Small Things

I’ve been photographing big lately. Voltron. Ninjago dragons. I’ve missed photographing small. And what’s smaller than a hand trowel of moss dug up from our backyard? Over winter, our gravelled backyard gets very little sun and lots of rain. Perfect for moss to take over, drowning out the gravel. But, …

Ninjago Dragons

Last weekend we submitted our dragons themed photographs for our latest LEGO project. Wait, what? We? Dragons? Photographs? Latest LEGO project? OK, hang on there! Let me explain. Toy Photographers were invited by the LEGO Group to create photos with the 2HY NINJAGO dragons, with the photos to be used …

The Winners of our July G+ Challenge

July saw our G+ community looking for their favourite toy in the latest challenge. Sounds easy, right? Well the varied approach to this challenge shows it wasn’t easy picking just one favourite toy, but the resulting entries were both wonderful and insightful! One Toy to rule them all, One Toy …

Mr. Chainsaw, Branch Manager

Just yesterday Tobias M. Schiel gave us a glimpse behind the scenes at creating his wonderful noir setting. Last weekend I too made something to accompany a chainsaw toy photo. Actually, it was more about destroying than creating. Over on the G+ community there’s a plethora of daily challenges. One …

Listen, look on your desk, and pilfer!

Monday morning: Arrive at work…URGGH! Coffee. Sit at my desk and get lost in James’ latest podcast. Catch up on the weekend’s Toy Photographers posts. Panic that I don’t have a post written for the week. Scramble. Pilfered Ideas James’ post about expanding his toy photographing subject matter beyond what …

Smorgasporg

In my last post I wrote about marvelling at the articulated toys gang and their elaborate and precise posing of their toys at the Oregon Toy Photo Safari. But a couple of toys with zero points of articulation won my heart and are currently my favourite toy photography subjects. I …

Series 18 contest winner

Today Shelly and I picked the winner of the Toy Photographers Series 18 Minifigures contest from Instagram that we ran with the LEGO Minifigures team and the LEGO group, and three other toy photography groups. And we did this sitting next to each other in Shelly’s home! Yes, I’ve arrived in …

Bon Toyage

This is my last post… From Australia… For a few weeks! So kiss me and smile for me Tell me that you’ll wait for me Hold me like you’ll never let me go ‘Cause I’m leavin’ on a jet plane Me First and the Gimme Gimmes – Leaving on a …

What’s in your [travel] bag?

I’ve written about the pickle I get myself in when packing for a Toy Photography gathering before. And that’s when I’m only making an 80-kilometre trip from the coast to the city of Melbourne. What about when I’m making a 14,000-kilometre trip from Australia to the U.S. for the Oregon …

A Reminder…

This is a reminder about the Series 18 Minifigures contest on Instagram that we’re running with the LEGO Minifigures team and the LEGO group. The contest runs until May 21st. That’s the day I arrive in the US for the Oregon Toy Photo Safari. That means Shelly and I can …

Humility in a Toy Box

Humility is a word often overlooked in toy photography. Or maybe it’s forgotten. But when acts of humility occur, it reawakens my faith in the strength of the toy photography community. humility /hjʊˈmɪlɪti/ noun – the quality of having a modest view of one’s importance – freedom from pride or …

Another Series 18 Contest!

Toy Photographers have been invited to work with the LEGO Minifigures team and the LEGO group, together with other toy photography communities, on a Series 18 Minifigures contest on Instagram. The Contest The contest runs from April 16th until May 21st. The idea of the contest is to celebrate the …