e x p l o r e | a paris photoshoot

Hey guys! By the time you read this, I’ll be at camp! *excited squeals* Ahh, I literally cannot wait! I recently went to my grandma’s house, and she has the most amazing backyard ever! It’s super aesthetic, and even has this little secret passageway.

I’ve probably done three or four photoshoots here, but I’ve improved so much in my photography that I decided to do another one with Paris! I hope you guys enjoy these photos with summery, adventure vibes!

This photo turned out so gorgeous with the bokeh in the back and the beautiful sunstreaks! I really love Paris’s outfit, too. This might be my favorite photo if Paris was looking at the camera!

I’m starting to think that Paris might have the eye defect. I’ve never really noticed it before, but when I’m looking at all of these photos, she’s not looking at the camera, even though I’m at eye level – she’s looking down!

I love this photo! Her hair is a bit messy, but the lighting is perfect. It looks like there’s a filter or something! If only she was looking straight at the camera….

I love this photo, too! It’s my favorite out of this photoshoot, I think. The bird pool reminds me of the Chronicles Of Narnia: The Magician’s Nephew, because it looks like the wood between the worlds!

This picture is pretty similar to the last one, and I really like it too. I prefer the angle in the other one, but the lighting is amazing in this photo! Plus, the colors are so vibrant. I can’t believe this turned out so well, I’m really excited!

She’s kind of looking at the camera here! Yay! I don’t think I’m going to send her in to the AG hospital right away, since the eye defect doesn’t bother me too much. Maybe while I’m on vacation I’ll send her to the AGH? I’m not really sure. Plus, I don’t want to wait three weeks! I should probably finish filming/photographing/writing Camp Pineapple first.

I think this photo turned out pretty well! I love the woodsy vibes from this photoshoot, and it’s nice how her jacket matches the background without blending into it.

AHHHHHHHHH! I think this photo is HORRIBLE. It’s probably the worst out of all of the photoshoot. Her eyes are completely dark, her face is shadowy, the lighting is harsh, the angle is weird….not my best work! Ugh…

This photo took FOREVER to edit, but I think it turned out pretty well! I took a different approach to the photo and tried a really far way angle that still focused on Paris. I did a ton of editing – the background was too bright compared to the foreground, so I darkened it, but it still doesn’t look that right…oh well! I also blurred the background, which is why the blurring is a little inconsistent. Sorry about that!

I really love this picture! The filter I added looks really great with the rest of the picture, and I also brightened up her eyes. I like the angle! The one problem – SHE’S NOT LOOKING AT THE CAMERA!

I played around with the weird lighting on the porch and it ended up turning out really cool! The light filtered through wood on the porch roof, creating these cool shadows on Paris and the pots and plants behind her.

Did you know I took all of these pictures with an iPhone 6? I didn’t bring my camera with me, so I had to use my phone. They actually ended up being really great quality!

I hope you had fun e x p l o r i n g the beautiful summer scenery with me and Paris. I can’t wait for all of the amazing adventures coming this summer – there’s so much possibility!

One of those adventures is going to be camp tomorrow…which reminds me, I better go pack. Bye!

What adventures are you going on this summer? Which photo is your favorite? Do you think Paris has the defect? Should I send her to the doll hospital?

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What Doll Should Meet Mixiepixie7? | Vote Now!

Hey guys! I have some super exciting news (that you can already tell from the title but I’m going to tell you anyway):

Mixiepixie7 is hosting a meetup at my local AG Store, and I’m going!!!

Originally, when I asked my mom about it, she just said “probably”. Which everyone knows ranks high on the Mom-o-Meter of responses.

But just today, I asked her again for confirmation, and she said YES!!!!!!

In case you live under a rock (or just don’t subscribe to AGTubers), Micah/Mixiepixie7 is a YouTuber who is super famous in the AGTube world and creates phenomenal stopmotions and videos!

This photo is from Micah’s Channel, so it’s not mine!

Here is the link to her channel, where you can find a video explaining details about the meetup and all of her other awesome content!

I’m a huge fan of her channel and I’m LITERALLY SO EXCITED to get to meet her!!!! Ahhhh I just want it to be March 10 already. And my friend might get to come with me!

So, of course, all of my dolls want to come too. But only one will be able to come with me! I’ve narrowed it down to my Top 3 options, and I have no idea which one to take!

So, I thought, why not let you guys decide?

I let each of the dolls put together a little “campaign”, where they will have a photo, short bio, why they want to go, and reasons to pick them! You guys will vote in the comments! The deadline is March 8, 2019, so you have until Friday to cast your vote!

Bio: Hi, I’m Paris Kay Elliot! I love basketball and journalism, and recently, I’ve gotten into acting! I starred in AGW’s Christmas movie Flashback and I’m going to co-star in Forever Season 2! (Yes, there is going to be a Season 2! If you vote for me, maybe I’ll give you some hints! 😉) I’m the main character in Emmie’s book, Trying for the Sky, (previously titled Paris Takes the Shot), and I’m the newest doll.

Why I want to go: I’ve always LOVED Mixiepixie7’s videos and I would absolutely love to meet her and take my first trip to the American Girl Store (not counting the time I was bought!) It would be awesome to interview her. She works with incredibly talented doll actresses all the time. And I’m hoping that she’ll bring Sophie Claire and Cassie, because I’d love to meet hem too!

Why you should vote for me: If you vote for me, there might be a new stop motion starring me! And I’ve never been to the AG Store besides getting bought, and I’m the newest doll.

Bio: Hey, everyone! I’m Alexandra Kate Blakely, a writer, singer, and ballerina! I look so much like Sophie Claire, I could be her twin sister! I played roles in Forever Season 1 as well as in Flashback and various videos and photo stories, plus I’m a character in TFTS. I have T1D, just like Emmie!

Why I want to go: I would love to meet my twin Sophie Claire if Micah brings her, and I love Micah’s videos and I’ve been watching them for as long as I can remember! Going to the AG Store is one of my favorite things to do, ever!

Why you should vote for me: If you vote for me, there will be a short story written by me and a photo shoot posted on this blog! Plus, you’ll get the CUTEST pics of me and Sophie Claire!

Bio: What’s up, guys? I’m Ziana Joy Yang, but you can call me Z. You probably recognize me as the host of the popular Z Crew News series and from my YouTube Channel, Z Crew, that has over 100,000 subscribers! I love filmmaking, dogs, photography, and art. I co-starred in Forever Season 1, and I’m going to star in Forever Season 2 as well! I also played the doctor in Flashback, and I’ve produced, directed, edited, and starred tons of videos for AGW’s channel, including Isabel and Lea React to Blaire Wilson!

Why I want to go: I absolutely love filmmaking and YouTube videos, so meeting Micah would be a dream come true for me! I’ve watched her channel since I was fostered and then came to the AGW family and it’s been amazing to see her channel grow. I would do an awesome interview with her, because I love journalism and I have a lot of practice from ZCN!

Why you should vote for me: If you vote for me, there will be a NEW ZCN EPISODE! And, the vlog we will take at the meetup will be directed and edited by me, and you’ll get a photo shoot of me, too! And, there

That’s it for the campaign bios! (Is that even a thing? Oh well, now it is.) Now it’s your turn! Who will get to go to the AG Store on Sunday, March 10? Only YOU can decide by commenting below your vote by March 8!

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Farewell Fall & Welcome Winter!

Hey marshmallows! If you’re wondering why I’m posting the day after the winter solstice (jk you’re probably not), it’s because yesterday was my 2-year blogaversiary! You can check out the post and an AGSM movie trailer here! Anyways, on to the post!

It’s officially winter, which means it’s time for another seasonal wrap-up! First, we’re going to look at some of the pros + cons about this fall.



cons

  • In September I got a bug bite that got infected, which made me anxious and kind of sick
  • The big surprise got canceled because there was only one person that sent in a photo story that didn’t have to be disqualified, which is REALLY disappointing because we worked super hard on it for half a year. 😭😭 BUT, Natalie & I hope to bring FPC back this summer.
  • We had to switch math teachers in the middle of the year, which was a little confusing, but I feel like with the new teacher I understood the lessons a lot better. And we’re going to have to get ANOTHER math teacher when we get back from winter break so that’ll be crazy.
  • I got sick during Thanksgiving break
  • Otherwise, I had an okay fall!

pros

  • MY BIRTHDAY
  • Halloween!
  • I got a new domain and redesigned American Girl World!
  • The first semester of 5th grade was AWESOME
  • Nutcracker!!!
  • I feel like I’ve really improved in ballet this fall, and I did great on the Christmas/winter recital!
  • I got Paris!
  •  Thanksgiving
  • I had an all-As report card
  • Christmas shopping/prep/traditions
  • SCHOOL 👏 GOT 👏 OUT 👏
  • Lots of filming for Flashback. A Christmas AGSM Movie
  • Fall was pretty good!


stats

Since I already shared all-time stats in my last post, I’m just going to be doing stats from this fall!

september

Most popular post: All three posts were tied with exactly 29 views each!

My favorite post: A Day in the Life of Jade Palmer

Likes: 61

Comments: 25

Views: 254

october

Most popular post: Eleven. // More Cheesecake, Shopping, and a New Doll

My favorite post: Eleven. // More Cheesecake, Shopping, and a New Doll

Likes: 77

Comments: 77

Views: 395

november

Most popular post: Z Crew News: Episode 2 | Coverage You Can Count On (Featuring Clara from Clara and Co!)

My favorite post: Isabel’s Bad Hair Day AGSM

Likes: 104

Comments: 89

Views: 570

I think that besides September, I did pretty well stats-wise this fall!



did i complete my goals?

  • NaNoWriMo! (which I may or may not be participating in. I’m still deciding.)

I finished the planning goal of 114 pages during the first 20 days of NaNo, and then on the last day crammed in 3,000 words so I could reach my goal of 3114 words! It was really hard to complete it, and I had to bring down my goal a few times on the last day, but I have most of the first chapter done!

  • I WILL finish the first draft of my novel!

Ummm…not really. Once again, I hit a block in my novel and wasn’t sure how to continue. I just now picked it up again, and I hope to finish it by the end of 2018!

  • THE BIG SURPRISE (for real this time!!)

Yup, but, it didn’t do as well as I thought it would. (See above cons)

  • I will gain core and foot strength from my pre-pointe classes!

Yeah, I think I’ve really improved!

  • LOTS of Nutcracker prep

We just BARELY made it up on the wheelbarrow (a giant stunt where ten of us hook our legs on to each other wheelbarrow style and have to hold it for two whole eight counts. It’s a lot harder than it sounds!) but Nutcracker went pretty well, and I got to be one of the lead polis!

  • My birthday!!!

You can check out my birthday post here!

  • And, just so I can annoy my future self…

Oh boy. 🤦

  • SO MUCH MORE! 😉 😉

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so you’ve been rambling about this fall…what happens in winter?

  • Christmas will be totally awesome!
  • 2019 will be the best year yet!
  • Some really cool post videos and posts I’ve got some ideas for!
  • Posts at least once a week, maybe even twice a week!
  • I will post more on and redesign my faith blog, Standing Firm in My Faith!
  • School will get back and I will do great!
  • I will finish my novel before the end of 2018 and then continue Paris Takes the Shot!
  • I will improve at ballet/contemporary/pre-pointe!

That’s it for the post! Thanks for reading, marshmallows!

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paris + pumpkins| A Photoshoot

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Hello, people of the Earth! (#flashback) A few days ago, my little sister’s class had a playdate at a pumpkin patch. I tagged along with Paris and my camera! (Okay, my iPhone, but technically it was a camera still) 

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“This is the perfect pumpkin!”

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The lighting was really harsh, so it took a lot of editing to get her eyes to show up.

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When the lighting is right, though, Paris is so photogenic! I’m thinking about entering her in Cycle 3 of AGNDM with this photo. What do you guys think?

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I really like the lighting in this photo, but looking back, I wish I had posed Paris differently. She’s just kinda standing there, staring off into the distance…

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I was inspired to name her Paris by an old NTTM, actually! (Somehow an N kept sneaking into the end of that acronym, looking back at my featured images. Name That Truly Me Now?)

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Since I got Julie’s Basketball Set for my birthday as well, I decided to make her a basketball player! I’m even going to write her ‘meet book’ as my NaNoWriMo project!

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 Thanks for reading this quick little post! See you guys later!

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