"We each have unique stories to tell, and toys are a wonderful subjects to star in these stories."










Shelly Corbett is a fine arts photographer based in the Pacific Northwest. She was introduced to the mysterious world of photography at nine years old when her father bought her a used Kodak Brownie Starflash camera at a local flea market. But it wasn't until she was at university and pursuing her Bachelor of Fine Art that she realized the potential of photography as a creative medium. Shelly has used this adaptable medium to pursue her inner vision ever since.


The word “seeker” best describes the themes in Shelly's photographic work. Whether she’s taking pictures of women underwater, clothed only in fabric, or small plastic toys in nature, her work reflects a personal journey to understand her place in the world. Shelly's recent works, where toys are her primary subject, offer a sense of fun and a healthy dose of childish innocence. As the world grows more complicated and stressful, she invites viewers into a quiet and peaceful alternate world—a secret world of toys.


Shelly has written extensively over seven years about her creative journey. By sharing her photographic knowledge, personal doubts and successes, and her artistic process, she has inspired many amateur toy photographers to take their work to the next level. Currently her writings can be found at ToyPhotographers.com, which Shelly continues to guide with a group of passionate volunteers.


It wasn’t long before Shelly's work came to the attention of The LEGO Group (TLG). In 2017, she started working with LEGO Ideas to create unique images that showcased their products. Shelly is currently a Lego Ambassador through her efforts on the Women's Brick Initiative. The WBI is a recognized LEGO Online Community dedicated to inspiring, supporting and empowering women in the LEGO community.





"I loved my early years as a photographer when those happy accidents were plentiful."