Image shows an OOAK doll that has been fashioned to represent the doll clothes designer, Chelly Wood, of ChellyWood.com. The doll, with her grey hair and blue glasses, sits in a wicker chair. She wears a hand-made apron and simple doll clothes that have been handmade. She holds a tiny 1:6 scale book that she appears to be reading. On the wall behind her are paintings representing the famous Shakespeare play, Romeo and Juliet. Beside her is a 1:6 scale tea set decorated with roses. The tea set rests atop a wicker side table. Next to that is a large cabinet filled with books of all kinds in 1:6 scale. One of the shelves also houses the bust of William Shakespeare, which measures about 2 cm tall (approximately half an inch). The doll appears to be engrossed in the book she's reading. At the bottom of the 1:6 scale doll diorama is the URL and watermark that states, "ChellyWood.com: Free doll clothes patterns and tutorials."

Trademarks, Copyrights, and Permissions, OH MY! #FiresideChat about #dolls

Since this blog has been growing (I just reached 2 million hits), it’s no longer fair to call it a personal journal. Lately I think of it as a small business. So it’s time to request permission to use names and images of dolls that have trademarks. Don’t panic, everyone! I’ve already been given formal permission from two doll companies, and one of them is … Continue reading Trademarks, Copyrights, and Permissions, OH MY! #FiresideChat about #dolls

Visit ChellyWood.com for FREE printable sewing patterns for dolls of many shapes and sizes. Image shows Mattel's "Curvy" Barbie wearing a musketeer-style outfit, complete with Renaissance coat, feathered hat, tights, and laced-up boots. She stands in an art gallery with a painting of Romeo and Juliet on the spackled wall behind her. Overlay offers the website where the FREE printable patterns for this outfit can be found: ChellyWood.com

#RomeoAndJuliet w/ #Dolls @ ChellyWood.com

Does this outfit look familiar? It’s one of the earliest outfits that I posted here on ChellyWood.com. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that this “Musketeer” outfit (minus the pants and original boots) will actually fit Curvy Barbie®! So this week I’m going to be nostalgic. We’re going to look back at this outfit, piece by piece, and I’m going to offer you newly re-mastered … Continue reading #RomeoAndJuliet w/ #Dolls @ ChellyWood.com

Visit ChellyWood.com for lots of great ideas and tips for making fantastic and believable miniature props for your doll dioramas. Image shows two dolls from the stop-motion video, Romeo and Juliet. Between the two dolls are a number of hand-made miniatures, including tiny candles, little logs for a fireplace, Mardi Gras masks, and realistic-looking doll-sized books. Overlay says, "Doll Diorama Ideas" and offers the watermark, ChellyWood.com.

Consider these #Doll #diorama ideas for your next doll #photography project

I’ve posted lots of doll diorama idea tutorials before, but today’s new video, titled simply, “Doll Diorama Ideas,” gives credit where credit is due. When you see the video, you’ll understand what I’m talking about. If you enjoy this video and would like to see more doll diorama idea videos, please leave a comment below, but also, take a look at all the great videos … Continue reading Consider these #Doll #diorama ideas for your next doll #photography project

Image shows a doll stand with a seemingly "invisible" base. Overlay says "Invisible Doll Stands" and "ChellyWood.com free printable doll clothes patterns and tutorials."

Doll #Photography Tip #11: Make an “Invisible” #Dolls’ Stand

This is an older video, but it has been somewhat popular on my YouTube channel. Since, during the month of September, I’ve been following a theme of doll photography tips and tricks (rather than my usual posting of free, printable doll clothes sewing patterns and tutorials), I thought it wouldn’t hurt to revisit this helpful tutorial, showing how I make my “invisible” doll stands.   … Continue reading Doll #Photography Tip #11: Make an “Invisible” #Dolls’ Stand

Visit ChellyWood.com for free, printable sewing patterns for dolls of many shapes and sizes. Image shows a Liv Doll acting as photographer, taking photos of a Tonner doll in a professional photo studio. Overlay says, "Doll Photo TIP #10 Avoiding glossy doll 'skin'" and offers the URL ChellyWood.com

Doll #Photography Tip #10: Avoid Glossy #Dolls’ “Skin”

Fashion dolls are typically made of hard plastic, and yet we want them to look life-like in our photos. So how do we avoid the glossy look of a doll’s hard-plastic “skin?” This doll photography tutorial video helps you problem-solve this notorious problem for doll photographers. This is the last of my NEW doll photography tips and tricks videos. I hope I haven’t inconvenienced anyone … Continue reading Doll #Photography Tip #10: Avoid Glossy #Dolls’ “Skin”

Doll #Photography Tip #9: Set up a Studio for #Dolls

Indoor photography can be a real hastle when you have to set up the kitchen table for a photo shoot right after breakfast, hurry though your photos, and then take the kitchen-table-studio apart again in time for serving dinner. About a year ago, I moved all my doll photography stuff out to the kids’ playhouse. They were in junior high and high school, and they … Continue reading Doll #Photography Tip #9: Set up a Studio for #Dolls

Visit ChellyWood.com for free, printable sewing patterns for dolls of many shapes and sizes. Image shows a Liv Doll acting as photographer, taking photos of a Tonner doll in a professional photo studio. Overlay says, "Doll Photo TIP #8 Light and Shadows" and offers the URL ChellyWood.com

#Doll #Photography Tip #8: Light and Shadows

We’ve all taken them: the photo that’s too dark or too bright. This video tutorial suggests ways to counteract problems with light and shadows. However, if you want to know more about how to adjust your DSLR camera and its ISO, aperture settings, etc., the place to look is Chelsea and Tony Northrup’s book, Stunning Digital Photography. I learned everything I know from them. But … Continue reading #Doll #Photography Tip #8: Light and Shadows

Visit ChellyWood.com for free, printable sewing patterns for dolls of many shapes and sizes. Image shows a Liv Doll acting as photographer, taking photos of a Tonner doll in a professional photo studio. Overlay says, "Doll Photo TIP #6 Believable Setting" and offers the URL ChellyWood.com

#Doll #Photography Tip #6: Believable Surroundings

Where do you take photos of your doll? Is it indoors? Outdoors? In a studio? On the kitchen table? No matter where you do your dolly photo shoot, the setting needs to be believable to get a really good photograph of a doll. In this video, we’ll compare shots of dolls that lack that believability factor. Some additional things to think about when creating a … Continue reading #Doll #Photography Tip #6: Believable Surroundings

Doll #Photography Tip #5 @ ChellyWood.com: Shoot #Dolls in Motion

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; … Continue reading Doll #Photography Tip #5 @ ChellyWood.com: Shoot #Dolls in Motion

Lammily.com's "Photographer" doll is seen posing for pictures in a magical forest landscape. Overlay offers the website, "ChellyWood.com"

Doll #Photography Tip #3: Photograph #Dolls You LOVE

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 … Continue reading Doll #Photography Tip #3: Photograph #Dolls You LOVE

Visit ChellyWood.com for free, printable sewing patterns for dolls of many shapes and sizes. Image shows the 7" Breyer doll riding Don't Look Twice from the Roxy Mold. The background shows trees in sunlight with a grassy foreground. Overlay says, "ChellyWood.com: free printable sewing patterns and tutorials for dolls of many shapes and sizes."

Doll #Photography Tip #1 from ChellyWood.com: Use Articulated #Dolls

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? … Continue reading Doll #Photography Tip #1 from ChellyWood.com: Use Articulated #Dolls

Image shows a doll stand with a seemingly "invisible" base. Overlay says "Invisible Doll Stands" and "ChellyWood.com free printable doll clothes patterns and tutorials."

How to Make Your #Doll Stand Invisible @ ChellyWood.com #dailydollphotos #dollplay

A doll stand gives you a chance to take photos of your doll without holding her up with your hands. But how do you keep the stand out of the picture? This video shows you what I do to hide the doll stands in my videos and doll photography. This video tutorial has been remarkably popular on my YouTube channel, and yet its such a … Continue reading How to Make Your #Doll Stand Invisible @ ChellyWood.com #dailydollphotos #dollplay