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 organise a silent auction of LEGO photographs to raise money for the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne. Andrew (@cheepjokes) and I have been busy chasing artists, collecting submissions, printing art, printing bidding forms, and designing the layout of the photographs submitted for the action. Actually, we will be having two auctions, one on Saturday and another on Sunday. Continue reading Donate Checkmate

Phestive Photo Challenge Winners!

Please join me in celebrating our Phestive Photo Challenge winners! Last month our G+ community contest had a holiday theme. The idea was pretty simple: create a photograph that celebrates your personal holiday tradition.

It’s the 2017 Phestive Season, and we want to see what that means to you! Is it preparing for the Festival of Lights? Shopping until you can’t see straight? Traveling 27 hours to get “home”? Baking with Mom? Taking Dad to the hospital after that light-hanging incident? What about when you were a child? What memories come rushing back? If it’s part of your Phestive Season, we’re challenging you to capture it… with toys! [pointing to the community title] Whether it’s a memory, a wish, or your phavorite seasonal television show, we challenge you to show the rest of us! – R. E. Wolfe (community moderator)

With a description like this, we knew we were going to see images that ran the gamut from traditional, to darn right silly silly to simply beautiful as only toy photographers can create them. We were not disappointed. Continue reading Phestive Photo Challenge Winners!

Silver Linings

“They say that none of us exists, except in the imagination of his fellows, other than as a intangible, invisible mentality.” – Edgar Rice Burroughs

If you’re posting your toy photography images to social media I can only assume you want your work to be seen. Maybe you want it to be appreciated, or even have it acknowledged by a ‘like’ or a quick comment. But what happens when your work isn’t seen? Maybe its even ignored.

It hurts.

What happens when you participate in one of the twice daily ToyPops (where the concept is to trade like for likes) and receive less than 100 ‘likes’ from the over 300+ participants?

Well that probably hurts too. Continue reading Silver Linings

The return of the pebble

At the start of this year I made a resolution. So what did I want from the year? A pebble in my shoe!

I wanted a pebble in my shoe to keep me shifting, keep me squirming, and keep me uncomfortable. I hoped that this would keep me shifting until I found my style, or until I became comfortable enough to realise my style would never be constant and it’d always need to be changing; just like my stance with a pebble in my shoe.

I don’t want a career, I got enough to deal with here
Screeching Weasel – Ashtray

I’ve still got that pebble in my shoe. Actually, I’ve now got two of those pesky nuisances in there. Continue reading The return of the pebble

$1 Photo Challenge – The Results

The results of Octobers $1 (or equivalent) Photo Challenge are in!! The premise of this contest was to see if an expensive toy was the secret to great toy photography. We wanted to find out if everyone was limited to taking photos of toys that cost less than $1 or the equivalent, would we see the same quality and ingenuity that we have become used to. The results are in and we can say without a doubt, that cheap toys can also for creative photography.

The winner of this months contest is John Van Regemortel for his “Landing of the Jedi on Dagobah”. He purchased this micro machine for 99 cents Euro.

Continue reading $1 Photo Challenge – The Results

September Photo Challenge: Music

Todays post features the winners of the September photo challenge: Music from our G+ Community. We want to recognize our grand prize winner, some of our favorite entries as well as thank everyone who participated.

Photography challenges are a great way to get the creative juices flowing. That’s why every month we sponsor a contest in the G+ Toy Photographers Community. Last month Jason Nvrmore challenged the community to: “Take the power of music and create images with your toys based on music!”

So we did! Continue reading September Photo Challenge: Music

The LEGO House

The LEGO House is amazing. Really, there is no other word fit to describe both the building and the experience.

I was honored to receive an invitation from the Lego Group this past spring to attend the fan weekend opening celebration. This was a chance for LEGO Ambassadors (individuals who represent various recognized lego user groups) as well as attendees of the Skærbæk Fan Weekend. Needless to say I wasn’t going to miss this opportunity and I started planning my trip immediately. With six months to anticipate the event, my expectations were running high. Continue reading The LEGO House

LEGO House Opening

This month is going to be a month to remember. Why? Because I’m traveling to Denmark for the opening of LEGO House. I won’t be attending the grand opening on September 28th, but a pre-opening for all the LEGO ambassadors from around the world on September 22nd.

I’m franticly getting ready for this epic adventure that also includes stops in Stockholm and Skærbæk. Everyone I plan to meet is connected to toy photography or LEGO in some way. It will be 10 days of visiting and playing with LEGO friends both new and old. Continue reading LEGO House Opening

2018 Toy Photographers Meet-Up

It’s that time of the year when I start thinking about the 2018 Toy Photographers Meet-Up. Honestly I feel like I’m already behind the eight ball. By this time last year, we already had the city picked out and the locations set. Yikes!

But 2018 is still a few months away, so I think we have time to plan our fourth fabulous and spectacular event. In an effort to create an event that can accommodates as many people as possible, I’ve create a questionnaire for any interested participants. Please take a moment to complete this short survey so we can be on our way to making decisions and planning another fun weekend! Continue reading 2018 Toy Photographers Meet-Up