Humility in a Toy Box

Humility is a word often overlooked in toy photography. Or maybe it’s forgotten. But when acts of humility occur, it reawakens my faith in the strength of the toy photography community. humility /hjʊˈmɪlɪti/ noun – the quality of having a modest view of one’s importance – freedom from pride or …

Oregon, here I come!

If you’re reading this expecting some insights into toy photography, let me stop you now. You won’t find any tips, tricks, insights or. This post is purely self-indulgent hubbub. Monday Last week I tuned in to James’ chat with David (Father’s Figures) on the latest episode of the Toy Photographers …

Sign-up Time!

Yes, its time. It’s sign-up time for the 2018 Toy Photographers meet-up. As I mentioned in my earlier post, I will be hosting my fourth annual toy photographers meet-up Memorial Day weekend. If you would like to join me, now is the time to officially sign-up. The Overview For two …

Toy Photography Yoga

Toy photography yoga is a little know branch of the more common discipline of yoga. Toy photography yoga, like the other varieties of yoga, Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism, helps to promote physical and emotional well being.  yoga noun | yo·ga |\ ˈyō-gə \ 1 capitalized :a Hindu theistic philosophy teaching …

Connecting more than plastic bricks

Brickstameet It’s brickstameet time again! And this time, we’re connecting more than just plastic bricks and taking photos of them. We’re connecting with our friend from across the ditch. This Melbourne #brickstameet will have an international flavour. Well, maybe a “pineapple lumps” flavour from across the Tasman Sea? We’re excited …

While The Cat’s Away

While the cat’s away, the mice will play. That’s what they say. Well, that’s what Bernie Horowitz says anyway! Toy Safari Blues This past week, Shelly’s been off, gallivanting around in San Francisco at the Toy Photo Safari. And while she’s been away having an amazing time, I’ve been stuck …

San Francisco here I come!

As soon as the location and dates were set for the next US toy photographers meet up, I did not need anymore thinking. I booked my flights. Why? Well… If you’ve ever been to a toy photographers meet-up, I have to tell you that it’s a great experience. It’s a …

Its Time to Register!

Woo hoo! Its time to register for the San Francisco Toy Photographers Safari! This event is happening in less than three months and I couldn’t be more excited! Your safari hosts, Dennis and Melissa Taylor and I, are finalizing our plans and we hope you are too! If you’re not familiar with what a …

Hamburg – My first toy safari

Last May, when Shelly published an article about the Seattle toy safari, I noticed a little note in italic at the end of the article saying: If you can’t make this meet-up maybe you can make our fall gathering. We’re currently exploring dates in late September for another European meet-up, …

Succession session

New kids off the country block From rant to gallivant. From Bellbrae to Erskine Falls. Well, from Bellbrae to Erskine Falls, via Anglesea, Aireys Inlet, Fairhaven, Moggs Creek, Big Hill and Lorne, as we snake our way along the Australian National Heritage listed ‘Great Ocean Road’ that hugs Australia’s south-eastern …

Subjective perspective

Subjective perspective Get down low and go, go, whoa! Seeing so many wonderful behind the scenes shots from the recent Seattle Toy Photographers meet-up, got me thinking about lying on the ground just to get a photo of a toy. And why most of my jeans have stained knees. My …

The Storm Before the Calm

With less than a week to go before the Stuck-In-Plastic Meet-up I can officially say that I have begun my descent into madness.  The preparation, planning, expense and anticipation leading up to an event of this caliber are enough to drive a man straight into the plush, padded rooms of …

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, …

Real World Friendships

What does a toy photo safari look like? What does it feel like? I think it’s safe to say that most toy photographers start out taking pictures alone. It’s not every day you see an adult with a backpack full of children’s toys squatting in the wilderness, camera in hand, …

How the…? What the…?

Somewhere along the line I lost year. It goes like this. My wife asked what I would like for my birthday (1/6 scale Sideshow Collectibles C-3PO with light up eyes, full articulation and bonus com-link!) when my age came up. “48! Guess you’re an old man now!” she said jokingly. …

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 …