No. 310

8 Exposures ... with Jarrod Renaud

Patrick Tobin, | Mar 1, 11:00 AM

Welcome, friends, to another foray into instant-filmdom, via our popular interview series 8 Exposures! This week, we turn the spotlight on Jarrod Renaud

1) Q: What kind of Polaroid camera(s) do you use?

A: A Polaroid 195 and Polaroid SX-70 Alpha 1.

2) Q: Why do you like instant photography?

A: It’s analog and it’s instant. I shoot a lot of 35mm film also, but have the hardest time being patient when it comes to waiting for development and scans. With Polaroid, it’s like Christmas morning with every shot. I love that I’ve got something physical in my hand at the end of a shoot. I also feel like you automatically capture a sense of nostalgia with the slight inconsistency of film and the general color palette.

3) Q: What is your earliest memory of instant film?

A: Growing up, I never had a Polaroid stuck in my face, there was never one laying around, although my parents took a million photos. It was all point/shoot and SLR cameras. So my first real experience with one was a Polaroid Auto 100 that I found at a thrift shop. I stuck it on my shelf at home because I thought it looked awesome. After my first daughter was born I had picked up a Diana+ so I could have something a bit different then the digital point and shoot we had…that opened my eyes to analog photography and then at some point I realized I could get film for the Polaroid 100 and that it just needed a battery to work. I was hooked.??

4) Q: What’s your favorite Impossible Project film type?

A: Right now it’s the PX 680 Gold Frame. I love the look of it, super contrasty. I’m really looking forward to IP film development; they’ve already come a long way.

5) Q: What are your favorite subjects to photograph?

A: I started with just my family a few years ago, mainly my kids. It was fun for me and I just thought it would be awesome for them when they grow up to have these images. Over the past couple years I’ve been reaching out to friends, and friends of friends. I just want to photograph people. People are inspiring.

6) Q: Tell us about a project you’re working on.

A: I don’t really have anything specific right now. I usually have a few shoots set up each month. I guess I can say that this year I want to explore communities and general Americana and let that influence my photography with a mix of fashion, as I love style in general. And there is my curiosity towards band photography since music is such a huge part of my life. Always have my earbuds in. Ehhh, I’ll also be taking my cameras on a couple trips with my local church to Costa Rica and Rio. I’m a tad A.D.D. so my attention jumps all over the place in a creative sense. I’m an explorer I guess.

7) Q: Who are your favorite photographers, instant or otherwise?

A: There’s so much talent out there it’s insane. I always keep up with Parker Fitzgerald’s stuff. Other film favorites would be Samuel Bradley and Jon Duenas, along with the lifestyle stuff of Nick Onken.

8) Q: If you could take a photo of anyone or anything what would it be?

A: That’s a hard one. I’d love to photograph Rocky Votolato. His music has had a constant presence in my life for the past 10 years. His albums are the kind that I can listen to anytime, anywhere and in any mood. He’s intriguing, I’d like to get to know him.

About Jarrod

“I just turned 31. I’m married to a gorgeous and encouraging girl and have 3 kiddos; Olive, Boston, and Sailor… oh and a 4th on the way. The house is a bit crazy but quite lovely. I’m currently the Marketing Director for DPA Microphones for North America. My obsession with photography is only growing.”

Special thanks to Jarrod for taking part in 8 Exposures! To see more of his work, please visit his blog at

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  1. I always feel old ANYTIME anyone refers to film cameras as ANALOG photography. FILM people FILM, not ANALOG.

    said Jerry Milton | 1331 days ago
  2. Congratulations Jarrod! Weve been watching each others photography grow over the last few years, lovely to get an insight into the beginning of it all! Great interview!

    Jarrods work is amazing along with his craftsmanship of polaroid products as well, i own two of his handmade frames and treasure them dearly :)

    said Jennifer Leigh Evans | 1673 days ago
  3. beautiful!

    said marion | 1673 days ago