Instagram toy photogs share their growth


Toy photography is big. Especially on instagram. From those finding new ways to explore their collections, those de-stressing, playing around, or even those using toys to make art (or maybe a combination of all of these).

There’s a new hashtag that’s now been posted to 243 times and counting.




This trend seems to have been started by user @backyard_battles on November 11th of this year and asks others to share their first 9 toy photos, and their most recent 9 to show the progression they’ve made over the months or years they’ve been participating in the hobby.

“Your first 10,000 photographs are your worst.” 

Henri Cartier-Bresson


I truly love seeing the progression of others’ craft and think it’s important to look back on your work if you intend to keep improving, so I’ve loved seeing this hashtag be passed around. 

“Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow.” 

Imogen Cunningham



I tried to get the tag #toyphotoglowup going – a take on the traditional glow up photos where people share images of themselves before and after puberty, but instead focused on the remaking of old toy photos, but it didn’t catch on lol. I’ll keep using the tag regardless.

Exclu Collective also has a similar project #exclurewind where they’ve asked toy photographers to remake old images to show how far they’ve come. 

Has your photography, toy photo or otherwise, improved over the years? I encourage you to take a look back and see how far you’ve come.

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