Image of a clapboard like one uses in a Hollywood movie. It says "Production: Romeo and Juliet, Director: Chelly Wood, Camera: Reginald Stetson, Date: 2/27/16, Scene: Act 4, Scene 3, Take 2"

#Shakespeare’s #RomeoJuliet with #Dolls @ ChellyWood.com will be a sight to see!

We’re on the set of Romeo and Juliet today, watching the filming of Act 4, Scene 3 from behind the scenes. Check out that little clapboard I made from iClipart! (I just shrunk it down and printed it on cardstock paper, using two brads and an extra piece of black scrapbook paper for a hinge.) The doll who’s working the clapboard is my Traveler doll … Continue reading #Shakespeare’s #RomeoJuliet with #Dolls @ ChellyWood.com will be a sight to see!

Visit ChellyWood.com for lots of great ideas and tips for making fantastic and believable miniature props for your doll dioramas. Image shows two dolls from the stop-motion video, Romeo and Juliet. Between the two dolls are a number of hand-made miniatures, including tiny candles, little logs for a fireplace, Mardi Gras masks, and realistic-looking doll-sized books. Overlay says, "Doll Diorama Ideas" and offers the watermark, ChellyWood.com.

Consider these #Doll #diorama ideas for your next doll #photography project

I’ve posted lots of doll diorama idea tutorials before, but today’s new video, titled simply, “Doll Diorama Ideas,” gives credit where credit is due. When you see the video, you’ll understand what I’m talking about. If you enjoy this video and would like to see more doll diorama idea videos, please leave a comment below, but also, take a look at all the great videos … Continue reading Consider these #Doll #diorama ideas for your next doll #photography project

Photo of Large Instagram Pillow

Make a #felt #Instagram pillow w/ a FREE #pattern @ ChellyWood.com

  In keeping with my August photography theme, I’m re-posting an older tutorial that shows you how to make an Instagram Pillow.  So here’s everything you need to make one: Instagram Pillow Project Free printable sewing pattern 1 for Instagram pillow Free printable sewing pattern 2 for Instagram pillow Free video tutorial showing how to make Instagram pillow Those patterns go back to my early days on ChellyWood.com, … Continue reading Make a #felt #Instagram pillow w/ a FREE #pattern @ ChellyWood.com

Image shows a doll stand with a seemingly "invisible" base. Overlay says "Invisible Doll Stands" and "ChellyWood.com free printable doll clothes patterns and tutorials."

Doll #Photography Tip #11: Make an “Invisible” #Dolls’ Stand

This is an older video, but it has been somewhat popular on my YouTube channel. Since, during the month of September, I’ve been following a theme of doll photography tips and tricks (rather than my usual posting of free, printable doll clothes sewing patterns and tutorials), I thought it wouldn’t hurt to revisit this helpful tutorial, showing how I make my “invisible” doll stands.   … Continue reading Doll #Photography Tip #11: Make an “Invisible” #Dolls’ Stand

Visit ChellyWood.com for free, printable sewing patterns for dolls of many shapes and sizes. Image shows a Liv Doll acting as photographer, taking photos of a Tonner doll in a professional photo studio. Overlay says, "Doll Photo TIP #10 Avoiding glossy doll 'skin'" and offers the URL ChellyWood.com

Doll #Photography Tip #10: Avoid Glossy #Dolls’ “Skin”

Fashion dolls are typically made of hard plastic, and yet we want them to look life-like in our photos. So how do we avoid the glossy look of a doll’s hard-plastic “skin?” This doll photography tutorial video helps you problem-solve this notorious problem for doll photographers. This is the last of my NEW doll photography tips and tricks videos. I hope I haven’t inconvenienced anyone … Continue reading Doll #Photography Tip #10: Avoid Glossy #Dolls’ “Skin”

Doll #Photography Tip #9: Set up a Studio for #Dolls

Indoor photography can be a real hastle when you have to set up the kitchen table for a photo shoot right after breakfast, hurry though your photos, and then take the kitchen-table-studio apart again in time for serving dinner. About a year ago, I moved all my doll photography stuff out to the kids’ playhouse. They were in junior high and high school, and they … Continue reading Doll #Photography Tip #9: Set up a Studio for #Dolls

Visit ChellyWood.com for free, printable sewing patterns for dolls of many shapes and sizes. Image shows a Liv Doll acting as photographer, taking photos of a Tonner doll in a professional photo studio. Overlay says, "Doll Photo TIP #8 Light and Shadows" and offers the URL ChellyWood.com

#Doll #Photography Tip #8: Light and Shadows

We’ve all taken them: the photo that’s too dark or too bright. This video tutorial suggests ways to counteract problems with light and shadows. However, if you want to know more about how to adjust your DSLR camera and its ISO, aperture settings, etc., the place to look is Chelsea and Tony Northrup’s book, Stunning Digital Photography. I learned everything I know from them. But … Continue reading #Doll #Photography Tip #8: Light and Shadows

Visit ChellyWood.com for FREE printable doll clothes patterns for dolls of many shapes and sizes. Image shows Tall Barbie, Curvy Barbie, Petite Barbie, Skipper, Kelly Doll, Chelsea Doll, and Polly Pocket all wearing handmade doll clothes. The patterns for each outfit shown in the image comes from ChellyWood.com, which is known for its FREE printable sewing patterns (and tutorials) for dolls of many shapes and sizes.

Doll #Photography Tip #7: Maintain Ratios

In the image above, I’ve included dolls from both a 1:6 scale (i.e. Mattel’s Barbie®) and a 1:9 scale (i.e. the Breyer® dolls). For a brief period, I used this image to demonstrate that ChellyWood.com offers FREE printable doll clothes sewing patterns for dolls of — as my catch-phrase states — many shapes and sizes. However I got a little bit of negative feedback from … Continue reading Doll #Photography Tip #7: Maintain Ratios

Visit ChellyWood.com for free, printable sewing patterns for dolls of many shapes and sizes. Image shows a Liv Doll acting as photographer, taking photos of a Tonner doll in a professional photo studio. Overlay says, "Doll Photo TIP #6 Believable Setting" and offers the URL ChellyWood.com

#Doll #Photography Tip #6: Believable Surroundings

Where do you take photos of your doll? Is it indoors? Outdoors? In a studio? On the kitchen table? No matter where you do your dolly photo shoot, the setting needs to be believable to get a really good photograph of a doll. In this video, we’ll compare shots of dolls that lack that believability factor. Some additional things to think about when creating a … Continue reading #Doll #Photography Tip #6: Believable Surroundings

Doll #Photography Tip #5 @ ChellyWood.com: Shoot #Dolls in Motion

A lot of you know that between times when I’m creating free patterns and YouTube tutorials, I’m also filming a stop-motion version of Romeo and Juliet with dolls. In filming stop-motion, I’ve come to realize that certain doll poses are more active than others. For example, look at the Ever After High® doll in the photo above. She isn’t just standing around wearing a dress; … Continue reading Doll #Photography Tip #5 @ ChellyWood.com: Shoot #Dolls in Motion

Visit ChellyWood.com for free, printable sewing patterns for dolls of many shapes and sizes. Image shows a Liv Doll acting as photographer, taking photos of a Tonner doll in a professional photo studio. Overlay says, "Doll Photo TIP #4 Perspective" and offers the URL ChellyWood.com

#Doll #Photography Tip #4 @ ChellyWood.com: Perspective

What makes a doll look human-sized? That’s what I mean by “perspective” in this doll photography video. Whether you’re in a studio or outdoors, one of the best things you can do to make the doll seem larger is to get down on the ground and take photos from the doll’s eye-level (or even below the doll’s level). Another trick is to bring the doll … Continue reading #Doll #Photography Tip #4 @ ChellyWood.com: Perspective

Lammily.com's "Photographer" doll is seen posing for pictures in a magical forest landscape. Overlay offers the website, "ChellyWood.com"

Doll #Photography Tip #3: Photograph #Dolls You LOVE

As I started typing today’s blog post, it occurred to me that I’d chosen the “Photographer” doll–how ironic for a post about photgraphy! But she really is one of my favorite dolls to photograph. She has those adorable dimples and such a genuine smile! So even though Monday’s post was about the importance of choosing a highly articulated doll, another thing to consider is your … Continue reading Doll #Photography Tip #3: Photograph #Dolls You LOVE