368 imagesI took a picture every day with a Fuji Instax Mini 90 camera throughout 2018. My self-imposed conditions were simple: take only one a day and use it no matter what. I mostly stuck to this, though due to both technical and user failures on some occasions the resulting image was just so bad, I gave myself some slack and took more than one. Here’s what I learned: A daily act of creation is its own reward: Doing something creative deliberately every day requires discipline, but also creates its own universe in a way and adds a little drop of meaning into every day. Casual, intimate moments with friends and family mattered most: I sought and found something (almost) everyday that stood out as the most important part of that day. While the vast majority of the moments I chose to snap the shot are just mundane, every day bits of my normal life, I realized that these moments were, in fact, the ones I cared the most about. While I was busier than ever in my professional life photographing CEOs and executive portraits, big splashy events, several conferences (and the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau on three separate occasions), on most of these days my photo-of-the-day was a picture of my daughter hugging her new puppy, or hanging out with friends and family having a drink and a laugh. Image quality doesn’t always matter: while I often found myself frustrated by the extreme limitations of the instant print medium, I loved the authenticity of the print in my hand and the nostalgic reminder of what photography started as: a way to steal a moment of time and put it in your pocket as a memory you could keep and return to whenever you wanted to. Polaroid has huge name brand recognition!: No matter how many times I told people I was shooting with a Fuji Instax Mini 90 (and no this was not a sponsored project at all), almost 99% of the time people would reply with a comment about what a cool idea it was to take a Polaroid a day. Puppies are addictive: I finally understand why the internet is drowning in pet photos and videos. (I took A LOT of photos of my new puppy and my daughter!) I am very lucky and have a good life: I spent time with many friends, family and was able to travel a fair bit this year. While I don't keep a gratitude journal, this project was like a photo diary of my life and in retrospect it shows how much I have to be grateful for.