Portrait: Environment

Dogwood52 Week10

Unfortunately, I ran out of time to do last week’s photo challenge of shadows. I had to work Super Tuesday, which was pretty awesome. I actually got to do more than I usually do and I got some nice overtime out if it . I will have it done eventually. Just maybe another week or two. In the meantime, I did manage to squeeze in week 10’s of environment .

I actually got it done before Thursday, which is when I normally turn my photos in. LOL!  I don’t normally plan out my photos. I have a vague idea of what I want to do and then I just do it. But photographing someone in their environment is a bit more difficult.  And actually took some forethought. One problem I had with photographing Barbie’s was trying to choose which one to put her. She has so many. So I decided a collage was the best way to show her environment. Stores, cabinets, her box and out of her box. There were so many more but these were the ones I was able to get in the time I had.

Tell someone’s story
without showing their face

Portrait Faceless

This week’s Dogwood 52 week photo challenge was a portrait telling someone’s story without showing their face. It took me  half a dozen tries to get this photo of Barbie right. The necklace didn’t sit right or it kept falling apart. I originally had it as a full pearl necklace but it covered up part of her tattoo. I wanted all of the tattoo to be seen. So I then had the idea to use museum wax to hold it in place and drape it around her back and frame the tattoo. I finally was able to get it after about an hour of working on this necklace. I also love the way the light comes in from the window. I had done this with another photo and had to make sure I did it at the exact same time as the other.

The pearls represent Barbie’s classiness and the tattoo is her controversy. And trust me this doll caused a lot of controversy when she came out, which is one of the things I love about her.

Week 6: Candy


Alright this week’s challenge proved a lot harder than I thought it would be. We had to use candy, which you know should be pretty easy. I decided I wanted to recreate Annie Leibovitz’s Whoopi Goldberg photo with Barbie in Candy instead of milk. The concept was great. I am not sure I executed it very well. This was my last try and I took it on my cell phone, which when I am trying to get better at my photography is not something I want to do.


This one was from my first attempt and was the one most people liked. I liked it too. But I wanted a full body shot. And some of my original photos were a little disturbing so I was glad when I finally got the one I turned in.