Disposable Diaries // Washington & Wyoming

In 2012, I bought two disposable cameras. I wanted to take them with me on my travels as a fun way to document my trips. Instead, they sat in my closet, unused, for almost 3 years.

I brought them with me when I moved to Washington, but only took a few photos. Then I brought them with me when I moved to Wyoming, and used up the rest of camera #1.

Three years later, in 2018, I finally got the first camera developed! Going through the photos from 2015 was so much fun for me. It reminded me why I bought the cameras in the first place: to document the special moments in my life in a raw, unfiltered way.

I use my iPhone to take all of my photos these days, and it’s so easy to get stuck in re-taking the same photo over and over and over again in an attempt to get the “perfect shot”. It can sometimes take away from the moment, or just make the photo feel less special later on.

Using a disposable camera (or any type of film camera) forces you to take your time with your shots if you want to “get it right”. But it also leaves you with a photo that you can’t fully control, which is actually kind of a nice feeling for a perfectionist like myself.

The best part about using these disposable cameras is having to wait to see the final result. Getting the prints back and going through them feels so exciting. Just as exciting as it felt in elementary school when film cameras were the only option!

I just want to share the photos here as a way to look back on some of my past adventures. Instead of deep-diving into the details of every photo, I’ll just share something quick about the locations (and link you to any blog posts if they are relevant).

Enjoy the classic “finger in the shot” pics–a staple for vacation photos of yesteryear!


This collection of photos were taken during my stint as a farm girl in Washington. I lived on the Kitsap Peninsula (near Seattle) for a summer while working on a vegetable farm. It was such a beautiful place to be in the summertime, and I enjoyed exploring every chance I got.

That time I got lost in the woods…

Everything was blue

More From Washington:

Grand Teton National Park

In the summer of 2015, I lived in Jackson, Wyoming. I worked on a private ranch just outside of Grand Teton National Park, so it was basically my backyard for 3 months. Grand Teton is still my favorite national park, and it holds such a special place in my heart. It’s truly beautiful, as you’ll notice looking at these photos.

My finger ruined the best photos
Jenny Lake
You can see finger-free photos of this in my “American Bison” post

More from Grand Teton:

Yellowstone National Park

I visited Yellowstone National Park once during my summer in Jackson Hole, and then after my job contract ended, I spent another three days exploring the park before driving up to Montana. Yellowstone is HUGE and there’s so many different landscapes within it. I only have a few photos here to show you, but there’s plenty more to see!

West Thumb Geyser Basin
I don’t remember if this waterfall was actually in Yellowstone, or just outside of it…

More from Yellowstone:

There you have it! The only photos I left out from the roll was the one where my finger covered 3/4 of the photo (ugh), and the one that was a blurry photo of (possibly) the ground. I know these photos are far more interesting to me (memories~) than they are to you, but I hope you enjoyed them anyways.

I’ve FINALLY started using that second camera now. I started it while I was in Chicago, I’ll be taking it with me to Kansas City, and it’ll be in my bag with me everywhere I go until it gets used up (however long that takes). I can’t wait to share those photos too. Let me know if you like this idea, because I think I’ll try to keep a disposable camera on my through all of my travels from now on.

Do any of you shoot on film? When’s the last time you used a disposable camera?

By Courtney Minor

Wandering around and writing about it.

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