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The Art of Fashion Doll Photography and Blogging–Part 1: The Introduction

I promised people who were not able to make it to the NBDCC presentation I did this July that I would repeat sections of the presentation via the blog so her is first section.

I introduced the class with this video

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jl-__rM4IoE

 ©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-The Art of Fashion Doll Photography and Blogging-Part1: The introduction

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-The Art of Fashion Doll Photography and Blogging-Part1: The introduction

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-The Art of Fashion Doll Photography and Blogging-Part1: The introduction

Who am I?

Hello everyone.  My name is Rebecca Berry and I am the creator, writer and photographer for Inside The fashion Doll Studio.  It is a blog with around 1,000 subscribers and focuses primarily on 1/6 scale fashion dolls.    First of all, I have to say a very quick and heartfelt “Thank You” to my readers and subscribers.  Without all of you, I would not be here doing this so I thank you for your support and words of encouragement.

I am a self taught photographer which means I did not go to school for formal training as a photographer.  I have been behind the lens of a camera for quite a while. In high school, I was the one typically behind the camera taking images of a friends sporting event and /or performance.  When shooting I was usually most interested in capturing the relationship or emotion of the moment and not necessarily the action.  I wanted a fun facial expression or quite moment of concentration before the long jump kind of image.  When it was time for college, I never considered photography and instead studied an entirely different thing..number crunching and financial analysis LOL!  A whole world away from photography, or so I thought.  So how did I get here?

I am here today because first and foremost, I am like all of you…a collector.  This is my eighth convention.  I played with Barbie when I was younger and have many fond and happy memories from that but like many, when I hit my teens, I gave Barbie up for other things.  Barbie was not done with me yet though…she came back into my life through this little munchkin….©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-The Art of Fashion Doll Photography and Blogging-Part1: The introduction

How did I get Started Collecting?

This is my daughter Megan.  When she was three years old she got her first Barbie for her birthday.  It was a collector Barbie of all things and I said to myself “ Oh great…she is only three and she is going to trash it”.  But she didn’t.  She had other Barbies that she wanted to play with but the collector Barbie she considered “special” and put it on a shelf to look at..   and I thought “hmmmm…maybe this is something we can do together…like a Mommy/ daughter thing.  We could collect every Birthday and Christmas”.   So, I was a former financial analyst which means when I don’t know about something, I do research.  I researched collector Barbies and found the Barbie Collector website.  That is when I went down the rabbit hole Winking smile.

While I may have started out researching for ideas of dolls to collect with my daughter, I soon realized that I was avidly looking through the images of amazing collectible Barbies for myself.  I have always loved fashion  and in particular fashion from the 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s.  I found the Silkstone BFMC line ,in particular, very appealing and began to acquire those.  That was thirteen years ago and I have no plans to stop. 

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-The Art of Fashion Doll Photography and Blogging-Part1: The introduction

My Photography Background

As I have said before, I am self taught.  After many years of working in the shark tank of financial markets, I decided to stay at home with my kiddos while they were young.  When you have little ones, you typically have “after school activities”.  These activities had me picking up the camera again after years of neglect.  Finding that love of capturing an images again was wonderful and after photographing a number of my daughters dance performances…I realized I wasn’t too bad at it.  Again, it wasn’t necessarily about photographing the action ( although that was nice), it was more often about the emotion it conveyed.  More importantly, it became more about showing these young and impressionable young girls the amazing work they were doing.  It became a self image booster for them. 

When I started photographing Megan in dance, she was at the Pacific Northwest Ballet School of dance which was the dance school arm of the professional ballet company in Seattle.  Megan performed in their Nutcracker ballet for two years in a row.  While there, I recognized a photographer whose work I had admired.  Here name is Angela Sterling.  She is a former  soloist dancer with PNB who had to retire due to injury.  When she left the company she realized there were very few images to show for her many years of hard work and decided to go into photography to give the dancers those images of “their best moments”.  I loved that concept.  Capturing someone’s best moment.  I wanted to do this for my daughter and the young girls she danced with. I wanted them to have the opportunity to see themselves at their best dance moments.  I wanted to improve my craft so I could do that in the way it should be done…with the best of my ability.  ©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-The Art of Fashion Doll Photography and Blogging-Part1: The introduction

While improving my photography skills and knowledge, I was also collecting.  I became involved in the very vibrant collecting community that surrounds this amazing hobby and was noticing how the field of photography was helping to drive some very popular doll forums…and I wanted to be a part of that.  I was always interested in fashion and some of my very first photography inspirations were images from Vogue and Harpers Bazaar from the 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s.  I loved pouring over images from noteworthy photographers such as Horst, Cecil Beaton, Irving Pen, Richard Avedon and Norman Parkinson.

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-The Art of Fashion Doll Photography and Blogging-Part1: The introduction

Within the doll photography community, there was one photographer whose work I admired and really tried to emulate.  His use of lighting, composition and styling is just exquisite.  His work never fails to inspire me even to this day.  His name is Ernesto Padró Campos.  His doll photography blog is treasure trove of beautiful images.

http://dolldom.blogspot.com/

©Ernesto Padró Campos

If I can be as good as this someday…I will be happy.

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-The Art of Fashion Doll Photography and Blogging-Part1: The introduction

So that wraps up the introduction.  For the next couple of months, each and every Friday, I will be continuing the series.  Here is a preview of the overall presentation

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-The Art of Fashion Doll Photography and Blogging-Part1: The introduction

Within doll photograph basics, I will talk about.

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-The Art of Fashion Doll Photography and Blogging-Part1: The introduction

Within doll blogging, I will talk about.

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-The Art of Fashion Doll Photography and Blogging-Part1: The introduction

Hope you all enjoy and see you next Friday!  Feel free to ask questions with each post and I will try my best to keep up with responses.

-Rebecca

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16 responses

  1. Traci Cunningham

    Thank you Rebecca. I did see you at the convention. It’s nice to have your presentation now at hand. Learned some great stuff from you.

    August 19, 2016 at 3:38 pm

  2. Penny

    Really loved finding out about your background and checking out who you admire. Norman Parkinson is one of my all time favourites. I’m really looking forward to the next instalment, roll on next Friday. Thanks again for taking the time to share, I’m sure it will benefit me greatly X

    August 19, 2016 at 3:50 pm

  3. Your talent is beyond amazing and your love of both dolls and photography shows in every picture you take. You have impressed, enabled and give me so much enjoyment over the years and as I have said many times, you are my conduit to all that is wonderful in the doll world. Thank you for sharing your joy with us!!.

    August 19, 2016 at 4:09 pm

  4. Vicki Stone

    hi. I love your site. about ten or 11 years ago, we went up to Seattle. I live in Portland. It was than that Belview had that wonderful doll museum, which is sadly closed. there was a wonderful salad buffet restaurant kind of near. We wanted to go back but we forgot the places name. Perhaps you know it?  anyway, near the museum was a store for all things doll, from vintage to modern, vintage clothes, shoes, old dolls, etc.  would you know if that store is still there, and if so, it’s name, please?  I have been enjoying your blog, or site for a few years I believe and truly enjoy it. I save our posts. Thank you for your time, Vicki Stone

    August 19, 2016 at 4:10 pm

  5. Michelle

    Love it!

    August 19, 2016 at 4:32 pm

  6. Marina Hobbs

    Fascinating.. I am just starting on Doll photography after spending years photographing yacht racing! I enjoy your blog very much
    Marina

    August 19, 2016 at 4:41 pm

  7. AD Fitz

    Utterly fascinating. I just discovered the new world of fashion dolls about six months ago. I had no idea they could be so sophisticated and realistic. I have been drooling to buy one but wow…hock the house! I only have my original Barbie, the Redhead ponytail, from my childhood in the 60’s; my Lucy doll (Lucille Ball) is my other beauty, brought to me by Mr. Claus (I hadn’t even talked to him about this so it WAS a surprise).

    Loved reading about your mentor. My gosh – stunning work and stunning models! I greatly look forward to reading more about your exciting profession as a fashion photographer of these beauties.

    On Fri, Aug 19, 2016 at 3:30 PM, Inside the Fashion Doll Studio wrote:

    > raberry65 posted: “I promised people who were not able to make it to the > NBDCC presentation I did this July that I would repeat sections of the > presentation via the blog so her is first section. I introduced the class > with this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jl-__rM” >

    August 19, 2016 at 7:22 pm

  8. Alysha Black Wimberly

    Thank you Rebecca for allowing your faithful followers to see the beauty of our beloved dolls through the eyes of your artist soul. I’ve been collecting for only three years now and this past convention was my very first. I certainly share your zealous adoration for the fashion, photography, and collecting that loving Barbie and her companions allow. I appreciate your insight, knowledge and beauty that you share through your blog. I hope to meet you at the 2017 BarbieCon! Alysha Black Wimberly

    August 19, 2016 at 9:05 pm

  9. I cant wait to see the posts.

    August 20, 2016 at 1:21 pm

  10. Karen Martin

    Thanks for sharing your valuable info and a picture of yourself! Its nice to see who is behind the camera!

    August 21, 2016 at 9:14 am

  11. Deborah

    Thanks for bringing this info to us and for sharing your story. I always enjoyed taking photos and although I’ll never match the beauty you bring through photography, it’s good to know that you don’t have to be formally trained to capture breathtaking moments in life (be they human or plastic). I look forward to your next installment.

    August 21, 2016 at 12:58 pm

  12. Now I can stop kicking myself for missing this in Jax! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 21, 2016 at 4:39 pm

  13. Always wonderful to see your posts and AMAZING to hear and see how you got there !! Keep them coming 💐💐💐 XX K

    August 27, 2016 at 6:09 am

  14. Have I missed the next installments? I really enjoyed this and I am looking forward to more.

    October 22, 2016 at 8:26 am

  15. Penny

    Are there any more instalments? I’ve been searching but can’t find anything…I know you have been supremely busy! I’d love to see the rest when you get time xx

    October 22, 2016 at 4:19 pm

  16. Looking forward to more installments 🙂 Happy Holidays!

    December 14, 2016 at 6:10 pm

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