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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Meet Me at the Fair

This summer was the busiest I have ever been, and the fall seems to have the same thing in mind.  The happy thing about that is that I'm constantly asked to do what I love.  This last year, my doll photography has become second nature for me.  I almost never leave for an adventure without one of my dolls and a camera.  I'm now working for Liberty Jane/PixieFaire, and I'm always trying to figure out new, fun ways to photograph their clothing.  Our state fair began just a couple weeks ago, and I decided to sneak in a couple of "models" and a few props.  I was hoping to enter before the crowds hit, but unfortunately there were people looming in every direction (on a Thursday morning....?  Really?).  My boyfriend and mom were there to help me though, and we cornered off a few areas were there seemed to be fewer onlookers.  It's so amusing to me how much I used to fear taking my dolls out in public and photographing them.  Now it's just the thing I happen to do.


Sperry and her cousin always go straight to the cotton candy stand before there's any line.  It's best at the start of the day anyway! (Or so they insist...)


My mom actually went up to the stand and asked the employee if she could make my dolls two miniture sticks of blue cotton candy.  She was incredibly sweet to provide my vinyl girls with their hearts' desires. 



How wonderfully marvelous is that popcorn?  My mom created both the bag and the kernels inside.



And of course my mother also brilliantly created them caramel apples...


I think they had a very successful day at the fair, wouldn't you agree?  Do you enjoy checking out your local fair?  I'm actually going back tonight, though this time without my dolls.  I'm very excited to catch a ride on a rollercoaster...

Sydney


Sunday, June 25, 2017

1770s Summer Ride

It's been a long time since that summer I spent horseback riding with a buddy of mine.  I was 12, she was 9, and it was the most wonderful time of my life.  Her 20 acres of woods were a complete dream for me, as were her two darling ponies.  There was no point in getting saddles out (far too cumbersome).  We decided to simply put blankets over the horses' backs and go exploring.
I was certainly reminiscent of that time when I took these photos of Jaikey, though she looks as if she's on more a mission than a joy-ride.  What do you think her adventure might be?  She certainly has a fondness for animals!  Especially her calf, Garnet.








How has your summer been so far?  Have you ridden a horse yet? 
Sydney

Friday, April 7, 2017

Boating with Anne and Gilbert

It's no secret that Anne Shirley and Gilbert Blythe were floating through my mind as I took these photos.  Washington's incessant rain flooded many of my neighbor's yards, making little ponds.  One in particular reminded me of a specific story in Anne of Green Gables.  One in which a fair maiden in her dory sink and a coy gentleman comes to the rescue.  I snuck into my neighbor's yard and took the pictures, though in my story, the boat doesn't sink.  But I still find the photos to be reminiscent of Anne and Gil.











I only wish I were out in a boat on a sunny afternoon.  What has your spring been like thus far?  
Sydney 

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Fallish Things

I fully intend to create a fully fleshed out post full of fallish photos in the future.  The future is not now, however.  The future is never now.

Now is the time where I give you three pictures that sum up my fall thus far.


#1: Doll and Jimmy


#2: Chicken and Apples


#3: Said Apples

I've been having a marvelous time taking pictures and editing and experimenting with composition and all that jazz, but it's kept me absent-mindedly aloof and distant from my blog.  So here are these pictures to hopefully let you into my life just a bit until my next post (of lengthiness). 
What have you been doing this lovely month of September? 
Sydney




Saturday, May 7, 2016

New Doll (From A Girl for All Time)

Although I would love to stay and chat for awhile, I'm spending my afternoon on the lake and I've got to run.  However, I decided I must stop by and introduce you to my new girl, Clementine, from the doll company A Girl for All Time.  Guys.  She can bend her elbows.  She's articulated.  I've wanted to do this pose on an AG for YEARS and now I have a doll I can finally do it with.  Yay!


And here she is with her dog, Oreo.  Love love love.  Cannot wait to take more photos! Do you have one of these dolls?  I believe the company makes six or seven.  I also have their 60s girl, Sam.  





Saturday, March 12, 2016

Sidewalk Chalk

Grace and Maryellen got a little carried away as they drew their figures on the sidewalk...






What sort of designs have you created on the pavement?  Have you ever drawn something lifesize? 

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Rollerskating in March

It was one of those really warm March days that just don't happen all that often.  I wanted to go swimming and made my way down to the pond.  The water was too cold to do anything except wade around, but just being able to do that reminded me that summer isn't an eternity and then some away.  I didn't exactly bring a change of clothes, so after I got out of the water, I took my roller skates and began skating around a nearby park, trying to dry off.



There weren't too many people around.  But then there was Gordie.



He's a guy I know a little from school.  I think we have math together or something--not really the type you notice when drooling through a boring lecture about angles.  But gosh.  I noticed him in the park.  He flew by on his skateboard and nearly knocked me over.



I tried to make myself be mad at him, but I couldn't.  He helped me up.  I was just in my swimsuit, and he looked at me, and I thought I'd die because I had no idea what to say.  But then he started laughing, and I laughed too, and it was okay.



We raced each other a few times around the park, and I knocked him off the road twice.  We traded mediums once.  He couldn't figure out the roller skates--they're my mom's from the 70s, and kinda weird to get the hang of.  I made fun of him, and he stuck out his tongue at me.



Then we walked up this hill and glanced over the park, with the pond near the bottom. Sitting down, we watched the sunset.  The cold started to really set in, and even though I was wearing my hoodie, Gordie draped his coat over both of us.  And then I could just feel him looking at me.



He smiled.  Then I smiled and looked back.  We sat under the fading sun, smiling, and talking, and then he took me home.

But I can still feel his eyes when I'm looking away.

-Ginny