Ninjago Dragons

Last weekend we submitted our dragons themed photographs for our latest LEGO project. Wait, what? We? Dragons? Photographs? Latest LEGO project? OK, hang on there! Let me explain. Toy Photographers were invited by the LEGO Group to create photos with the 2HY NINJAGO dragons, with the photos to be used …

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 …

The Accidental AFOL

When I first saw the highly articulated Star Wars Black series figures two years ago, it rekindled my toy-collecting hobby and started my interest in toy photography. Up till then, the last figures I bought were 20 years ago and had only 5 points of articulation. I bought a bunch …

Styles

Photographic styles. It took me a while to think and research on this subject and this blog took a couple of different directions while bits and pieces came to my mind about what I should write. Rather than add to already well-written articles found online and here, I wish to …

No Child’s Play

Shelly has asked us if we were willing to write a guest entry for her blog Toy Photographers. Apparently, the most amazing photographers gather here. We have certainly come to value the excellent contributions and pictures of the team and their guest bloggers. So, yes, we thought, we’d contribute something …

Maintaining Momentum

We toy photographers sure are a busy bunch! Shelly has turned to setting deadlines to reach her goals, and Brett balances his full plate with intentional, restrictive time management in the editing room. As we draw closer and closer to the end of the year, I’ve found that I too …

Absolute Yes

Absolute Yes is not a new concept, I’ve touched on it before. In fact it was my New Year’s resolution this year. My goal was to let five words – wonder, growth, friendship, contentment and giving – define my year. Now I’m paying the price. Not unlike Brett, I find …

Posting with Purpose

How do you decide which photos to post? When do, or should you post them? Is there a specific time of day, or a specific reason why you publish a photo online? I’m constantly asking myself these questions. It stems partly from working in social media marketing, where it’s important to optimize …

Foolish Lego – Pt 2

In my last blogpost I talked about how I started in toy-photography. . Although my main concern at first was creating decent photos, my main interest came down to story-telling. While single photography brought me pleasure and such, I always felt there was something missing. As everyone in this world does …

What came first?

What came first? The chicken or the egg? The lyrics or the music? The setup or the idea? We all have ideas bubbling away in our heads. Preconceived concepts tag along as we venture out to shoot plastic. Stories are already playing out before our subjects are posed before the …

Alternative Photo Printing

“For me the printing process is part of the magic of photography. It’s that magic that can be exciting, disappointing, rewarding and frustrating all in the same few moments in the darkroom.” – John Sexton I’ll be honest, I don’t typically print my work. When I do, most times, it’s …

The Inspiration Challenge

It is probably not a shock to anyone reading this that I believe toy photography to be a very creative art form that is full of creative artistic people. One of the most blissful times in a creative person’s life is when inspiration hits and creativity flows thru them like …

Am I Creating Art?

Art as Emotion “Art is the expression of those beauties and emotions that stir the human soul.” – Howard Pyle Art is an extension of the way we each feel about the world. Emotions are what make us human. The fact that no matter how different our backgrounds, we all …

6 Ways to Fix your Photo Funk

Discouragement, fear, demotivation, I’ve discussed these way too much at this point here (I promise I’ll write about something else soon). But no matter how many posts I write (which end up being extensions of lectures I’ve given myself) about forgetting the world and creating for yourself, there is always …