Toy Photography Blues

The year is off to an inauspicious start. Between the wet weather, a new dog (total distraction on four legs!) and an upgrade to my camera equipment I’m singing the toy photography blues. You’re probably thinking: “What! That makes no sense! New equipment, like new toys, should inspire a burst …

Five Words to Define a Year

I’ve written about Five Words to Define a Year in the past. In those posts I’ve been thinking more about my own personal journey than our larger, collective journey here on the blog. But all these end of year reflections we’ve been doing on the blog got me thinking: What …

The TP Awards

What a year this has been! But before I say goodbye to 2018, I want to take the time to acknowledge a few of my favorite blog posts from this year. Let me grab a fresh role of toilet paper (TP) and I will get started awarding the first annual …

Meet me in Moab!

Meet me in Moab! Yup, that’s right, we’re going to Moab, Utah for the 2019 Toy Photographers Meet-up! Utah is home to some of the most beautiful landscapes you will ever have the pleasure of experiencing. While searching for nooks and crannies amongst the red rocks and sparse vegetation for …

Free is never free

Social media isn’t free. There is an actual, real and concrete cost to social media. Not the typical metaphorical costs often mentioned like time away from family, unnecessary screen time, privacy costs etc. I’m talking about real dollars and cents (or your equivalent currency). Free is never free If you …

G+ Challenge: Spooky

After carefully looking through last months G+ Challenge: Spooky, one thing is very clear – you guys LOVE Halloween! From the spooky to the funny to the truly frightening, the members of the G+ Community showed their holiday spirit. One of the great aspects of Toy Photography is that you …

Where does the magic reside?

Everyone has their own reasons to photograph toys. But where does the magic reside? Does it reside in recreating your favorite scenes from iconic movies? Or maybe it happens when you delve deep and pull from your own experience? Maybe you believe the magic resides in creating your own stories …

How to Create a Character

You’ve heard us talk time and time again here on the Toy Photographers blog about the importance of story telling. We enjoy featuring artists like Austin and Joseph who always seem to have a fully developed story behind their photos. Yet I rarely practice what I preach, much less read. …

Women’s Brick Initiative

What the heck is the Women’s Brick Initiative? Simply put, it’s an idea born out of the friendship of three women, Alice Finch, Jacqueline Sanchez and myself. Our friendship is based on our mutual respect and our love of all things LEGO. We want to use our friendship and love …

Mirror, Mirror…

Mirror, mirror on the wall…it seems you have better uses after all. Most notably I can use a mirror as a substitute backdrop when an unobstructed vista is not available for toy photography. I live in an older suburb where the houses are just close enough to be annoying for …