Traveling with toys

Traveling with toys is problematic. How many toys do I bring, which ones do I pack, what accessories are important and what additional tools will I need is just the beginning of my decisions. Then I need to start asking how much time do I need to spend with my …

#Womenintoyphotography

Does this tag look familiar? I use the #Womenintoyphotography tag on all my Instagram photos. In fact I’ve been using this tag since August 2015. Why would I know the exact date? Because I introduced the #womenintoyphotography hashtag when I was writing for the blog Stuck In Plastic. The backstory …

The Good Son

The Good Son is the first book by Little Soldier Stories, the husband and wife team of Pierre-Jacques and Jules Ober. It’s an original story that uses miniature replicas of World War I soldiers to tell a compelling story of duty to family and country. While The Good Son isn’t …

Pictorialism and Toy Photography

Did you know that when photography was first invented it was seen as a medium capable of the same level of artistic expression as painting and sculpture? This movement is called Pictorialism. Pictoralists wanted to be seen as equal to painting and the finer arts, rather than an inferior mechanical …

Fake it until you make it

We’ve all heard the phrase “fake it until you make it”. It’s a very useful skill and one I’ve been using for a while now. But what if you don’t know what “make it” means to you? If you haven’t defined success, how will you know if your achieve it? …

Sunrise is for suckers

If you’re an outdoor photographer like me, you use the sun as your primary light source. And the quality of that light can make or break your photo. Traditionally the two best times to photograph outdoors is sunrise and sunset; otherwise know as The Golden Hour. I’m here to tell …

#bc_reboot

Have you heard the news? Brickcentral has a permanent moderator team led by @fourbrickstall! This is great news and assures this important feature site has a long and healthy future. Now that the ‘new’ site has been officially launched they’re getting down to the business of inspiring toy photographers to …

2018 Yearbook

It’s finally here…The Toy Photographers Yearbook 2018! We created this book to showcase all of the amazing photographers who participated on the blog in 2018. Each page showcases one of the many talented folks who make up our community, plus a few words about what toy photography means to them. …

The Role of Muses

Recently I’ve been pondering the role a muse plays in my artistic journey. This started when Dinoczar tagged me on an instagram post that quoted a letter Nick Cave had written to MTV. In this letter Nick graciously declined his nomination for Best Male Artist that year in fear of …

Toy Photography Blues

The year is off to an inauspicious start. Between the wet weather, a new dog (total distraction on four legs!) and an upgrade to my camera equipment I’m singing the toy photography blues. You’re probably thinking: “What! That makes no sense! New equipment, like new toys, should inspire a burst …

Five Words to Define a Year

I’ve written about Five Words to Define a Year in the past. In those posts I’ve been thinking more about my own personal journey than our larger, collective journey here on the blog. But all these end of year reflections we’ve been doing on the blog got me thinking: What …

The TP Awards

What a year this has been! But before I say goodbye to 2018, I want to take the time to acknowledge a few of my favorite blog posts from this year. Let me grab a fresh role of toilet paper (TP) and I will get started awarding the first annual …