Since I’m always lagging behind my timeline, and I’m always complaining about props and lighting, I thought I would show you how I do this. One of my favorite shoots, “Hanky Panky,” took over two hours to shoot. Editing takes many hours also. Sometimes I come to a complete halt because my digital camera needs batteries. It sucks up batteries like an addict sucks substances. If this behind the scenes look interests you, stop by several times over the next couple of days to catch the updates. I am working on two shoots: the PWF shoot, and the latest installment of Bristle’s memoirs. Most of what I will show you here will be from the PWF shoot.
I went back through some of my old photo shoots to find examples of how I hold up the dolls. Often I lean them against something, or sit them down. My early attempts at propping up free-standing dolls usually involved whatever stick was lying on the ground. I found some pictures that show the prop sticks. I eventually moved on to pieces of coat hanger wire. They are easier to hide and more stable. I can run one end under the clothing and hide the rest behind a leg. BTW, I can’t find my pile of wires, which is yet another detail slowing down the current shoot.