Oregon, here I come!

If you’re reading this expecting some insights into toy photography, let me stop you now. You won’t find any tips, tricks, insights or. This post is purely self-indulgent hubbub.


Last week I tuned in to James’ chat with David (Father’s Figures) on the latest episode of the Toy Photographers podcast. As their chat, coupled with caffeine, washed away the drudgery of a Monday morning at work, the talk shifted to the upcoming Toy Safari and their recollections of past adventures. As they recalled their times at previous Safaris and expressed their excitement for the May Toy Safari on the Oregon coast, I was jolted back to reality.

Yes, I’d signed up. And yes, I’d paid my registration fee. But on this Monday morning as I listened to James and David talked about the Seattle and San Francisco Safaris, the imminent Oregon Safari was still a pipedream for me.


You see, making the journey to take photos of toys and hang out with other toy photographers is an immense logistical and financial commitment. And as David and James’ tales filled my ears, I hadn’t 100% pledged my allegiance to the cause.

I’d never believed I would travel over 14,000 kilometres to be with friends I’d never met before. Never in my wildest whimsies could I have imagined taking photographs of toys would involve a passport, exchange rates and visas. I never could’ve envisaged I’d be throwing thousands of dollars down to take photos of toys with my fellow toy photographers.


But, with James and David’s reflections still buzzing in my ears provoking me, the thoughts of meeting signed-up attendees rousing me, and the encouragement from my family, I took the plunge!

Leave from work has been approved. My passport and visa has been sorted. Money has been exchanged. And flights have been booked!

the 2018 Toy Photography Safari
the 2018 Toy Photography Safari


I’ve looked through the list of registered attendees. Some from this list I’ve known since I began taken photos of toys. Some of them are good friends I’ve never met. A few I’ve got to know along the way. And some will be new friends. But I cannot wait to meet every single one of them.

So get ready to meet an overly excited Aussie @shellycorbettphotography, @debaere_lego, @Mrs.Playwell, @lego_laws, @wikitoybox,  @doughleyg, @thereeljames23, @Rygar32, @brickandmordor, @coneydogg, @Papajov, @Lizzybelle9,  @krash_override, @greaterbeast, @fathersfigures, @Lady.Nightingale, @Wiiman, @Intangibledandy, @buttsintheair, @Tronsoda, @camrc_ and @toy.at.heart!

I warned you this post was self-indulgent gibberish. But sometimes when  you’re so excited about something, you just have to shout it from the rooftops!

Is it too early to begin packing toys?

– Brett

Will you be taking the plunge this May? Can I add you to the list of Toy Photographers I’m excited to hang out with?


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  1. Jealous! A new chapter for my wife and I begins after my daughter graduates high school in 2019 – a chapter which I think will bring a lot more freedom to pursue these kinds of wonderful activities. (I hope it’s not a chapter of extreme poverty brought on by trying to put my kid through college!) Have a wonderful time and I hope to see you at a Toy Safari in 2020!

  2. You haven’t packed your toys yet?!?!?! 🙈 Well then who is going to tell me how to narrow the mountain range of “needs” running through my mind daily? So glad you are coming to this strange country. Toys and friendship may be the only reason to visit these day. 😳 See you soon Brett! 👊

  3. Jenelle (Mrs.Playwell)

    Can’t wait to meet you as well Brett! And to share what (IMHO) is one of the most beautiful places in the States with you!! Leila, Cindy, Shelly, and I will be taking a trip to location scout this weekend. Hopefully in all our excitement, we can remember to share some pics with everyone to help others with their toy packing predicaments. I know I am personally looking forward to a little help in narrowing down my selections based on the anticipated environs.

    • brett_wilson

      As you can imagine I’ve been googling where we’re going and I’m somewhat speechless. The scenery is jaw-dropping!! I can’t wait to see it with my own eyes.
      But until then, any hints the four of you share as to what I can pack will be a tremendous help. I’m allowed 23kg (50lb) of checked luggage, but I don’t think 22kg of toys will clothe me for 2 weeks!
      Looking forward to meeting you Jenelle!

  4. Well damn – its about time you got excited! But seriously, I really appreciate you making the trip to the beautiful Pacific Northwest for a week of rain, moss, toys and friendship. I promise you that the trip will be more than worth the effort. I plan on dropping you back at the airport, completely exhausted with full SD cards. You can sleep on the red eye.

    And yes, the podcast featuring Father’s Figures got me excited too! Anyone on the fence should listen to it and then immediately sign up to join us!!

    • brett_wilson

      Excited doesn’t even come close.
      I love the idea of being exhausted with full SD cards! And I shall wave farewell from the plane to you, leaving behind much love and much Tim Tams!
      James’ chat with Father’s Figures about past meetups should be where we direct anyone unsure if they should attend!!

  5. Arvin

    What, you haven’t packed yet? Haha. I’m excited for you, I’m not even going. I wish. But if I lose enough weight, would you be able to fit me in the checked-in baggage? That list of attendees looks awesome.

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