The Role of Muses

Recently I’ve been pondering the role a muse plays in my artistic journey. This started when Dinoczar tagged me on an instagram post that quoted a letter Nick Cave had written to MTV. In this letter Nick graciously declined his nomination for Best Male Artist that year in fear of …

Toy Photography Jazz

Earlier this month, Shelly wrote about singing the toy photography blues as she steps out of her comfort zone. I truly feel fo her when it comes to leaving photography sessions with more frustration than photos. Yet I couldn’t help but notice that despite having a few similar things on …

When the Weather says “NO”

The winter is in the full play. It’s a good time for the snowy, bright and extreme shots! The photographer’s imagination draws the jumping skiers with a perfect mountain landscape as a background, impressive snow splashes and exciting camera angles. But suppose the weather has no idea about your plans… …

The Spoons

Many things seemed to come together all of the sudden—even though everything was in place for years. The Spoons were like a perfect little storm. I (Momma Spoon) have always been enamored with miniatures. I had a little jade buddha on a charm when I was young and it drew …

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 …

My first exhibit

At the end of July I participated in first person at my first photographic exhibition, during ItLUG Lecco 2018 organized by Marco Chiappa in collaboration with ItLUG ItLUG Lecco is unquestionably one of the largest LEGO-themed exhibitions in Italy and attracts more than 10,000 visitors. This year around 200 exhibitors …

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 …

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 …