Barbie for big girls.

Poppy Photo Shoot–2011/2012 Resort Wear 1

As many of my fellow collector enthusiasts and photographers know, building  miniature sets for photo shoots is not the easiest thing to do.  It can be incredibly frustrating if the picture in your head does not match the diorama that is unfolding in front of you( not to mention everything falls over with the  slightest movement…I wish I could tell you how many times I had to reset the Re-ment pieces on the table….lost count after 5).  There have been countless times where I had to scrap an idea and come up with something completely different because it just would not come together.  Then…other times it just comes together so easily…a piece here, a piece there..oh I think I have this and it would look great there…kind of thing.  I love it when everything just kind of comes together.   Also, and I don’t know if anyone else does this but, when I set up a diorama for a photo shoot there is a story in my head as I build the scene.  The more elaborate the diorama, the more elaborate the story in my head.

Typically, as day after day runs the seemingly unending gauntlet of rain, rain and more rain during January in the Pacific Northwest, my mind will stray towards sunnier places and luxurious vacation spots.  That was definitely the thought process behind this set and the next couple of sets of photos.  The story in my head had Poppy vacationing in the beautiful south of France.  She is on a patio of some palatial villa overlooking the stunning unique blue of the Mediterranean Sea.  There is a pool just off camera and Poppy is relaxing in the sun just before breakfast.  Oh the life!  And that is one of the beauties behind the photos for me and one of the reasons I enjoy photographing these miniature diva’s so much.  I will most likely never vacation in a palatial villa in the south of France….but Miss Poppy can….and that is better than nothing. Winking smile

Okay guys….no more musings from “How Rebecca beats the winter time blah’s”  On to the photos……….

Model :  Sweet Confection Poppy Parker and her amazing tan!

Swimsuit:  Dressmaker Details “ Aloha Kalakoa”  ( available here )

Sunglasses:  Mattel Barbie Basics 3.0 swimsuit accessory set

Earings:  Sweet Confection Poppy Parker

Set:  Table is stone urn found at local shop with acrylic circle on top.  Chase lounge is gift given at 2011 GAW..found this one at Barbiecon 2011.  Little table next to chase is white Ikea vase with small acrylic disk on top.  Pink orchid is a magnet ( back is flat but you can never see it from photos).  Food and serving pieces on the table are all Re-ment.  White chairs are from a Barbie set from years ago…forget name.  Railing is Buyer’s Choice.  Umbrella is battenburg lace doll umbrella..found at a doll show.  Stone urn umbrella is in found at flea market. Greenery is from all over really.  Patio flooring is miniature paper flooring.  Towels and water bottle on table are from Silkstone Spa set.  Bracelet on table is Ms. Poppy’s original one.  Magazines on table came with new Barbie Basics swimsuit accessory set.  Pink pillows on chairs were made by the talented Maryann Roy (








2011/2012 Resort Wear continued tomorrow……


11 responses


    my respect and admiration! I love all your photos!
    thanks for sharing and allowing much of his great learning technique
    I understand very well how difficult it is session dioramas!

    DIANA S.

    January 13, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    • Thank you so much for your comment Diana! I know you realize exactly how involved these dioramas are because you do such beautiful work yourself. I am glad you liked my latest project.

      January 14, 2012 at 12:03 pm

  2. PeterVermont

    Swoon – just love it !

    January 13, 2012 at 7:07 pm

    • I can ask for nothing more Peter. Thank you! 😉

      January 14, 2012 at 12:04 pm

  3. This doll looks good in anything! I want one of these dolls so so bad! :{ Wonderful lay out. Poppy looks so relaxed. These pictures makes the snow we have more depressing to deal with.

    January 13, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    • wanda

      After seeing your poppy so relaxed and fit and beautiful in these pictures, I have been convinced to purchase my first poppy hopefully in the near future. I really love what you did.

      January 14, 2012 at 4:00 am

      • Thank you so much Wanda. I just love the Poppy face mold and the slimmer articulated body. She has such a sweetness in her face. I don’t think you will be disappointed with her, Good luck on getting your first Poppy!!

        January 14, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    • She is really a beauty. I’m not going to lie though…the tan is a tad too dark for me so you have to be careful about what color you put her in. Love, love, love her face though and the rooted eyelases are TO DIE FOR.

      January 14, 2012 at 12:08 pm

      • Yes, she is a tad dark. It’s the face I love too! It’s so different from the rest of the fashion doll facial expressions.

        January 14, 2012 at 12:10 pm

  4. Hot stuff!! Love the diorama…Poppy looks so Malibu!

    January 14, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    • Thank you so much Debra! She is indeed Malibu. That was my first thought when I received her ” It’s Malibu Barbie!”

      January 16, 2012 at 12:28 pm

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