If you subscribe to Doll Castle magazine (like I do), you’ll get to see an article I’ve written for them, on doll photography. That article is scheduled to be published at the end of this month.
But for those of you who also follow this blog, I thought I’d re-post my “Doll Photography Tips” series, which were first posted here in the fall of 2017…
For my doll photography tips and tricks series, I’m going to start out with what I think is the most helpful tip of all in doll photography: use an articulated doll.
“Articulation” is a word doll enthusiasts use to mean flexibility. Does the doll bend at the wrist? Does she bend at the waist? Can she sit on a horse and hold the reins properly? Can she be positioned naturally on a bike?
Whenever I have a tough time getting a doll to pose just right, it’s usually because the doll doesn’t bend the way I want her to. The more articulated the doll is, the more ways she can flex.
I’ve posted my image of the 8″ Breyer rider doll above because she’s one of the most under-rated, highly-articulated dolls on the market. She fits perfectly on the model horses that are made by the Breyer toy company, and her hands are made to hold a horse’s reins. For people who love to pose dolls with horses, the Breyer rider doll is perfectly suited for those kinds of photos.
Here’s another shot of our 6″ Breyer rider doll riding in an outdoor setting (note how nicely she sits on her horse and holds her reins):
You can find patterns for Breyer rider doll-sized shirts, jeans, skirts, and even the pioneer-style costume on the following gallery pages:
- Doll clothes sewing patterns for 8-inch Breyer Riders
- Doll clothes sewing patterns for 6-inch Breyer Riders
I am aware that my links have been off-set recently. I’m not sure how this happened, but I spent the weekend investigating and I think I’ve fixed the problem.
However, if you find that your gallery links aren’t working, please click on the popup box at the bottom of an image (see screenshot below), it will take you to the right place. ALSO, please leave a comment letting me know that particular gallery still has issues with the links. Thank you!
I’m really sorry for this inconvenient extra step everyone!