Why? by LouieBaton

The Toy Photographers Blog: What is your connection to LEGO?

Daniyel Garcia: I have been into LEGO ever since I was a kid. It was always the go-to toy for my brother and I. We had this old LEGO ideas magazine for LEGO castle system. There were many builds of yellow-bricked castles. Ours were multiple colored versions of the ideas in a smaller scale.

TTPB: How long have you been a toy photographer?

DG: I have been photographing my LEGOs with my beers before Instagram, I was using this beer tracking app called “Untappd,” which basically tracks every single beer I have drunk or tried. I was double posting on that and Instagram and started getting a lot of feedback on Instagram. Continue reading Why? by LouieBaton

Martian Vacation

1. FIRST MARTIAN EXPLORERS
2. ALMOST TO THE SUMMIT
3. TAKING IN THE VIEW
4. ENTRANCE TO SOMETHING SPOOKY
5. REMAINS OF SOMETHING ANCIENT
6. I WANT TO PROBE YOU

How would a Grey spend his holiday? He would go RVing on Mars, of course.

These 6 images show some pretty exciting things to do on a vacation like: rock climbing, spelunking, camping, some touristy stuff, as well as an alien abduction. The last one is definitely not on my list.

With all my works, I try to create as much in camera as possible with only simple wire removal in Photoshop. My sets are large and comprised of dirt, rock, sand or anything I can use to create a realistic environment. After I shoot an image, it’s sent to my phone where I do some final color enhancements with Lightroom Mobile and off to Instagram it goes.

You can see this entire series on my website https://www.huehughes.com Or check out some of my many other Lego series. I’m constantly adding more.

~Hue Hughes


If you’d like to share your own six image narrative on the blog, contact Jennifer at jennifernicholewells@outlook.com.

Dave: An Origin Story

It seems like every once and awhile someone creates a post about how they got into toy photography, and what they get out of it.  I figure its time that I go ahead and take a swing at that particular pitch and answer the how and why of my own particular journey into the realm of toy photography.

Ready?  Here we go…

The Shocking Truth Revealed!

I got into toy photography because I didn’t want to put on pants.

I’m not kidding.

Come along on a journey with me and I’ll tell you the tale.  It was a dark, cold, wintery evening back in December of 2012 (I’m assuming it was cold and wintry; I don’t actually remember the weather. It was definitely evening in December, so it seems plausible.  It makes for a better story so I’m going with it.)  

I had signed up for the Chrysta Rae Scavenger Hunt over on the Plus.  The hunt involves shooting an image for 10 separate words, one of which was “candy cane”.  If you recall the evening was (possibly) cold and wintry. The kids were in bed, so it may not surprise you that  I didn’t feel like going out of the house to find a shot.  So I decided to stage my own.  I looked around and discovered my old LEGO set from my long lost childhood. The kitchen contained a box of candy canes, and I scrounged an old Christmas tree skirt.  The solution was obvious (to me at least), and soon I had created this shot:

Continue reading Dave: An Origin Story

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 at some point in their life, I decided I wanted to write a book someday. I’m no different. I’m a person that usually contemplates a project over and over… and over again. Yet, in the end I don’t even start working on it. This time was different; I even took some lessons in creative writing. The results from that course weren’t all that bad, but I understood that actually writing a book would be way out of my league, so I shelved my plans on writing a book again. A few years later I came across another phenomenon on the Internet; Lego-comics! Continue reading Foolish Lego – Pt 2

“Lord Garmadon’s Day” – Six Image Narrative by @Miss__Feklista

Japan is so rich in myths about the mysterious creatures and, in my opinion, the most amazing of them is Lord Garmadon’s story.

Garmadon is a fantastic mix of dark power and fighting skills! He starts every morning with the traditional tea ceremony. If you imagine the table covered with innumerable cups and pots you know nothing about Lord Garmadon’s morning. This guy combines tea with physical exercises – a picture is worth a thousand words.

It doesn’t mean that Garmadon can’t be peaceful. After breakfast he comes where nobody can accompany him (except for his charming pajamas). Admiring the wild flowers, he sings and attracts many birds: they are sure that a strange dark tree is blossoming. A miracle of nature!

Garmadon has his favorite restaurant. The Sushi Chef doesn’t want to disappoint such an unpredictable visitor and always brings him the rarest endangered fish… 

Unfortunately, the Sushi Chef’s boss is an explosive Samurai and always threatens him with dismissal if he acts against Green Peace.

As you can imagine, the Samurai is Garmadon’s main opponent in the city. But their fighting is the most spectacular show for the locals. 

Do you know the story of Lord Garmadon’s wonderful pajamas? Every evening he comes to the place where he finds the absolute harmony…the kitchen. The smell of grilled shrimps and smoke, the sound of boiling pasta and exploding lava calms Garmadon’s nerves after a hard day and countless fights. It’s common knowledge that the locals must bring some sake for Garmadon’s supper so that he would slack the fire of his volcano.

Thanks a lot for your attention!

I’d like to thank Shelly and Toy Photographers Blog for the possibility to participate in this great creative section!

 Ann @Miss__Feklista

The Power of Two

I enjoyed reading Shelly’s blog post “Three is a magic number”.  I certainly agree that three subjects can make a fantastic photo but I think the “Power of Two” should not be overlooked.  Most of the time, I find myself photographing just one or two subjects.  Occasionally I’ll include a third subject but for me, having too many minifigures in the frame makes the setup and lighting more complicated and may dilute the interaction between the subjects, similar to the phrase “two’s company but three’s a crowd”. Continue reading The Power of Two

Why by Greater Beast

The first and few things I’ve ever stolen in my life was a crayon. I was two or three and my mom found it in my pants pocket one day after daycare. When she asked me about it, I said it was so fun and amazing I really wanted to draw all the time. She felt so bad she bought me a box the next day after telling me to never steal again. We returned the crayon back to the daycare. Continue reading Why by Greater Beast