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, cursing when their action figure blows over or crying when their white ninja washes out to sea (full disclosure here: my white ninja washed out to sea…so sad).

OK, so maybe, if you’re like my wife, you do regularly see a seemingly sane adult with a backpack full of toys yelling at the ocean. But, have you ever seen an entire flock of toy photographers practicing their craft all at once? I have. A year ago. The Vegas Toy Photo Safari.

As the upcoming Seattle Toy Photo Safari nears, I’d like to confirm, as Captain Kaos ponders at the end of a recent post, that he and other safari goers will make real world friendships.

Whether you’re definitely attending or you’re on the fence, know that you will fit right in. You already know such an important part of the photographers you follow online. By regularly looking at their work, laughing at their jokes, and commenting on their pictures, you have a view through one of the most important windows of these artists – you see their work, their passion, their toys.

When I met the real life versions of people I’ve followed online for years, it ended up being totally comfortable. It was tons of fun. It was easy to take pictures of my toys around them. Still not sure? Then check out our recently completed video from last year’s Vegas Toy Photo Safari and get ready to make friends…in real life!

~Paul   (@bricksailboat)