Saturday, October 15, 2011

Regency Photos and The Doll Wardrobe's Time Warp Photo Contest

Hi everyone!  The Doll Wardrobe is hosting a "Time Warp" photo contest, where the contestants take pictures of either a historical event or just dolls dressed historically. 

In the middle of a rainy spell last week, I snagged an opportunity during a brief period of overcast but dry weather to snap a few photos.  I didn't really have the right outfits to do an actual historical event...at least no events that I could think of. :}  So instead, I decided to take some pics of Emma and Charlie in their Regency dresses.  I had a lot of fun...aside from dropping Emma face down in the moist dirt and shooing away an overly-friendly neighbor's cat who kept coming over and investigating my photo shoot! ;) 

This is the photo I ended up entering.  I went on Picnik.com and brightened the color just a tad.  Then I added a vignette to give more definition to the edges.  I'm really pleased with how it turned out. :)

The next three were the other pictures I considered entering:

This is another picture with a vignette and color boost.  I really like this photo too, but I decided that I liked the more artistic pose from behind instead.

These next two pics are the same with different effects.  The above picture had no color change, and I added a matte finish instead of a vignette.  I liked the brightness and the black edge of the other photos better. 

This time I tried the vignette and color boost.  While I liked this picture too, ultimately I decided the pose where Charlie and Emma were closer was my favorite.  Hopefully I made the right decision. :}

I took a TON of pictures to try to get the best shot possible. :)  Here are some of my other favorites.

Oops...this one had my neighbor's chain link fence in the background!  Not very historically accurate. ;)


I had a lot of fun, as you can probably tell. :)  The funny thing is, about an hour after this photo shoot, it started pouring down rain.  The very spot where Emma and Charlie had been standing was a soaking wet puddle.  Talk about perfect timing!  I'm so glad I got these pictures when I did. :)

Here is the cute but pesky kitty who wouldn't leave me alone during my photo shoot.  Sure, he looks all innocent now, but I think that's part of his evil plot. ;)  He kept coming up and sniffing the dolls (knocking them down in the process).  I didn't get any pictures of him with the dolls because I was too busy trying to shoo him away and keep them from falling over!  The other funny story about this kitty is that he started getting really frisky partway through the shoot.  For about half of the photos I took, the entire hedge behind the dolls was shaking from "Crazy Kitty" darting through the hedge, batting at the branches. :)

There are twelve entries for the contest.  Be sure to go by The Doll Wardrobe and see all the great photos.  I really enjoyed looking through them.  We all came up with different ideas, which makes it really fun. :)  I was originally hoping for another $20 towards Hayden, but I was too impatient to wait for the contest to be over, especially since I had enough for her anyway. :}  I don't mind, though.  It was still lots of fun being involved.  

Hope everyone is having a great weekend! :) 

19 comments:

Mickey's Girl said...

I Voted on you as soon as I saw the description say "Emma and Charlie" :) Good luck on winning!

Hunter

Emmie said...

I love your pictures! If you wrote a whole book about the life of your dolls, I would read all of it! Your posts are so interesting, and funny! I think you'll win the contest, what would you get if you won?

beast'sbelle said...

Aww, thanks girls. :)

Hunter, thanks for the vote. :D

Emmie, I'm glad you enjoy my posts. I have a lot of fun writing them. :) If I did win the contest, I would probably splurge and buy the mini 25th anniversary Cecile, as Emma has confided that Cecile is on her Christmas wishlist. ;)

Anonymous said...

Wow! Where did you get their dresses? Amazing!

beast'sbelle said...

Hi Anonymous. :) I really love their dresses too. :D Emma's green/blue dress was the "Emma Woodhouse" dress by Doll Clothes of Yore (yoreclothes.com). Charlie's black and cream dress was made by eBay seller marcotsgirls. :) In fact, if you're interested, she has another Regency dress listed on eBay right now with free shipping! :D Here's the link (you'll have to copy and paste): http://www.ebay.com/itm/Regency-DRESS-18-American-Girl-Doll-Felicity-Elizabeth-/330625873822?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item4cfad6779e

I would highly recommend both of these sellers. :)

Miranda said...

I LOVE Charlie's hairstyle! :D You should make a tutorial on how to make it. :) Oh, and I voted for you, too. ;)

~Miranda

beast'sbelle said...

Thanks, Miranda...for the complement and the vote. ;) I actually took photos of Charlie's hair as I did it just in case someone showed interest, so expect a hair tutorial sometime in the next week or two. :) I'm really pleased with how it turned out as well. :D

Spicemuffin and Company said...

I voted for you. Hope you win!

beast'sbelle said...

Thanks, Spicemuffin! :)

Hayden said...

Oh my goodness! I love your blog! I love your sense of humor and style :) I wish I could play dolls with you in real, that would be so much fun! You should like make a party and all your blog fans could fly out to you and play, that would be a blast!

beast'sbelle said...

Thanks, Hayden. :) That would be lots of fun to all get together...it would be a bit of a spendy playdate, though. ;)

Love your name, by the way! :D That's the name I've chosen for the My AG #55 that's on her way here. :)

Alexis said...

I voted for you!!

beast'sbelle said...

Thanks, Alexis! :)

Bama said...

Beautiful photos and beautiful dresses too. Good luck! I hope you win!

beast'sbelle said...

Thanks, Bama! :)

Elliebob said...

So Cute! They look like Lizzy and Jane Bennet! :)

beast'sbelle said...

Thanks, Elliebob. :) That's kind of what I was envisioning when I took the pics.

Miss Emma said...

Loving! Where did you get their fabulous dresses? I've been looking for some AG Regency dresses since I love dolls and Jane Austen! Love your site,

Emma

beast'sbelle said...

Hi Emma (love your name!). :) I think I mentioned this in a comment above, but the Blue/green dress worn by my Emma was the "Emma Woodhouse" dress by Doll Clothes of Yore (yoreclothes.com), and Charlie's black and white dress was made by eBay seller marcotsgirls. :)