The Epic HOTH Fail — Or Not?

There I was, beginning to shoot part 1 of Hang on to Hope, and already being mega frustrated because of lighting issues and how much time it was taking, when…

Lightning. Thunder. KABLAMMY WHAMMY SLAM! The power went out.


A mix of frustration and relief welled inside. I was already behind schedule and now the power goes out for at least two hours? Lamesauce. But I was relieved that I couldn’t do these frustrating pictures even if I wanted to. Great excuse to stop! *pats self on back triumphantly*

Taking advantage of the darkness, I snapped some cool shadow (and then random) shots.

Yes, my room is messy. I have HOTH to blame thank for that. ?

OKAY. Can we talk about my reflector for a second? I thought that would totally take my photography to the next level, but I just can’t do it like American Girl Doll Artist & CatLover02, Jessica, or ThePolkaDotPatriot can.

MY REFLECTOR IS MEAN, GUYS. It makes no difference in my photos, like, at all? I mean, I could tell a microscopic smidgen of difference for both sides, but it TOTALLY wasn’t worth it AT ALL for all the trouble it was to make somebody hold it up (might I mention it’s ginormous) as they complain all the while I crouch under my loft bed desk and deform my neck trying to take good photos in an already cramped space.

And its stand? I can’t figure it out for the life of me.

I guess my photography will forever be deemed hopeless since my reflector hates me. *wails for eternity*

I planned to continue some brainstorming for the revision of my first novel while I waited for the power to come back on — but of course, right as I sat down yesterday to rant all this, THE POWER CAME BACK ON AFTER BEING OFF FOR TEN MINUTES.

XD This is what goes into the posts you see here on DWOD, folks.

Yes, welcome to Delightful World of Dolls, where anything can happen and probably will.

So instead of a reflector, I use a studio light — totally borrowed, not stolen, from the ones in our ministry’s studio 😉 — but just today I tried the difference between natural light along with the studio light facing backwards, away from the set and bouncing off the other walls, compared to the studio light straight on.

The one on the left is with way more natural light and backwards-studio-light experiment, and the one on the right is with the studio light straight on (it’s pretty big so I couldn’t fit it under my desk with me to shine right at her). I like the first result better, so I shot my photos that way for this set today.

That’s all for today’s HOTH update! Stay tuned for plenty more sneak peeks, updates, and teasers to come!

What do you think season 3 will be about?

2017-08-27T21:40:15+00:00 August 27th, 2017|37 Comments


  1. sara August 27, 2017 at 9:58 pm - Reply

    Yay, can’t wait to check this out!

  2. UnicornJenn August 27, 2017 at 11:21 pm - Reply

    I’m not sure what season 3 will bring, but I am still SO SO SO mad that you killed off Coconut!!!!
    It didn’t help, though, that right after I read the finale, I read the finale of Solstice Children over at, where Sam killed off my favorite main character Eve! D:

    • Madison
      Madison August 29, 2017 at 11:17 am - Reply

      MWAHAHAHA!!! XD Awwww! Sam’s photostories are always amazing haha BUT WHAT SHE KILLED YOUR FAVORITE CHARACTER AWWW. XD Don’t worry, season 3 isn’t too sad! No more pets die 😉

  3. Olive August 28, 2017 at 7:20 am - Reply

    ok, I could practically write a whole POST on this one time the power went out for several days, but I shall treat you with the short version. 😀 (also, those shadow photos look AMAZING)
    so it’s the middle of winter, EXTREAMLY cold, and the power goes out. We confine all nine of us to a single room with a kerosene heater, our only heat and cooking source. We only come out to go shopping for food that we can cook over the heater, a very messy fun experince. (cooking over carpet??!!) and the whole while, mom had decided that I could read Harry potter and the goblet of fire early, so I was reading that huge thing by window/flashlight. 😛
    Most crazily, ~Olive

    • Madison
      Madison August 29, 2017 at 11:18 am - Reply

      Oh my gosh. XDD (Aww, thank you!)

      OH MY GOODNESS. In that situation I would either 1) freak out 2) be super frustrated and grumpy 3) have the time of my life because that’s dramatic and adventurous and fun. XD

  4. Sara August 28, 2017 at 8:59 am - Reply

    Yay! GREAT JOB MADI! Your power went out to! On the thunder storm the day before yesterday our lights went out for like 2 hours ??? LOL!

    • Madison
      Madison August 29, 2017 at 11:19 am - Reply

      YAY thank you Sara! Arg, yes! Bad storm ??

      • Sara August 29, 2017 at 1:56 pm - Reply

        Yeah! I’m SO excited to read the next part here in a minute HOTH is awesome! ? That storm was bad me my mom and brothers went for a walk to the store and while we were walking back we got soaked in it :/ ??? and of course when we got home the lights when out -_- -_- XD!?? And yesterday when it was raining my brothers weren’t being very nice to each other and my mom was like that’s it and then she pushed them out on the porch in the rain and they were drenched and I’m laughing so hard I took pictures and stuff ??? It was SO funny! I’ll have to send you some pictures of them?????

        • Madison
          Madison August 30, 2017 at 1:02 pm - Reply

          Yay! I’m excited too! 😀

          Awww oh my gosh -_- XDD That’s hilarious! Please send me the photos XD

          • Sara August 30, 2017 at 2:56 pm - Reply

            Yay! XD! -_- oh yeah and I have something else to text you it’s embarrassing but I want to tell you?

            • Madison
              Madison August 31, 2017 at 10:51 am - Reply

              Okay ?

              • Sara August 31, 2017 at 10:58 am - Reply

                It funny but embarrassing for me so don’t tell anyone not even your brother -_-

  5. ThePolkaDotPatriot August 28, 2017 at 9:48 am - Reply

    Aww, sorry your reflector isn’t cooperating. It takes a bit of time to figure out–at least, it did for me. 😉
    Would you like me to do a reflector post? Ya know, with tips on getting it to actually reflect sometimes?

    Sorry your power went out!
    One of the places we lived would have it go out several times a year. After nearly having Christmas in the dark, we got a generator!

    • Madison
      Madison August 29, 2017 at 11:21 am - Reply

      My reflector is evil. XD Oh my goodness — that would be AMAZING. ? If you could do a post like that, it would be incredible!

      Oh my goodness, what a Christmas! Sounds eventful! XD

  6. Jewel August 28, 2017 at 1:59 pm - Reply

    Oh no Madi! Poor you! Yeah, I don’t even use a reflector, and my pics come out good. So, no worries, you pictures are always fantastic!!! I like that you are doing behind the scenes stuff. I plan on doing a “picture fails” post soon, which should be fun XD.


    • Madison
      Madison August 29, 2017 at 11:22 am - Reply

      Your pictures are so beautiful! And awww, thank you! HAHA that sounds awesome! Be sure to send me the link to your picture fails post when it’s posted so I don’t miss it, I’d love to see! XD

  7. Light4theLord August 28, 2017 at 3:43 pm - Reply

    Uh-oh… sorry about that! But like, reflector wise… try white posterboard. XD It so works for me… plus, I can’t buy one, so… 🙂 And oh! You can work on Frenzy in the Food Court! I can’t. 🙁 At least not for two months, that is. Anywayss… I’M DYING FOR HOTH! #iamsoimpatient

    • Madison
      Madison August 29, 2017 at 11:23 am - Reply

      Hey, that’s a good idea! I should definitely try the difference. Awwww yeah :/ Food Court post coming soon! It was so fun ? HEHE HOTH SHALL BE COMING SOON.

      • Light4theLord August 30, 2017 at 8:33 am - Reply

        Thanks. 🙂 Want another good idea? Calling me would be one. XD XD XD Mwhahaha. #iamannoying
        You should. The best ones I’ve done with the posterboard reflector are with Grace, in Eyes the Color of the Sky. 🙂 Yay! I look forward to it! Mine won’t be up until November sometime. You can know why tomorrow. 🙁 🙁 🙁 🙁 YAY! I WANT IT TO BE NOW!
        ~ Light4theLord

        • Madison
          Madison August 30, 2017 at 1:16 pm - Reply

          I’d love to call sometime soon, but my parents have set new phone / computer / screen time limits and it’s a stressful struggle to just get posts up on time and reply to comments, so I don’t know when I can. :/ I’m sorry. :'(

          Nah. I’m the most annoying person in the world. You’re not annoying in the least. XD

          OOH. I’ll totally have to check that out! Awwww :/ 🙁 :'(

          SOON. >:)

          • Light4theLord August 31, 2017 at 9:16 am - Reply

            Phone included?! WAH. *sigh* Don’t stress, please!!! We all understand, I promise!!!
            XD Yeah right. 😀 😀 😀 😀 You ought to know better than that. XD
            Yeah, well. Yeah. 🙁 🙁 🙁
            😀 😀 😀 😀 #definesoon I’m just teasing. I shall wait patiently and memorize twenty verses while I wait. 😀
            ~ LIght4theLord

            • Madison
              Madison August 31, 2017 at 10:56 am - Reply

              YEP. *wails for eternity* Aww, thank you!! <3

              😀 😀 XD

              Yeah... 🙁 🙁

              Which post? Eyes the Color of the Sky? I can't seem to find it BUT I WANNA SEE. XD (Sorry, the screen time limits really limit the time I spend checking out other posts and stuff :'()

              SOOOOOON ahem I just need to edit the photos and watermark them and post them but they are SOMEWHERE on my computer... XD

              • Light4theLord August 31, 2017 at 3:37 pm - Reply

                *wails with you* I understand, but I still don’t like it. 🙂 But it is wise of your parents. They ARE doing it for your good… (that doesn’t mean I like it. 😀 )
                Yup, that one. 🙂 <that one. 😀 😀 😀 😀

                Rigghhhht……. XD XD Oh. I was supposed to memorize twenty verses today. So far, the count is three. *facedesk* UGH.
                ~ Light4theLor

                • Madison
                  Madison September 3, 2017 at 4:40 pm - Reply

                  *continues wailing* Same. :/ Oh my goodness, that’s SO beautiful! Your photos are amazing! Grace’s eyes are gorgeous.

                  XDD OH DEAR. Good luck memorizing them all… you can do it!!

  8. Diamond August 28, 2017 at 6:22 pm - Reply

    Eeesh! That’s crazy! But at least the power came back on. I’m excited for HOTH. Just curious, why exactly did your power go out? If it was because of a storm, stay safe.❤️

    • Madison
      Madison August 29, 2017 at 11:25 am - Reply

      Haha, it was! Yeah, at least it came on. XD Yay! Me too! It went out because of a storm, yeah. Thank you so much! ❤️

  9. Xyra August 28, 2017 at 9:38 pm - Reply

    Stuff happens all the time. You just have to be flexible. I’m glad to see you made the most of a trying afternoon.

    • Madison
      Madison August 29, 2017 at 11:26 am - Reply

      It definitely does! ? Still working on my flexibility haha… thank you! 😀

  10. Clara August 28, 2017 at 10:07 pm - Reply

    Good gracious, you put so much work into this blog! You amaze me. XD To answer your question, I already know (some) of what Season 3 will be about thanks to our Hangouts. *grins evilly* XDD
    Also, this is random, but tomorrow (8/29/2017) is Megan’s ( birthday! I’ve been spreading the word and I thought you might want to know in case you wanted to leave her comment or something. 😉

    -Clara <3

    • Madison
      Madison August 29, 2017 at 11:27 am - Reply

      Nah, I could definitely do a lot more, I think. XD HEHE. YES YOU DO. XDD

      Oh, thank you for letting me know! 😉 I had no idea. I’ll definitely leave her a comment! Thanks again! 😀

  11. Olivia Bell (aka Livy) August 29, 2017 at 3:35 pm - Reply

    I am so excited!!! Way to go, Madi! 🙂 All of your work is well worth it! 🙂 I have no idea what this season of HOTH will be about, I’m anticipating it! 🙂

    • Madison
      Madison August 30, 2017 at 1:11 pm - Reply

      Thank you SO much, Livy! Your comments always make my day! I’m excited to post the first part! 😀

  12. agsparklesisters August 30, 2017 at 9:38 am - Reply

    So excited to check this out!

    Tori, Bella, and the dolls

  13. ginnie October 8, 2017 at 3:01 pm - Reply

    We just had the power go out here last week! It didn’t last long though. When it came back on again, the Little Miss says to me, “Well that was the lamest apocalypse ever.” LOL! 😛

    ginnie /

    • Madison
      Madison October 9, 2017 at 7:12 pm - Reply

      Always a bit of an annoyance when the power goes off, haha! And LOL! That made me literally laugh out loud!

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