The Biggest Little Photographer – $20 + $4 for shipping – 

**Special note for our overseas and Canadian friends: Please message us as your shipping costs will be significantly higher (Camilla Downs @ ). Unfortunately it costs about the price of the book to mail overseas!!** (see below for address to mail a check if you prefer that option)

Thomas’ segment on KOLO 8 on Friday, 4.7.17, talking about Biggest Little Photographer. It’s about 2 minutes. xoxo

“Thomas is so cool! If you didn’t get a chance to see his interview Friday, please watch it here. This 11 year old is published!!!” – Sarah Johns, KOLO 8

You can find it locally (Reno area) here:

  • The Discovery Museum Gift Shop
  • Buy Nevada First Gift Shop
  • Don’s Pharmacy
  • Galena Creek Visitor Center
  • Nevada Museum of Art Gift Shop
  • Legislative Gift Shop
  • Wilbur May Museum Gift Shop
  • Sierra Pharmacy.

Thomas Taking Minifigure Photo 2014

(Picture of Camilla taking a picture of Thomas taking a picture of mini-figure photographer taking a picture!)

Book information: This is a photography book including many of the photographs Thomas took during the 365 day photo a day project he worked on for 1 year of his life … from 8 years old to 9 years old.

It also includes an introduction of how it began, quotes, and a bit of the story along the way. The book will be co-authored by Thomas’ mom, Camilla Downs.

Who is this book for: Now that the book is in its second month of being published, we are learning that it appeals to ages from 8 years old to 80 years old … and beyond! It is an inspirational book regardless of one’s age and we are finding that photographers love the book too! The reviews listed below will give you more of an idea. They range from a 10 year old to a lovely person in her 60’s.

This is not simply a photography book and not a photography book by a professional photographer. This book is about an 8 year old boy, with a passion for LEGO, and a huge heart.

An 8 year old boy who read an article about a professional photographer who had taken photographs of a mini figure taking photographs for 365 days. An 8 year old boy who then asked, “Can I do that?” and then bought a mini figure camera with his own money.

An 8 year old boy who used what he had, a donated iPhone 3G, mini figure pieces already owned, and spent less than $2.00 to purchase the camera piece. So, while you won’t find photographs of the highest quality and clarity within this book, you will find love, inspiration, and the knowing that whatever you dream, whatever you want to accomplish, it CAN be done. And you will find that life is what happens between asking, “Can I do that?” and “I DID IT!”

It’s about an 8 year old boy who, with determination and fun, completed a ONE YEAR photography project from the time he was 8 years old and ending at 9 years old.

Order Here: Use this PayPal link and enter $20 if we will be hand delivering it to you or $24 if we are mailing it to you.

If you prefer, you can mail a check to:

Camilla Downs
PO Box 19812
Reno, NV 89511

(Please email Thomas’ Mom with any questions at CamillaDowns @ gmail . com … )

(ISBN 978-0-9800568-2-2 and LCCN 2016953428)


“I got the coolest package in the mail today. Just when I was getting homesick and missing the west coast this came at the perfect time. This book was created by the most amazing 8 year old I know who is the perfect example of determination and going after your dreams and he’s accomplished more in those 8 years then I ever will. Thank you for warming my heart on this rainy Texas night. This kid is going places and has a positive message to share.” ~Gloria, Texas


“Since your book arrived last week, I have read it a couple of times thru and also just looked at a few pages and smiled! You certainly are to be commended for taking on and completing such a big project for an entire year! It is so lovely for you to have a dream come to fruition at your young age! The quotes were just perfect and so appropriate! The message for me is to not take life for granted. Your little photographer took pictures of the ORDINARY and made them EXTRAORDINARY thru his camera lens and your vision. Congratulations and best wishes for your future.” ~Patricia, California


“It gives me so much joy! I love it! Just thought I’d let you and Thomas know.” ~Kathy, Reno
“I love it and can’t stop looking at it. Biggest Little Photographer has a kids touch and point of view and it’s giving me encouragement to continue working on my project.” -Jorden, 10 years old, Pennsylvania


“The book is absolutely beautiful and literally exudes all the love that went into making it!! A real treasure!”  – Michaela, Reno


“Is there a child you want to inspire to go for their dreams? Consider this book a wonderful gift idea! With a passion for legos and a determination to go from “I can do it!” to “I did it!,” Thomas has accomplished an amazing feat!” ~Lois, Louisiana


“I finally got a chance to look at the book “The Biggest Little Photographer” by Thomas Darnell today. Thomas you did a wonderful job and I am so honored to own your book! Thomas is the son of Camilla Downs and brother of Lillian. To learn more about this book go to the …. Thank you for sharing your passion.” ~Patti, Reno, NV


The below is only a sampling. If you want to see all of the pictures, please visit my instagram account

Here they are:

Day 229 of me taking a picture of a #lego #minifigure taking a photo.

A photo posted by Thomas Darnell (@thomasadarnell) on

Day 2 of me taking a picture of a #lego mini figure taking a photo #TheTeamTLC

A photo posted by Thomas Darnell (@thomasadarnell) on

Day 10 of me taking a photo of a #lego #miniFigure taking a photo. #guitar #sunset #tree #sky

A photo posted by Thomas Darnell (@thomasadarnell) on