You’ve got a (festive) friend in me

A new pal arrived this week, and he’s been making himself useful by helping me set up the Christmas decorations. Here’s the six steps Woody took for spreading Christmas cheer!

Step one: Untangle the lights! What a lifesaver!
Step two: Hang baubles!
Step three: Fall off the table and get saved by the tree (Don’t try this at home!)
Step four: Find candy canes (one of the four main food groups!) No tree is complete without piles of them! (Eating candy canes is optional at this step!)
Step five: Play around whilst on a sugar high from too many candy canes!
Step six: End the tree decorating with hugs from bendy Santa!

– Lizzi

Anticipating advent

November 30th.

The countdown for Christmas begins tomorrow.

This coming weekend, seasonal toys will be brought down from the loft, the tree will go up, snowflakes will be made and the fairy lights will be deployed for bokeh themed shots. I’ve already hunted out and prepped the Christmas minifigures and accessories so they are ready for action!

Gingerbread House with gingerbread man minifigure
Last year’s sweetie heaven! What will this year bring?

I’m a big fan of the run up to Christmas, and one thing I always do, aside from make a gingerbread house, is get an advent calendar.

Recently it’s been a LEGO Star Wars one, the highlight (for me) being Darth Santa from 2014.

Darth Santa delivering Christmas presents in front of lit tree
2014’s Darth Santa braves the bokeh to deliver gifts!

This year I wasn’t keen on any of the LEGO ones so I had a look around and chose one from Playmobil! I’ve had an growing interest in Playmobil towards the end of this year and thought I would see what it had to offer for a branching out toy photographer!

Mini me is super excited and tried to get an early peak at what she could photograph this year!

A cheeky look behind door number 1!

I’ve had to stop her and ply her with hot coco to keep all the new toys a surprise!  I’m really looking forward to what tomorrow morning brings and can’t wait to photograph some new festive toys!

I’m sure I need more mugs than this for you lot!

Stay tuned for an update on my advent calendar later in the month! In the meantime, make sure you get some hot coco to celebrate the start of the festive season!

Have you got a toy advent calendar this year? Are you planning on using it for some festive toy photography? Let me know in the comments where I can see your photos! I would love to take a look at the variety of calendars out there!

– Lizzi

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 gift exchange has morphed into an exercise in investigation. Trawling though feeds to gauge an interest. Scanning photos for prospective gifts that might me absent from their extensive collection. Examining posts for a gift that is likely to complement an existing assembly, or send the recipient off in a new direction in their toy photography.

Xmas has been X’d
No colored lights, no shopping sprees
No more presents under dead trees
NOFX – Xmas Has Been X’ed

Getting Lost in the Search

As I meandered through their catalogue of creativeness, I got lost and forgot why I was there.

Secret Santa: Sneaky Santa
Sneaky Santa

I became engrossed in recurring themes. I chronicled the acquisition of new toys as they joined the throng. As I wandered through the months, the seasons changed and painted different pictures. Favourite toys made regular appearances. Styles and techniques evolved, yet remained true to their origins.

O tidings of comfort and joy,
Comfort and joy
O tidings of comfort and joy
Bad Religion – God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen

I discovered I was one being given a gift, the gift of seeing the evolution of a friend’s toy photography, as I searched for that elusive gift. I got to rediscover forgotten photos and experience new ones.

Secret Santa or Sneaky Santa?

Good luck looking clues as to who I was allocated in the Secret Santa if you’re one of the G+ Moderators.  I covered my tracks. I made sure not to like, +1 or comment on any of the archival images I was snooping through!

– Brett

When was the last time you scrolled back through someone’s feed? When did you last look back at the evolution of one of your toy photography friends?

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