Last year when I began collecting Funko pop! figures, it was for fun and cuteness. But after months of being immersed in the culture, I have taken my Funko Pop! photography seriously.
|The World of Harry Potter|
A lot of the collectors will tell you that these are not toys but collectibles. They won't even take them out of the box. For me, collecting them tells my Pop Culture history.
My favorite book series, Harry Potter, had an original lineup of 9 figures, They're so popular that they're coming out with a new collection this month. The Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, Breaking Bad, they're not only popular TV shows but also as Funko Pop icons.
Whether you go to Instagram or Pinterest or Facebook, you'll find pages or sites solely dedicated to Funko Pop characters.
Here are my 5 reasons why I love to take photos of Funko Pop figures.
1. The models are photogenic. Side-view, top-view, flat lay, low light, sunlight---whatever lighting or angle that you use, your Funko Pop models will always deliver! Their photos will always come out amazing. Slight editing might also be needed to clean up some shots.
|Friends' Monica Geller and Chandler Bing|
2. They blend well with any environment. You can do your photo shoot inside the house, your favorite coffee place, or at the park, your Funko Pop figures will magically be part of their background. Simplicity is the key.
|Glen Rhee of The Walking Dead|
3. Strike a pose. Even if it takes hours, it's a non-issue. It's definitely a plus especially if finding that perfect theme eludes you. For my Game of Thrones shoots, it took me days before I was able to come up with a concept. No whining or complaining from them.
|Mikasa Ackerman from Attack on Titan|
4. Props are inexpensive. I normally scavenge for props around the house. And because of their size, it's so easy to look for things to use. It also helps if you have kids, you can borrow their toys as props. I, sometimes, go for the minimalist look---no props at all.
5. Enriching my storytelling and creativity abilities. I admit that I'm not an artistic type of person. I can't even properly draw. But formulating ideas on how to present my collection and how I would execute these ideas triggers my right-brain function.
Overall, Funko Pop! collecting is a great way to de-stress. It's nice looking at your Funko figures at the end of the day and remembering those good memories that you associate them with.
This is my story, my Funko Pop story. what's yours?