Like my friend Brett, I also had an amazing year. 2016 was a year filled with photography, new friendships, toy photography related travel and lots of photography meet-ups. The year started out strong and finished even stronger with many amazing experiences in between.
Here are a few highlights from my year on Stuck in Plastic:
- Becoming a recognized LEGO Fan Media Site
- Becoming regular contributors to Bricks Culture Magazine
- Brett Wilson becoming not only a regular contributor but a full fledged member
- The amazing awesome toy photography meet-up – Seattle edition
- Participating in a G+ Mentorship
- Starting The Basics series
- Personally writing 300 blog posts
- Reaching out to the community for more guest posts and having the response be incredibly positive!
- Helping to bring toy photography to the attention of Google+ so that now it’s being actively promoted on Google+ (more on this one soon!)
- Google+ helping to promote the upcoming toy photography meet-up in San Francisco (mark your calendars for May 11-14, 2017)
Last year when I wrote about my personal goals for the coming year they revolved round the technical side of photography. While my new years resolutions didn’t manifest themselves in the way I thought they would, they did lead to the series: The Basics. I’m proud of this series, not only because I learned so much along the way, but because the community responded positively. Expect more of these types of posts in the coming year.
I’m not going to make any grand New Years Resolution’s this year. One of the things I learned from my recent Google+ mentorship was to simply enjoy the present; appreciate where you are and where you’ve been. In the coming year I want to spend more time lying in the grass and looking at clouds. I will of course continue to help build this community and practice my own version of toy photography. I believe that with our partnership with both LEGO and Google+ we have an amazing foundation to grow from.
I would be remiss if I didn’t take a moment to say ‘thank you’ to everyone who has made this year possible. There is no way we could do what we do without your participation. Thank you for your comments, your questions, for entering our contests, for helping to spread the word about us, for creating amazing photography and for generally being Stuck in Plastic with us.
Thank you or another fabulous year and I look forward to sharing whatever comes our way in 2017 with you.
Thank you very everything you do Shelly! Stuck In Plastic is a wonderful community! I enjoy reading all the posts and interacting with everyone. It’s fantastic that you’ve created this place where we all can gather and read about our favorite hobby :-) I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday season :-)
Thank you Lynn for your kind words. I will admit this is a labor of love and it is my absolute pleasure to create a race for those interested can talk about the hobby beyond comments and likes. I appreciate your support and also hoe much you contrite tour community! Happy Holidays to you my friend!
I love your works very much, you put wonderful thoughts and a special atmosphere in your posts and pictures. I’m really excited to discover Stuck in Plastic blog and know more about you. You are a very talented and creative person, and I’m so glad that I met you in the community, my dear Friend. Your feedback is very positive, your projects are worth much attention. Thank you !
Have great winter Holidays !
Thank you for your kind words. But I want you to know that you have been an unexpected gift this year. Your enthusiasm and comments on the blog have been appreciated! Really it encouraging to us to have such a strong and supportive reader! I won’t even go into your clever toy photos – they really are inspiring! My latest photo of Mr Tumnus was inspired by you. It was good to get back to creating my own props. Thank you for being stuck in plastic with us!
Happy Holidays to you and yours,
I’m so touched with your words , my friend! It really means a lot. Thank you so much!
Thank you very much for all your work, Shelly! It was a really good year. I wish you the very best of luck with SiP blog in 2017.
All the best.
Thank you Phil, you are too kind my friend! Thank you so much for all the positive energy that you spread throughout the toy photography community. I know it wouldn’t be the same without you! I wish you all the best as we move into another wonderful year!
Congratulations on well-deserved succes. I can’t say that I have ‘met’ anyone before that is so devoted to art, like you are.
Besides, there is a lot to learn on this blog. I’m not much of a commenter, but I love the blog.
I wish you all the best in 2017 and beyond.
Thank you oh so very much for what you’re doing for this community!
This has been a really good year for you and you totally deserve this success! And I’m so glad to have (virtually) met you and all the other members of Stuck in Plastic. You all are so inspiring!!
I wish you an even better 2017!
Thank you so much Luigi for your kind words! Im so glad that we have meet, even if it is virtually. :) I’m so glad that you are a member of our community, you images are unique, funny and well…just plain awesome! Here’s to a great 2017 for us both! Cheers, Shelly
These are great highlights!
I love the international community that StuckinPlastic has helped bring together.
Thank you for providing high quality, thought-provoking articles, and inviting so many others to contribute.
Looking forward to what 2017 brings!