Taryn’s Forest Photoshoot

When I went to Texas again in October, one of my top priorities was making sure I took advantage of the beautiful woods next to one of my favorite parks and all the gorgeous autumn leaves. Here are all my favorites!

Sorry about the fuzzy image quality. I saved this as a JPEG a long time ago, before I realized my theme lowers the quality of JPEG images (so I save all of my pictures as PNG now). And I can’t go back and edit it. *pouts*

Ah, PNG. So much clearer.

If you’re thinking she’s about to fall…

… she is. XD

Doesn’t she look so sophisticated? It’s that makeup editing. XD

This is my favorite photo of the shoot. And it is also the last.

The rest of the photos are… not so good. XD

Thanks to my amazing mom for helping out with the pictures of Taryn on the log!

She LITERALLY saved Taryn’s LIFE multiple times. Every time Taryn would fall, my mom would catch her. 😅

What’s the most dangerous picture of your doll you’ve ever taken?

I take pictures of my dolls in the middle of the road, ^ on top of logs with water underneath, right next to a swimming pool, on top floor of a beach house deck, holding fire… what about you?

2018-03-05T18:19:12-05:00 March 2nd, 2018|87 Comments


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    AAG March 2, 2018 at 12:07 pm - Reply

    OMG THOSE ARE SO PRETTY! Most dangerous picture was when I had my sister (she isn’t the strongest) hold Brooklyn by her neck string so I can take a picture of her flying. She fell, like a million times. XD Guess what day it is!

    • Madison
      Madison March 5, 2018 at 3:44 pm - Reply


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        AAG March 5, 2018 at 3:58 pm - Reply

        No problem!
        Brooklynn: Thank you, Gabby just kept laughing!
        Me: Yes, my birthday was on Friday. Thank you! Post coming soon!

        • Madison
          Madison March 5, 2018 at 4:15 pm - Reply

          How rude of Gabby! 😂 I can’t wait for your post!!

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            AAG March 5, 2018 at 4:47 pm - Reply

            Brooklyn: Yes, very rude!
            Me: OK, it’s posted! My sisters posted on their blog too.

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    Mary E. March 2, 2018 at 12:19 pm - Reply


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    Laura March 2, 2018 at 12:25 pm - Reply

    Those are gorgeous pictures! How do you make it look like she has makeup? I tried to take my dolls down to a stream we have but I ended up being to scared. XD

    -Laura <3 😉

    • Madison
      Madison March 5, 2018 at 3:46 pm - Reply

      Thanks, Laura! I added her makeup in my photo editor PhotoScape X. Haha, yeah, it would’ve been bad if they fell in. XD

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        Laura March 5, 2018 at 4:06 pm - Reply

        Cool! Yeah. XD

        -Laura <3 😉

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    Tess (blackiesunshine) March 2, 2018 at 12:33 pm - Reply

    Loved it! Taryn is really photogenic. I’m always chicken to have my dolls stand on dangerous places because I’m afraid they’re going to fall and hurt themselves. XD
    I’m like super afraid to touch my Cecile’s hair right now – HOW DID YOU GET ALL THOSE CURLS IN THE ADORABLE LITTLE BUN IN THE POOL PARTY POST. HOWWW. Ahem. If you have any more tips for me, I’d appreciate them, because I’m really afraid to mess her hair up. XD
    And why didn’t you tell me you were in my home state? Never mind, Texas takes up the space of like, four states. So depending on where you were you could be 700 miles away from me.

    • Madison
      Madison March 5, 2018 at 3:47 pm - Reply

      Thanks! I’m always afraid I’m gonna scratch their vinyl. XD

      I DON’T KNOW. I JUST PUT IT IN A BUN. My Cécile’s hair isn’t in the best condition. XD Basically I’d just keep those curls for as long as possible. Hairstyles will absolutely mess her curls up.

      I was in Dallas! Anywhere close to you?

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    Hannah March 2, 2018 at 12:35 pm - Reply

    Ooh, such pretty photos! I think the most dangerous thing I’ve done is fixed a dolls leg. (shudders) But in terms of photos I think I put them on a fence post? I can’t remember XD

    • Madison
      Madison March 5, 2018 at 3:49 pm - Reply

      Thanks, Hannah! GASP THAT IS FREAKY. XD Fences are great places for photoshoots. I like them. XD

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    kaitlynrh1 March 2, 2018 at 1:23 pm - Reply

    I LOVE the picture of Taryn of on log! She’s so pretty! One of the most dangerous pictures I’ve taken of my dolls would have to be Willa standing on a doll sized chair or Maggie standing in the water with on one holding her! XD

    • Madison
      Madison March 5, 2018 at 3:50 pm - Reply

      Thank you SO much! Ack, standing my dolls in the water always freaks me out!

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    Lydia P. March 2, 2018 at 1:28 pm - Reply


    • Madison
      Madison March 5, 2018 at 3:50 pm - Reply


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    Bella March 2, 2018 at 1:42 pm - Reply

    Taryn is so pretty! Amazing photos, Madi!

    • Madison
      Madison March 5, 2018 at 3:51 pm - Reply

      Taryn says thank you! And thank you, Bella!

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        Bella March 5, 2018 at 9:29 pm - Reply

        XD You’re welcome, Taryn and Madi!

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    Christina March 2, 2018 at 1:53 pm - Reply

    Wow, you definitely look like your mom… and that’s a compliment!
    I loved these photos, so cute!

    • Madison
      Madison March 5, 2018 at 3:51 pm - Reply

      Aww, thanks! XD I’m so glad you liked the photos!!

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    Sara March 2, 2018 at 2:25 pm - Reply

    Haha, your mom is awesome. I love it when my mom helps me dress my dolls, so fun. 😉

    • Madison
      Madison March 5, 2018 at 3:52 pm - Reply


      I love it when my mom gets involved with my doll stuff too! One time my brother helped me dress my dolls… it was interesting. XD

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        Sara March 5, 2018 at 6:42 pm - Reply

        Oh, that’s funny! I should drag my three brothers to my dollhouse sometime. XD

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    Enni March 2, 2018 at 2:53 pm - Reply

    WHOOOAAAAAA. THOSE PICTURES. They’re so golden and autumn-y…it’s hard to believe it’s the first of rainy March. However, March is the best month because I was born in it. XD Wow, your mom looks just like you!

    • Madison
      Madison March 5, 2018 at 3:53 pm - Reply

      HEHE THANKS ENNI. And happy early birthday!! XD Hehe, I guess she does! XD

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        Enni March 6, 2018 at 9:30 pm - Reply

        YOU’RE WELCOME. Thanks! XD

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        Enni March 7, 2018 at 10:18 pm - Reply

        YOU’RE WELCOME. Aw, thanks! XD

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    Enni March 2, 2018 at 2:57 pm - Reply

    Oh waiiiitttttt…THESE PICTURES ARE TAKEN IN OCTOBER. *Facepalm* Oh well, they’re still amazing!

    • Madison
      Madison March 5, 2018 at 3:53 pm - Reply

      😂😂 Thank you so much!

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        Enni March 6, 2018 at 9:31 pm - Reply

        you’re welcome!

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    Sassafras March 2, 2018 at 4:12 pm - Reply

    That woods setting is gorgeous, and Taryn is as well! I really like your favorite photo from the post, too. 🙂
    I haven’t done too many dangerous things with my dolls, but one time I did do a doll photoshoot next to our pool. Also, one time my doll Lindsey fell on concrete during a photoshoot, and it messed up her nose a bit. My lesson from that sad experience was to not stand dolls up on concrete (especially ones that don’t stand up well). A great trick I learned when standing up dolls in grass is to put a stick in the ground behind the doll, so she can kind of lean against it. It really helps dolls not fall over!

    • Madison
      Madison March 5, 2018 at 3:55 pm - Reply

      Aww, thank you so much, Sassafras! Taryn says thank you too. 😀

      Most of my dolls’ noses are scratched up from falling face-first on concrete, too! 🙁 It’s sad, but the scratches aren’t too visible on camera. And that’s such a great trick! I actually tried that out for the first time on this photoshoot with an acorn under Taryn’s foot. It helped a lot!

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        Sassafras March 5, 2018 at 5:41 pm - Reply

        You’re welcome, Madison!
        Aw, that’s too bad. It’s unfortunate that your dolls have fallen on concrete. If only they would stand as well as people do…
        Yes, it’s a great trick, and one that my mom actually thought of to help my sister do a doll badminton photoshoot. Moms think of the best ideas. 🙂

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    Katie March 2, 2018 at 5:00 pm - Reply

    Those are so beautiful! Amazing job 🙂 probably the most danger I’ve ever put one of my dolls in was the time I put Molly on a dinosaur statue and she fell off. She was pretty high up too so her leg is scrapped up… Yeah, she was NOT happy with me 😉
    -Katie 🙂

    • Madison
      Madison March 5, 2018 at 3:55 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much, Katie! Awww, poor Molly. XD My Molly wasn’t happy with me the time I put her on a bike and she fell off, got scraped from the concrete, and licked by my best friends’ dog. O_o

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    Rutvi March 2, 2018 at 7:22 pm - Reply

    wow, these photos are amazing!! i would be so scared to balance my doll like that, but you did a great job!

    • Madison
      Madison March 5, 2018 at 3:56 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much, Rutvi!! It was def nerve-wracking 😂

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    silverfoxstudios March 2, 2018 at 7:34 pm - Reply

    Your photography is so cute! I love the picture of Taryn on the log.
    I’ve once balanced my doll from on the railing of the deck, 20 ft in the air. If she had fallen, then she probably would’ve smashed onto the pavement below.

    • Madison
      Madison March 5, 2018 at 3:57 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much!! Oh my gosh, 20 feet in the air? THAT IS EPIC. I’m glad she didn’t fall!

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    Olive March 2, 2018 at 8:22 pm - Reply

    Oh, I can’t remeber. 😂 just recently I took pictures of them in snow up to their knees….it was very wet, sticky snow over uneven ground. Yay. But they didn’t fall once, what a miracle! 😂 oh, and I’ve also put them in trees, like, six/seven feet off the ground. I’m in the tree next to them, trying to balance, pose them, AND take photos without them falling off. 😜
    Most crazily, ~Olive

    • Madison
      Madison March 5, 2018 at 4:00 pm - Reply

      Oh my gosh, that must’ve been quite the feat! 😂😂 Did any of them fall?

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        Olive March 5, 2018 at 4:29 pm - Reply

        Yes. 😜 I’ve always managed to catch them though, usually by the hair, and something else falls instead. 😂
        Most crazily, ~Olive

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    Maddie March 3, 2018 at 10:26 am - Reply

    Wow! She is your mother? She looks more like your sister! Great pictures by the way. 🙂

    • Madison
      Madison March 5, 2018 at 4:00 pm - Reply

      My mom says “Awww!” XD Thank you so much, Maddie!

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    Chloë March 3, 2018 at 10:59 am - Reply


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    Natalie Therese March 3, 2018 at 12:48 pm - Reply

    Taryn looks so pretty! How do you do the makeup editing? I’ve taken pictures of my dolls standing IN my stream, 25 feet above the ground, and precariously perched above a tank of lemon sharks (I took Adalyn to the aquarium)…and miraculously, they survived. I suppose you could call me photography dare-devil.
    {Natalie Therese}

    • Madison
      Madison March 5, 2018 at 4:01 pm - Reply

      I added the makeup in my editor PhotoScape X! Haha, oh my gosh, that’s amazing. 😂

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    JR.JEANSK8 March 3, 2018 at 1:28 pm - Reply

    I have actually done a photo–shoot of my doll, Rebecca, at a friends lake house. I had her standing in the water, on rocks by the water, and I would do again in a second! I know how to work with them in they do wind up falling in the water, though. I also have started a photo–shoot on our new deck. I had my Julie doll on the top railing, and she fell off onto the pavement. That did knock something out of joint in her eye, so it has been acting weird. It’s acting much better, and I can take pictures of her without her looking highly intimidating. Her eye just doesn’t close when she lies down now. I can close it manually, though. Those are probably my most dangerous photo–shoots that I have done, and I am about to go and do one in the mud! Welcome to the wonderful world of Blogging, folks!

    • Madison
      Madison March 5, 2018 at 4:04 pm - Reply

      Oh my GOSH, you are daring! I’m sorry Julie’s eye is all wonky now. Good luck with the photoshoot in the mud! 😉

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    agdolladventuresblog March 3, 2018 at 5:32 pm - Reply

    Amazing photos! I really loved the one of Taryn on top of the log! 🙂 For me, the craziest place I’ve taken pictures of Julie is either in a tree or one time in Paris I had Julie resting on a windowsill seven stories up! (I don’t know what I was thinking!)

    • Madison
      Madison March 5, 2018 at 4:05 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much! I’m so glad you liked them! Oh my goodness, seven stories up? That’s incredible! XD

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    Olivia Bell March 3, 2018 at 7:04 pm - Reply

    AHH, so gorgeous! I loved those photos!!! 😀 Yes, you do like to do dangerous doll photos, remember when Taryn held the lit candle? Haha! But, I’m so glad you do, your photos are always epic! 😉

    • Madison
      Madison March 5, 2018 at 4:05 pm - Reply

      Aww, thank you so much Livy!! Hey, that’s right! I forgot about that! XD Awww, I’m so glad you like them!

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    Kaylyn Grace March 4, 2018 at 8:45 am - Reply

    I love your pictures! What camera do you use? Once I was taking a picture of Izzy on one of our trees, and SHE FELL OFF OF THE TREE. I had to wash her hair and clean her skin. XD She also got a lot of scratches. Ugh, that was not fun. How are you?

    • Madison
      Madison March 5, 2018 at 4:10 pm - Reply

      Thank you so much!! I use a Canon EOS 5D Mark II with a 50mm lens. Blah blah, blah blah, blah blah really long names. 😂😂 WHAT IN THE WORLD I HOPE IZZY WAS OKAY. I’m great! How are you?

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        Kaylyn Grace March 6, 2018 at 8:25 am - Reply

        No problem! Wow, that is a long title! I use a Polaroid 3035. How much did your camera cost? I really want my parents to get me a new camera. XD Mine doesn’t work very well unless I am outside. XDDD YES, SHE IS OK, BUT I STARTED FREAKING OUT AND CRYING. XD (Wow, I am using a lot of “XD’s” XD) That’s great! I am great! I have to do my school testing. Also, did I tell you that I had to get two shots? And, did I tell you that I am going to be doing online public school? Well, I did get my school immunizations. Only one of them hurt really bad. YAY, I AM GOING TO BE PUBLIC SCHOOLED ONLINE!!!!!

        • Madison
          Madison March 8, 2018 at 7:27 pm - Reply

          My camera costed $4,000 at the time, but now you get it for $2,000. XDD AW I’M SO GLAD SHE WAS OKAY. Aw man, I’m sorry you had to get shots! But that’s so cool you’re getting public schooled online!!

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            Kaylyn Grace March 9, 2018 at 3:32 pm - Reply

            OH WOW!!! How. Did. You. Afford. It. XD YES, SHE IS COMPLETELY FINE. XD Yeah, it’s fine. Thanks! Yeah, I know! I just hope that they don’t have a lottery. That is when they randomly pick people to go to their school. I hope I can get in! I just got my state testing done for the week!

            • Madison
              Madison March 16, 2018 at 10:59 am - Reply

              I didn’t buy it, my dad lets me use it XDD PHEW. I hope you can get in, too! That’s awesome!

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                Kaylyn Grace March 16, 2018 at 4:05 pm - Reply

                Oh, OK. XDD Yay, thank you! I know! When are you going to send your letter to me?

                • Madison
                  Madison March 24, 2018 at 8:47 am - Reply

                  Very, very soon!

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                    Kaylyn Grace March 24, 2018 at 9:43 am - Reply

                    OK! I commented on your other post. Did you get it? It might be in your spam.

                    • Madison
                      Madison March 24, 2018 at 9:44 am

                      Which one?

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                      Kaylyn Grace March 24, 2018 at 9:45 am

                      The Q&A with Del and Katy.

                    • Madison
                      Madison March 24, 2018 at 9:45 am

                      I got it! I just haven’t replied to comments on that post yet.

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                      Kaylyn Grace March 24, 2018 at 9:45 am

                      OK! Great! How are you?

                    • Madison
                      Madison April 2, 2018 at 9:01 pm

                      Sorry I didn’t see this! I’m great, how are you? By the way, I’m sending a letter to you very soon! I just finished writing it!

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                      Kaylyn Grace April 3, 2018 at 9:10 am

                      It’s OK! Awesome; I am great! YAY, I can’t wait to get it! Awesome! What are you going to do today?

                    • Madison
                      Madison April 3, 2018 at 6:20 pm

                      Today I did most of my school, am currently procrastinating math, and am working on my blogs! XD How about you?

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                      Kaylyn Grace April 4, 2018 at 9:02 am

                      Cool! Haha, math…. Math confuses me a lot of times. XD I did my school, went to lunch, went to JC Penney, and went back home and got ready for my monthly writing club.

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    Diamond @ buildabearsfurever.blogspot.com March 5, 2018 at 1:36 pm - Reply

    These pictures are absolutely beautiful. Tayrn is such a pretty doll. Your mom is super nice to hold her up like that!
    You’ve also been nominated ❤️https://buildabearsfurever.blogspot.com/2018/03/bi-monthly-birthdays-and-awards.html?m=1

    • Madison
      Madison March 5, 2018 at 4:14 pm - Reply

      Aww, thank you so much, Diamond! Taryn says thanks, too. I’m really thankful my mom was able to hold her — Taryn would’ve fallen tons of times!

      Awww, thank you SO much!! I’ll do this on my next Interesting Post! <3

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    Kirstyn Todd March 5, 2018 at 8:24 pm - Reply

    Okay, so I went to the Google page and clicked on the thumbnail that leads to your site, and the heading was different and the blue stars were gone. I was like, WOAH, WHAT HAPPENED?! Lol XD

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    Kirstyn Todd March 6, 2018 at 5:03 pm - Reply

    Madi. Look at this.




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    agsparklesisters March 6, 2018 at 6:26 pm - Reply

    These photos are beautiful!

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      Madison March 16, 2018 at 12:57 pm - Reply


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