Barbie for big girls.

Nadja in the Garden

I am awaiting Spring.  While I wait for it to arrive, I decided to make my own garden of sorts.  As I  have shared in previous posts, I have been playing around with making my own 1/6 scale flowers.  There are lots of tutorials on making paper flowers online.  There is not….however…lots of tutorials on how to make 1/6 scale paper flowers.  Given that, I had to essentially come up with my own patterns and a way of making them in this scale.  I enjoy the process itself of figuring out things in this scale.  In order to feel accomplishment however, I need an end project to work towards so this garden was the vision I had for making these glorious 1/6 scale bearded Iris’s .  I hope you enjoy the images half as much as I enjoyed figuring out and making these flowers. 

Model:  The Enchantress Nadja Rhymes – Integrity Toys

Gown and Jewelry:  Spell of Kindness Vanessa – Integrity Toys

Background: Designed and manufactured by ITFDS

grass mats were found at Daiso, gate was purchased online years ago and I honestly have no idea where.  Boxwood mini trees where found at local homegoods store but can be found at many places online.  Back wall of greenery was made by combining 12×12 greenery tiles I found at Joanne’s crafts and glued to poster board.   All other flowers were made by me with paper.

Styled and photographed by Rebecca Berry for ITFDS


©2021 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-Nadja in the Garden

©2021 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-Nadja in the Garden

©2021 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-Nadja in the Garden

©2021 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-Nadja in the Garden

For these shots, I am using a Canon 5dMark III with a Canon Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS  lens.  I used natural light for this shoot augmented by one Lume cube (with diffuser) on a stand.  I also used a white board to bounce the light from the left.  I use Adobe Light room Classic to post process then Adobe Photoshop to clean up anything I can’t do with Light room.  Side note…Coffee grounds work really well as dirt.  Just make sure you are binding it with something and gluing it down.  It will get everywhere if you just use it loose.  Modge podge works well to adhere it to surfaces.  I used a spray adhesive here then just applied  coffee grounds to the board after so the grounds would stay in place.  If you use “used” coffee grounds, the smell isn’t as strong as fresh ground coffee.  That smell can be a bit overwhelming even for a coffee lover like me. 

©2021 ITFDS

©2021 ITFDS

I hope you enjoy these behind the scenes looks.  I know I am always learning and am always grateful when others show their process or some of the equipment they use.  I know there are photographers out there with a greater wealth of experience.  I am simply showing what I do and what I use.  Enjoy the journey!  Smile



19 responses

  1. Lyn

    Very creative and beautiful

    March 20, 2021 at 2:00 am

    • Thank you very much! This was fun to create.

      March 20, 2021 at 8:29 am


    Wow – this is beautiful – Nadja was my favorite doll from 2020 convention – I am going to redress mine in the blue tulle Lovetones short dress –

    Thank you for sharing!



    March 20, 2021 at 5:05 am

    • Ohh she will look amazing in that outfit! As you can see by the many photos, this Nadja is one of my favorites too ;-). Glad you enjoyed the new post.

      March 20, 2021 at 8:31 am

  3. Barbara Williamson

    Such a wonderful thing to see on this first day of spring. These photos and the day make me feel joyous. Beautifully done. Thank you.

    March 20, 2021 at 5:12 am

    • Awww! Thank you so much Barbara! If these images bring you joy than I am doing exactly what I had intended with my images. Thank you for letting me know that.

      March 20, 2021 at 8:32 am

  4. A gorgeous glimpse of Springtime to come 🌸🌸🌸 Lovely pictures and I always enjoy the behind the scenes developments that go into your pictures 😍

    March 20, 2021 at 6:46 am

    • Thank you as always for your lovely comments! I am really happy that readers are enjoying these behind the scene looks. I know I always have a ton of questions when I see a diorama so it was well past time to share things I learned as I go about producing my sets and images. It’s all part of the beauty of this hobby.

      March 20, 2021 at 8:35 am

  5. Steph-a-nie

    WOW!!!! These are some AMAZING shots!!! Very, very nice!!! And as an aspiring photographer, I really appreciate your behind the scene shots!!! Your garden is so real looking and Nadia and that dress are stunning!!!

    March 20, 2021 at 6:52 am

    • Thank you so much! I remember the days starting out and sharing images. I am happy to show what I use and what I have learned along the way. I did a series of blog posts a couple years back about doll photography. Feel free to check it out. 🙂

      March 20, 2021 at 8:38 am

  6. layrl

    Absolutely gorgeous! Your flowers are wonderful. You’re so creative with your backgrounds and scenes. Coffee grounds!!!

    March 20, 2021 at 7:47 am

    • Thank you so much!! As a newbie to paper flower creation I am grateful for the lovely feedback I have received. I know right? Who knew that coffee grounds would make the best dirt?!! So of course I justify just one more cup of coffee in the morning…you know…for my art. LOL!

      March 20, 2021 at 8:41 am

  7. Michelle Cooper

    Love it. How long do you keep a diarama like this set up for?

    March 20, 2021 at 8:15 am

    • Thank you! A most excellent question. The answer…it depends. If I absolutely am in love with a diorama or set that I have made, I will keep it up and displayed somewhere within my doll room or studio for years. For others, it is dismantled into its respective pieces and stored to be used again for another creation. For this particular one sadly, it was dismantled the next day. I suspect, however, that we will be seeing other garden shots in the future 😉

      March 20, 2021 at 8:43 am

  8. Lovindollz

    This looks absolutely amazing, Rebecca! Love everything!


    March 20, 2021 at 10:46 am

    • Thank you so much!! I am so glad you enjoyed!!

      March 21, 2021 at 2:21 pm

  9. Sarah Eversole

    Oh that dress looks fantastic on her!

    March 21, 2021 at 11:12 am

    • Thank you!! This doll is so edgy so I wanted to take it softer for something different. A am glad you liked. We Pacific Northwesterners are all just waiting for those sunny spring days. It may be a bit of a wait LOL!

      March 21, 2021 at 2:23 pm

  10. Anna Rogers

    You are awesome! Your talent is amazing and I thank you for sharing with me and I appreciate your advice. I’m trying to find my niche! I’m sure will.
    Thanks and keep sharing!

    April 29, 2021 at 12:05 pm

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