My name is Joan Marc, I am 29 years old. I live in Catalunya (Spain), near the city of Barcelona. I studied industrial design but I’m a graphic designer and amateur photographer. In 2015 I discovered the phenomenon of “toy photography on Instagram through the photographer Vesa Lehtimäki. This started my passion for taking pictures of toys.
Since I was little, I’ve always liked to collect toys and figures. In general I like collecting… a lot! I started collecting when I was 6 years old the figures of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and their Zords. Since I was very young I’ve always enjoyed the 1993 Power Rangers series.
Over several years, my father showed me the first Star Wars movies beginning with The New Hope, 1977. I was totally in love with the universe of George Lucas and I started collecting Star Wars. At the time, I bought many of the ships of Star Wars by Micromachines. Then my family gave me the Millennium Falcon by Kenner. I still keep this model which I have a lot of fondness for. From that moment, I declared myself a Star Wars fan!
With the camera and the toy, we create new worlds
There are no limits to our imagination when we want to create a photograph with a toy. The freedom is infinite and the techniques are too.
There are many different techniques to create toy photographs. The creation of the photography is what I like the most. I enjoy the tricks we use to give life to a photograph with toys. Many photographers use their own techniques to create special effects while others use more real effects. For example you can use firecrackers to simulate explosions or a shower to simulate rain.
To improve my own photographs I used some of the tricks that other photographers share. I even mounted a stage through a diorama to create a photo. Over time I have developed my own tricks to make good photos with toys; from real effects to post productions with Adobe Photoshop.
Continue with my creativity with toys
I discovered on Instagram that there is a great community of people around the world who are dedicated to toy photography. These range from the photographer who takes pictures with toys for passion as I do, to great professional photographers who use toy photography to create images for great brands. One such example is the photographer Felix Hernandez. I took an online photography course with him through an internet platform which helped me greatly improve the quality of my photography.
I think I have learned a lot as a photographer in these years that I have dedicated to toy photography. There is still a lot to learn, to share on social networks and of course to enjoy the work of other photographers.
Greetings to the whole community of TOYPHOTOGRAPHERS.COM
Joan Marc Ferret (@joanmarcf)
Thank you very much to the friends of Toyphotographers.com for letting me write about my work on their website, I hope you like them all !!
Such beautifully done images Joan Marc! Thanks for sharing your story and it’s so cool too see the passion you have for toys and photography.
Thank you very much! glad to like my work ^^
Great images, thanks for sharing!
thank you very much buddy!
Hi Joan, reading your story I can find a lot of things in common (if you read my own ‘Why’, posted a few months ago, you could see…), starting with the way we both discovered toy photography (the incredible work of @Avanaut). Nice to hear your story, I love all the pics. Thank you for sharing and best regards
Thank you very much buddy! muchas gracias!
If I read your story and found many things in common, I will follow your work!
Un saludo! 🙂
What a great honor to be mentioned in your post like that. Truly!
Photographing toys on a small home studio can be a lonely affair. That is, if you’re not outdoorsy and/or in an area where fellow toyphotographers wander. Toycommunities are online and always present however, and that is a blessing. Wonderful work!
Thank you very much friend, the honor is mine!