Brickvention Charity Silent Auction

Last weekend Toy Photographers and #brickstameet held the Brickvention Charity Silent Auction of LEGO photography, raising money for the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne. With 27 amazing photographs, by 17 artists, from 11 different countries, I knew it would be a success. But there’s know way I could’ve predicted some of …

Donate Checkmate

With Melbourne’s Brickvention, Australia’s premier LEGO fan convention, just around the corner, it’s time to say thank you. This year’s Charity Silent Auction is looking like it’s going to be bigger than ever. Thanks to the generosity of the community. This year, Toy Photographers and #brickstameet have buddied up to …

No Year’s Resolutions

I’ve never been one for New Year’s resolutions. Sure we’ve got goals for the Toy Photographers community this year. And yes, attending the Cannon Beach Toy Photographers weekend is a personal goal I’ve set myself. But that’s about it. Or so I thought! I’ve come back from a week of …

We’re taking a holiday!

We’re taking a well-earned holiday break over Christmas and the New Year. Toy Photographers will be resting and recharging their batteries in preparation for a jam-packed 2018 filled with exciting new things on top of all the wonderful things that we already do. On behalf of Shelly, myself and the …

Cheers!

Shelly recently expressed her gratitude. Now it’s my turn to say cheers. Pardon my knucklehead-ness I’ve proudly worn the knucklehead moniker since I started taking photos of toys. I should point out here that I am a bit of a dingbat. Last year I thought I was turning a year …

The strong silent hype

We’ve been working on a project since October, but a signed NDA (non-disclosure agreement) means we can’t talk about it until February. The silence around this project almost silenced me. Almost! Yesterday James wrote about finding inspiration to photograph from within the words and photos of books. Today I struggle …

Don’t Rock the Toy Boat!

Is there a place for social conscience in toy photography? Should a sense of responsibility or concern for the problems and injustices of society play a part in photographs of toys? Julie has written about using toy photography to make sense of the current state of the world. Yuri wrote …

Ho! Ho! Whoa!

With Christmas approaching, Shelly suggested a Secret Santa gift exchange amongst the Google+ Toy Photographers Moderators. Eight Moderators signed up, each being allocated another to find a $20US gift to add to their toy photography arsenal. Buying a toy for a toy photographer. Easy, right? Not necessarily. This seemingly simple …

Ready, Set, Edit!

I wrote about why I wouldn’t manipulate my photos beyond the simple edit before. I wrote about how the perfectionist in me would still see me in front of my computer hours later if I embarked down this road. However, I’ve established a middle ground. And this medium is thanks …

Numbers Slumber

I love numbers Did you know 2 and 5 are the only prime numbers that end with a 2 or a 5? And did you know, 40 when written “forty” is the only number with letters in alphabetical order, while “one” is the only one with letters in reverse order …

Photo or Faux Tow

When is a photo a faux tow? Is photo editing a false pull; drawing people to an artificial interpretation of reality? Or, is reality already blurred when we’re taking photos of toys? I used to try to capture all I could in camera. Sure, I’d tweak and enhance what was …

Fundamentally Fun

Things have been pretty heavy on the blog of late. There have been some meaty subjects to sink our teeth into, which is cool. But, as I vegetarian, I thought it time to step away from all this meaty content, and get back to my roots. Fun. Essentially Entertaining I …

Request Inquest

Allow me to paint a cautionary tale of a request for artwork and some unforeseen pitfalls that I encountered. Pitfalls that you might avoid after I’m done babbling. A cautionary tale is a tale told in folklore, to warn of a danger. There are essentially three parts to a cautionary …

Taking on Tips

I don’t just write posts. I also read them. And then I write about reading them. Today I put some of Shelly’s tips into practice. And wrote about it! Beating Baader-Meinhof to the punch! I’ve written about Baader-Meinhof before, the term coined to describe a concept or a thing you …

A Busman’s Holiday

I’d never heard of a busman’s holiday before? Nor had I thought I’d ever been on one!  noun: busman’s holiday a holiday or form of recreation that involves doing the same thing that one does at work. “a fire crew’s Christmas outing turned into a busman’s holiday when their coach …

What came first?

What came first? The chicken or the egg? The lyrics or the music? The setup or the idea? We all have ideas bubbling away in our heads. Preconceived concepts tag along as we venture out to shoot plastic. Stories are already playing out before our subjects are posed before the …