Podcast 63: Doug Gary (@doughleyg) Interview

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


  1. brett_wilson

    What a wonderful podcast guys! It was great to hear your voice again Doug, and all the truly wonderful things that came out of your mouth.
    And Tye, I’m remembered as the guy with beard and weird accent, not the guy who lent you a LEGO skateboard for that photo you took on the beach? Yep, fair call. Hopefully you’ll get to hear my weird accent again soon buddy!

  2. Astrid

    What a great listening James and Doug 😍 James I love the way your talked to Tye. And Tye πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ» WOW πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ» you did that great 🀩 and sooooo brave!
    Doug I love to hear your voice 😊😊😊 and I enjoyed hearing you talk about your experiences with toy safaris. Wonderful. ❀️ I agree totally …

  3. Hi Astrid! I’m so glad you listened and enjoyed it. I will share your feedback with Tye, the real star of any show I’m in. Thanks for your photography inspiration and encouragement… and yes, friendship. Some day on one continent or another! Thanks for commenting, too. Hope your week is going well.

  4. Hi Doug! Great hearing you and Tye. You guys sound super chilled. I can’t agree more with the fun toy photo meetups bring. By the way, Canon 80D user here as well. 😊 Love the swivel screen which saves my back. Haha

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