Barbie for big girls.

Poppy is California Dreamin’

I know I have said this before, but I will reiterate.  I always listen to music while I shoot photos.  It’s just something I have always done with doll photos.  I have two musicians in the house so if I am not playing music, it’s being played somewhere around me.  While typing this blog post, my daughter is hard at work on a violin piece called Gavotte in D Major by Bach…but I digress.  While shooting this series of photos, it seems only right that I go to the time that David Buttry used as inspiration for this his International Fair Poppy series.  When it comes to late 60’s, there is one stand out favorite for me…California Dreamin’ by the Mamas and the Papas, and that is where I went for some mood music for this next set of photos.

Model:  Irresistible in India Poppy Parker

Swimsuit and coverup:  Barbie Basics

Jewelry:  Irresistible in India Poppy Parker




While looking at some inspirations photos for this shoot, I ran across this one from 1967.  The hair!!







28 responses

  1. Micheal Jarvis

    Your girl is so beautiful and it is making me want mine all the more, mine arrives on monday and I can’t wait.
    ‘she looks amazing in her swimsuit and cover up.
    thanks for the back of her hair pictures, These are the only ones i have seen of the back.

    June 22, 2013 at 6:52 am

    • Thank you Micheal! The waiting is the hardest part isn’t it. Mine just arrived on Thursday. You are going to absolutely adore these new Poppys. David really outdid himself. So much excitement coming from the Integrity Toys camp right now. We still are waiting for convention news too. I can only imagine how amazing the event in October will be.

      June 22, 2013 at 8:22 am

  2. sigh……she is beautiful Rebecca

    June 22, 2013 at 7:05 am

    • Isn’t she something?!! The hair I tell you…the hair! I love her face paint too. It’s like the Bergdorf Poppy only with a tan 🙂

      June 22, 2013 at 8:20 am

  3. Beautiful~~~~

    June 22, 2013 at 7:24 am

  4. Gerard

    Hello! Am glad that pictures of Poppy’s latest release are surfacing 🙂 I do have a question, i she darker than sweet confection?

    June 22, 2013 at 8:07 am

    • Hi Gerard,

      That is a most excellent question. I was looking at this yesterday and if you just glance at the two their skin tones are the same. If you take a closer look in natural light, their skin tones are slightly different. SC Poppy has a ever so slightly lighter shade with a pinker tone to it ( or at least that is what my eyes see). III Poppy is slightly more yellow in the tone. David Buttry called it “latino” skin tone so it would make sense that there was more yellow in it. I am also glad to see a slightly different skin done on the new Poppy. I am hoping this means they changed up the plastic formula so that this crop of Poppys won’t have the problem of their hands and feet turning a greenish color. That happened to my SC Poppy and I had to have the body replaced by IT.

      June 22, 2013 at 8:19 am

      • Gerard

        Thanks for the information! I do hope that she does not end up having Hulk green hands. I have one last request, could you do a group shot with Sweet Confection! It would be fun! More like beach buddies 🙂

        June 22, 2013 at 7:12 pm

  5. urrgghh

    That is pretty fab hair! It makes me wanna restyle one of my gals. Elvis Barbie is similar but not as elaborate. I always love seeing your pics Rebecca!

    June 22, 2013 at 9:06 am

    • Awww! Thank you Jim. You could definitely recreate this with Elvis Barbie. It’s not as intricate as it seems.

      June 22, 2013 at 9:57 pm

  6. Very nice photos! If I ever were to add another fashion doll to my collection besides Barbie, it would be Poppy Parker! Alas, there is no room to add another collecting obsession! I also like your choice of music–California Dreamin’ was always one of my fav songs of the 60s!

    June 22, 2013 at 9:53 am

  7. JennFL

    So beautiful! Love the 60’s comparison shots of the hair, Rebecca.
    Knew you’d give her some lens-lovin’! 🙂

    June 22, 2013 at 9:56 am

    • Thank you Jenn!! I love the phrase “lens-lovin”. May have to use that in a future blog post 🙂

      June 22, 2013 at 9:57 pm

  8. molekiss

    She has beautiful exotic color, I love her hair.

    June 22, 2013 at 10:15 am

    • Yes, her hair is TO DIE FOR! 🙂

      June 22, 2013 at 9:58 pm

  9. Tiffany

    I’ve recently discovered your blog. I don’t just love your pics, but you are a great writer too. Your words always paint a scene in my minds eye. I’ve enjoyed very much this year, discovering how creative doll collectors are. Great artist, very inspiring. Have a beautiful day- Poppy is stunning. Wish I’d been able to snag India. But I do have 3 of the fair series that I sure hope arrive soon!

    June 22, 2013 at 12:36 pm

    • Thank you so much Tiffany for the lovely comment. I am glad you like the photos AND the commentary. I write like I talk so you are hearing exactly what I say. 🙂

      June 22, 2013 at 9:59 pm

  10. leslie quinn

    Wow,Love her

    June 22, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    • Isn’t she fabulous?!! I am having WAY too much fun photographing this lovely.

      June 22, 2013 at 9:59 pm

  11. Shuga-Shug

    Ah man. She looks fab here redressed. Now you’re making me regret not getting her. I would be forced to take down her hair and i’d be scared it would end up a mess.

    June 22, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    • I feel the same way about Tullabelle!! I will not collect larger scale dolls….I will not collecto larger scale dolls. I have to say that to myself every time I see your amazing photographs of her. Thank you for the lovely comment.

      June 22, 2013 at 10:01 pm

  12. lovindollz

    Wow, she looks STUNNING, Rebecca. I am so glad to have India and Polynesia. I redressed India and she looks even more beautiful. Thanks for sharing with us!


    June 22, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    • Thank you Demetria!! Congrats on receiving your Poppys too. I am having a whole lot of fun redressing and photographing these lovely ladies.

      June 22, 2013 at 10:02 pm

  13. Love this!!!!!

    June 22, 2013 at 5:27 pm

  14. Lori Birkeneder

    Just fantastic! And how on earth did you ever find that picture!!
    And I am extremely impressed by the fact your daughter plays the violin!!
    Thanks for sharing!!

    June 22, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    • Thank you Lori!! I had this photo in my file of 1960’s photos I love…how prophetic eh? It looks like David Buttry may have had the same photo in his files. 🙂 I have no idea how I got a son who plays guitar and keyboards AND a daughter who dances ballet and plays violin. It must be that recessive gene thing. 🙂

      June 22, 2013 at 10:05 pm

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