I love toy photography! And sharing the knowledge I’ve gathered over the past 10 years brings me great joy.
Toy photography is a fun genre that touches on so many other parts of the photography world. I’ve discovered that the skills you learn while photography toys transfers to your other photo interests. These might include macro, still life, nature, and portraiture. Toys are also great subjects to practice lighting skills on!
While everything I’ve mentioned is fabulous, the part of toy photography that keeps me excited are the story telling possibilities. I love telling one image stories where the viewer is able to bring their own interpretations to the action. Toy photography is essentially a visual medium not unlike graphic novels. There is so much potential to create visual stories of any length inspired by pop culture, mythology, books, music and of course our own personal experiences.
As a toy photography evangelist I want to inspire others to join me in this fabulous and fun world. My workshops are designed to give you a solid base in toy photography basics, idea generation and creating images that align with your personal values. My workshops will help you to create images that tell stories that are meaningful to you and to help you connect with you audience.
All my workshops (excluding individual coaching) are limited to six people. I create a supportive, safe and fun atmosphere. Everyone learns by sharing and having fun together. These are truly transformative workshops!
If you’re curious about toy photography or just starting on your toy photography journey, this is the workshop for you! This six-week workshop will cover all the basics of toy photography. We will discuss everything from the history of toy photography, where to source toys, and all the major skills to create dynamic scenes. Each week we will share the photos created using skills learned in the previous week.
When you’ve completed this course you will have a strong understanding of all the current techniques being used to make toys fly, create practical effects of all kinds and how to light indoor and outdoor scenes. One private mentoring session is included with this workshop. More details can be found here and sign up can be found here!
Creating with Intention is a 12-week workshop that looks at where ideas come from. Each week participants will be challenged to create an image from one of the weeks prompts. As a group we will explore different ideas around toy photography. These include recreating famous artwork, pop culture mash-ups, self portraiture, two image stories and mythology. We will learn to create work that has multiple layers and meaning. Each week participants will be invited to share images they create including a behind the scenes look at the set-up. By sharing the thought process, obstacles and successes behind each image we will expand opportunities for learning.
This workshop is perfect for anyone looking to give direction to their toy photography, who is new to the genre or maybe stuck and needs a gentle push to get going again. For more details about topics covered, cost and start date, please check here.
I love the book The Artists Way! While this book has been around for over 25 years, the lessons and activities are universal to the creative struggle. I’ve taken this journey myself and discovered, and even laid to rest, many of my own creative gremlins. I’ve developed a set of tools that help me in the inevitable set-backs and u-turns in the creative process. I also have a sound creative identity that acts as a foundation to build from. But all that growth doesn’t come easy. This is a 12 week journey that invites participants to look inside themselves and adjust their perspective on long held beliefs. Does this sound like a lot of work? It is…but its worth it!
If you would like more information about The Artist’s Way workshop, I invite you to contact me to set up a 30 minute phone call. Together we will decide if this is the perfect option for you.
4) Story Telling
The newest addition to my toy photography workshops is on the basics of story telling. I will be expanding on the concepts learned in Creating with Intention. The diptych will now expanded to a three image story arc. We will take a close look at how to show the passage of time. Accessories and detail photos often get overlooked in pursuit of the ultimate action photo. But these images play an important role in advancing your story. While we touched on words and images in Creating with Intention, Story Telling will take a more in-depth look at combining words and images.
This workshop is perfect for anyone interested in continuing their toy photography journey or has an existing story they’re interested in creating. For more details about what is covered, cost and start date please check here.
I will be offering the The Story Telling workshop early in 2022. If you would like to added to my mailing list to be alerted when sign up opens, please sign up here.
If you have a specific project you’re working on that is above and beyond what I cover in any of the other workshops I recommend starting with Individual Coaching. We will meet one-on-one twice a month to work on topics important to you. Because Ive been a self-employed artist for over 25 years, I know how important goals, accountability and motivation are. Sometimes we all need help reaching the next level. Individual coaching might be the perfect fit for your unique needs.
If you would like more information about working one on one, I invite you to contact me to set up a 30 minute phone call. Together we will decide if this is the perfect option for you.
Creative Support Group
Have you taken one of my workshops and want to keep working with me? The next step may be to join a small Creative Support Group on a bi-weekly basis where we discuss creative projects, best practices to move projects forward and generally support each other meet our creative goals! If you’re interested in this group, please contact me and I will let you know when this launches.