Seattle Toy Safari- video teaser

The Seattle Toy Safari was one year ago and the memories are still fresh. As excitement builds for the attendees of this weeks San Francisco Tay Safari, I want to share with you a small taste of last years event.

One of my projects around last year’s event was to create a behind the scenes video. I hired two friends to work along side the talented Leila Chieko to video the entire event. The goal of this project is to create a video that will show why these events are so much fun and to share a little of the magic. We interviewed many of the attendees so they can tell you in their own words why they attend and why they love to take photographs of toys. Continue reading Seattle Toy Safari- video teaser

How did Shelly do?

Shelly ask in her blogpost an open heart and an open mind: “How did I do, Kristina?” After some consideration I decided to reply with a blogpost 🙂 Suddenly I don’t know where to start; maybe I should start in Sweden, late last August on the Baltic Toy Safari, or should I start in May with the Seattle Toy Safari? Never mind I’ll start by saying I’m impressed with Shelly’s mission to take the opportunity of the safari to have an open mind and an open heart towards whatever happened. I will have to borrow that mission for the next Safari I attend. Continue reading How did Shelly do?

TravelBricks is coming to Seattle!

After a 6 hour flight and being in traffic for an hour and half, I get home to a message from Shelly asking me if I wanted to write an entry for the Stuck In Plastic blog about May’s Photo Safari.  I don’t know about you, but for me this is a big deal and I’m really excited to be able to share my story with you! Continue reading TravelBricks is coming to Seattle!

The Seattle Toy Photographers Meet-up

It’s hard to believe that the Seattle Toy Photographers meet-up is almost here! It seems a life time ago (nearly six months actually) when we first set the date for this meet-up. Back then it seemed like an eternity away and now its almost here! Continue reading The Seattle Toy Photographers Meet-up

It Never Gets Old

I confess, I like taking photographs of T-Rex chasing little helpless mini figures; it never gets old.

Whenever I set up one of these shots I snicker and I’m happy. If I can’t make myself laugh, then how can I make you? If I can’t please myself with my photography, why should I expect you to like them? So here we are, it’s Monday and I’ve posted yet another one of these silly photos and my day got a little better. Continue reading It Never Gets Old

the once and future Loner

I’m an introvert.

I prefer to spend large amounts of time by myself. Being around groups of people (read that as more than one person) causes me physical and mental discomfort. I get headaches, my skin crawls and there’s a battle going on, internally, about staying or leaving. That said, I usually shoot my pictures alone. Continue reading the once and future Loner

Magnuson Park

Do you have a little secret spot that you like to go back to over and over again to shoot your Lego mini figures? You know, that one place you enjoy shooting no matter what the weather is like. We’re not all as lucky as Me2 and are able to travel with our little muses on a regular basis. Personally, I’m more home bound than I’d like to admit.  But that doesn’t stop me from taking my little subjects out on frequent excursions to my special place, Magnuson Park. No matter how many times I return, the park reveals new secrets to me. Continue reading Magnuson Park

You’re invited to Seattle!

You’re invited to Seattle to attend the next epic toy photography meet-up from May 20-23! My good friend Jon (Dinoczars) and I will be hosting our second US Stuck in Plastic meet-up because like my favorite philosopher said:

“Is life not a thousand times too short for us to bore ourselves?”
― Friedrich Nietzsche

When I posted last fall asking for input to help choose between Chicago and Seattle for our next meet-up, it seemed that Chicago would be the winner. But when I factored in those who had changed their mind or those who were flexible , there was no clear winner, so I have decided to go with what I know. I would be pleased if you would join me and my co-host Jon, in Seattle from May 20-23, for a weekend filled with toy photography and related silliness.  Continue reading You’re invited to Seattle!

In search of an idea for a Still Life

I always think it’s easier to make pictures if I have an idea. If I have an idea for a picture, I usually try to make a mockup of the picture before I go out and then try to make the actual photograph. I enjoy visualizing the idea, trying angles and the setup before I stand outside with my toys and camera. But I don’t always have an idea. I wish I did, but sometime I go out to photograph without an idea… this means that one part of me is going out to search for ideas to “visualize” in my still life pictures. On a good day, I seems to find ideas everywhere:  on commercial billboards, in ordinary life, at work, in literature, mythology and in other artists work. Continue reading In search of an idea for a Still Life