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Little info +FAQ

Journal Entry: Thu Jul 3, 2008, 6:23 AM
Doll info + FAQ | Dimensiondolls | Doll photo blog | Etsy shop

 


A small info package on my (doll) photo account. I'd appreciate reading this before asking about my dolls.

Photo-account summary
I'm an amateur photographer that doesn't know much about photography itself. Everything I do know is self-learned by trial and error. I'm not attempting to be a professional either, I do this for my own enjoyment only.
I mostly photograph my dolls. Sometimes something else when opportunity arises, but I enjoy doll photography the most.

Dolls?
The dolls I own are (Asian) Ball-Jointed Dolls (no, I do not make them). They're made of resin and are each individually hand-crafted, and thus very expensive. They're also fully customizable, so you can do pretty much anything you want with them.
If you wish to know more, google "BJD" or "Ball-jointed doll" and/or visit Den of Angels.

My doll hobby
This hobby is like it was made for me. I love every aspect of it from getting 'an unfinished' doll to photographing it when it's finished.
I normally order all my dolls blank and nude, and customize them to fit my views; I love making them into unique pieces of art. Yes, I consider these dolls art, even though I don't make them myself. It takes time and skill to fully customize a doll. I even consider posing a doll it's own art form: it's harder than it looks. I never buy company defaults as I find them too bland most of the time. Same with face ups that are too perfect. I prefer there to be some personality in the doll and that usually comes from small flaws.

For more info on my face ups and customizing, visit my work journal.

I also sew for the dolls, especially the mini's, females and the fantasy crew. Not every piece of clothing in my photos is made by me, though. I'd say roughly about half of the clothes my dolls wear are sewn by me. If you're wondering about a particular piece of clothing, you're free to ask me about it.
I began as a self-learned seamstress but in 2010 I entered a seamstress school and graduated in spring 2012 as a seamstress with skill in human sized clothing as well.

Basically, this account isn't for (doll) photography only, it's also for my painting/customizing/sewing work on the dolls.

My dolls:(in order of arrival)
Yen - Dream of Doll Tender Yen (head)
Miy - Dream of Doll Mir / DIM Happy body  
Reiji - Elysium Ban / Luts SDF body
Sebille - Angel Region Diana
Shige - Dream of Doll Too / DZ body  
Fenrir - Elysium Lud-N (head)
Null - DollShe IM-Hound (mod.)  
Somnion - Luts/CP Na-Nu-Ri 2007  
Lin Xiang - K-doll Karon & Kamyu / CP body
Muu -  Elfdoll Catsy  
Cin - Dollzone Mo  
Khepre - Luts/CP Lu-Wen vp / B&G body  
Hati - Luts/CP ss-Lishe (mod.)
Kilbas/Kay - Soom Sard
Seere - Soom Onyx  
Camille - MsDoll Pan
Enki - Soom Glati  
Llyr - Soom Chrom 
Demyan - Dollshe Rosen
Prisca - Withdoll Priscilla
Avis - Bimong Narae 404/406
Delmia - Withdoll Nana
Larissa - Withdoll Rachel vampire (head)
Lilya - Iplehouse Isar (mod.)
Sigrun - Souldoll Paratiisi 
Min Ki - Withdoll Taren
Sindri - Dollshe SA Rosen (head)
Sigurd - Dollshe SA Rosen (head)
Yami - Souldoll Shiva

+guest stars from fuyuhime

Sold dolls:
Avis - Tinyfairy May V
Skoll - Dollzone Floy
Ea - Soom Nor
Chieko - Dream of Doll Tender Zen
Lilya - MNF Lishe
Yen - Dream of Doll Yen
Tanith - Soom Cuprit



FAQ

- Do you make these dolls?
No, I do not. I buy them from their respective companies or second hand from other hobbyists.

- What are these dolls called?
Asian Ball-Jointed Dolls, ABJD (or BJD) for short.

- Where do you buy these dolls from?
My dolls are from the following companies: Dream of Doll, Bimong, Angelregion, Elysium, Dollshe, Luts/CP, K-Doll, Elfdoll, Dollzone, Soom, Souldoll  & Withdoll.

But there are dozens more companies to get these dolls from.

Google is your friend.

- How much do they cost?
They can cost anything from $100 to $2000 and over, depending on the mold&make of the doll and whether it's a standard doll, a limited or if it's been painted/modified by someone popular. And even if you get a blank doll that you paint yourself, you'll probably end up paying at least $60 more for a decent wig, eyes and shoes. Plus more for clothes.

- They're so expensive! How do you afford them?
I'm not rich but I save up and compromise with my other interests to be able to afford them. This is no different from collecting cars or playing hockey. Everything requires money.

- How big are they?
Their size varies anywhere from 5cm to 90cm. I have one 14cm doll and the rest are 27cm, ~45cm, ~60cm, 65cm and 70cm tall.

- What are these dolls with hooves/horns/tails? Are they custom?
They're SOOM monthly dolls www.dollsoom.com/, available only a couple of weeks per month and then never sold again. Each one comes with some special parts. As for them being custom; depends how you define the word. All my dolls are custom, because I order them blank and paint them myself. No defaults in my lot. But I haven't made the hooves/tails myself. Some of the horns though, are handmade.

- Did you paint _______ yourself?
Yes.

- May I draw ________?
Yes, you may. And do link me to the finished picture. :3

- What camera do you use?
All my photos should have the exif info visible, so you can see the camera model there. I've had my Canon EOS 50D since May 2009, so I've been using it since. But that's just the body; the lenses I use are Canon 50mm f/2.5 compact macro for most doll/macro photos and Canon 50mm f/1.8 for when I want more bokeh and/or fast autofocus.

- Do you take clothing commissions?
Occasionally when I'm not busy and feel like it. I pretty much only work when I'm inspired and will only sew for models I own. You're welcome to ask me, but I won't say yes every time.


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Thank you for reading. ^^

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Please, DO NOT re-post my photos to other sites like tumblr, instagram, weheartit etc.
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:iconjenjei:
Jenjei Featured By Owner Aug 30, 2014
Do you do face-up commissions? 
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:iconyenna-photo:
yenna-photo Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Yes, but only within the EU because Finnish customs is a bitch.
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:iconjenjei:
Jenjei Featured By Owner Aug 31, 2014
;A; oh, ok. I have to go make a EU friend real quick. 
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Sparkey38 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
so, where do you buy your doll cloths? or do you make those? (because of your FAQ about clothing commissions)
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:iconyenna-photo:
yenna-photo Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I explained this right above the doll list. I make a lot of my clothes and buy others.
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Sparkey38 Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
aha! im sorry, i must have skimmed over it. thank you!
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Czechmix-sempai Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2013  Student General Artist
do you take gift dolls? (see my note)
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fruitsmoothy Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm not sure if you would know the answer, but I have a problem :I 
I have been trying to become a member on the Den of Angels website, but I don't know anyone on it. I emailed membership@denofangels.com as suggested on the website if you want to join, but it has been three weeks and I have yet to be replied to at all. >.<
Do you know if there is another way to join DOA? 

Thank you for your help!!!
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:iconyenna-photo:
yenna-photo Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
I'm not sure, but I think DoA sometimes opens their registration to everyone. I haven't been following the situation so I don't know how oftern that is, though. Your best bet is to have someone send you an invitation, the only problem is that members are ofter wary of who they invite, because if the person causes trouble the inviter could get banned as well. :I You could always ask in your DA journal etc. if someone would be kind enough to invite you.
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TeganEilisCooke Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Student General Artist
I have a few questions for you, if that is all right. Where do you get your dolls clothing from? Or do you make it yourself and if so do you take commissions for clothes? Or do you have an etsy? I am looking for doll clothes are are very fantasy/renaissance/medieval looking, and the clothing you put on your dolls seems to be very much like what I have in mind, so if you could help me out, that would be wonderful.
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yenna-photo Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Like I wrote above, I do make clothes, but not everything. Roughly half (or a bit over) of clothes seen in my photos have been made by me. I accept commissions occasionally and only for doll sizes I own. Not right now, though. I'm working really slowly at the moment and I have a to-sew list that's a mile long. Many of those pieces are commissions or going to my Etsy. Which I have yes: [link] I just update very irregularly. I only take regular face up commissions so sewing commissions have to be put on hold whenever I have a lot to do.
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TeganEilisCooke Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2012  Student General Artist
Thank you for answering my questions so quickly. I will check out your etsy and see if anything there so strikes my fancy. Which is very probable. Thank you again.
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gigglesalot Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Student General Artist
Hey! I'm trying (badly) to get my parents to let me get a doll. I know they're expnsive and I've looked at some of the websites you put up here. But I kinda want a Soom doll. The only problem is that the website cannot be found on my computer. lol Do you know any other places I could look where I might be able to buy a cheap, good quality Soom doll? Thanks very much!
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yenna-photo Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
If you can't buy straight from the company your only option is to try doll forums and buy one second hand. Soom dolls are never cheap, though. Usually they're more expensive second hand because most of their dolls are limited.
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gigglesalot Featured By Owner Apr 24, 2012  Student General Artist
Thanks. This is very helpful!
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midnite1317 Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Student
Hi, I know you answered where you get all your dolls in the FAQ, but what is your favorite/ most reliable shop that you get them from? Because there are a lot of stores and it's somewhat confusing to navigate them all @_@
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yenna-photo Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
I don't have a favorite. I buy from whichever shop sells the doll I want. Most bigger/older companies are reliable and there is feedback available if you google. I've gotten what I ordered from every store I linked, even if some of them took longer than it was supposed to (granted, some of that was years ago so only by searching for feedback, you'll find out if they're still reliable).
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Danishshieldmaiden Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I tried to find out by myself, but I can't seem to figure out which Dollzone body you have for Shige. Is it the single jointed or the double jointed? I'm really sorry, if you've already answered this.
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yenna-photo Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
It's the single jointed one, since I got it before they even made double joints.
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Danishshieldmaiden Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
Oh, thanks a lot for the answer. ^^
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kmsk Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Hello, ^^ sorry for this silly question....
your yen is using a DZ body white skin or normal pink ? :o because i´m trying to find a good match for my tender zen .
thank you :heart:
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:iconyenna-photo:
yenna-photo Featured By Owner Mar 30, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
It's DZ normal skin from the time before they divided it to normal pink and normal yellow. The head is 6 years old and the body about 5. DoD's skintone has changed so much (and several times) in the past 6 years that I doubt this info is useful to you. ^^'
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kmsk Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
oh! that is okay :D ! it helped me a lot ! ( because i almost bought something that maybe doesn´t match , and now i know that i need to search a little more =o) thank you so much :heart:
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OreoMilu Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2011  Student Digital Artist
where do you buy your dolls furniture?
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:iconyenna-photo:
yenna-photo Featured By Owner Mar 23, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
From around. The purple couch is from Dollmore, everything else is findings from different places.
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kenwedaneli Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
oh hi!, i've been looking for this kinda of info for sooo long thank you for your time giving us this amazing info. also... i try to go to den of angels, but it says that i need an invitation to register, do you know how to get it or another forum to seek for more info and dolls? thank you
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yenna-photo Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
You'll have to ask a member to invite you (through email), or wait until DoA opens up registration again. There are plenty of forums, though. Resinality would be one, at least.
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kenwedaneli Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
ooooh, thank you! :D
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:iconteruhisuji:
teruhisuji Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2010
nya- is your Camille - Bambicrony Vin
poseable ? id love a poseable doll thats tan >.<
their so hard to find
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:iconyenna-photo:
yenna-photo Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Depends on your definition of poseable? She's got regular joints with a good range of movement, so I'd say yes. She won't be doing handstands or splits but I do find her alright all around.
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teruhisuji Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2010
well can she do a bit more than just sit stand ?.like can she touch her face or make some simle hand gestures and things of that nature :3...
[and does it "stay" when you position her ]
what would you giver her in a 1-10 scale :3 ?

lol ,yeah i dont expect her to be able to do handstand & spits XD
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:iconyenna-photo:
yenna-photo Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
She's got regular joints, so no, she can't touch her face. Simple gestures are fine, especially once you change the strings into better ones. I don't think BC dolls are on their best condition straight out of the box, so they need a bit of work.

I'd give her a 7. But I know most people (that are used to double joints would probably give her a 4 or something). She's not my best posing doll but not the worst either (Soom TG, SG and Luts Delf boys rank below her).
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teruhisuji Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010
Hmmm I see. that not too bad. My first and only BJD is a blue fairy -tiny fairy Jasmen..
And she has what I suppose is “regular” joints.. So this time…id really like a
Pose able doll, . . . I was thinking about getting a leeke world M-doll..
[Do you have an opinion on them, or which type of doll would you suggest that’s poseable ?]

I’m aware that doll more & iple house have poseable dolls-but they are lacking- in the beauty department by
>.<;;
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yenna-photo Featured By Owner Dec 9, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I have no experience in Leeke dolls. Fairyland LTF is poseable (and so are their others too, but they suck at sitting naturally), DOD dolls are poseable (DoC type2 especially), several Dollzone bodies are posable. Those are the ones I have experience in.

Iple does not have poseable dolls. ^^; At least their JIDs are completely useless. Their joints are fancy looking but suck so bad that that is the least poseable doll I've ever handled. All their other dolls are really stiff to handle, judging from photos, too.
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teruhisuji Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010
oh wow realy ? o-o someone claimed the Docs weren't that good :x-I was going to buy one too! > :O-! Im glad to here that :3
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D: REALY ? oh my... oh my. ..thank you 4 telling me
:o i see.
oki doki-well thank you very much for the infor :3 <3 <3 <3
i realy apreciate ^3^//
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yenna-photo Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Then they didn't know what they were talking about. The DoC2 (girl) body is hands down the most all-around poseable body I have ever handled (but some people say it's hard to handle). [link] [link]
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Panda-Chii-Chan Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010
Approximately, how tall is Enki??
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yenna-photo Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
About 30cm
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:iconpanda-chii-chan:
Panda-Chii-Chan Featured By Owner Nov 6, 2010
thank you!
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:iconmozart66:
mozart66 Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2010
thank you for the info. i wrote you and asked you about this. after i left you a comment i saw you had a page on it.
thanks agen
stu
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SunlitDreams Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2010
You don't have Kay listed in your FAQ. Could you tell me what mold he is and how tall he is?
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:iconyenna-photo:
yenna-photo Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
He's the same doll as Kilbas (Soom Sard), only with human feet instead of hooves. The Super Gem body is about 65cm tall.
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SunlitDreams Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2010
Ok, cool, thanks! He's very pretty. :love:
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sarahspears1996 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2010
Hi! I like all the dolls that you have and I want to try it myself but can you get any good dolls under $100? I just can't afford that. :( Thank you for your help ^^
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yenna-photo Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
This hobby is expensive, and if you can't afford it, you might want to try something else. Bobobie/Resinsoul might have under-$100 dolls, but it will most likely end up costing more than that. Because even if you found a doll under $100 you'd have to pay for the shipping, face up, wig, eyes, clothes and taking care of it. Which will normally add another $100 to the price. I really don't recommend buying a doll just because it's cheap. No matter what, it is still expensive, so you should choose something you really like and save up for it. Why would you want to spend $80+ on something you don't really like, just so you can have a doll?

You might want to try small obitsu dolls or some other non-resin types. They're much less expensive. (You can get one from ebay for around $30-50, I think +clothes, wigs, eyes etc.)
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sarahspears1996 Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2010
okay thank you! ^^ Your really a lot of help! :)
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Xx8bloodlust8xX Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2010
what doll is skoll? it isn't in your faq
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yenna-photo Featured By Owner Apr 15, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
Oh yeah, I should also add a list of my sold dolls. I just removed him from here. But was a Dollzone Floy with an elf to human ear mod.
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Xx8bloodlust8xX Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2010
thank you!!
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SMdoll Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2010  Student Photographer
Question?! Enki's wings [link] - did you make them or buy them?

If you bought them, where at?

If you made them, what are they made out of? These wings are stunning!!
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