Doll #Photography Tip #3: Photograph #Dolls You LOVE's "Photographer" doll is seen posing for pictures in a magical forest landscape.’s “Photographer” Doll

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 own love for your doll. If you have a special place in your heart for a certain doll–even though she may not be fully articulated or may have no articulation at all–you will likely take better pictures of her. Your passion for that doll will show up in the photograph.

When I went to Paris last summer, I took Lammily’s® Photographer doll with me, and I found I truly enjoyed photographing her. She looked beautiful in every setting I placed her in.

It’s true that she’s not as articulated as Mattel’s Made-to-Move® dolls, but when you really love the look of a doll, your work shows it. To be fair, the Lammily® dolls are somewhat articulated, having points of articulation at the wrist, shoulder, neck, and feet, so it’s never too hard to get the Photographer doll to do what I want.

The photo above was taken on Easter Sunday this past spring, when I went for a hike with my daughter. We paused along the way to take photos in a forest environment, along a river, and on a rocky patch of grass. Usually I take thirty photos and throw most of them away, but nearly all of my photos of Lammily’s® Photographer doll turned out perfectly during our Easter hike. So I have to admit, Lammily’s® Photographer doll is as photogenic as a doll can get!

Or maybe it’s just my love for the doll and the happy memories we shared in Paris… 🙂



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