Most toy photographers have a place in their hearts for Star Wars. It doesn't matter if that toy photographer is in the United States, the United Kingdom, Brazil, the Philippines or Malaysia - Star Wars is the common thread that runs through most of them. I use the toys as a jumping off point to other stories, adventures and humor. The Star Wars toys have been a way for me to tell a variety of stories by combining them with toys totally unrelated to Star Wars (also known as "mashups.''). A blood thirsty Rancor with Simba from The Lion King? Yes please (and sorry, Simba)! I love presenting iconic characters in unexpected ways, so a hardcore Star Wars fan would do well not to expect images from me that are accurate and faithful to the original movies and characters. With that said, my images are absolutely a celebration of one of the greatest adventures ever told in film. And one thing I think we can all agree on, it's dangerous being a Stormtrooper!
I use mostly practical effects in my images, but ultimately I'm open to using any technique - practical or digital - to tell my stories and to get me to my desired visual results. Link to my Instagram to see tons more toy photography!
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Because even Sith Lords and villains need a bit of rest and relaxation between evil-doing. This was one of a series I created to present iconic villains in new and unexpected ways. I have some of the most fun creating these types of images.
Another fun mashup combining a couple of my favorite properties. I'm a huge fan of the Alien series, so combining the two properties was a no-brainer for me. Just as the Alien is about to make a no-brainer out of that unfortunate stormtrooper.
"Visit new planets," they said, "Interact with exotic new life forms," they said. This is a great example of why it's dangerous to be a stormtrooper. These guys rarely catch a break in the Star Wars films, and the same can be said for them in my images.
My homage to the venerable dog fight. Everyone loves a good dog fight in the skies, whether it's in an old WWII movie or in Top Gun. Star Wars carries on that tradition beautifully with each new movie it releases.
Once in a rare while I'll venture into some LEGO photography. There are some photographers that shoot LEGOs exclusively, and many do amazing work. No matter what type of toy I shoot I'm always thinking about the story I want to tell - that's the foundation to toy photography, and pretty much every other visual art.
Lost Droids. The idea of lost droids is an appealing one to me, and one I've visited more than once. Being lost alludes to wanting to be found, which is not something you'd associate to non-feeling droids. But that is exactly why the droids featured in Star Wars capture our hearts and are so memorable, and are every bit as important to the story as the human... Read More
Lost Droids. The idea of lost droids is an appealing one to me, and one I've visited more than once. Being lost alludes to wanting to be found, which is not something you'd associate to non-feeling droids. But that is exactly why the droids featured in Star Wars capture our hearts and are so memorable, and are every bit as important to the story as the human characters alongside them.
Rust never sleeps! At least that's what I imagined C3PO was thinking as he tried to get onto dry land. I love creating water splashes - they're one of the most unpredictable types of practical effects.
The new dynamic duo! Sometimes it's fun to reimagine relationships between characters. This one proves to be especially lethal to...you guessed it...stormtroopers!
I love NYC - it's definitely one of my favorite cities in the world. This was my small way of paying homage to one of the greatest, most resilient cities in the world.