This issue of Fashion Doll Quarterly magazine includes my article about working with “Gems & Jewels” jewelry store in Australia. The owner of said store, Suzy Allan, has invited all of you to try your hand at displaying your dolls in a diorama setting along with human scale jewelry. It’s a fantastic opportunity for those of you who love photographing your dolls to get published and win some fantastic prizes!
Copies of the FDQ CRAFTS issue are almost gone ! In light of this, I am posting the rules for the contest here, because we’d love EVERYONE to join in the fun! Please remember that ANY doll, regardless of size, can be used in this competition. The main thing to remember, is that they must be displayed in a diorama setting incorporating jewelry.
The rules as published in the magazine:
Submit your entries via email by FEBRUARY 14TH (Valentine’s Day) to FDQ via email or digital upload and a panel of judges will vote on the best photo! Winners will be published in the April (Summer 2012) edition of Fashion Doll Quarterly.
What we are looking for:
* High quality photography concepts
* Excellent propping and styling (no stands, no messy hair, no out of focus shots)
* Clever use of human-sized jewelry in the set design or used as decor
* Set incorporating backgrounds and furniture (yes, it can be Welcome Home products)
* Dolls can be any size you are comfortable photographing
* Participants grant Fashion Doll Quarterly the right to publish their photo for promotional purposes in the magazine as well as possible promotion within Gems & Jewels store
*Submit one photo per concept. Do NOT send multiple variations of the same shot. If you shoot more than one concept, identify each with a different title. Up to three different submissions are allowed per person
All entries should be submitted to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Files should be a minimum of 4″x6″ at 300 dpi, or 20″x30″ at 72 dpi. Make sure to name your file LAST NAME.TITLE.jpg
Provide contact email, full name and mailing address. If your file is RAW or tif, email us for the upload information to FTP your photo to our website.
The first prize is a doll shaped charm crafted by Gems & Jewels and valued at $675.00 !!
(Choice of charm will be chosen by Owner, Suzy Allan)
For inspiration, here are some photos from the work I am doing with Gems & Jewels :
Second prize is a $75.00 gift certificate from Welcome Home where you can purchase anything from home decor to accessories to back drops and all the fabulous surroundings that bring your dolls to life!
Third prize is a copy of Fashion Doll Quarterly’s : IN FOCUS – Digital Photography for the Doll Collector ! A “must have” hand book for those of us who want our doll photos to be perfection!
And, don’t forget, your photos will be published in an upcoming issue of a national magazine – Fashion Doll Quarterly !
While I am not allowed to participate in the contest, I would like to offer my support and encouragement by giving you a few ideas .
Think of the jewelry in a different light. Not as jewels at all, but perhaps:
Bracelets can be used as a frame surrounding a round mirror
Brooches might be used pillows on a sofa
Use large dangle earrings as wall art
Cluster stud earrings in a bowl for a table centerpiece
The sky’s the limit ! I know how creative some of you are and I’ve seen the proof in the photos you’ve shared with me over the years. I am cheering for you all 100% ! A contest like this has never been done before. It’s your chance to join in, be a part of something BIG, win a fabulous prize and take your doll collecting to another level !
Remember – THE DEADLINE FOR PHOTO ENTRIES IS FEBRUARY 14TH !!
*Contest is open to everyone – world wide!
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To get a copy of the FDQ CRAFTS issue, go to: http://www.fdqmedia.com/
*Set photography by Phoebe Morley: www.pmorleyphotography.com.au
*Charms photographed by Greg Karslake
*Welcome Home is a registered-trade mark business. Welcome Home is an independent company and is not affiliated with any other toy company.
All photos, furnishings, set designs, text and ideals are that of the Artist/Owner, Maryann Roy and may not be used or copied without written permission.