I love photos of dolls being outdoors because the images just look so refreshing to me. I hate being outside so I never attempted it myself. Now though, since my phone can do time lapse, I've been going outdoors to catch cloud formations. Last weekend I combined the two and had my first outdoor doll shoot. It didn't go that well for a variety of reasons but at least I tried.
I think it's been well established that I am not a people person. I gave myself a pep talk before I tried this and told myself, "People are going to talk to you and they are going to be inquisitive. Keep calm, don't be a cow about it, just accept it and eventually they'll go away." I was outside for 4 hours and in the beginning I was cool and collected. By that 4th hour I was a raging a-hole.
Various comments throughout the day:
- "Oh, are you taking video?"
- "Are you doing that for Youtube?"
- "What are you doing?"
- "What does the doll do?"
- What's that silver thing?"
- "Can I see what you took?"
- "Are you taking a picture of the sky?! Why? What's up there?"
- "Is that a camera?"
- "So you do this for a hobby, like for fun?"
- "Ay, ay girl! What's up girl? Whatchu doing with all that? You need some help? Want me to hold that for you?"
One lady walked over during this setup, squatted down behind the doll with her freakin' crotch right in front of the camera(!), and said, "Hey, what's all this then?" Then she reached for the doll like she was going to pick it up!
After a day full of this I went from pleasantly, but grudgingly answering people's questions to basically responding with, "Are you a cop? No? Then don't be asking me questions!" or "What I'm doing is minding my own business. You should try it sometime!"
I swear, sometimes I am just not fit for human consumption. At least my dolls don't annoy me because they are awesome.