Saturday, January 2, 2016

New GOTY Lea and her Sloth (the best pet in the world)

Hiya.  I have a sloth.  I am pleased with this sloth.  And if you don't have one, lo siento.
I ventured out on my annual trip to AGPSeattle yesterday morning with my parents to see this new girl who is 1/8 Brazillian.  She is beautiful.  

But guys.  She isn't half so beautiful as her sloth.

Since when has AG decided to make unconventional pets?

It seems as though they have devoted all of their pet researchers to investigate dog, cat, and horse owners.  Nevermind all of the reptiles and fish and birds that just happened to be owned by people too.  Chickens as pets are a real thing, AG.  They are real. 

But back to the sloth.  Look at him.  Look upon his earnest gaze.  It's so...hopeful.

And Lea is truly stunning.  I thought I'd find her meet outfit too colorful.  And I did.  But once I desaturated it in photoshop, it looked great.

Honestly though, her combination of skin, hair, and eye color is certainly striking.

I'm also loving that she came with a bag and a necklace, as oppose to them being in her accessory set.

All in all, it was a spectacular release on AG's side of things.  I'm pretty happy with them.  What about you?  Are you going to do yourself a favor and buy Ernest the Sloth as well?  Because you should.  Really. 

Friday, December 4, 2015

Sunset Photography Tips (Fall Leaves Photo-Shoot)

**The first few paragraphs are uninteresting tidbits of my life.  If you'd like to see photography tips, scroll down to the pictures.

I always expect to be in this enlightened state of joy whenever I finish my finals at school.  But, in reality, every single time I've reached that milestone, I am overcome with a feeling of anticlimactic letdown.  I ingest so much information every quarter that I am entirely lost once I spew it back up onto those last few tests.  My life foresees no purpose now.  It is a free moving entity, entirely lost and without direction.

I was never good at being melodramatic.  IT'S CHRISTMASTIME!  That's what I'm good at.  And while there's a hint of truth in the dismally disheartening paragraph above, I'm so thrilled right now to be done and out.  My fabulous brother and I are going to a small town theater today to see two movies we've been dying to watch since we saw their trailers in October.

I cannot believe I'm going to watch two movies in a day.  I am so excited.

In other news, I took these pictures before Thanksgiving and am now posting them for all of you on the 4th of December.

The sunset was already in full swing when I started this photo shoot.  Notice how I placed the doll to the left of the sun.  Bright light is coming behind her from the right corner.  If I had placed the doll directly in front of the sun while it was still this high, the whole photo would have been washed out. 

Here I had to reposition the dolls to the left of the sun so that I could get the best lighting (the light moves so quickly at sunset!)

This is one of my favorite photos.  The colors were so warm, and the leaves created the perfect floor.  I love working with rim lighting.  Notice how Maryellen has that glow around the left side of the back of her head?  She's facing away from the sun, with it being to the left of her.  Once I had her set up,  I used a reflector to bounce the light of the sun back into her face.  If I hadn't done this, you would only see her rim-lit hair and a dark grey Maryellen.  

By the way.  My mom made the rakes.  I have always wanted doll rakes so that I could do this very photo shoot, and one day I came home from school to these adorable things!  They're perfect. 

I love this picture so much, but if you look closely, you can see that it's out of focus.  I always use manual vs. autofocus when I'm taking pictures, and while I love how much control that option gives me over my pictures, sometimes it results in a dud.  There are three things I always look for in a good photo:  lighting, focus, and framing

If you can hit all three of these marks, you're an ace.  Unfortunately my Grace turned out a bit fuzzy.  Tip for focusing manually:  I always zoom in and make sure her eyebrows are crisp and in focus before I take the photo.  If they look good, your picture will usually turn out great. 

I love this picture, but I'm put off by the framing.  The doll foot in the left corner looks a little odd to me, and since I was trying to make the doll centered, I should have placed her a smidge more to the left.  As of right now, the framing doesn't really look like it had a solid direction.  

I'm ending with one of my favorites.  I took this at the end of the photo shoot, and the sun was low enough so that you could really see it, not just a shaft of light, in the picture.  It's subdued, but gives the picture a warm, glowey element.

This is also a good example of doll placement.  Willa, in the left corner, is quite washed out because of her being placed so close to the sun.  Grace, on the far right, is a little too far away, and has some harsh shadows/bright spots.  Maryellen is in the middle and is covered fairly evenly with the light from my reflector.  She's the main point of attention in the picture, and she looks the best of the three.

I so hope you enjoyed this "how-to" on dealing with sunset lighting!  It took me awhile to get the hang of it, and I'm definitely still learning.  But once you've figured out how to take photos at sunrise/sunset, or "magic hour" as they're known, you'll be blown away by how much more depth and texture your pictures have!

Enjoy your December,

Friday, November 6, 2015

November Fashion

It's November, the time has changed, and leaves are decaying and emitting that sweet, musty smell.  There's something Arcadian about firey papery things floating through the air.  I can still see eight-year-old me running up ahead on the puddled road, sprinting and jumping to catch one lucky leaf.  Mittens.  Sweaters.  Fuzzy hats that-look-terrible-on-me.  They all play some part in this time of year.  Today I wore a pair of burgundy penny loafers and a plaid scarf.
Then again, sometimes November likes to play tricks and spring a warm, rainy on you--just as if it was the end of summer all over again.

Gypsie had to celebrate the weather with her new dress from Little Gloriana.  

This gold sweater from QTPie doll clothing, along with a Clarisse's Closet hat, complemented the dress perfectly.

Yep.  Gypsie and I are loving this fall.  What about you?  What are you favorite things to wear this time of year? 


Sunday, November 1, 2015

Happy Halloween!

Last night was filled with blustery falling leaves, glowing pumpkins, and vintage movies that use to scare me when I was six.  Meanwhile, Maggie and Molly decided to trick-or-treat as twin hula dancers.

How was your Halloween?


Monday, October 19, 2015

A World of Octobers

I haven't been taking many photos lately because school has consumed my life, but I managed these two a few days ago.  To get me in the autumn mood, my mom surprised me with both of these Pleasant Company Addy outfits!  They've been on my wish list for ages, and I'm completely smitten with the adorableness.  I love the 1850s/60s because of my experience as a historical re-enactor, and so any time I add dresses from that era to my collection I go giddy.

Maggie and Ginny take after me and love playing dress-up. 

Golden hour never fails.  I adore twilight photography!

I've never had such a pretty October.  I live in the Seattle area, and usually we're drenched, flooded, and hung out to drip by now, but we've had only a couple days of rain so far and the sun's been shining scads more than usual.  We haven't even had a frost (which is yay because I can still graze in the garden)!

How's your autumn been?

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Maggie's Pet Walking Disaster (Photo Story)

Maggie wanted to start a pet walking business.  I did not stop her.  I was under the impression that her "pets" would be dogs.  Erm, no.

Maggie thought that this would be a good idea.  Apparently the rabbits, chickens, and cows in the world aren't represented in the pet walking service nearly enough.  She reached out to the minority-- she was being a good citizen.  

Woah, Maggie!  Watch out for the wayward leashes!  And next time you walk your "pets," maybe leave the roller skates at home.

Oh well. 

At least it's kinda fun having a cow-powered wheelchair.  

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Unboxing of Maryellen! (Video)

I gotta clean my room because it's scattered with the miscellaneous items of a single doll that has taken over everything.

Revenge of the Maryellen.

I present you with this stunning beauty.  More photos to come!