Things to avoid in the photos.
- Dolls of any size from other manufacturers or their legal department goes knock knock on my door.
- Apparel or accessories such as eyes or wigs that are not made by us or you - again, we want to keep that legal guy away.
- Half used tissues on the desk which you have obviously been using to…blow your nose on.
- Half eaten food - especially if its curry because then it may look like a cat or dog left something on your desk.
- If you got a load of dust or fingerprints on your monitor because annoying people come to touch your screen thinking its an iPad then wipe it down.
- Unnaturally placed items - you should not have to clear up your desk (well not too much) of things (apart from those half used tissues) as I want to capture your work environment. I will be looking for a selection of both clean and cluttered workspaces. You should also not have to strategically place items around your workspace either - if you want to show something work related, it should be placed as if you placed it naturally off angle - not laid out neatly unless that is what you usually do.
- Another example of unnaturally placed items are logos on cups - the logo on a Starbucks cup for example should not be directly facing the camera as it looks like its been strategically placed.
- As these photos are about lifestyle - you or other humans should be in the photos too.
About camera angle and formats.
- Avoid taking all your photos super tight - have some wide shots too so that folks can see your complete work environment.
- If somebody is taking a photo of you at a desk, that person should not be standing aiming the camera down at you. Rather it should be taken at the same height that your head is or lower. A good example is the first photo in this post. That photo is actually the type of composition I am looking for. It has a nice bokeh - even though Ebony is slightly blurred, you can still make out that it is her and that she is part of this persons work lifestyle.
- There is no file size limit and no limit to the number of photos you submit either.
- Photos should be original resolution in JPG or JPEG (not RAW) and zipped up - see further down for submission link.
- If you are going through all the hassle to take these photos, you may as well take a selfie with your favorite smart doll at the same time and put the photo in the same zip file mentioned above.
- Most of your photos should be in landscape format.
Notes on Smart Doll posing.
- Smart Dolls should not have their headlights showing through apparel. While I think headlights look cute (which is why I put them on M bust and above) they don’t look that great on billboards - they could cause car accidents. This is also the reason why I ship all Smart Dolls with S bust as default.
- Avoid strong shadows cast on the Smart Doll’s face cos they may look like they had a bad day.
- Sometimes a light source can clip the nose of a Smart Doll and cast a triangular shadow on their face which looks odd - avoid this.
- Avoid Smart Dolls sitting with their legs open showing crotch - we don't want folks to get the wrong idea about our girls n boys.
- Sitting Smart Dolls should have their toes pointed inwards slightly for that cuter touch - unless its a guy Smart Doll.
- Wigs should be positioned correctly - check the Welcome Guide to see how wigs should be put on and the Smart Doll online store to see how wigs should be positioned for each character.
- Smart Doll's placed on your table should not be placed in a way that makes them look like they are about to fall off the side.
- If you are going to have a Smart Doll slightly blurred out in the background, make sure that the eyes don't end up looking completely black - make sure there is a slight twinkle or they may look like they got no soul - and we all know that Smart Doll got soul.
- OK you probably think I'm being a bit picky now but represents the sort of details I nag about to my staff and vendors when developing and producing the product.
- If you have been posing the hands, a gap may develop between the ball joint and forearm - close it off.
Things that should be in some of the photos.
- You! Some photos of you looking at the camera and some looking away doing your work - whether its working on a prop for a movie or browsing the Internets or setting your Smart Doll boy or girl up by the reception in your office etc.
- The photos should capture your work environment and your profession if possible.
- Smart Doll! They can be sitting or standing but should be posed reasonably well and not look like a zombie. If you are not sure then just check the photos on the smart doll website.
- Do note that Smart Doll does not have to be in *all* your photos. For example 5 photos can be of you in action at work and 1 or 2 photos of you at work or home with Smart Doll. A selection of photos like this would show your profession and how Smart Doll fits into your lifestyle even if they are just displayed at your desk at home or work.
- You do not have to be interacting with Smart Doll - they can be just displayed by your desk etc.
Things that would be good.
- Photos taken on a DSLR with bokeh gives a look and feel which is inline with the photos that I already take and is preferred but not essential.
- About 10 photos of you doing various things in your work. Can also include co-workers or family members too. If you have bought Smart Doll for a child and you are OK about having their photo on the internets (like this lovely girl) then that would be awesome.
- Some photos of you smiling while doing your work would be nice - but not the wide-eyed deranged-look smile. OK - you can include one for the lols.
What you get.
- I’ll go bankrupt if I gave thousands of Smart Dolls away so instead I will go through entries on a regular basis and send email to folks who made the mark. If you didn’t make the mark then don’t hate me - it could just be that the photo didn’t have the correct composition for a particular print format (for example).
- Folks who take outstanding photos with the composition sense that we are looking for could be asked if they can work for us on a freelance basis to take photos of Smart Doll in their region.
- Folks who show an extremely high understanding of the way the product should be portrayed in a corporate look and feel could be offered permanent or part time jobs.
Submit your “Smart Doll Lifestyle” photos here >