Thoughts on… Doll Photography in Public

Written on September 12, 2014 at 12:00 pm by Michelle
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I like taking photos of Blythe, but I am not a photographer by any means. I use a point-and-shoot camera sometimes and my cell phone most of the time. For a long while, after getting my first smartphone, nearly all of my photos were taken with my phone – I recently changed this after ‘rediscovering’ my trusty Sony Cybershot. And even after five years into this hobby, I’m still shy about photographing dolls in public unless I’m with other people who have Blythes out. The idea of strangers watching me bugs me. Strength in numbers works well for me.

A little while ago, I went out to take some photos and instead of bringing a Blythe along, I brought my Petworks Usaggie, Kanin. Dressed in a cute top and a scarf that is woefully inappropriate for the weather, I took him out for photos. And it was fun! I got a lot of photos of him with beautiful backdrops that is British Columbia.

20140912cKanin is wearing an “I Love YVR” LuxieLou top and a rainbow scarf (by me/Michelle/chelleshocks).

I was with other people (my sisters) but not other doll people. Strength in numbers again, but a little less dolly involved and just having people around. There were quite a bit of people around – it was a beautiful sunny summer day in British Columbia, everyone comes out in droves to soak up what little vitamin D we can get throughout the summer months. So there were people, and I did see quite a few people watching me as I held out Kanin to take photos of the water, the lighthouse, and boats.


It may have helped that Kanin is smaller than Blythe is, and perhaps he draws slightly less attention. Or maybe I’m just starting to care less about what people think of me? Maybe I’m not as shy about public doll photography as I think that I am. Who knows.


3 Responses to “Thoughts on… Doll Photography in Public”

  1. Naomi AKA @AgentOwen

    You know who I would LOVE to get her thoughts on this? Jennifer. She takes Pudding along with her to all sorts of public places. Her experiences regarding this would be so interesting. 🙂

  2. SonjeB says:

    I keep telling myself that once I get a proper camera, I’ll be okay with taking photos of my dolls out in public, but I don’t know. There was a time when I wouldn’t have cared, but life has kicked my butt the last decade, so I am a lot more self-conscious than I used to be.

    Also, I am very attached to my small family of dolls and worry that they will be damaged outside. I took my Middie out back on the banks of a creek and nearly had a fit when I saw a large carpenter ant crawling over her eyeball! I shook her so hard that I’m surprised her head didn’t fall off, lol!

  3. Jane Miller says:

    I was shy at first when I started taking out my dolls for photos and there seemed to always be lots of folks wandering by and looking at me in strange ways. I finally got to the point where I would look at them very seriously and say…kids book..and then their look changed to one of..”oh, ok, doing a kids book” and walk away. Works for me!

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