veronica U
    March 23, 2016 at 8:40 am

    My favorite moments to capture are views when my husband and I go on weekend hikes!

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    Dawn Monroe
    March 23, 2016 at 10:00 am

    I love my pictures of my grandkids dressed up for Halloween.

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    Tara Robinson
    March 23, 2016 at 12:53 pm

    We got our awesome Nikon stolen from us at the Ritz Carlton Laguna Niguel!! This sounds like such a fun camera to purchase!

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    ELina
    March 23, 2016 at 2:17 pm

    Yes PLEASE!!! This camera would be such a dream 🙂 🙂 love love the instant memories it captures! Especially as i’ve had a hard time with developing my pictures in the past 6-7yrs….. yikes…. 🙂

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    Bridget Miller
    March 23, 2016 at 10:51 pm

    I love this idea, I’m don’t print my pictures out as much as I should! This would be a game changer!

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    Rachel
    March 24, 2016 at 9:41 am

    My favorite moments to capture photos are when people are going about life and don’t know I’m about to take a picture of them. I love seeing people’s natural expressions.

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    Amber
    March 25, 2016 at 5:10 am

    I love taking pics around the holidays and birthdays.

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    Erika
    March 25, 2016 at 9:39 pm

    Definitely taking pictures of my kids would be my favorite.

    chambanachik(at)gmail(dot)com

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    Margaret Smith
    March 26, 2016 at 9:47 am

    I love to scrapbook and I have lots of stickers, designs, and special decoration’s to make our photo books look great. Thanks so much.

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    Margaret Smith
    March 26, 2016 at 9:49 am

    Tweeted: https://twitter.com/peg42/status/713543230000918528
    Thanks so much.

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    Jessie C.
    March 26, 2016 at 10:32 am

    Daily life, meal times are my favorite moments to capture in photos.
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

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    Jessie C.
    March 26, 2016 at 10:33 am

    tweet-https://twitter.com/tcarolinep/status/713553821939531777

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    Lisa Brown
    March 26, 2016 at 9:33 pm

    My favorite moments to capture are weddings and family birthdays, especially the kids.

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    Lisa Brown
    March 26, 2016 at 9:33 pm

    tweet-https://twitter.com/LuLu_Brown24/status/713720579224772610

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    Kim O
    March 29, 2016 at 10:22 am

    I love to capture everyday type things – brushing teeth with their little hands holding the toothbrush, cereal bowls and hands with spoons, building Legos, waiting for the bus, doing homework, helping with dinner prep and table setup, sleeping.

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    OFG
    March 29, 2016 at 10:31 am

    Any moments that include my family, primarily my husband and two small boys.

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    Anastasia Falling
    March 29, 2016 at 3:01 pm

    The moments I love to capture are….. pretty much EVERY MOMENT!! lol Especially the every day stuff of life because those are the moments that blend together in my memory and a photo makes them stand out 🙂

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    Anastasia Falling
    March 29, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    Tweeted 🙂 – https://twitter.com/Enter_Now/status/714708735696965633

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    Madeline
    March 29, 2016 at 7:42 pm

    I like to capture special days like birthdays and vacations. Once in a while I’ll capture a regular day too just for remembrance sake.

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    Madeline
    March 29, 2016 at 7:52 pm

    Tweet link: https://twitter.com/shala_darkstone/status/714782309921075200

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    Madeleine Hart
    March 30, 2016 at 4:30 am

    I would love to use one of these to document a few upcoming trips I have this spring. Thanks for the giveaway!

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    Elle
    March 30, 2016 at 4:34 am

    I like to capture every day, uneventful moments in pictures..opposed to events where people pose for the camera. I like those small things we do daily that make the real memories.

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    Jeffrey
    March 31, 2016 at 6:39 am

    My favorite moments to capture in a photograph is when my boys are playing baseball. I love looking back at their growth on the field through the years. Sometimes my wife can’t make it to the games so we can put pictures with our story about the game!

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    Jeffrey
    March 31, 2016 at 6:40 am

    I shared on Twitter: https://twitter.com/FireRunner2379/status/715307629476769792.

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    Lyndsay A
    April 3, 2016 at 3:15 am

    Ashley! I love the DIY photo display! And have been wanting one of these cameras FOR-E-VER. ha!! Capturing my family in the moment is always my favorite. 🙂

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    Janice Cooper
    April 4, 2016 at 7:18 am

    I love to capture moments at the park and holidays with the entire family.

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    Janice Cooper
    April 4, 2016 at 7:24 am

    https://twitter.com/disneyfan40/status/716768033021276160

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    McKenna
    April 5, 2016 at 9:25 pm

    I’d love to have more opportunities to shoot photos with couples — I love capturing stolen kisses and gentle touches! As it stands, my favorite moments to photograph are the ordinary, every-day things from our lives that only we know the story behind.

    thischarminglychaoticlife.com

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    debbie
    April 6, 2016 at 6:01 am

    Now that my kids are all young adults, my favorite moments to capture are anytime they are all together!

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    Rebecca Graham
    April 7, 2016 at 1:45 pm

    Our vacation photos are a lot of fun.

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    maria cantu
    April 11, 2016 at 11:11 am

    I’ve been taking photos of our pet cat.

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    GREG FLECK
    April 12, 2016 at 8:01 am

    GREAT IDEAS, LOVE MY FUJI CAMERA

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    Taylor
    April 14, 2016 at 11:17 am

    I love to travel! It would be amazing to capture some of the most exciting and adventurous times of my life with one of these awesome cameras!! Not to mention the endless crafting the photos could help blossom!!

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    Amy Tong
    April 15, 2016 at 1:17 pm

    My favorite moments to capture in photos would be when my kids taste the treats that I prepare for them. They always have a big smiles with ohhhh..and arrrs. 🙂

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

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    Amy Tong
    April 15, 2016 at 1:19 pm

    tweeted:

    https://twitter.com/uTry_it/status/720843823757205505

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

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    Margaret Smith
    April 17, 2016 at 4:45 am

    Anytime with my kids is one of my favorite moments. They grow so fast and I love to record those memories. Especially when they are being silly and having fun. Thanks so much.

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    Margaret Smith
    April 17, 2016 at 4:46 am

    Tweeted: https://twitter.com/peg42/status/721439436177846272
    Thanks so much.

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    Susan Smith
    April 17, 2016 at 5:00 am

    I make photos fun by snapping them when people aren’t paying attention! It’s especially fun to do this when they are being silly.

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    Susan Smith
    April 17, 2016 at 5:02 am

    https://twitter.com/susan1215/status/721442835438776320

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    Stephanie Sorenson
    April 17, 2016 at 11:57 pm

    We are taking a big family trip to the beach to celebrate my mom’s 60th birthday! My kids have never been to the beach, and this camera would be a terrific way to catch all the first moments they’ll get to experience!

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    Wanda McHenry
    April 21, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    I make photos fun by snapping an unexpected picture. They are so exciting!

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    Wanda McHenry
    April 21, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    https://twitter.com/myfolly/status/723025991442948098

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    Angel Jacklyn
    April 21, 2016 at 4:45 pm

    I love capturing photos when people are laughing

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    Angel Jacklyn
    April 21, 2016 at 4:47 pm

    https://twitter.com/kytah00/status/723069523952181248

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    Rebecca
    April 22, 2016 at 7:13 am

    I like to take photos during holidays. It’s amazing to watch my kids grow from year to year.

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    Shawn Gallagher
    April 22, 2016 at 2:29 pm

    I like posting them on Facebook then sitting back and reading what everyone says… because it’s fun

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    sherri crawford
    April 24, 2016 at 12:47 pm

    dress up with the grandkids

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    Gina M
    April 26, 2016 at 11:01 pm

    I make photos fun by taking candid shots, so everything doesn’t look so formal and planned.

    Thanks for the chance to win!
    wildorchid985 at gmail dot com

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    Gina M
    April 26, 2016 at 11:04 pm

    TWEET–https://twitter.com/WildOrchid985/status/724977409569738752

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    Stephanie Phelps
    April 27, 2016 at 2:56 am

    I would love to capture my granddaughter eating her first foods on film!

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    Stephanie Phelps
    April 27, 2016 at 2:57 am

    I tweeted
    https://twitter.com/my4boysand1/status/725035595127508992

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    Kristen
    April 27, 2016 at 4:02 am

    Our friends entered a short filmmaking competition recently, and I’ll take along my Instax camera to the theater for the movie premiere to take photos of everyone on the red carpet.

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    Kristen
    April 27, 2016 at 4:03 am

    Tweeted
    https://twitter.com/rubylorikeet/status/725052081414017024

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    Kerry
    April 27, 2016 at 4:58 am

    Family vacations!

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    Henria O.
    April 28, 2016 at 4:34 am

    Birthdays and family vacations are our favorite things to photograph.
    sazzyfrazz at gmail dot com

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    Kerry
    April 28, 2016 at 6:35 am

    tweeted: https://twitter.com/KerryBishop/status/725453194915119106

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    angie
    April 29, 2016 at 1:08 am

    My favorite moments to take photos of are when I am out in nature and see something truly unique. I love to take macro shots of flowers and insects and plants and see all the tiny details our human eyes miss.

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    angie
    April 29, 2016 at 1:09 am

    I tweeted here: https://twitter.com/MsTofuFairy/status/725733240062021632

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    Tarissa
    April 29, 2016 at 2:22 am

    Capture all the best memories with your pets and loved ones that you can.
    pixelberrypie at yahoo dot com

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    Nicola S
    April 29, 2016 at 2:28 am

    Would love to use that to capture sweet moments at all the weddings I will be attending this summer 🙂 Also perfect for family BBQs!

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    Linda
    April 29, 2016 at 5:54 am

    My favorite moments to capture are when no one knows I’m taking the pictures.

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    Linda
    April 29, 2016 at 5:55 am

    Tweeted https://twitter.com/Lindiac/status/725805647107743744

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    Tina M
    April 29, 2016 at 9:58 am

    I would say every moments about my son!!!

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    Faith J.
    April 29, 2016 at 3:04 pm

    Photos are more fun when they come out instantly

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    Tabathia B
    April 29, 2016 at 11:56 pm

    I love to capture moments with my family during gatherings and during vacations

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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    Tabathia B
    April 30, 2016 at 12:08 am

    https://twitter.com/ChelleB36/status/726073033778171904

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

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    Erica Best
    April 30, 2016 at 10:44 am

    family get together

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    Thomas Murphy
    April 30, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    I like to capture family vacations.

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    Barbara Montag
    April 30, 2016 at 2:23 pm

    I enjoy taking random pictures of the grand kids.
    Get my favorite pictures that way!
    thank you

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    Barbara Montag
    April 30, 2016 at 2:24 pm

    Tweet https://twitter.com/JalapenoMama/status/726294065927565312

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    Denise L
    April 30, 2016 at 8:46 pm

    I love the everyday moments I capture candidly. One of my all time favorites is a picture of my two-year-old daughter drinking from the water fountain at the Zoo. SO sweet and shows how big she had gotten in just two years!

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    Denise L
    April 30, 2016 at 8:46 pm

    tweeted – https://twitter.com/dmarie824/status/726392231553196033

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    Kathryn C
    April 30, 2016 at 11:55 pm

    #SweepstakesEntry- tweet:

    https://twitter.com/thrincor/status/726439200652951552

    KC

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    Kathryn C
    April 30, 2016 at 11:56 pm

    #SweepstakesEntry- comment

    We love making our photos fun by including our pets in the pictures as well

    KC

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    Elizabeth pergande
    May 1, 2016 at 1:57 am

    I make photos fun by being happy with candid pictures. It makes it go faster if I am not picky but just capture the special moment. truckredford(at)Gmail(Dot)com

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    Elizabeth pergande
    May 1, 2016 at 1:59 am

    https://twitter.com/eliza_elliott/status/726469474895826944

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    Kim Henrichs
    May 1, 2016 at 3:21 am

    My favorite moments to capture are sunrises and sunsets. It makes me so happy!

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    Whitney Bellows
    May 1, 2016 at 4:14 am

    We love to capture photos of our two corgis playing outside.

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    Bert Ruiz
    May 1, 2016 at 4:19 am

    My favorite photos are the ones that capture my kids having fun

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    Bert Ruiz
    May 1, 2016 at 4:23 am

    tweet https://twitter.com/iamdadtastic/status/726506673662095361

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    Jessica To
    May 1, 2016 at 5:15 am

    I used to always take pictures of my son sleeping but now that he’s older, I like to take pictures of him doing anything he enjoys.

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    CR Williams
    May 1, 2016 at 6:23 am

    I love to capture birthdays and everyday day to day activities.

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    Debbie B
    May 1, 2016 at 8:04 am

    i posted a tweet here:

    https://twitter.com/purplepanda1966/status/726562696221446146

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    Debbie B
    May 1, 2016 at 8:06 am

    i love surprise “in the moment’ photos rather than staged or posed pictures

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    Akaleistar
    May 1, 2016 at 10:01 pm

    What a fantastic way to display pictures!

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