Doll #Photography Tip #2 @ Avoid #Doll Antennas

In my doll photo videos, you’ll notice that I mention my favorite photography book: Stunning Digital Photography, by Chelsea and Tony Northrup. Let me just say that Tony and Chelsea Northrup have been super helpful for me, as I attempt to master my DSLR Nikkon camera, and as I’ve slowly learned the skill of doll photography.

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you, Tony and Chelsea!

Although Stunning Digital Photography doesn’t specifically deal with doll photography, this book has helped me get a grip on many photography-related techniques. It covers concepts like:

  • Lighting and Flash
  • Controlling Your Camera
  • Doing Portraits
  • Photographing Animals
  • Problem Solving

and much, much more!

Before you ask, let me also say that Tony and Chelsea Northrup are not my sponsors. Nobody paid me to help these people market their book or their YouTube channel. I just like to be a good netizen and pass along to other doll photographers the sources of my knowledge. These professional photographers have made it possible for me to create all the great photos you guys enjoy on, and now I’m paying them back with a plug for their book and channel.

‘Nuff said.

One more thing before I go: YES, the outfit the Tonner® doll is wearing will be among the 17″ doll clothes patterns I’m planning to post when my August haitus is over. It takes time to turn the doll clothes themselves into an actual pattern, so hang in there; the pattern for this white top and blue business skirt is coming soon to!

Additional Information:


My Gallery Page is the easiest way to search through all of my patterns to find what you want. Each image on the Gallery Page takes you to links for patterns and tutorials.

Need help printing my patterns? This link offers a tutorial showing you how to download and print my FREE patterns using Google Docs. (For the older print-a-pattern tutorial, which uses Microsoft Word, click here.) To review my difficulty scale, take a look back at this blog post.

Please note: you must enlarge my patterns to fit a full-sized piece of American computer paper (8.5 x 11 inches or 216 x 279 mm) without margins, before printing. These designs use a scant 1/4 inch seam (4 mm to be exact).

If you’re wondering why I make patterns and videos without charging a fee, please visit the “Chelly’s Books” page, and that should explain my general motivations. My patterns are now available through “Creative Commons Attribution.” This means that I created my patterns (and therefore I own rights to them), but I’m willing to share them with everyone who will tell people about my website.

Here are some helpful ways to tell the world about my patterns:

Are you new to sewing? I’ve got a playlist of tutorials for the beginning sewists on my YouTube channel. It includes video tutorials showing you how to do a basic straight stitch when sewing by hand, how to use the whipstitch to hem a garment, how to sew on snaps, and even how to design your own doll clothes patterns, for those who are new to design and alterations.

In case you haven’t heard, I have actually designed some commercial patterns for Lammily LLC. They have some new dolls in their line, including a new male doll, so you might want to visit the Lammily website to see what they’ve got going on.

If your question wasn’t answered here, feel free to submit a question. I’m always happy to help my followers find what they need, so they, too, can make amazing doll clothes and crafts!

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