Doll Photography Tip #3: Photograph Dolls You LOVE #DollPhotography #DollStagram'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 my first photography tip 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.'s "Photographer" doll is seen posing for pictures in a magical forest landscape.
You can buy Lammily’s “Photographer” doll at — and she’s really photogenic!

When I went to Paris in the summer of 2014, I took Lammily’s Photographer doll and their Traveler doll with me, and I found I truly enjoyed photographing these lovely dolls. They looked beautiful in every setting I placed them in. (To see those photos, you’ll want to subscribe to Doll Castle News or at least buy this month’s issue, which includes those photos I took in Paris.)

It’s true that my Photographer doll is 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.

Image shows Lammily LLC's "Photographer" doll posing for a photograph above the Snake River in Idaho.
You can find Lammily’s “Photographer” doll at

The photos in today’s blog post were taken on Easter Sunday in 2017, 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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2 thoughts on “Doll Photography Tip #3: Photograph Dolls You LOVE #DollPhotography #DollStagram

  1. Hi, Chelly. I think the Lammily photographer doll is very pretty. I have lots of pretty dolls that I consider my favorites. As soon as spring comes, I’m going to start sewing again for my dolls. Haven’t done so in 15 years. Thanks again for writing and I hope you respond to me as soon as you break out of your busy schedule.

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