Podcast 06 – Kristina Alexanderson Interview

Before Kristina Alexanderson was ever the co-host of the monthly themed episodes of the Toy Photographers Podcast, she was a guest!

I wanted to interview her for several reasons: Her friendship and history of collaboration with Shelly, our mutual love of Stormtroopers, and the fact that I frankly didn’t know much about her despite having met her at the Seattle Toy Photo Safari back in March 2016. I even shared an hour long car ride with Shelly and Kristina that weekend. I hadn’t become engrained in the toy photography community yet and was honestly too shy to be conversational!

If you had told me two years ago that I would now have a friendship with both Shelly and Kristina, and host a podcast where I talked to people each week, I wouldn’t have believed you! Continue reading Podcast 06 – Kristina Alexanderson Interview

Podcast 05 – “Feelings”

Kristina and I are back for another theme episode of the Toy Photographers Podcast!

Like our previous “Play” episode, we will have picked a specific theme to photograph, and taken a photo with that theme in mind. We then jump on Skype, share our photos with one another, and discuss what we see, both literally and in terms of how it relates to the theme we picked. Continue reading Podcast 05 – “Feelings”

Review: LEGO 40236 Romantic Valentine Picnic

Love is in the air, so it’s the perfect time to review the first seasonal LEGO kit of the year: 40236 Romantic Valentine Picnic!

Like last year’s seasonal sets, 40236 comes with a couple minifigures, a few small builds, and a bevy of great accessories! Was Cupid’s arrow successful in making me fall in love with this set? Let’s find out!

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Podcast 04 – The Toys That Made Us Creator Brian Volk-Weiss

I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am for this week’s episode of the Toy Photographers Podcast!

A few weeks ago, I messaged the Twitter account for the new Netflix documentary series The Toys That Made UsI knew it was a long shot, but I wanted to see if anyone affiliated with the show would be interested in being interviewed. To my surprise, I quickly got a response saying that the show’s creator, Brian Volk-Weiss, said yes! Continue reading Podcast 04 – The Toys That Made Us Creator Brian Volk-Weiss

The Great Indoors II

As I’ve discussed before, I primarily shoot indoors, and am always looking for ways to bring some of Mother Nature into my studio. Last year, I wrote a piece called “The Great Indoors,” highlighting some miniature fake grass I’d gotten for my photographs. Consider this post Part 2!

While I regularly use the grass for many of my photos, I actually have another staple that I turn to even more often: Sand!

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Toy Photographers Podcast 03 – Brett Wilson Interview

It’s Sunday, so you know what that means: Another episode of the Toy Photographers Podcast is now available!

This week, we have another interview episode, featuring our very own Brett Wilson! Brett and I had a fantastic conversation, covering how he got into toy photography, what it’s like having such a famous SigFig, how much luck has contributed to his many opportunities, and so much more! Continue reading Toy Photographers Podcast 03 – Brett Wilson Interview

Toy Photographers Podcast 02 – “Play” with Kristina Alexanderson

Thank you to everyone who listened to our debut episode of the Toy Photographers Podcast last week! If you haven’t heard it yet, you can listen to it here.

This week on the podcast, I’m joined by Kristina Alexanderson for our very first “theme” episode. These will be slightly different than the interview episodes; Kristina and I will have picked a specific theme to photograph, and taken a photo with that theme in mind. We then jump on Skype, share our photos with one another, and discuss what we see, both literally and in terms of how it relates to the theme we picked.

The theme for this week’s episode was “Play,” something I think all toy photographers have considered when snapping shots of LEGO or action figures! Continue reading Toy Photographers Podcast 02 – “Play” with Kristina Alexanderson

MasterClass

Last year, I confessed that I’m actually not very knowledgeable when it comes to photography. In the months since writing that post, I’ve become more and more comfortable with my camera. I now know which buttons do what, and what to do in order to achieve the vision in my head. Most of the time, anyway.

Still, I wanted to take it a step further. So, I’ve enrolled in Annie Leibovitz’s online MasterClass. Continue reading MasterClass

Introducing the Toy Photographers Podcast!

We’ve been teasing an exciting announcement, and here it is: We have officially launched our very first podcast! 

The podcast will, of course, be centered around toy photography and the amazing people around the world who have chosen toys as their artistic subjects. You can subscribe to the show on iTunes, Stitcher, or your other preferred “podcatcher” apps, and they’ll also be made available here on the blog. Continue reading Introducing the Toy Photographers Podcast!

Viva La Resolution!

I’ve always loved the New Year. I know it’s all psychological, and that despite the Earth completing yet another trip around the Sun, New Year’s is just another day.

Yet, I can’t help but feel a renewed sense of excitement at the idea of a “clean slate.” The transition from one year to the next means that you’ve passed Go; it’s time to collect your $200 and move around the board again.

It’s true that only 8% of people actually complete their New Year’s resolutions. Does that mean we should stop setting them? I don’t think so! Continue reading Viva La Resolution!