Project Romanticism

I love photography projects. Or, to be honest, what I really love is starting photography projects. Because while I always have a project or two (or three) in the works, I don’t think I’ve ever really finished one. And that usually means not posting the photos at all…

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 …

Knowing the Artist

For the last 9 months, I’ve had the privilege of interviewing toy photographers from around the world for over 30 episodes (and counting!) of the podcast. When first pitching the show to Shelly and Brett, I hoped it could be an extension of the “Why?” posts we do here on the …

Evoking Emotion

There’s a plethora of resources out there on evoking emotion and feeling in photography. However, simply adding the word “toy” before photography in a Google search, and the results point to articles of toy photographers that do this, but don’t direct us to tips on how to evoke emotion. Tips …

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. …

Rules Schmules

Anyone who’s read the blog knows that we often ponder the rules. Both Shelly and Dave have discussed various ‘rules’ of photography, and when it might be better to break them. But what about mythology rules?

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 …

Questions on quality

I’m not good at giving answers. I’m way better at asking questions. If the following maximum is true… “All I know is that I know nothing.” – Socrates …then I’m the true master. In addition, I put question marks beautifully. Do you hear how gracefully I mark their curves? It’s …