One of my favorite parts of being a toy photographer is the toy photo community itself, and the wonderful people from around the world who share in this hobby. One such person is Doug Gary, a LEGO photographer from the Bay Area who I met at the Oregon Meetup in 2018.

Doug’s beautiful and creative photography is a reflection of his personality and positive energy. Like past podcast guests Dave DeBaermaeker and Jax Navarro, I knew after talking with him at the meetup that I just had to have him on the podcast.

Fatherhood & Toy Photography

When Doug came to the meetup, he brought his family with him. It was particularly fun to see his son, Tye, take part in the action setting up shots, holding bounce cards, and critiquing camera angles.

With Father’s Day happening in the U.S. this past weekend, I thought it would be fun to have a segment featuring Tye to get his perspective on having a dad who does toy photography. I also wanted to ask Doug how parenthood might have changed or shaped his artwork.

Doug and I also chatted about the recent Utah meetup, his theater background, moving from shooting on an iPhone to a DSLR, and the toy photo community. I had a great time, and can’t wait for you to hear it for yourself.

Thanks to Tye for being brave enough to come onto the show and answer some questions, and to Doug for the wonderful conversation!


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By Doug Gary