• Interstellar
  • And They Shall Know No Fear
  • Spooky Lychguard
  • Muppet Show: Pepe
  • Alien: Isolation
  • Cosmic Awareness

    Cosmic Awareness

    It must be the end of the year if I’m photographing Genis again. So here’s the deal, guys. Next week is my last post for […]

  • The Centesis – Song of Blades and Heroes

    The Centesis – Song of Blades and Heroes

    They’re all done! The last time we saw these guys (mostly), they were pre-painted in greys, greens, and blacks. Not bad, but they were a […]

  • Interstellar


    I’ve been hearing good things about Interstellar, which is weird for me. This may come as a surprise to some of you, but I’m not […]

  • Boarding Party

    Boarding Party

    I’ve been getting the hang of some great Battlezones terrain from mantic, and they are super impressive! They’re modular and rearrangeable thanks to the plastic […]

  • And They Shall Know No Fear

    And They Shall Know No Fear

    “They shall be my finest warriors, these men who give of themselves to me. Like clay I shall mould them, and in the furnace of […]

  • Song of Blades and Heroes (WIP)

    Song of Blades and Heroes (WIP)

    These guys are the core of the force I am building for a tabletop miniatures game called Song of Blades and Heroes. The major appeal […]

  • A Monster of a Selfie

    A Monster of a Selfie

    “Having a great time in Tokyo!” #selfie #justmonsterthings #blessed Be good, -Dave sometimes I do these just for me

  • Spooky Lychguard

    Spooky Lychguard

    Over on Facebook, I was challenged by my friend Ange to only post black & white photos this week. Normally, I post all my non-toy […]

  • Muppet Show: Pepe

    Muppet Show: Pepe

    Having some personal issues this week, so I will leave you in the capable hands of Pepe (who is not a shrimp). Be good, -Dave […]

  • Alien: Isolation

    Alien: Isolation

    The Alien monster scares me. It’s scared me the first time I saw it and it still creeps me out now. There, I said it. […]

  • Thanatar


    So here’s the thing. I love the whole Dr. Frankenstein “man playing God” trope. Quite possibly more than any other storytelling device! The idea of […]

  • Sandman’s Dream

    Sandman’s Dream

    Sometimes you go into the studio with no idea what you’re going to do. You grab a model (or whatever), set up your lights, play […]

  • Crimson Typhoon

    Crimson Typhoon

    When I was young, there was only one place to go if you wanted to watch giant robots fighting each- No, wait. That’s a lie. […]

  • The Last Hunt

    The Last Hunt

    This week’s post is a little bittersweet as I’m saying goodbye to an old figure that’s seen plenty of time in front of my camera. […]

  • Street Fighter: Gen

    Street Fighter: Gen

    HERE COMES A NEW CHALLENGER! Short post this week as I’m off to visit family! Be good, -Dave when I’m walking

  • Necron Lychguard

    Necron Lychguard

    While I may not play Warhammer 40,000 anymore, Games Workshop has a special knack for producing models that I just want. Pretty much anything from […]

  • My First Painted Model

    My First Painted Model

    Way, way back in the far mists of… 1995? 94? Oh man, it’s been so long that I can’t remember when it was. Let’s settle […]

  • Mantic Undead

    Mantic Undead

    This week there are a couple of new experiences for me. Not only is this the first “real” photo with my new studio setup (I […]

  • Skyrim Nordic Dagger

    Skyrim Nordic Dagger

    Thanks to people like Volpin Props and Punished Props (Among many, many others. Thank you based YouTube), I’ve been interested in costume and prop making […]

  • The Gorgon

    The Gorgon

    Ferrus Manus, Primarch of the Iron Hands, has been on my To-Do list for quite a while. He was a gift from a friend, and, […]

  • Are You Sure This Is Safe?

    Are You Sure This Is Safe?

    Try something new. Take what works and tweak it. “What happens if I do this?” Abort, Retry, Fail? Fail more. Fail better. What’s the worst […]

  • Techmarine


    This Techmarine is another model from my Warhammer 40,000 Space Marine collection. Taken from the same army as Brother Marine Cuddles, this is Techmarine Calix […]

  • Sunward


    So… despite the last few posts talking about all the thinking and planning I’ve been doing, I actually don’t have anything to talk about this […]

  • X-Wing vs TIE Fighter

    X-Wing vs TIE Fighter

    Way back in the dinosaur days, when a big name PC game only needed 16MB of RAM, I used to play a LOT of X-Wing […]

  • Luna Pawn

    Luna Pawn

    This week I wanted to talk a bit about productivity and how much, really, that I struggle with it. Not so much the photography, that’s […]

  • Harley Quinn

    Harley Quinn

    Funnily enough, I don’t have much to say about this shot of Harley Quinn. I hope you like it and I’ll be back with more […]

  • Berserker Champion

    Berserker Champion

    There are so many different projects currently sitting on and around my desk. Lots of things I’ll work on for a bit, get distracted, and […]

  • Robbie the Robot

    Robbie the Robot

    I am a morning person (boo, hiss). I love those few hours before the rest of the world wakes up where it feels like I […]

  • Jorge-052


    Back on schedule and loving it! Check out the newest member of the studio, my new Sony A6000. It is replacing my long-lived and much […]

  • C2E2 2014

    C2E2 2014

    Oh wow, what a year for C2E2! This was, hands down, the very best yet. It was so great to catch up with old friends, […]

  • Technical Difficulties

    Technical Difficulties

    Man, oh man. The technical difficulties have finally gotten out of control here, guys. While I’m not one to point fingers, I think we all […]

  • Deathwatch


    One of the projects that’s been on my desk for far too long, I finally finished this up over the weekend. I present to you… […]

  • Cloaked Predator

    Cloaked Predator

    A short post this week, I’m afraid. Loads of projects going on right now! Be good, -Dave like you’re meant to play it

  • El Panda

    El Panda

    Things were going so well this year. I mean, it’s, what, mid-March and we’ve had a pretty solid output of photos and good business. We […]

  • Sweets So Geek

    Sweets So Geek

    “Hey Dave! A box is here for you!” Oh cool, it’s probably from Sweets So Geek. I need to finish editing these photos, so don’t […]

  • Lovecraftian


    “Happy Boss’s Day!” My assistants met me at the door with a small box, wrapped in plain brown paper. I’ll be honest, I have no […]

  • Neo Soviet Cyclops

    Neo Soviet Cyclops

    It’s flashback week! Back in the far lost mists of 1999/2000 a tabletop miniatures game came out called Vor: The Maelstrom. It was popular in […]

  • Insult to Injury

    Insult to Injury

    You guys, it broke my heart to miss last week’s update. Between my camera breaking and now I’m stuck with a case of bronchitis, I’m […]

  • Lobster Johnson

    Lobster Johnson

    Over the weekend, the thing I’ve been fearing for a long time finally happened: part of my camera broke. The spring assembly that raises and […]

  • What’s All This, Then?

    What’s All This, Then?

    This week I’ve got a big surprise for you guys. I’ve been painting a lot recently and one of the things I’ve been working on […]

  • Back in the Lab

    Back in the Lab

    Oh man does it feel good to be back! The winter break was wonderful and totally recharged my batteries, so look out 2014, I’ve got […]

  • Happy Holidays!

    Happy Holidays!

    Happy holidays from your friends at El Dave Photography. I hope this year has been kind to each and every one of you and that […]

  • Godzilla


    Did you guys SEE that new Godzilla trailer? Be good, -Dave at least there we can

  • Holiday Portraits

    Holiday Portraits

    Tis the season! Capture this year’s family moments – big and small – with affordable portrait packages from El Dave Photography. Whether you need baby […]

  • Sagat


    Oh geeze, how is it already December?! I am so behind and it’s almost time for our winter break! You’ll have to excuse me for […]

  • Retro Iron Men

    Retro Iron Men

    Oh man, remember back in the early 90s when the War Machine armor debuted? Back when assassins showed up with magic technology that made them […]

  • Late Night Break

    Late Night Break

    With all of the work that’s been going on here lately, sometimes you’ve just got to take a break. Put the brushes down, put the […]

  • Assassin’s Creed

    Assassin’s Creed

    You guys, I am so excited for next year. There are several projects in the works, models and toys to be ordered, and possibly a […]

  • Corregidor Nomads

    Corregidor Nomads

    Aside from photography, I also enjoy scale modeling and miniature wargaming (as if Heroic Scale wasn’t a strong enough indication). I’m sure I have mentioned […]

  • Happy Halloween!

    Happy Halloween!

    Happy Halloween, everybody! Be careful out there… You never know what’s waiting in the dark, and you don’t want him making house calls. Be good, […]

  • Lego Boba Fett

    Lego Boba Fett

    Another short post this week. Rushing around, trying to get everything ready for next week’s Halloween shoot! Be good, -Dave To what’s already out there

  • From Parts Unknown

    From Parts Unknown

    “Made by Muttpop and hailing from Parts Unknown, he is the undisputed champion, the one, the only… TEQUILA!” I love these Lucha Libre figures. Unfortunately […]

  • Clone Wars

    Clone Wars

    Hello! Thank you for your patience last week while we moved to a new server (and hammered out most of the bugs). Things now should […]

  • Huggvengers


    This is the last time I leave the Avengers DVD out and the costume closet unlocked. Does anyone know how to get shield holes out […]

  • Bossk Makeover

    Bossk Makeover

    The other day my assistants pulled me aside. “Dave,” they said, “we’ve got something we want to try. There’s a thing, you may have heard […]

  • My Kind of Girl

    My Kind of Girl

    Right? Who could pass up a girl into Enrico Fermi and Paul Dirac? Look, if you aren’t into someone who’s into elementary particles, you’re missing […]

  • Beach Body

    Beach Body

    I’ll be honest, this week’s photo was a bit of desperation for me. The original idea I tried just didn’t want to work and my […]

  • Cad Bane

    Cad Bane

    Once again I’m trying to go back and reshoot older characters and see what else I can get out of them. This week, after a […]

  • Yoshimitsu


    Back to work! There are still fires that need to be put out and a lot of things to catch up on, but we are […]

  • Technical Difficulties

    Technical Difficulties

    It’s good to be home! I have many, many pictures from my trip, but I can’t show them off just yet. Guess who came home […]

  • Vacation!


    This week I’m out of the studio visiting family in beautiful Mississippi, but the work must go on! While I’m away, my capable, trusted, and […]

  • (Blank) No Evil

    (Blank) No Evil

    This week I wanted to go back to an older figure I’ve shot several times in the past, just to see if there’s anything new […]

  • Thanos


    Another San Diego Comic Con has come and gone, and the expected announcements about the next round of Marvel movies was made. We heard about […]

  • Bug Hunt Corridors

    Bug Hunt Corridors

    A few months ago, I picked up a model kit I helped fund on Kickstarter called Bug Hunt Corridors, created (and manufactured) by Ken at […]

  • Clone Trooper

    Clone Trooper

    Going back to my roots a little this week with a dramatic headshot of a Clone Trooper. I’ve been thinking a lot about what and […]

  • 4th of July

    4th of July

    Happy 4th of July! To celebrate, I gave my assistants the day off (aren’t I a good boss?) and they decided to pool their money […]

  • Asteroid Mining

    Asteroid Mining

    Have you guys seen this? Going out and mining asteroids is soon going to be a real thing. Where do I sign up? I think […]

  • What’s that noise?

    What’s that noise?

    Another short post this week, but the good news is that this is the last week of my deadlines. Next week things will be back […]

  • Master Chief

    Master Chief

    A short post this week, guys, as I’m staring down some rough deadlines. To make it up to you, have a Master Chief …sans poncho. […]

  • Flaming Ringwraith

    Flaming Ringwraith

    Hello and welcome back! Apologies for the missed update last week, as we were busy trying to sort out the security guard situation and I’ve […]

  • Scorpion Assassin

    Scorpion Assassin

    While I’m not normally the nervous type, there have been incidents where a bit of extra security would have been nice. Or any security at […]

  • Spring Cleaning

    Spring Cleaning

    Now that Heroic Scale is done (barring a temporary printing glitch) and things are getting back to normal, it’s time to deep clean the studio. […]

  • Back to Work!

    Back to Work!

    Now that Heroic Scale is done, it’s time to get back to the weekly grind. Clients need portraits and bills need to be paid. I […]

  • Heroic Scale is Here!

    Heroic Scale is Here!

    Today is the day that we’ve all (ok, maybe just me) been waiting for. Heroic Scale, my photobook featuring Reaper Miniatures is finally, officially available! […]

  • Heroic Scale Preview #2

    Heroic Scale Preview #2

    As I type this, the primary photography for Heroic Scale is finished. There are a small handful of reshoots to do, little things to clean […]

  • Heroic Scale Preview #1

    Heroic Scale Preview #1

    You guys. You guys. Heroic Scale is happening. As this post is going up, I am roughly a week away from wrapping up the photography […]

  • Mace Windu Unleashed

    Mace Windu Unleashed

    This is the first part of a larger photo that I’m planning. I’m really digging the Star Wars Unleashed figures, but I’m obviously very late […]

  • Loki


    Loki. Loptr. Hveðrungr. Both god and jötunn. Father to Hel, the wolf Fenrir, and the world serpent Jörmungandr. Son of Odin. Brother of Thor. God […]

  • Wall-E & Danbo

    Wall-E & Danbo

    This Summer… One is a lonely robot, forgotten on a world Humanity abandoned. The other is a robot costume made out of cardboard. Together they […]

  • Stealth Micro Mugg

    Stealth Micro Mugg

    Have you guys seen this? These things right here? Ok, yeah, you’re going to want some of these. I was given a few last weekend […]

  • Heroic Scale Test Shot

    Heroic Scale Test Shot

    Hooray, progress! So I’ve been working on getting the models painted for Heroic Scale (my upcoming photobook) and I’ve hit the point where I really […]

  • Problem, Dredd?

    Problem, Dredd?

    After last week’s post, I really felt we could use a break. So much work has been done on Heroic Scale, on top of the […]

  • Cabin Fever

    Cabin Fever

    It’s that time of the year when winter is on the way out, but spring still seems so far off. It’s warmer, the sun is […]

  • Clone Wars

    Clone Wars

    Be good, -Dave Sir, please!

  • Work in Progress

    Work in Progress

    For my birthday, my friend Adam sent me (among other things) some Hot Wheels cars. I’m not a car guy, so I wasn’t sure what […]

  • Mr. Freeze

    Mr. Freeze

    It has been snowing here for the last four days or so and I’ve heard more than a few people wonder why. We’ve had a […]

  • Mars Curiosity

    Mars Curiosity

    Do you remember what you were doing when we landed a robot onto another planet via rocket sky crane? I was sitting at home, hunched […]

  • Sick Day

    Sick Day

    Sorry guys, but I am sick this week. After narrowly dodging the flu, I ran smack into a sinus infection. It’s gross, I feel bad, […]

  • Beneath the desert sun

    Beneath the desert sun

    Today’s post was originally about Xaltotun and what a horrible monster he is and how I was so scared and he trashed my studio. That […]

  • A Plan Comes Together

    A Plan Comes Together

    Oh wow, is it dusty in here. Well, I hope everyone enjoyed their holiday break because it’s all ahead full now! 2013 has some big […]

  • We Wage you a Merry Christmas

    We Wage you a Merry Christmas

    Things are winding down here in the studio as we prepare for our winter break. Out of everyone, I suspect Wage is the most excited. […]

  • Psycho 1 and Psycho 2

    Psycho 1 and Psycho 2

    I’ve got a problem, guys, and I’m not sure what to do about it. Let me just level with you… I have two pictures I’m […]

  • Happy HoliDOOM

    Happy HoliDOOM

    (we join our hero live on the set of a commercial shoot in Latveria for an upcoming holiday toy) Doom, come on. Stop waving that […]

  • Gears of War

    Gears of War

    Hey guys, quick one today. I’m off for Thanksgiving! Model: Marcus Fenix by NECA Toys Be good, -Dave Whether far or soon

  • Ezio Auditore de Firenze

    Ezio Auditore de Firenze

    It’s so strange the many places a job can lead, especially the horrible ones. The horrible, horrible ones. The Cad Bane job, specifically. Did you […]

  • Bane


    What do you do when you’re the big baddie in the last (this set of) Batman film? Where do you go when you’re referred to […]

  • A(dorable) Honda

    A(dorable) Honda

    Presented without comment. Model: E. Honda by KidRobot. Be good, -Dave You should make amends with you

  • Donatello


    Oh wow, guys. I know it’s been a month (and then some) with no updates. The emails have been coming left and right, “Dave! Where […]

  • We Have a Hugg.

    We Have a Hugg.

    Kids party, outdoors, school starts soon, you know the drill. Gather the kids up and take them to the park or nature preserve for family […]

  • A Day at the Races

    A Day at the Races

    Hey guys, welcome back! While I was away at the beach, I had the good fortune to attend a day at the race track. The […]

  • Vacation!


    Hey guys, just a head’s up to let you know that I am on an emergency vacation! Regular postings will resume Monday, September 3rd. So […]

  • On the Prowl

    On the Prowl

    I have a problem with the models for Infinity and I thought I’d take a quick second here to vent. My problem is that I […]

  • Christmas Wallpaper

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  • Gallery Post

    Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Etiam quis leo at mauris faucibus suscipit. Sed orci arcu, tincidunt at commodo in, consectetur sed enim. […]

  • Summer Time

    Summer Time

    Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Etiam quis leo at mauris faucibus suscipit. Sed orci arcu, tincidunt at commodo in, consectetur sed enim. […]

  • Vimeo Post

    Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Etiam quis leo at mauris faucibus suscipit. Sed orci arcu, tincidunt at commodo in, consectetur sed enim. […]

  • Big Buck Bunny

    Big Buck Bunny

    Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Etiam quis leo at mauris faucibus suscipit. Sed orci arcu, tincidunt at commodo in, consectetur sed enim. […]

  • YouTube Post

    Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Etiam quis leo at mauris faucibus suscipit. Sed orci arcu, tincidunt at commodo in, consectetur sed enim. […]

  • Strawberries

    Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Etiam quis leo at mauris faucibus suscipit. Sed orci arcu, tincidunt at commodo in, consectetur sed enim. […]

  • Fresh Fruit

    Fresh Fruit

    Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Etiam quis leo at mauris faucibus suscipit. Sed orci arcu, tincidunt at commodo in, consectetur sed enim. […]

  • Xenomorph


    “You still don’t understand what you’re dealing with, do you? Perfect organism. Its structural perfection is matched only by its hostility.” The Alien, unlike many […]

  • Sandman Mystery Theater

    Sandman Mystery Theater

    “I am the Sandman. And none can escape my dark dreams.” Please, please go read Sandman Mystery Theater if you haven’t already. Model: Justice Society […]

  • Psycho Love

    Psycho Love

    “I shall call him Squishy and he shall be mine and he shall be my Squishy. Come on, Squishy Come on, little Squishy.” Model: Psycho […]

  • Cloaked Predator

    Cloaked Predator

    Guys. Guys. No, seriously. Guys. Have you seen the stuff NECA has been releasing lately? I found this today at my local Toys R Us. […]

  • Juggernaut


    It’s all my fault, really. I should have known better. Everything was going SO WELL. Clients were happy, I was happy; I wasn’t getting beaten […]

  • Man Pretty

    Man Pretty

    My customers can be quite… varied. There are people from outer space, giant robots, mutants, monsters, people in tights, and everything in between. One thing […]

  • Gigan


    Uuuuuurgh. Artist’s block. Photo after photo after photo and none of them I thought were good enough. Hopefully this makes up for the late post? […]

  • Borderlands Psycho

    Borderlands Psycho

    I was interested in Borderlands, but avoided it since first-person games make me violently motion sick. Since I didn’t get to play it (and could […]

  • Tag Team

    Tag Team

    LUCHARAN! Dos de tres caidas, sin limite de tiempo. Making their way to the ring… the unbeatable duo, the mountains of muscle, los luchadores sin […]

  • Galactus


    Now that the fund raiser is over (thank you to everyone that chipped in!), it’s time to get back to the daily grind. Another day, […]

  • SUN-E


    ALERT ALERT This is the last week to donate to my ChipIn drive to help fund my upcoming book, Heroic Scale! A heartfelt thank you […]

  • Predator Head Study

    Predator Head Study

    One thing that doesn’t often get discussed by photographers is the idea that you have to practice. It’s always inspiring to see someone’s finished pieces, […]

  • Harley & Ivy

    Harley & Ivy

    So I’m closing up the other night, right? Going over the invoices, making sure everything is put away, you know, doing the stuff my assistant […]

  • Poison Ivy

    Poison Ivy

    Short post this week, guys. So busy working on my new book! (By the way, there is still time to donate to the ChipIn and […]

  • Chipping In

    Chipping In

    I love what I do. When I first started taking pictures, you wouldn’t have convinced me that I would be where I am today. My […]

  • Doin the Batusi

    Doin the Batusi

    The Batusi. The only way to keep your wits is to recite the multiplication tables in your head. Backwards. Model: WOMEN OF THE DC UNIVERSE: […]

  • Con Crud

    Con Crud

    Last weekend was C2E2 and, as usual, it was a blast. I got to catch up with friends from all over the country and even […]

  • Joker Redux

    Joker Redux

    “Gooooooood MORning! Oh dear, I seem to have startled you. Let me, oh yes, let me get that for you. Don’t feel bad about it. […]

  • Aliens vs Predator

    Aliens vs Predator

    I don’t have a fun story for this week’s shot, mostly because I’m just so pleased with it. Is it the best photo I’ve done? […]

  • Let’s go exploring!

    Let’s go exploring!

    I’m always leery whenever I get a phone call from someone asking me to tag along and document their trips. My natural habitat is the […]

  • St. Paddy’s Day

    St. Paddy’s Day

    I know, I know, it’s a bit early. But you know what? I wanted to shoot this little leprechaun today and that’s what I did. […]

  • Double Macro

    Double Macro

    Earlier this week my new toy arrived: a 50mm f1.4 lens or, as its friends call it, a fiddy. It is a macro lens, meaning […]

  • Dread Dormammu

    Dread Dormammu

    Ugh. Divas. It started with a phone call that I knew I shouldn’t have answered. Just a gut feeling, you know? “Hello! I am calling […]

  • Close (Enough) Encounter

    Close (Enough) Encounter

    One thing I really enjoy doing is going on photowalks. You get to meet other photographers, trade tips and websites, and covet everyone else’s gear. […]

  • Soul Reaver

    Soul Reaver

    “Yes, hello. I am here for my appointment.” Great! What did you say your name was again? My assistant’s handwriting is completely illegible. A quick […]

  • Darth Maul

    Darth Maul

    This is a bit of a personal victory for me. You don’t know how many times I have tried to photograph this guy, only to […]

  • The Joker

    The Joker

    Was it something I said? Model: DC Dynamics: The Joker Statue by DC Direct. On loan from the Brian Browne collection. Be good, -Dave Around […]

  • Harley Quinn

    Harley Quinn

    I try very hard to be professional, you know? I keep my studio (relatively) clean. I work hard to meet my deadlines and, despite the […]

  • World War Hulk

    World War Hulk

    When it comes to on-location photography, there are a lot of risks. Bad weather can mess with your gear and the sunlight you were counting […]

  • The Human Rocket

    The Human Rocket

    Happy New Year, everyone! I hope your holidays were everything you wanted them to be. As for me, I’m rested, refreshed, and ready to get […]

  • Happy Holidays from El Dave Photography!

    Happy Holidays from El Dave Photography!

    Thank you for all your support this year. The move to the new site and all the creative changes and growths have been both challenging […]

  • Ride Along

    Ride Along

    As a change of pace, I felt it was important to get out of the studio and shoot something totally different. Something so far out […]

  • Star Wars Obscurity

    Star Wars Obscurity

    Right. Star Wars. Everybody likes Star Wars, right? The smuggler and his Wookie friend, the Princess, the magic powers, all of it. I bet if […]

  • Saint Walker

    Saint Walker

    Ok, Reflector. What have we got first today? “First up is another lantern guy. A… blue lantern. I don’t remember what emotion blue was supposed […]

  • Happy Thanksgiving!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    Please enjoy your holiday meals responsibly. Model: Kiss the Chef by The Bradford Exchange Be good, -Dave And if you’re not… then please tell me […]

  • Romance of the Three Kingdoms

    Romance of the Three Kingdoms

    When a client comes into a shoot knowing what they want, it can go one of two ways. Either you and the client will mesh […]

  • Hard Day at the Office

    Hard Day at the Office

    Once in a while I enjoy participating in photography classes and seminars. Whether it’s a class on how to write an artist’s statement or a […]

  • Glamor Shot

    Glamor Shot

    I don’t usually do a lot of fashion or boudoir photography, not because I don’t like it, but rather because opportunities don’t often present themselves. […]

  • Happy Halloween!

    Happy Halloween!

    Model: Dracula by McFarlane Toys Be good, -Dave Descend down and break away

  • Captain Marvel

    Captain Marvel

    A few years ago, I published my first (and so far only) photo book. It was a collection of 75 shots that I considered my […]

  • Lumberjack


    Out of all the toys and models I’ve photographed, the LEGO figures are far and away the most popular. They get more views, more comments, […]

  • Spider-Man


    You know they say to be careful when meeting your heroes? Something about them never living up to expectations? Yeah. I participated in an urban […]

  • Lucha vs Mummy

    Lucha vs Mummy

    A few weeks ago, I was brought on to do some set photography for a video production. Not just any film though… Lucha contra Momia! […]

  • Iron Man – Modular Armor

    Iron Man – Modular Armor

    Remember back around, oh… July 4th when I waxed poetic about how much I loved the toy version of Iron Man’s current armor? “Get ready […]

  • Judge Dredd

    Judge Dredd

    “What in the world is going on out there?” From back in the studio, it sounded like a crazy storm was blowing through. The booms […]

  • Legostein’s Monster

    Legostein’s Monster

    Being a jet-setting photographer has its perks. A few weeks ago I was flown out to Denmark for a shoot in one of their famous […]

  • Freelance Electrician

    Freelance Electrician

    Hey there, welcome to the new studio! As I’ve mentioned before, we had some problems keeping the old place together so I had been on […]

  • Atrocitus the Red Lantern

    Atrocitus the Red Lantern

    When I heard that Atrocitus, leader of the Red Lantern Corps, had booked a session, I admit that I had my doubts. No, that’s not […]

  • Kang the Conqueror

    Kang the Conqueror

    In business there is a lot said about repeat customers: finding them, recognizing them, and making the most out of their patronage. As has been […]

  • The Fences are Down

    The Fences are Down

    Shooting on location is something that has never really come easy for me. I spend the majority of my time in the studio where the […]

  • Bizarro #1

    Bizarro #1

    Another week, another studio session with a superhero. This time is going to be different. No more supervillains. No more wrecked studio. No more not […]

  • Trophy


    Maintaining a photoblog is my way of practicing photography. Oh sure, I take lots of pictures. I edit some of them. I post even fewer. […]

  • Agent Orange

    Agent Orange

    I’ve got to stop letting supervillains in. This week, Larfleeze (the Orange Lantern) stopped by, clutching a stack of prints from Sinestro’s shoot. “These! I […]

  • Sinestro of Korugar

    Sinestro of Korugar

    In blackest day, in brightest night, Beware your fears made into light. Let those who try to stop what’s right, Burn like my power… Sinestro’s […]

  • Johnny Mo

    Johnny Mo

    Ok, ok. Ok! Oh. Kay. Put the swords away and I’ll take your picture! Just stand over there. Yes, where the X is. What are […]

  • Independence Day

    Independence Day

    “They say that the best weapon is the one you never have to fire. I respectfully disagree. I prefer the weapon you only have to […]

  • Assassin’s Creed

    Assassin’s Creed

    Earlier this year, I had a mini-rebellion where I struggled against my style and tried to push myself outside of my comfort zone. While I […]

  • Bring the Noise

    Bring the Noise

    So last week’s shot was kind of quiet. Dramatic lighting, yes. Cool muted colors, yes. Loud? No. Today’s shot is all about bringing the noise, […]

  • Bionic Commando

    Bionic Commando

    We don’t talk about the first time Nathan Spencer stopped by for a photo shoot. Let’s just say it didn’t go well. This time, however, […]

  • Halo: Cryptum

    Halo: Cryptum

    A few years ago, my friend Chanh convinced me to read the novels based around the Halo franchise, and they were… ok. Fun reading, no […]

  • Gears of War

    Gears of War

    Gears of War, like most shooter games, is something I am terrible at. I really enjoy the setting and the character designs, but put a […]

  • I am Iron Man

    I am Iron Man

    You’ll never guess what this week’s picture is. I wanted to try and convey that sense of plodding dread you get from the song’s opening […]

  • Let’s Be Bad Guys

    Let’s Be Bad Guys

    Blah. That’s how I feel about this week’s photo. It isn’t a bad shot, mind. It just doesn’t… pop for me and I don’t know […]

  • Cad Bane

    Cad Bane

    Normally doing portfolio work for people is pretty fun. They come in, we chat for a bit about their image and how they want to […]

  • Dr. Acula

    Dr. Acula

    Posted without comment because it’s Seis de Mayo and I’m exhausted. Stupid Senor Funtimes… Be good, -Dave Can I get a witness

  • Playing Catch Up

    Playing Catch Up

    Urgh… My head. Where am I? The last thing I remember was sitting down to post last week’s shot and the phone ringing, and then… […]

  • The Sun Never Sets on Latveria

    The Sun Never Sets on Latveria

    Hey guys, things are super busy here in the studio, but I wanted to quickly show you one of the projects we’re working on. A […]

  • Full of Stars

    Full of Stars

    This week was the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin’s flight into outer space and I wanted to try and do something special to commemorate it. […]

  • Mortal Kombat

    Mortal Kombat

    You may have heard that there is a new Mortal Kombat game coming out. I’ll be honest, my favorite character is, and probably always will […]

  • Reflector


    Is there a Transformers Noir? If not, there should be. Sorry for the short post this week, guys. Busy busy! (Click to see larger) Be […]

  • Protoceratops


    It was a few weeks ago that I ordered a Ring Flash Adapter from Photojojo. Great, I thought. This will be perfect for portraits! Can’t […]

  • Master Gundam

    Master Gundam

    As I’ve mentioned before, I have never watched any of the Gundam series. Never. None of it. Somehow I find myself wanting the model kits. […]

  • Therian Assault Golems

    Therian Assault Golems

    In every science fiction setting, there has to be a bad guy. Someone for the brave, outmatched humans to rally against, saving the entire universe […]

  • Megatron in Winter

    Megatron in Winter

    In this business, it’s all about networking. Who you know is just as, if not more, important, than what you know. You have to spend […]

  • Dust


    I’m jealous of extreme photojournalists. I envy their bravery and determination to get the shot, no matter how dangerous the situation or how great the […]

  • Organ Music

    Organ Music

    Here’s the thing. I don’t like horror movies. Being scared holds no fascination for me and I can’t handle gore. That said, however, there is […]

  • Deadlines


    Oh man, guys. I almost blew it this week. One of my resolutions this year is to not miss a weekly update. At some point […]

  • Dawn of War: Dark Crusade (Necron Campaign)

    Dawn of War: Dark Crusade (Necron Campaign)

    Back in the scifi mood this week, so I thought I’d take the bulkhead set (is that what I’m calling it?) out for another spin. […]

  • Challenge Rating: 25

    Challenge Rating: 25

    Whoa. Bit late this week, aren’t I? Well, I have a good excuse. On Sunday night I got to see one of my heroes perform […]

  • Standoff


    Remember when we spoke about Hirst Arts molds and I said I wanted to build a small set piece? Well, it’s finished! Now I know, […]

  • Boss Fight

    Boss Fight

    Aaaaand here we are. Welcome to 2011! Did you enjoy your holiday break? I know I sure did. One of the things I’ve been working […]

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