Ellie and the Setting Sun – A Photoshoot

img_0097Hello, amazing person out there! ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s Madison here, with the lovely Ellie smiling for you in the photo. ๐Ÿ™‚

A few weeks ago I experimented with… with… uh, what did I experiment with?

I was trying to do some golden-hour photography, but I don’t think this was the golden hour. ๐Ÿ˜› I walked outside, thought the evening sunlight was beautiful, and decided to take one of my dolls out for a photoshoot.

It didn’t turn out quite as good as I hoped.ย ?ย I tried to capture some golden sunlight and then pretty sun flares on the camera, but this was my second time trying to do that, so I’m not very good at it… yet.ย ?ย But I thought you’d like to see the pictures anyway, so in the future when I do more “golden” photoshoots like this, you can tell me if I have improved or not. You can be honest. ๐Ÿ˜‰

img_0098Ellie is SO pretty! But I still don’t like what I named her, and it’s been over two years since I’ve gotten her.

img_0099First, her name was Joy, but I only named her that because my dad liked the name.

img_0100But it didn’t really fit perfectly with the Ivy doll.

img_0101So last year I changed her name to Ellie, with the full name of Ellie-Joy.

img_0103But now that I think of it, Ellie-Joy just sounds weird.

img_0104Mae or Maisie would be a PERFECT name for my Ivy doll.

img_0106(Here I experimented with the sun flare.)

But I don’t wanna change Ellie’s name again! People would get SO confused if they’re new to Delightful World of Dolls. “What is this doll’s name? Joy? Ellie? Ellie-Joy? Maisie? I read all these different posts with all these different names for one single doll. Madison should make up her mind!”

img_0107(Oh, my… ๐Ÿ˜› )

See how that would get confusing? ๐Ÿ˜›

img_0108(Better… but Ellie isn’t focused! ๐Ÿ™ ๐Ÿ˜› )

But I still like the name Ellie.


Though the name Ellie-Joy is just… odd. ๐Ÿ˜›

img_0110(Why couldn’t I focus Ellie?! >:P )

So you know what I’m going to do?

img_0111Her full name shall officially be…

img_0112Ellie Ivy Ling!

[EDIT – KiKi gave me a perfect suggestion! Though Ellie goes by Ellie most of the time, her fullย name shall officially be Ellie-Mae Ivy Ling! :D]

img_0113I’ve omitted the “Joy”ย entirely. That was what I had originally done after her name change, but then later I added the Joy back in there. (Why did I do that? :P) And today I’ve omitted it!ย ?

img_0114(Iย need practice, huh? :P)

Now that I think of it, Ellie suits her.

img_0117(Oh dear… :P)

Even though I really wanted to name her Maisie when I first got her, somebody else already had an Ivy doll with the name Maisie and I didn’t want to copy. ๐Ÿ˜›

img_0118That’s okay though, because maybe in a photo story she’ll play a girl named Maisie or Mae.ย ?

img_0119And I think she makes a great “Ellie”! ๐Ÿ™‚

img_0120A little better? ๐Ÿ˜›

img_0121img_0122img_0123img_0124img_0125img_0126I love this last one.ย ?

img_0128 img_0130This shot isn’t too bad… I think.ย ?

img_0131This might be one of my favorites, except for the fact that the shadowing was weird and Ellie looks like she has dark circles under her eyes. She looks tired. ๐Ÿ˜›

img_0132Ooh! I like this one.ย ?ย New profile picture maybe?

img_0133Prepare for some quite… interesting experimental shots. ๐Ÿ˜›

img_0134 img_0136 img_0137 img_0138 img_0139 img_0140These were HORRIBLEย None of them came out like I wanted them too.ย ?

img_0141Ooh, ooh, this one should be her new profile picture!

img_0142No, this one!

img_0143I dunno. Maybe I’ll choose a favorite eventually. ๐Ÿ˜›

So… what did you think of the pictures? As you can see, I’m definitely still trying my hand to taking pictures during the “golden hour.”

Not thatย these were even taken at the golden hour anyway.ย ?

There’s always room for improvement, no matter how good you are at something! You don’t always have to have the greatest camera in the world to take better pictures. You’ve just got to experimenting and practicing with whatever camera you have, and mark my words, you’ll get better and better! ๐Ÿ˜€

What is the most valuable photography tip you’ve learned, if you have any?


โ™ฅ Madison and Ellieย โ™ฅ

P.S. I wish the leaves would turn beautiful colors and fall off of the trees here! ๐Ÿ™ I miss my pretty Texas autumns! :'( ๐Ÿ˜› ๐Ÿ™‚

By | 2016-09-27T12:56:36+00:00 September 26th, 2016|All, Photoshoots|23 Comments

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  1. Cherry cola22 September 26, 2016 at 2:56 pm - Reply

    Beautiful pics! What about Ellie Mae? Don’t worry I’ve changed my dolls names more than 5 times? The leaves haven’t changed where I live either?

    • Madison
      Madison September 26, 2016 at 3:00 pm - Reply

      Thank you! And KiKi, you’re a genius! I don’t know why I haven’t thought of that! Ellie Mae is PERFECT for her! Do you think Mae should be her middle name, or both Ellie and Mae for her first name? Like “Ellie-Mae” or “Ellie Mae”? She’d be called Ellie for short. Thanks so much for that suggestion! I think that’s perfect for her! ๐Ÿ˜€ Yeah, I wish the leaves change already. ๐Ÿ˜›

      • Cherry cola22 September 26, 2016 at 4:18 pm - Reply

        You’re welcome! Really me?!? Wow! Thank you! I really love names so I’m happy to help!? Umm….hmm…They are both nice but I’d probably do Ellie-Mae since she’s already going by just Ellie but it’s really what you prefer! ?

        • Cherry cola22 September 26, 2016 at 4:30 pm - Reply

          You could also do Ellie-Mae Ivy Ling.

          • Madison
            Madison September 26, 2016 at 7:27 pm - Reply

            Ooh, I really like that! That’s it, Ellie is officially Ellie-Mae! Thank you so much for suggesting that! She’ll go by mostly Ellie though. Unless she’s in trouble. ?

  2. Grace (The Girl Upstairs) September 26, 2016 at 3:34 pm - Reply

    These are so pretty! Your photography is beautiful. ๐Ÿ˜€

    Ivy is one of my favorite dolls! I wish I had her, but I don’t. ๐Ÿ™ She’s a beautiful doll! I love all the names you had, but I really like KiKi’s suggestion of Ellie Mae. ๐Ÿ™‚

    ~Grace <3

    • Madison
      Madison September 26, 2016 at 3:45 pm - Reply

      Thank you SO much, Grace! I’ve been working on improving my photography, so that means a lot. ?
      Ivy is definitely beautiful! Aw, I’m sorry you didn’t get her. ๐Ÿ™ I like it, too! Now I’m debating on whether or not to have her middle name Mae, or both first names Ellie Mae, like Ellie-Mae or just Ellie Mae. ๐Ÿ˜›

  3. Light4theLord September 26, 2016 at 5:12 pm - Reply

    Those are ALL pretty! I love experimenting! Ellie Ivy is so pretty! That’s what I did with Katie- I had a whole list of names I could use for her when she was shipped, and then I ended up deciding on the one that wasn’t even on the list ๐Ÿ™‚ Now she just plays characters in photostories that have the prospect names! ๐Ÿ˜›
    ~ Light4theLord

    • Madison
      Madison September 26, 2016 at 7:31 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much! Me, too! I finally decided on Ellie-Mae after KiKi’s suggestion and am leaving Ivy as her middle name. I know, right? The same thing happened with Chloe – I had a few names planned out and was originally going to name her Demetria, and then changed her name to Skye, and then decided on a name that I hadn’t even thought of originally! LOL! ๐Ÿ˜›

  4. MarilynDKC@aol.com September 26, 2016 at 5:54 pm - Reply

    Love the outfit.

    • Madison
      Madison September 26, 2016 at 7:31 pm - Reply

      Thanks, Marilyn! ๐Ÿ˜€

  5. Marion September 26, 2016 at 5:56 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the photos. Ellie is so photogenic.

    • Madison
      Madison September 26, 2016 at 7:32 pm - Reply

      No problem! They were fun to take. And yes, she is! ?

  6. Maddie September 27, 2016 at 11:34 am - Reply

    I love this photo shoot! Some of them were a tad dark, but that’s ok!!! Ikr! Sun flare is so hard…… I’ve tried it…uh….many time XD. I love Ellie’s new name! Ellie Ivy Ling, so creative!!!!! Yeah looks like it’s gonna be hard to choose a new profile pic… they’re all adorbz!!!!

    • Madison
      Madison September 27, 2016 at 12:54 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much! Haha, yeah. ๐Ÿ˜› Yes, it is tricky! I bet you can get it with practice though! ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks, Maddie! I finally decided on Ellie-Mae Ivy Ling after KiKi’s suggestion. So glad to have one that suits her perfectly! LOL! And thank you! Ellie’s official profile pic from this photoshoot is on the Meet the Dolls page. ๐Ÿ˜€

      • Maddie September 29, 2016 at 10:45 am - Reply

        Your welcome!!! Haha ok I’ll go check it out! ๐Ÿ™‚

        • Madison
          Madison September 29, 2016 at 11:53 am - Reply

          Okay! Thanks! ๐Ÿ˜€

  7. Lydia Dyslin September 27, 2016 at 12:31 pm - Reply

    Beautiful pictures! They are great, especially for only a second time. Better then anything I could do. x’D And I really like her name, by the way. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    ~Lydia~ <3

    • Madison
      Madison September 27, 2016 at 12:37 pm - Reply

      Thanks so much, Lydia! I like the way some of them turned out, others not so much. ๐Ÿ˜› LOL! Aw, I bet you could do great! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Me, too! Thank you! ๐Ÿ˜€

  8. MakenzieAG September 29, 2016 at 1:06 pm - Reply

    I really like the photos at the beginning and end! The lighting is perfect! I suggest that you try not to get human objects like cars and houses in the background, because it can make the photo look not very good and unprofessional. For the light, theres not much you can do with it, but I suggest you maybe change the angle you are shooting at, or if you aren’t already, use manual mode to adjust the lighting and white balance. You do have some pretty good lens flares going on though! ๐Ÿ˜‰

    I’m really glad you are getting more into photography and trying out new things! You are getting really good at it and improving a lot! If you want help with anything else photography related, just ask me!

    • Madison
      Madison September 29, 2016 at 1:19 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much for all your advice! I will definitely remember that. I hope I keep improving more and more! And thank you! ๐Ÿ˜‰

      OK, thank you so much! I’ll definitely ask you if I have any questions! Thanks again! ๐Ÿ˜€
      LOL, I think I said “thank you” or thanks” too much. ;P

  9. ginnie October 3, 2016 at 11:24 am - Reply

    Ellie, you are stunning! And I love the new name, Ellie Mae. That sounds perfect! ๐Ÿ™‚

    ginnie / http://www.fakingitmostly.com

    • Madison
      Madison October 3, 2016 at 3:31 pm - Reply

      Ellie says thank you so much! ๐Ÿ˜€ And thank you! I love it, too! ๐Ÿ˜€

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