BJD Photoshoot Virgin

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I’ve always been fascinated by ball-jointed dolls (BJDs) and especially amazed at the beautiful photographs people took of them. Yes, I know a lot of people would think of them as creepy, ghostly or inhuman, even (They’re dolls after all… No??). I do think many dolls give me the creeps but these BJDs captivated me in some ways that I don’t know how to explain them.

A few days ago, I managed to find some courage to ask the NZ BJD Club on Facebook if any of them were keen to lend me their beautiful dolls for a short photo shoot (Under their supervision, of course!) Polina responded in a flash! We arranged to meet up two days later, and bam! I finally got my first feel on photographing BJDs! I was handling the dolls with such care and gentle-ness, they told me that I didn’t have to be too careful because the dolls are pretty sturdy. And because I was so gentle… I wasted quite a bit of precious time. Sometimes, I couldn’t stop looking at them and forgot to photograph them. Hah, jokes on me.

Anyway, I wanted a doll of my own since forever (Okay, maybe about 5 years) but I couldn’t afford one and they are almost impossible to buy offline. Polina and Marly (her husband) were so awesome, they gave me one of their old dolls as a gift and a starter doll to get me going. I haven’t photographed him yet, nor have I named him (Had no time, spent the weekend in Wellington for Extraordinary Tales) but I can’t wait to get started!

Super Bear

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The story behind the toy bear.

It was given by a friend 5 years ago. He was quite a big impact on my life back then. But I was naive and afraid. Afraid that I made wrong choices and couldn’t turn back. He was the sweetest guy who never fails to surprise me. I still keep those presents from him. But this bear stands on my table guarding my coin bank. I was afraid people would steal my coins , don’t ask me why.



I look so Chinese here, especially with the bangs . Oh my.

I realized that when it pours, I always have the need to do a photo shoot. When i decided to do the shoot yesterday, I thought how pleasant it would be – a cooling and not sweaty shoot. I THOUGHT WRONG. Boy, it was so humid, I could feel my sweat trickle down my back. Even better, the neighbour’s friend was outside moving stuff from the car to the house. I felt so shy self shooting on a rainy afternoon in front of him .