Doll #Photography Tip #5 @ Shoot #Dolls in Motion

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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; she’s almost dancing in that dress!

So how do you get a photo that shows a doll in motion? Move the doll’s arms and legs. Take a shot. Move the doll’s head. Take another shot. Keep playing with the doll’s position until you get something you really like.

Many of you know that in my day job, I’m a school librarian, but did you know I also teach our school’s yearbook class? That’s right; I teach middle school kids how to take sports photos… I bet you didn’t imagine that, now, did you?

And one of the first things I teach my yearbook students is “quantity ensures quality,” when it comes to photography. What do I mean by that? Tony Northrup puts it very succinctly in his book, Stunning Digital Photography: “Take Lots of Pictures (and Delete Most of Them).”*


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!


*Northrup, Anthony. Tony Northrup’s DSLR Book: How to Create Stunning Digital Photography. Edited by Chelsea Northrup, Mason Press, 2016.

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