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Belated apple blossoms ( part 2 )

Alright, so I went through the other flower photos too, and edited a few of them. I took these on June 8th. Taking grey skinned dolls to a location with a lot of green is not very flattering, I know this, and yet I still took two of them there, what is wrong with me? These are not amazing, but at least there are flowers? (I’m trying very hard to ignore those damn dandelions, too.)

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Rivalry

The sun was out today for the first time in weeks. Unfortunately, just as I got to actually posing these two, clouds came and it got really dark. But since I’d taken the time to dress these two the night before (took like two hours due to having to iron the outfits and change limbs etc.) and set up the backdrop fabric, I thought: heck I’m not gonna stop without getting a single photo! Since it was dark already it was best to lengthen the exposure and I need a stand for that. So, I figured I might as well go all out with the pose (and take my time). Unfortunately it meant that I didn’t get a full shoot since just one took so much effort. So, the rest are pretty boring.

This is also the first time Delmia is wearing a uniform since changing her look. She had a dark theme before and wore a red and black uniform, but now that wouldn’t suit her anymore. Luckily I got this grey one back from Mizya since she sold her Apate in mini size and it suits Delmia well. Yay for not having to sew another one. Though, she does need a skirt of her own for it.

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Date time

Alrighty, I like to do something for myself on my birthday every year, and this time it was having a shoot mizya and I had been planning for a while. Well, we took other photos too, but I’m only posting our Min Ki & Mi Cha date photos for now, because they’re cutiepies. ♥ ♥

Too tied to go into more detail right now. It’s been a long day with commissions and then I edited these photos and ugghh. Enjoy.

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Swinging towards summer

I’m really on a roll. Commissions aren’t moving as well as photos, but it feels like it’s been forever since I’ve actually enjoyed taking photos. Lately, it’s just been me shooting sales or commission stuff. Feels good to do something for myself for a change -even if it’s just taking photo.

We removed the netting from around the cherry tree yesterday, because I’m pretty sure the hares won’t be eating it anymore. I made this swing a while ago but the weather hasn’t allowed me to test it -and the tree was inaccessible anyway. I also have an SD size, but that will have to be tested later (I have some niiiice plans for that one). ):D

I was only supposed to test the swing, but this turned into two mini-shoots. First one was Avis when I was just setting it up, and then I took Min Ki there too, because I quickly -finally- gave him a manicure and then felt inspired by him.

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Dark Red

I took Prisca outside today since it was finally sunny and there were a few red-ish leaves left. This is an old silk dress I made for Lilya when she was still a MNF but it had some issues. I started taking it apart to add something to the back, but then got bored I guess and left it unfinished. It’s been in a fabric pile for years until I finally dug it up last week and completely re-did the back. A little fix wasn’t enough because Prisca is a lot taller than a MNF and she’s wearing super high heels too. And now she basically has a new dress. :D

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White before winter

I took a long, uphill trip to this place I found a few years ago while geocaching. I’ve been wanting to take photos there ever since I first saw the place, but it’s so far that I haven’t gotten around to, yet. Well, actually the spot is only 900m from my house but since I can’t fly, I have to go by the roads and that extends the distance to about 2.2km -most of which I cycled today. And I have to say that really took everything I had. I felt horrible once I was locking up my bike and almost turned right back to go home. My head wasn’t really working so I took the wrong path, which dissappeared about half-way there and I had to treck some 200-300m in the forest without a path with only a GPS to guide me. I would’ve turned back to look for the right path if I wasn’t so damn tired. Luckily I made it there eventually but it was not fun.

On a more random note, there’s a doll meet in my city this weekend. It’s in the evening, though and I generally don’t like leaving the house much after Noon (but I might go photographing with Mizya before it), so I still haven’t decided if I’m gonna go. It also gets dark really early this time of the year and doll meets in the dark are a bit… ehh. I also have absolutely no idea who to take with me. I could comfortably fit a big and a small doll with me, and the big doll will be one of my DDs (but who?) because my camera is heavy, so I don’t need a heavy doll as well.. but no idea which small one to take. Besides Lilya, nobody really has anything new and it has to be one I want to photograph before the meet itself too. Oh, the dilemma.

But the photos from today:

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Synergy

(I’ll reply comments tomorrow, I’m too tired today. x_x)

Oh yay, today, I was able to try out a shoot I’ve been thinking about for a while now. The weather just hasn’t been really cooperating: whenever I start thinking about building a set on my bed, the sun goes away. And when I consider doing it on our balcony, it’s too sunny. Well, today I built it on the balcony after the sun had turned away, so HA! Beat it. The downside was that the sun was also going down so there wasn’t as much light as I would’ve liked. I had a really interesting reflector set up and then I brought in my fan and… it was interesting. :P

Anyway, Prisca and Delmia got matching dresses (finally, I’ve been thinking of making another one of this style for years) and I wanted to try some dynamic poses with them. Slightly repetitive with the poses but I wasn’t trying to get a full shoot out of this. I was, however, supposed to take some close ups but I forgot. Oh well, I really like the last two ones ♥


The test poses I started out with. I promise the rest are nicer.

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All dead here

This is a little bit repetitive, but oh well. This is me and my spring ritual. Except this year I didn’t have a new doll that’s ready for a photoshoot, so I took Prisca instead. She’s been standing on the shelf in this kimono, waiting for a photoshoot for weeks already.

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Caged Bird

Took these last week but I was really lazy about updating. xD

At the same time I also changed the theme on my blog. Took me the whole day to customize it but it’s quite okay now. There are some settings I just could not find how to change, but oh well. Maybe some other day I’ll have the energy for them again. I should actually make a new layout for the main page too. And start working on my photobook… and sew.

I’m also waiting for a doll package but the lazyasses at the international airport have some Thursday-arrival-issues and can’t even manage to forward it to customs. And the customs is in the same place. =___=;;; I want my dollie~

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Battling Dragons

These are all kind of similar again. Especially the Delmia photos because I was running out of light and camera battery. It was blinking quite a while before I stopped and then I just quickly snapped some close ups of her (which happen to be my favorite photos of these) hoping that the camera wouldn’t die on me.

Anyway, just executing an idea I had. Some more to come if the weather gets better -or if I could at least get some light indoors. :I I’m kind of sad that the pose where Prisca has her hip out nicely doesn’t really show in photos. Bad angles, I guess but I was paying more attention to other things.

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New girl

So, my Souldoll Devonia arrived on November 19th. She was bit of an impulse buy and I still have nothing for her, although she took almost 3 months to arrive. I wasn’t sure if I was going to like her or not. And I have to say that I’m a bit dissappointed in her, and still don’t know if she’ll work for me or not. But I’ll paint her and get her ready and see then. If she doesn’t she’ll go out as a customized full set, probably.

My two biggest issues with her are:

Skin: Souldoll advertised her as violet grey and even told mizya that it’s darker and more grey than their Kayla was. Well, the grey is nowhere to be seen. She looks to be the same colour as Soom’s purple resin and I really don’t like it, it’s kind of gross. So, I can only hope I can hide it in photos and that she’ll grey out in time. Hopefully soon. Because she’s VERY purple. I actually wish I’d gone with my gut and bought her in white (maybe someone would like to trade), but souldoll said it was more grey and I believed them. I should know better by now. My only consolation is that the purple skin will yellow nicer than white would. White would turn yellow, whereas this will turn grey first and only then start to yellow.

Body: I already knew I’d hate the boob joint and the legs that are strung together. The legs aren’t actually as bad as I’d feared (I might still want to mod them if I end up keeping her). My biggest issue, however, is the head size. I ASKED Souldoll to provide a shot with the shoulders visible but they said “lol no, the head is a good size for the body”. …It’s really not. The body is so tiny and the shoulders so small that the head looks really big on it. In this instance, I am again wishing that I’d gone for a white doll, because I could then hybrid her into another body. Now I have to live with this and hope that clothes, wig and everything else hides the size.

I’m also a bit annoyed that Souldoll glues the special parts together even though I did not order painting. They’d be so much easier to paint if they weren’t intact already. Also, the parts are white so painting them is a pain. They have nothing on Withdoll, really. The attachments are kind of sucky too. The scythe is wobbly in the middle, but I didn’t keep it so, it’s not my problem. xD

Oh well, I’ll work on her, slowly but surely, and then see how I feel about her. I like her face, so I at least love that part of her. Even if her body is an idiot. TI need to make her some proper clothing and see how I feel about her then. And the face up needs some touch ups as well. Oh, and she’s still wearing her default Souldoll eyes because I don’t have any others for her that look nice. They’re okay for now.

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