my photography

Most of you probably know I’m not the best or most creative of photographers. Since I am starting a new year (it’s my birthday) I decided that I want to push myself with regards to my photography.

I m working on a few plans and wit luck I will share the results here.

As the majority of my photography is shot indoors i decided that I ought to try more conventional setup s and see what the results are.

On a related note I’ve decided to do away with the paper backdrops and replace them with canvas painted ones. I believe they’re going to be more durable and easier to work with than the paper-based ones I used in the past.

Making progress is a good thing!

I’m really happy to say that eeven though I’ve been fighting a cold bug & food allergies that I managed to get quite a few things done this weekend. More than I expected to, so I’m feeling pretty good. 🙂 🙂 🙂

My goal for re-opening CKWorkshop at Etsy is November 1st and I am feeling pretty confident that I am going to have at least some of the stuff photographed and written up for it. The only thing I am unsure about is the new shipping system that Etsy has and if I should try to do their new automated option. I mean, anything that makes shipping stuff out is a great thing…I just hope it isn’t buggy.

So that’s the news for today. 🙂

Photo challenge week #1

I managed to clear off my table of all the various projects I’m working on so that I could set up to shoot a few quick photos for the challenge. 😀

First a tiny bit of info about this week’s Model. This is a Perfectly Suited Giselle (from the 2015 IT Convention) I got her off of MisterdollFace for cheap sometime last year. She had some issues (like she reeked of smoke) and she came with crumpled broken lashes that I peeled off but that pulled off the eye paint.* The first thing I did was give her a complete wash until I couldn’t detect the cigarette smell anymore. She needs her eyes repaired *I’m ok with that, it’s just been a case of I haven’t worked on her yet.

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I like her in general because she has been painted in a way that resembles Old is New Giselle *my first Giselle* She’s been re-rooted (I think that whoever did it used the tension method)and I thinnk the dark hair suits her. After I do the fix on her facial paint I will see about styling her hair (it has a ton of static flyaways).
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Now that I managed to grab out the camera I think that next week’s photos should be easier for me to get done. 🙂

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Photos of my dolls: a personal challenge

Taking some time to set up a doll, dress her and shoot.
It seems like a good place to start… not to mention that I have a bunch of dolls that I picked up over the last two years that I’ve never even photographed.

Taking this on as a personal challenge starting this week.
My goal is to shoot photos of some of my dolls each week. I want to do two posts featuring the photos. The thought behind the challenge is to help keep me motivated to do things with my dolls and add a bit of structure to my hobby. I don’t think I will do themes since just shooting some decent photos is the goal.

Emerson’s Apartment: Planning stages!

By now you may know that I have a Nightscape Giselle who I’ve cast as a character named Emerson Appleton.

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I’ve really fallen for this version of Integrity Toys Giselle sculpt. I think it’s the combination of hair/eye color. Either way she’s managed to wiggle her way into being a complete character rather than just an alternative look for Giselle Weston (which is what I had planned).

Since Emerson isn’t an actress, model or other person associated with the Wrenwood Hall costume drama I had to figure out what she does…and that also leads to where she lives.

See, the good thing about having the actresses for Wrenwood is that it is believable that 3 of them could live packed into an apartment until they start getting some money and get established. That means one apartment for them (which can later be split to different uses and/or revamped for individual apartments). With Emerson, and other non-WH characters I have to give them a bit more thought because anyplace I make for them is going to be a more or less permanent arrangement.

Emerson is an artist and a would-be writer.
She comes from a well-off family and can afford the rental rates in Quinlan’s more desirable Center Square district. I originally thought I might make her a two bedroom apartment (one for art/writing one for sleep) but the fact is that while she doesn’t come off as a spoiled brat, she is, in fact spoiled and used to a certain standard of things in her life. Since she will be moving to Quinlan, she will need to adjust to the pace of life there, and get her feet under her…because prior to this she had an apartment in NYC, and a shared studio space–both of which she has left behind.

So she complained to her Aunt that she couldn’t possibly stand to live in a studio apartment! How would she have the space she needs?!

Agnes said too bad, so sad. You’re getting a studio apartment until I think you are going to stick around. I greatly dislike having to pay off the remains of your leases when you get bored with them. It was decided that she could get a Studio and be happy with it–or stay in NYC and shut up. Or move home with Us.

Of course when it comes to dioramas I always want big and roomy and spacious.

In reality, very few people who aren’t drawing some serious money, don’t get everything they want in an apartment. This is the compromise I face when making and planning out a diorama/roomset. Size vs. Available Space, and of course, ease of storage. FWIW I would like someday to be able to leave all of my important dioramas set-up but I’m not sure I could ever manage that. Maybe just 2 or three? Or if we built me a garage just for doll stuff…. LOL *I can dream!*

I drew up what I felt was the “ideal” floorplan. One that artist-girl Emerson would want. Then I looked at the sizes of the individual rooms of it and shook my head. there was no way. If I did it that size, and to proper scale it would be 10 feet long (not even going into width here). So that was out.  I took that sketch and started paring down the room dimensions, and re-jigging how they were arranged. I wanted a roomy living room, a bathroom, a kitchen (possibly eat-in), a large bedroom and detailed hallway. That wasn’t going to happen!

Then I pared it down some more.

And some more after that.

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I came up with something that while not perfect it works for the planned use. I tweaked some things (I changed the one bedroom to a eat in kitchen) and decided that Emerson will have to cope with managing her clutter.  So I’m going to run with it.

So much to do…and all of it takes time!

October hasn’t started in the best way possible, but it’s moving along and I am happy to say that I have managed to get some things done.

I need to take a couple of days to try to shoot photos of the jewelry and furniture I made and that Mark made for Etsy, as well as sharing some profiles on dolls/characters that I have added to my collection over the past year (I am waaaay behind in doing that!).

This week I am going to set up some lighting and see if I can do better with my photography. Lately it’s been meh due to my lack of willingness to be bothered with using good lighting to begin with. And lack of motivation in setting dolls up to shoot.That might not seem like a big deal but I feel it makes my photography stagnant and I’m not learning–so I am planning to try some new techniques and see how they work for me.

I should probably also take out the 60mm and use that too–it is a very good lens and I usually get some nice shots with it.

I’m working on some 1/6 area rugs and throw rugs that I want to list too (although I’ve fallen in love with one of them and it’ll be kind of painful to let it go (always the sign of a good miniature!).

I’ll update soon with some photos!

Okay, it’s almost October. That means what?

Fall. Autumn. Crisp air, bright sunshine, cloudy rainy days. All waiting for me.
My favorite time of year. Along with my birthday, of course! *snerk* I’m old enough that I really shouldn’t keep track of them anymore. Plus my fencing gear that I got last year is supposed to equal my birthday gift for about 2 years. It’s good stuff, so I can’t comp.lain except of course, I keep wishing for dolls! 😉

Yea, so the end of this month, September is finally rolling near and I have 2 NDR projects to finish before I can begin having time to work with my dolls and customs. And breathe. I’ve been feeling like this month has been a nonstop ride and couldn’t ever seem to just catch my pace. I’m looking forward to it though, because I have some new techniques that I want to try and see if they will work and give me better results with less frustration. We’ll see.

October — well, that’s the month I am going to list all the stuff I have been working on for Etsy. Talking crap-ton. I don’t get so tired making the stuff, you know? It’s the photography that always ends up making me knackered. Oh well, at least I can manage to take decent photos when I need to. 🙂

I haven’t worked any more on my dioramas but I did decide that the cafe really should have wooden floors (think dark, walnut). Of course if I do that, I’d be looking at at least 50 bucks worth of wood to do it right. (not using actual walnut mind you, just varnish that color). Worth it? Yes. Have it? Nope. So that stays on the back burner a little longer.
I’d like to work on Emerson’s apartment, but I don’t think I’ll hit that until December rolls around.

November will be all about Nano. (I’m planning on writing the prequel to Emerson & Giselle’s story. I decided I’ll do it in my modified script form (like I generally use for photostories). Then it’s easy to shoot it after. Do you know I dream about my characters? And sometimes I find myself asking questions about them. 😉 like I’m having a convo. LOL.

Ok so what was my point again?
Oh yea! I’m getting ready to post stuff on etsy soon andf I’ll preview most of it here so that the few people who follow this blog will have first look at my goodies 😉

Be good to each other people.

My thanks to you guys!

To everyone who commented on my previous post, and who emailed me privately–thank you. I really needed to read those things and I am touched that you reached out to me.

*huggles everyone*

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