A Toy Photography Assignment from Focus On Photography

“It’s one thing to make a picture of what a person looks like, it’s another thing to make a portrait of who they are.”

– Paul Caponigro

I was an education minor in college (photo major, double minor w/ art history). I got my temporary k-12 art teaching certificate, but ended up deciding not to persue teaching (that’s a story for another day). In any case, in one of the classes around 2010/11 we had to get a teacher’s edition of a textbook that we would use in the classroom.

I’ve been on this blog kick, mostly because I finally have a ton of ideas for it and it’s still a way of creating, even though I haven’t been able to make myself make photos and resin crafts. This weird work schedule (due to limiting the number of people in the building) and new job have been weighing on me.

So, in pulling out all my photo and art books to use as research and inspiration, I grabbed ‘Focus on Photography: Teacher’s Edition‘ by Hermon Joyner and Kathleen Monaghan, published in 2006.

And within its pages I found a lesson on portrait toy photography! While toy photography can be so much more expansive than portraiture, it’s a really good intro to the medium. And as it’s a teacher’s edition, if you’d like to try the lesson for yourself, you can even give yourself a grade after.

Focus on Photography Toy Portraits assignment p. 262
Focus on Photography Toy Portraits assignment p. 262
Focus on Photography Toy Portraits assignment p. 263
Focus on Photography Toy Portraits assignment p. 263

Learn more about my take on toy portraits here or more info on making toy photos here.

If you decide to make your own, or even already have, I’d love to see what you’ve come up with!

Categories: Photo Challenges, The History of Toy Photography, WordsTags: , , , , , , , ,

Tourmaline .

Photographer of miniatures and writer on all things small.


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