In this example you can see Suzie and Sherri doing what little girls do best! GOSSIPING! For this shot I had the natural light from the right but I also bounced the light of a lamp off the wall on the opposite side. In the foto of Sherri alone, I used only the natural light from the window. When we do our photo challenges in the Baby Face Workshop we always try to pay great attention to getting just the right pose and to really set the scene.
In this foto of Sheila, notice how the foto on the left loses some of its content. We call this whiteout. The flowers on the top of the hat, the lace on the dress and the design pattern of the dress… all have lost detail because of too much light. However in the foto on the right I bounced the lighting from both the ceiling and the wall on to the lower left. This helped to soften the shadows on her legs and face and allowed the content of the flowers on the hat, the texture of the dress and lace to all show up!
When fotographing Baby Faces or any doll… never do “Mug Shots” Look at fotos of children in magazines or on portrait studio websites! Baby Face is so posable and full of expression! Let the life in her shine through your fotos! Never put her in an unnatural pose. IF you can’t bend that way don’t make her! See how the feet of Suzie and Sherri are turned in slightly? Not just straight up or down! When you can take a foto of these girls in nothing but their underwear and have fotos this cute, you know she is a super model in the making! Eye line is also very important, especially when working with more than one doll or when using them to illustrate a story...be sure their eyes connect with what they are doing or who they are relating to. See how Suzie is looking right at her task of fixing Sherri’s ribbon, and how in the other foto Sherri is looking directly at someone, maybe us, with a “do you believe that” expression!!! Eye line can make or break the successful illustration of a story, so I encourage our members to really LOOK at a scene before they take their illustration photos.