Ok, this was a long time coming. To say that real life got in the way is an understatement. I would like to thank the artists involved with this shoot for bearing with me as I made sure we got as many of the artists who signed up into the shoot/ swap, and for heavy delays on my end. With that being said, here it is… the Lion King 20th Anniversary Custom Swap Photo Shoot.

Photo Shoot Part #1: The Bronx Zoo


The first part of the photo shoot took place at the Bronx Zoo, located in New York City. Early on a Sunday morning, my friend Shannon and I ventured to the Africa section of the zoo to take photos. It was a learning experience, mainly because my new camera does not have a setting that can focus on both the subject and the background really well. In some cases, I have included pictures of the figure and then the background subject.

Rafiki Inspiration by Deborah Min

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Deborah’s custom was taken in front of one of the African masks up around the area.


Hakuna Matata Silhouette by Roger Palmer

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Roger’s custom, and Arjan’s below, were taken in front of the giraffes.

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Rafiki by Arjan DeWit

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Lion King 20th by Sophie Gates

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Sophie’s custom found a spot in the African village

Hakuna Matata Monorail by Haily Windell


Haily’s custom was shot in the Baboon Reserve near a graveyard replica. Reminded me of the elephant graveyard from the movie.

Theme Park Rafiki by Ralph Halpin

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So… yeah… Baboon Reserve. Herd of Bachelors. You interpret the second photo. (This was not planned.)

Gold Lion King by Sherman Sung

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Lions. ‘Nuff said.


Broadway Zazu by Rob Mack

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The African plains was the setting for Rob’s and Valerie’s (below) customs.


Tree of Life Sunset by Valarie Tabios Mejorado

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Ghost Mufasa by Bethany Gwyther


The zebras said hello to Bethany’s custom.

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Ghost Mufasa by Jason Cracraft- Windell


The Congo was the setting for Jason’s custom.

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It was a great day shooting at the Bronx Zoo, but that’s not all! Back at home, a few of the more delicate customs, and one late arrival, wanted their spotlight, so I broke out some of my Lion King the Musical memorabilia from around the world and got some shots of them.

Photo Shoot Part #2: Broadway Inspiration

The Presentation by Mike Whartenby


I Just Can’t Wait to be King by Jennifer Bednarski


Broadway Zazu by Travis Denman


Young Simba by Rebecca Adams


Of course, each custom deserved their own close up.

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Finally, we finish off with some group shots.


According to Arjan, the title is really fitting, it says “Het verhaal van ons allemaal”, which translates to “The story of us all”.

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It was such a fun group of awesome, and colorful, customs to shoot. very happy and proud of the work everyone did. Thank you to all of the custom artists involved.

Stay tuned today or tomorrow as we announce the next Vinylmation Kingdom Custom Swap. If you haven’t done so, please join out Vinylmation Kingdom Artists Unleashed Facebook group, where we invite artists to share their custom artwork, from Vinylmations to canvas art… and more! It’s a great community.

Have a wonderful rest of the weekend everyone.