How to Realistically Photograph Your Reborn Dolls

Last updated: 11 July, 2024

How to Realistically Photograph Your Reborn Dolls

Rae offers a comprehensive guide on capturing realistic photos of reborn dolls, a long-awaited tutorial filled with valuable insights. Here’s a step-by-step breakdown to help enthusiasts achieve professional-quality photos using high-end cameras and smartphones.

Preparing for the Shoot

Start by gathering the essentials:

  • Doll: The subject of your photos, whether a sleeping or awake baby.
  • Camera: A DSLR like the Canon EOS 60D, a simple point-and-shoot, or even a smartphone with a good camera.
  • Backdrop Stand: Purchased affordably online or improvised with chairs.
  • Backdrop: A large blanket to cover a significant area.
  • Props: Cute headbands, additional blankets for swaddling, pillows, a boppy (optional), stuffed animals, and possibly a basket for added charm.

Setting Up Your Photo Area

Backdrop and Props:

  • Lay out a blanket as your backdrop.
  • Arrange pillows or a boppy to support the doll and avoid head flopping, which can create a double chin effect.


  • Choose a location with ample natural lighting to capture the most realistic colors and details.
  • Charge your camera and phone, ensuring you have sufficient battery life for an extended shoot.

Posing and Capturing the Perfect Shot

Posing the Doll:

  • Use rolled-up towels or smaller pillows to adjust the doll’s position.
  • Pose awake dolls like William in alert positions and sleeping dolls like Eli with their heads supported.
  • Experiment with different angles: full body, waist-up, chest-up, headshots, and extreme close-ups.

Taking the Photos:

  • Shoot with both your camera and smartphone to compare results.
  • Utilize the phone’s camera for equally impressive photos, focusing on different angles and natural light to enhance the image.

Detail Shots:

  • Capture the intricate details of the doll: feet, hands, facial features, and hair.

Additional Tips

  • Cloth Concealment: Ensure the doll’s cloth body parts are hidden for a more realistic appearance.
  • Creative Angles: Explore various angles to find the most flattering positions.
  • Background Blur: Notice the difference in background blur between camera and phone shots, using it to your advantage for depth and focus.