This is “Erica” by Doll Chateau and she belongs to my friend, Marianne. She is a slim MSD sized girl in pink toned resin. Doll Chateau is based in China and their sculpts are among the most creative and fantastical in the doll world. I previously painted 2 Bella heads that fit the same body. Erica is a less popular sculpt than Bella but she shouldn’t be — this lovely girl is very versatile.
I don’t have enough space to store doll-sized furniture props, so when I want my dolls to sit on, or lean against something for photos, I use interesting things from around the house and from my other collections. In the photo above, Erica is sitting on a cute vintage handbag. Dolls can look great posed with a stack of tattered old books, pottery, geodes, tea cups, hat boxes, chachkies… When contemplating an addition to one of my collections, I often consider whether it can do double duty as a doll photo prop.
Consider framing or cropping your doll images in unusual ways. A surprising composition can make a static image more interesting. If you really like a shot but there is an unruly strand of hair or a shadow on the cheek, try cropping off that side of the face — maybe it will be an even more interesting shot. Set up your photo backgrounds so that you have lots of space around the subject to shoot it off-center or low in the frame. Think about how the eye travels through a photo and try to give it an interesting path.
Lots more photos on my Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/robbin_with_2_bs/