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Doll Photography and Blogging: Equipment

Here is the next installment of this presentation.  Hope you guys find some useful info here.  If you have any questions, please feel free to ask in the questions in the comment section of this blog post.  Don’t forget to select HD and full screen in bottom right hand corner of video to get best quality.

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–Rebecca

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The Elyse Chronicles: La Vie en Rose

The first doll released from the Jason Wu 10th Anniversary collection was the La Vie en Bleu Elyse.  The option to purchase her was given to each 2016 Integrity Toys Convention attendee.

©2016 Integrity Toys La Vie en Blue

©2016 Integrity Toys La Vie en Blue

So in keeping with  the theme I started, since she came to us originally in an evening look, I thought to put her in a daywear look.  I looked no further than a new uber chic suit I received from Etsy designer and seller HoangAnhKhoi.

©2018 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-La Vie en Rose

©2018 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-La Vie en Rose

©2018 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-La Vie en Rose

And what blog post called “La Vie en Rose” could not include a link to this…

 

The Elyse Chronicles: Daywear to Nightwear

©2018 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio - The Elyse Chronicles Daywear to Nightwear

©2017 Bergdorf Goodman

The Bergdorf Goodman Elsye in the navy pants and yellow and navy sweater is clearly a daywear look.  To me it is VERY Sonya Rykiel and while I loved the turban on the real life fashion, I don’t feel it translated well to 1/6 scale. 

©2010 Vogue 2011 Spring RTW Jason Wu

Perhaps the turban will be put to good use elsewhere in my collection…that remains to be seen but…I needed to transform this Elyse from daywear to eveningwear.

©2018 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio - The Elyse Chronicles Daywear to Nightwear

Talk about DRAMA!

Model: Bergdorf Goodman Elyse Navy Pant

Gown: And Another Thing Kyori gift set by Integrity Toys

Jewelry and Shoes: Malefique Elyse

©2018 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio - The Elyse Chronicles Daywear to Nightwear

©2018 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio - The Elyse Chronicles Daywear to Nightwear

Love the short slicked back hairstyle and the facial screening on this one. 

-Rebecca

Doll Photography and Blogging: An Introduction

Today is the first part of a series of segments on Doll Photography and Blogging.  I am rebroadcasting the presentation I did for the 2016 NBDCC and I hope you find some useful information in this series.

©2016 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

If you want to see the video in High Def remember to select HD and full screen (arrows) in the bottom right of the video.

Feel free to post questions in this blog post about anything I have gone over.  I will try to answer as best as I can.  If there are many questions, I will just do another audio segment and answer all the questions before the next segment on the blog.

 

 

-Rebecca

The Elyse Chronicles: Dior Inspiration

I shared on my Instagram story a little peek into this photo shoot. Many of my ideas for photos come from images I have seen and have been inspired by.  When I started thinking about doing a photo series on the 10th Anniversary Jason Wu dolls, my thought was to put them into fashions that were very different than the ones they originally came in.  The model for this next set of images is the first Net a Porter Jason Wu doll.  And no…I did not take the image below.  Wow is it blown out!  Come on Net a Porter…you can do better than this Winking smile©2017 Net a Porter

Have your eyeballs recovered from the retinal searage above?…LOL!

Since this lady came in a ball gown…my thought was to bring it down and put her in some day wear…but Dior daywear so…I guess it’s an elevated daywear look. 

Model:  10th Anniversary Jason Wu doll by Net a Porter

Dress:  Barbie® Elegant Rose Cocktail Dress Doll

Shoes: 10th Anniversary Jason Wu doll by Net a Porter

Hat:  Integrity Toys Love the One Kyori and modified by me

Poodle: Randall Craig

©2018 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio - The Elyse Chronicles:Dior Inspiration

And….what a face!!

©2018 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio - The Elyse Chronicles:Dior Inspiration

 

©2018 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio - The Elyse Chronicles:Dior Inspiration

 

©2018 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio - The Elyse Chronicles:Dior Inspiration

©2018 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio - The Elyse Chronicles:Dior Inspiration

Who says you can’t put a redhead in red?!!  Not me.

-Rebecca

Doll Photography 101

Hello all!  So for the last couple of National Barbie Doll Collector Conventions I have been asked to do presentations on Doll Photography and blogging.  If anyone is interested in hearing these presentations and learning what I talked about, I will be attempting to rebroadcast them in parts every Friday over the next couple of months.

Starting Friday 2/23/18

2018-02-15 presentation shot 1

Here is the teaser video I released before the presentation.  Just click to play

And the introduction to the series video. Just click to play.

 

-Rebecca

 

The Elyse Chronicles: Here Comes the Bride

So I have decided to do a series of photos using these 10th Anniversary Jason Wu Elyse’s. My first choice of photos for this series was a bride and it’s using one of my favorite dolls from the 10th anniversary series and a favorite OOAK gown I had commissioned during 2017.  I hope you all enjoy!

I love following wedding photographers on Instagram.  While I have never photographed a wedding professionally ( oh the pressure!)  I have photographed some candid images for family and friends from their weddings.  I love to see some of the images that professional wedding photographers capture.  I am always in awe.

©2018 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio - The Elyse Chronicles: Here Comes the Bride

©2018 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio - The Elyse Chronicles: Here Comes the Bride

The gown was a special commission done by the talented Natalia Kunafina.  She has an ebay shop 2010Chizhik 

©2018 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio - The Elyse Chronicles: Here Comes the Bride

The brides flowers are from Etsy seller Beadspage. 

©2018 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio - The Elyse Chronicles: Here Comes the Bride

©2018 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio - The Elyse Chronicles: Here Comes the Bride

Playing around with lighting on this shoot was fun.  You will notice a different color cast to this shot as I was using mostly natural light as opposed to augmented or artificial lighting.  I’m not sure which one I like better…both have their positive and negatives.

©2018 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio - The Elyse Chronicles: Here Comes the Bride

Also tried out some really cool little LED lights I found at IKEA!  Really cool effect and sooooo inexpensive!!  You can find them here.

©2018 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio - The Elyse Chronicles: Here Comes the Bride

©2018 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio - The Elyse Chronicles: Here Comes the Bride

In case you are wondering…the paper is there to shield the light from the dress and just shine on her face LOL!  I have some master paper folding skills I never knew I had.

©2018 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio - The Elyse Chronicles: Here Comes the Bride

What can I say about this doll that this picture doesn’t….absolutely nothing.  She really is this beautiful.

©2018 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio - The Elyse Chronicles: Here Comes the Bride

And just because natural light can say it so much better than augmented light can…here she is…in all her ethereal beauty.  Thank you Jason for your gifts and for sharing them with collectors.

And if any of you are wondering what the soundtrack was for this shoot…go to Spotify and listen to “Recomposed by Max Richter: Vivaldi, The Four Seasons”

-Rebecca

The Elyse Portrait – Behind the Scenes

Since the announcement of these 10th Anniversary dolls by Jason Wu over a year ago, I thought it would be so cool to do an Annie Leibovitz style group shot of all the dolls.  During the past year of releases and all the stress and uncertainty that can come with trying to purchase a super limited edition size collectable, I doubted this idea would ever come to fruition.  I was ok with that.  I can’t tell you how many great photo ideas I have had that have not and will not ever come to pass. 

Through the help of friends and fellow collectors, I was able to procure each of the 6 special limited edition dolls from this past year.  With that accomplished, my mission was now set…time to do a group shot with all of these lovely ladies.  I did research on Ms Leibovitz’s lighting style and composition.  I have been a fan of her work for many, many years and was so very honored to take one of her master classes this past year.  It was time to put that knowledge to work.

©2018 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-The Elyse Portrait - Behind the Scenes

Figuring out composition can be the most difficult job of a shoot.  I’m not going to lie…this part took a couple hours and some outside consult from my good friend Rogier of Dutch Fashion Doll World.

©2018 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-The Elyse Portrait - Behind the Scenes

The above composition was my first attempt.  After consult (Thanks Rogier!!) and more thinking, I finally settled on this set up

©2018 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-The Elyse Portrait - Behind the Scenes

The next step was to get the right lighting.  Annie Leibovitz’s group shots always have everyone in the group lit so well.  I found out…she composites them….meaning…she shoots smaller groups then stitches them together in Photoshop.  I considered doing that here and I almost did…but found that I had a small enough group that I felt I could light it adequately.  I used a mixture of natural sunlight and 1-2 soft box lights.  I shot with a Canon 5D Mark III and a Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro Prime lens. 

©2018 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-The Elyse Portrait - Behind the Scenes

©2018 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-The Elyse Portrait - Behind the Scenes

And the final result after post processing. 

©2018 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-The Elyse Portrait - Behind the Scenes

Hope you enjoyed the behind the scenes loot at how this image came together.

Rebecca

The Elyse Portrait

For those of you who follow me on Instagram or Flickr, you have already seen the group shot.  I just couldn’t wait to share the photo.

Through the help of friends and fellow collectors, I was able to obtain all of 6 special limited edition Jason Wu 10th Anniversary Elyse dolls produced this past year.  I thought it would be really fun to do a group shot of all the girls together and here is the result of that shoot.  Hope you all enjoy.

Models:  Jason Wu 10th Anniversary Dolls ( obtained through WClub,Net a Porter, Bergdorf Goodman and Nordstrom)

Clothing:  Jason Wu

Art Direction: Rogier Corbeau – Dutch Fashion Doll World

Styling and Photography: Rebecca Berry – Inside The Fashion Doll Studio

©2018 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-The Elyse Portrait

©2018 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-The Elyse Portrait

©2018 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-The Elyse Portrait

©2018 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-The Elyse Portrait

©2018 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-The Elyse Portrait

©2018 Inside The Fashion Doll Studio-The Elyse Portrait

I am doing a “Behind the Scenes” blog post on how I did this group photo tomorrow morning so if you are interested in that kind of stuff…keep an eye out Winking smile.  Feel free to comment or ask questions.

Rebecca

2018 WClub Registration is Now Open!!

If you are fan of Integrity Toys and their dolls, run don’t walk to sign up for this people.  If you want any chance at going to the Integrity Toys convention in Portland…go sign up.  If you want the best chance to purchase any of their products from dealers….go sign up.  I have been a member for many years and I can honestly say…no regrets here.  I always ( and I don’t use that word lightly) receive more than what I pay for from this company and their WClub.  Setting aside the product for a moment, I have to say that the collectors I have been able to meet and correspond with on this club keep me coming back year after year as well.  It’s not just the dolls but the collectors and community that make the WClub a special place for me.  And NO, I’m not being paid for my endorsement LOL!  Okay, okay…enough chat…let’s get to the upgrade dolls and all the goodies!

©2018 Integrity Toys Inc - WClub 2018

©2018 Integrity Toys Inc - WClub 2018

You may register for as many memberships as you would like (there are no limits) until 9:00 PM Eastern Time (New York Time) on February, 27th 2018.

Here is what you get

  • First-to-know information & sneak peeks at upcoming dolls & more!
  • Exclusive access to Members-only forums!
  • VIP customer service from the W Club Liaisons!
  • Guaranteed opportunity to purchase at least *5* exclusive Club-only dolls, including:
    2 Fashion Royalty dolls (which may include NU. Face), 2 Poppy Parker dolls and
    1 additional exclusive doll, plus additional surprise items!
  • $25 coupon to be used towards any $99 or more purchase in the IT Direct Shopping
    Cart*!
  • Club-only opportunities to purchase dolls & more!
  • Exclusive members-only online events!
  • Priority convention registration and optional access to a Club-only event at
    Convention!
  • Special offers, Right-to-buy lotteries and contests!
  • Access to private Q&A sessions with the Integrity staff and much more!

*Details and instructions for this coupon will be sent to 2018 W Club Members at a later
date, including that a one coupon limit will be allowed per order.

Base membership is $50.  The upgrade dolls will add to that base if you purchase. 

©2018 Integrity Toys Inc - WClub 2018

Modernist Eugenia Perrin-Frost™ Dressed Doll
The Fashion Royalty® Collection 2018 W Club Exclusive
Body Type:FR 6.0
Head Sculpt:Eugenia

Quick Switch Feature: No
Skin Tone:A-Tone
Hair Color:Dark Espresso
Eyelashes:Yes, Hand Applied

Upgrade price: $125.00 ( $25 deposit due upon ordering. $100 due upon delivery)

Anticipated delivery: Summer 2018   Yes…Summer.  Just so you know folks…these upgrades typically come in about 4 months later…just setting expectations here.  I have to say though, for the most part, these dolls are worth the wait.

©2018 Integrity Toys Inc - WClub 2018

©2018 Integrity Toys Inc - WClub 2018

And because some WClubbers didn’t fee like we had a good look at her face in the original press release ( and I agree with those who asked for more images) the incredibly responsive people at IT provided the image below .  Also, for those of you who might think this is a white outfit…think again.  The general consensus is it is a light powder blue/green.  Yummy!!

©2018 Integrity Toys Inc - WClub 2018

©2018 Integrity Toys Inc - WClub 2018

Soda Pop Saturday Poppy Parker™ Dressed Doll
The Poppy Parker™ Collection 2018 W Club Exclusive
Body Type:PP 1.5
Head Sculpt:Poppy Parker

Quick Switch Feature:No
Skin Tone:FR White
Hair Color:Golden Blond
Eyelashes:Yes, Hand Applied

Upgrade price: $125.00 ( $25 deposit due upon ordering. $100 due upon delivery)

Anticipated delivery: Summer 2018 

©2018 Integrity Toys Inc - WClub 2018

©2018 Integrity Toys Inc - WClub 2018

This Poppy is on a arched foot body!!!  YASSSSS!  This is my preferred body for Poppy as I hate to photograph the ankle joint.  You can definitely see David Buttry’s direction for the year.  He shared at convention that he was inspired by Kate Spade and I am seeing that in the bright colors and polka dots.  I can’t wait to see what is in store for Poppy this year!

©2018 Integrity Toys Inc - WClub 2018

Eye Candy Rayna Ahmadi™ Dressed Doll
The NU. Face™ Collection 2018 W Club Exclusive
Body Type:NF 3.0
Head Sculpt:Rayna
 
Quick Switch Feature:No
Skin Tone:Japan
Hair Color:Amber
Eyelashes:Yes, Hand Applied

Upgrade price: $125.00 ( $25 deposit due upon ordering. $100 due upon delivery)

Anticipated delivery: Summer 2018 

©2018 Integrity Toys Inc - WClub 2018

©2018 Integrity Toys Inc - WClub 2018

Love that pink ice cream cone purse!!!  The accessories are killing me lately from IT!  Killing me with desire to own each and every one Winking smile

How do I become part of the W Club?

From now until February 27th, 2018, you can qualify for the 2018 W Club by submitting a registration form and completing your payment. You can start your registration here:
https://www.integritytoys.com/wclubforum/2018clubregstart.html

©2018 Integrity Toys Inc - WClub 2018

I am proud to be a returning member for the 2018 WClub.  Looking forward to seeing more new members this year!!

-Rebecca