Meet Kenton

This week, we’re coming back with our series of #FeatureFriday interviews. Of course, this time not about SiPgoes52, but SiPgoes53. Today it’s Kenton who joins us around a virtual cup of coffee.

About Kenton

I live in Salt Lake City, UT and am the father of four kids that help me build my LEGO creations and, from time to time, even help me set up photos. My day job is working as an e-commerce director at a company that makes bags and travel accessories.

I first started taking toy photos about 4 years ago when my wife bought me some LEGO for Christmas which reignited the passion I always had as a kid of building amazing LEGO sets. I was initially inspired by Avanaut and his work that I had seen on Flickr even before I started getting back into LEGO. Then I discovered Chris McVeigh and started trying to recreate the style of both with certain photos.

Tolkien

I love all types of photography and actually used to have a successful wedding photography business on the side. As my family has grown, I don’t have as much time to do that anymore and toy photography has taken its place. It allows me to miniaturize my subjects and setups, and create awesome shoots with a variety of “models” and sets all in my basement on a small table.

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The Mustang Mission

Can You Keep A Secret?

It’s a grim-looking Friday morning and I’m sat at a bus stop in the wind and rain. I’m waiting. The bus is late but I’m okay with that because I’m not going to my day-job today. I’ve got my camera bag on one shoulder and a rather innocuous-looking carrier bag containing a very special LEGO set on the other. I’m on a top-secret mission into deepest Manchester’s city centre in search of the perfect setting. This is going to be a shooting session with the new LEGO CreatorExpert #10265 Ford Mustang.

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The Apocalyptic Contest

Well, it has been a while since we last unleashed some good old school creative “fun” contest. You know, one without too many rules. So we thought it´s about time we did it again. And what better occasion could there be than to celebrate the LEGO Movie 2 ?? With just that in full swing all around the world we want to get your creative energies back to the max.

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The LEGO Movie 2 Minifigures in the real world

This blog post is part of a series about the new LEGO Movie 2 Collectible Minifigures Series. Thanks to the folks from LEGO for providing us a box of Minifigures that we sent to 9 creative toy photographers to review for the blog.

When I heard that I will be participating in the creative review of the new TLM2 minifigure series, I was so happy! I started looking at product photos on the internet and thinking which ones I would like, and what I would like to do with them.

Then they arrived and they didn’t really care about my ideas.

Unikitty

The first one to jump into action was Unikitty. She is not the one that inspires me most, but that didn’t stop her from jumping in the snow.

I guess Unikitty loves snow as much as I do.

I guess snow is better than the apocalypse of her own world.

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Toy Photography Rembrandt Lighting

On Monday I mentioned Rembrandt lighting as one of the characteristics of Annie Leibovitz photographic style. Following that, I felt the need to play with toys and lights… at home. Something unusual for me who mostly plays outside.

Just out of curiosity, I wanted to see how easy (or difficult) it was to get something close to Rembrandt lighting with toys, and in particular with LEGO Minifigs.

Rembrandt lighting

A Rembrandt lighting is a technique used in portrait photography that imitates the lighting style of Dutch painter Rembrandt. One characteristic of many of Rembrandt’s paintings is the specific use of low-key light creating a shadow shaped like a triangle below one of the eyes of the subject. The goal is to create interesting shadows and lights driving the eyes of the viewer through the frame.

Self-Portrait of Rembrandt (1658)

In photography, this is usually achieved by placing the main source of light above the subject at a 45° angle.

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Everything was Awesome

This blog post is part of a series about the new LEGO Movie 2 Collectible Minifigures Series. Thanks to the folks from LEGO for providing us a box of Minifigures that we sent to 9 creative toy photographers to review for the blog.

What’s going on in the new LEGO movie? Something has changed and it is if darkness had spread across the land.

Benny

Take a look at Benny. That face looks like he’s been through a lot. What has happened that means he needs a cybernetic arm? Perhaps something happened to wipe that smile off his face. He certainly looks like he’s been through the wars since we last saw him. With a brand new tool kit hopefully he can help put something right. Then again, some things just can’t be repaired with a wrench or a spanner…

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The LEGO Movie 2 by Bevvy

This blog post is part of a series about the new LEGO Movie 2 Collectible Minifigures Series. Thanks to the folks from LEGO for providing us a box of Minifigures that we sent to 9 creative toy photographers to review for the blog.

With the anticipation of the new LEGO Movie fast approaching, a few of us toy photographers have received from the kind folks at LEGO, a couple of the new minifigures ahead of the release date.

So last week I received 4 characters from the 20 characters in total to collect. The minifigures stand on a white base plate, which I feel is a nice touch. The characters in my packs were Apocalypseburg Lucy, Hula Lula, Swamp Monster who appeared in the first movie. Rounding off the cast Watermelon Dude.

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Everything is Awesome

This blog post is part of a series about the new LEGO Movie 2 Collectible Minifigures Series. Thanks to the folks from LEGO for providing us a box of Minifigures that we sent to 9 creative toy photographers to review for the blog.

Even before seeing the first pictures of the LEGO Movie 2 new Collectible Minifigures Series, we knew we would have a box to review. When I saw the first pictures of the minifigures, even though I wanted to get most of them, I didn’t have any specific idea for photos.

When we finally got our box, I decided to go with the four “Everything is Awesome” singers. I just had got one of the new LEGO Friends set for a photo of #SiPgoes53 and it was the perfect opportunity to use the main build of the set.

So like with the Harry Potter Series, my review would again feature a band…

Everything is Awesome goes live in Northern Finland
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TLM2 – A quick sneak peek

The LEGO Movie Two Minifigure Series has arrived. Officially in stores as of February 1st. Yet the internet is buzzing with shops that have put them on shelves and so maybe you are one of the lucky ones that got their hands on the new crew already.

We got our review box from TLG on Friday, and we could not wait to unwrap it on IG and share a first impression with all of you. Now it is time to take a quick sneak peek inside the box, give our first impressions, while we wait for the nine creative reviewers to report back on their impressions.

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