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Behind the Scenes: A Doll’s House

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May 10

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A Doll’s House

Promised an amazing life filled with all they could ever want; all but the love of the man who promised he would be there. Women are treated like objects, just another pretty piece to fill a cold castle. They sit and wait for a man who is not coming home to them.

Miniature Rooms

All the rooms in these images are miniatures, photographed in the Art Institute of Chicago. We couldn’t find any 3″ tall women, so some compositing was necessary.

Deep in the basement of the Art Institute of Chicago is a room full of miniatures. “The 68 Thorne Miniature Rooms enable one to glimpse elements of European interiors from the late 13th century to the 1930s and American furnishings from the 17th century to the 1930s. Painstakingly constructed on a scale of one inch to one foot, these fascinating models were conceived by Mrs. James Ward Thorne of Chicago and constructed between 1932 and 1940 by master craftsmen according to her specifications.”

Matching Lighting

Because the light in the rooms couldn’t be set up we had to match lighting in the studio. This was done using a combination of different ways- using large v flats, flagging our lights so the shadows would match, and matching fill light.

Final Images

The Team

Photographer:Aaron Nace
Assist: Amelia Fletcher
Assist: Zach Spinner

Hair: Jamie Sterle
Makeup: Trishla Puri
Stylist: Heather Mae
Video: John White

Props: Roost Antiques

Sarah Vonderhaar
Alexanna Blonski
Kasia Lo

  • Jenna Petrone

    These BTS videos are so exciting!

  • Kyle

    Loved it! You really need to do more of these bts vids!

  • di_jo

    I love this series of images. As always, you are an amazing inspiration and font of knowledge! Thank you.

  • Johnzaboyan

    What a cool video…great to see more. 

  • willard chviers

    So so so cool!

  • Conn Young

    Great video but it felt like that was the intro scene! i was expecting the music to fade out and wed get some talking! haha. stunning images though!!

  • C. Edward Brice

    Dude your work from this is impressive.

  • Lawrence Smith

    can you say>>>>>>>>>>>>>NEXT LEVEL SHIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Lawrence Smith

    can you say>>>>>>>>>>>>>NEXT LEVEL SHIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Edd Carlile

    Stunning compositing work here!
    Well done Aaron….superb.

  • Tom Simone

    wow, talk about talent….  maybe would be cool to have image that showed scale of doll house and models next to something big, so they look like itsy bitsy ppl in itsy bitsy setting

  • Brad Holland

    Kill’t it.

  • adam raasalhague

    Is that Sarah from ANTM? It is isn’t it? OMG!! :D

  • Michaelbenford

    Amazing work. Would love to see a PHLEARN PRO on the making of these images.

  • AJ

    Can’t wait for the Phlearn Pro on this! I won’t think twice to buy it! 

  • Veritas

    Who is that one brunette? She embodied the concept of the shoot in her expressions and body language. I think she’s probably an actor as well as superb model.

  • Bsongbyrd

    Amazing that you got permission to shoot in this fabulous setting. Your work is stellar. Perfect casting also.

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  • Elias Abkar

    Were the backgrounds shot on location or they were produced in 3D max or something? I hope you’re gonna reply to this

  • Aaron Nace

    Backgrounds were all shot on location!

  • Paul Frocchi

    would love to see this as a pro tute. wow.

  • Billy Baheux Photographie

    Hi Phlearn,

    I’m so sorry :) I live in France and I can’t see this tutorial because of author’s right (music ?) Can you do something ?

    “This video contains content from bmg rights management … At least one of the owners was blocked in your country as a matter of copyright”


  • Michał

    The video dosen’t work but the photos looks great!

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