Hashtagapalooza

Last week I introduced a new hashtag, #nofigurefriday, and boy did it seem to go down well! I was happily surprised at how many of you took a chance at ditching the figure and shooting your accessories.

We had some absolutely brilliant photos shared with us featuring a range of accessories from all kinds of toys.

We had beautifully focused swords. Continue reading Hashtagapalooza

Introducing the Toy Photographers Podcast!

We’ve been teasing an exciting announcement, and here it is: We have officially launched our very first podcast! 

The podcast will, of course, be centered around toy photography and the amazing people around the world who have chosen toys as their artistic subjects. You can subscribe to the show on iTunes, Stitcher, or your other preferred “podcatcher” apps, and they’ll also be made available here on the blog. Continue reading Introducing the Toy Photographers Podcast!

With a Little Help from My Friends

Wow! I can’t believe 2017 is drawing to a close. This will be my last post on the blog until the New Year. Like Brett and Shelly before me, I want to use this time to give thanks, and to look back on my journey through 2017.

I think it’s fair to say that this year was a whirlwind for all of us. Personally, it was at times both the best and worst year of my life. I can happily say that the depression I was dealing with this summer has subsided. Though it will inevitably rear its ugly head once more in the future, I am thankful for this respite and am going into 2018 with high spirits and optimism. Continue reading With a Little Help from My Friends

Five Words to Define a Year

Back in January I wrote about five words to define a year. While I had originally meant these words to guide my personal work I thought I would look at the blog through this lens as well.

Growth

Starting this blog was a giant leap of faith. Would anyone follow us? Could we create a community of like minded toy photographers? Obviously the answer to all of these questions and more is ‘Yes!’ Many of our loyal readers followed Brett and I from Stuck in Plastic and we made many new friends along the way!

Our community is vibrant, eclectic and growing. In fact we’ve accomplished so much in our first year that our friends at LEGO have taken notice. We will be receiving even more support from The LEGO Group in 2018. Continue reading Five Words to Define a Year

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 older than I actually was. That’s’ not so unusual. However I thought I was turning a year older because I’d thought it was 2017 for about 4 months.

During our last Toy Photographers hangout, Shelly had to tell what date I was leaving for my holiday over the New Year break and when I’d be back. I’m lucky to have a work wife to keep me on track!

So, because of my scatterbrain, you’ll have to excuse me for not naming everyone just in case because I will forget someone. Continue reading Cheers!

Feeling Gratitude

Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it. William Arthur Ward

If you’ve been a reader of my writing for any length of time you know I periodically like to take a moment to pause and reflect on all I have to be grateful for. With the United States Thanksgiving Holiday just passed and the holiday season just around the corner, now seems like a good time to express some gratitude.

Many hands make light work. John Heywood

Continue reading Feeling Gratitude

The Ninjago Movie Collectable Minifigures Giveaway

It’s giveaway time! We’re giving away a complete set of 20 Minifigures from The Ninjago Movie Collectable Minifigures series.

The Giveaway Rules

For your chance to win, simply post a photo of Ninjago, Ninjas, Chimjago (Chima/Ninjago mash up), Dragons, or any photo related to the covert agents of Japan or the Ninjago universe.

The Ninjago Movie Collectable Minifigures Giveaway Giveaway
Chimjago: an example of a Chima/Ninjago mash up.

The competition is open to all toys, and will run on Instagram and G+. Whether you post on Instagram or G+, make sure to add the #tp_ninjago tag so we can find your entries. Continue reading The Ninjago Movie Collectable Minifigures Giveaway

Lets Shake the Blog Up!

Its time to shake this blog up and see where we land.

I hate to bore myself and I really don’t want to bore you. In an effort to keep us ALL interested, I’ve decided to shake things up a bit. Since there’s no one around to stop me and tell me this is a crazy idea, I decided to go for it. Continue reading Lets Shake the Blog Up!