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Monday, September 3, 2018

Labor Day Weekend

It's crazy to think that school is starting for so many people tomorrow and that summer has reached its end.  I took these photos of the girls at the beach a few weeks ago and wanted to post them up while they're still relevant to the weather!  Today my family took down our pool, and though nice, hot days are predicted in the coming week, I know that cool breezes are just around the corner.  I love this time of year, though.  Now that I'm not longer in school, the scholastic pressure has lifted and I feel that I can truly enjoy our transition into autumn.  






Cozi (my Caroline doll) is relaxing in Kit's retired beach chair by a river near our house.  It was quite the ordeal to lug all of my dolls and props to this location, actually!  And just as I began taking photos, a group of people showed up for a party...



So many people ask how I got the rocks to balance, and it was actually my mom who stacked them!  She propped them against a metal skewer that was stuck into the ground.  Otherwise, they would have tumbled over with the first breath of wind!








How are you spending the holiday?  Having any last-hoorah summer barbecues?  Leave a comment telling me about it!






Friday, August 31, 2018

Summer Camping

It's been far too long since I posted on this blog!  I'm hoping to put more photos on here every week as a way to show off all the ones I take per photoshoot.  So often I'm only able to share 2-3 pictures on my Instagram account, and I'm left with many that are never seen!

I shot these photos a few weeks ago in the midst of our very uncommon Washington heat wave, and my goodness, it was a bit of a difficult shoot.  So. Much. Heat.  But I love how the pictures turned out, and I hope you enjoy them too.  Let me know how your summer has been going in the comments!  Has it been a warm one for you?

This particular picture was inspired by American Girl's July, 2018 catalog (I tried to find a photo of it on Google, but it evaded me).  I kind of planned the entire shoot around it, actually!  









I'm hoping this photoshoot gave you a little bit of the happy summer feelings of a final camping trip before school starts.  I've actually never been camping myself, so it's something I have a lot of fun setting up for my vinyl pals!  Also, all of the furniture and most of the accessories I used in this shoot were from The Queen's Treasures, an absolutely FABULOUS company that creates gorgeous, high quality, unique pieces for 18" dolls.  They have an entire collection devoted to Little House on the Prairie (a shoot I plan to post shortly!), and just looking at it makes me super giddy!!  If only I had had the covered wagon when I was six....(fun fact, my mom made my brother and me a covered wagon of our very own out of an old Radio Flyer.  I used to ride around in that thing ALL the time in my homemade pioneer dresses and lace-up boots!)




Monday, January 8, 2018

Luciana Goes Stargazing

I am completely head over heels in love with Luciana's collection.  I couldn't wait to take the telescope out of its box and have Luci and her friend go stargazing.
























What do you think of Luci's collection?  Do you love it as much as I do?

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