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
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.
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.
The gown was a special commission done by the talented Natalia Kunafina. She has an ebay shop 2010Chizhik
The brides flowers are from Etsy seller Beadspage.
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.
Also tried out some really cool little LED lights I found at IKEA! Really cool effect and sooooo inexpensive!! You can find them here.
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.
What can I say about this doll that this picture doesn’t….absolutely nothing. She really is this beautiful.
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”
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.
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.
The above composition was my first attempt. After consult (Thanks Rogier!!) and more thinking, I finally settled on this set up
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.
And the final result after post processing.
Hope you enjoyed the behind the scenes loot at how this image came together.
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.
Clothing: Jason Wu
Art Direction: Rogier Corbeau – Dutch Fashion Doll World
Styling and Photography: Rebecca Berry – Inside The Fashion Doll Studio
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 . Feel free to comment or ask questions.
Wishing you all a happy and blessed holiday season!
Model: OOAK Poppy Parker by Matt Sutton
Things have been crazy busy at ITFDS since July. Since the National Barbie Doll Collectors Convention, I have been in production mode for the Integrity Toys convention and that left very little time for anything else…taking photos or blogging. I need to work out a better schedule…. obviously!
In the craziness that was August through July, there were some very high points for my collection. One such moment was when I won the opportunity to purchase the Poetic Beauty Lilith and Eden gift set.
They are inspired, I believe, by the 2016 Pre fall Louis Vuitton collection..feel free to check out the photos in my original post about these dolls. Eden/Lilith is one of my all time favorite face molds and the fact that this gift set was offered in this lottery made me both excited and filled with anxiety. This was a lottery I REALLY wanted to win. I consider myself very lucky to have succeeded in this and was able to purchase.
I adore the facial screening on these dolls and the clothing was edgy, current and perfect for these young sister characters. The real highlight, however, in this set were the accessories.
It wasn’t the fact that you got 2 Louis Vuitton inspired purses but THE SHOES and those tasseled earrings. The execution and attention to detail on these accessories also deserves special comment. Really well done people…exceptional.
And…since the name of this gift set was Poetic Beauty…I had to pull out some Lord Byron….had to do it.
This set is one of IT’s best in my humble opinion. I adore every aspect of it so I will let Lord Byron finish this post with,
“And all that’s best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes; “
Integrity Toys just announced another goodie for collectors! As I have explained in previous blog posts, for the past couple of Integrity Toys conventions the advanced design competition winner gets to have their design produced by IT. It’s a really nice perk and what an incentive for the incredibly talented pool of IT collectors. This past year the advanced design competition was won by Salvador Lopez Arriaga.
Here are some images I took of his design entry at the convention:
Congratulations Salvador!! You made Karolin look stunning and many collectors are looking forward to adding your amazing work to their collection. Here is the finished Integrity Toys production doll.
Karolin Stone™ Dressed Doll
The NU. FACE™ Collection
2016 Design Competition Winner
Edition Size: TBD
Estimated Delivery: Spring 2018
W Club Only Retail Price: $135.00 US + Shipping and Handling
General Public Retail Price: $145.00 US + Shipping and Handling
Doll Tech Specs:
Head Sculpt: Karolin Stone™
Body: NF 3.0
Foot Sculpt: High-heeled
Skin Tone: Japan
Hair Color: Platinum Champagne Mix
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-applied
You have to give Integrity Toys an A+ for staying true to the original design. They faithfully reproduced it down to the doll Mr. Arriaga used! Feel free to follow Salvador on his Instagram account as he continues to share his design projects. I have followed him for over a year now and he never fails to inspire and amaze.
OK…so what do you need to know to order this doll? 1) If you are WClub member, use the link in the email that was sent to you by noon ET September 19, 2017 . 2) If you are not a WClub member, I am assuming this lovely will be available in their shop at The Integrity Toys website after September 19th. At the time of this posting, they have not given specific information other than it will be available to the general public. That could mean IT direct or through their dealers. I will post more information when I have it.
The first release from Integrity Toy’s 2017 Fashion Royalty La Femme collection has entered The Fashion Doll Studio! I really didn’t think I was going to be able to do any shots in the natural sunshine today as we have smoky haze( welcome to the Pacific Northwest and all of it’s summer forest fires) but it has turned the light this really cool pinkish red so I thought “ why not!” Keep in mind that these shots are done through a pinkish red filter which gives Jordan’s skin a rosier hue than normal.
Jordan Duval™ Dressed Doll
The 2017 Fashion Royalty® Collection
Edition Size: 725
Estimated Delivery: September 2017
Retail Price: $145.00 US
Head Sculpt: Jordan
Body: FR 6.0
Foot Sculpt: High-heeled
Skin Tone: A-Tone
Hair Color: Sand Blond
Eyelashes: Yes, Hand-applied
Love this mocha skin tone and the honey blond tresses on this lady. One of the softest Jordan’s I have seen in a while. The clothing is on trend and the quality is good. the fabric is nice and supple as well as the pants. The bustier has a nice leather feel and fits well. The real stars of this show are the accessories though.
Gorgeous from head to toe! That purse though….oh…my…word!!! I am loving the details of this first release from the Fashion Royalty 2017 collection. Can’t wait for future releases!!
Hello all!! It seems like a year since my last blog post and in reality…it has been almost 2 months! Yikes. First and foremost, I need to send out a belated and public “Thank You!!” to my dear friend and fellow blogger Rogier from Dutch Fashion Doll World for taking over my blog and doing a wonderful job reporting for me while I was at the National Barbie Doll Collector Convention in Houston. I hope you all enjoyed the posts and images.
A little bit of an explanation for my absence. In the months preceding NBDCC, I am typically hyper busy producing miniatures to sell in the convention sales room. This year, I started extra early and produced about twice the amount I normally do thinking I would have a bunch left over afterwards so that I would have plenty to sell at Integrity Toys convention. The good part…I sold a LOT more than I expected to at Barbiecon…The bad part…I have had to turn around and start producing again for Integrity Toys. This has meant little to no time for blogging or photography. Sorry folks. Best laid plans and all that went out the window…but it was for a good reason. I am more pleased than I can say that my minis appeal to you guys. Thank you for your support. If I ever have a spare week free..I will set up my etsy site to sell to all. So far…not happening. Perhaps after IT convention. Fingers crossed.
Today, being a day of rest, I chose to have some fun with my camera and my relatively new “First Taste of Champagne” Poppy Parker came to mind. Hope you enjoy!
Model and earrings: First Taste of Champagne Poppy Parker
Outfit: Spotlight on Broadway Barbie ( NBDCC 2015 Convention doll)
Models: First Taste of Champagne Poppy Parker and Baby It’s You Chip
Gown on Poppy: Rimdoll
Glorious Piano!!: Grand Pianist by Sega Toys
I have been wanting to get one of these pianos for AGES!! I finally found one used for a price that didn’t require a kidney. It actually plays people!!
Future reports may be sporadic as I get ready for IT convention in October.
I have a special affinity for redheads. I have always been drawn to the vibrant hair color and often, this hair hue is what I gravitate to when I want a model for a dramatic shot. Red hair and freckles run in my family of origin and while I was not lucky enough to get the red hair ( the freckles…I did get) I was thrilled that my son was born with strawberry blond hair. So…in honor of those redheads, I did this shoot. The exquisite gowns are a recent acquisition from the talented Rimdoll on Etsy.
Models: (from left to right) 2016 Japan Barbie Convention doll, Black and White Tweed Suit Silkstone Barbie and 2016 Paris Fashion Doll Festival Barbie
Gowns: Rimdoll on Etsy
Still not a fan of the articulated bodies on these silkstone Barbies. It is very limited articulation and it irks me that you cant bend the hand at wrist joint to put it fully on the dolls hip.
Love this elegant Black and White Tweed Suit Silkstone’s facial screening though.
Gorgeous blending of hair colors on this Japan convention exclusive
This vibrant red hair color is my absolute favorite…especially when it’s paired with a green eye. Yummy!
And these gowns were so perfect in these fabulous pastel shades. Adore.