Use your zoom!!! This is how far away I stand from my dolls when I take pictures of them. I try to zoom quite a bit when I take photos.
Here I have a few examples of my pictures zoomed and not zoomed. This one is not zoomed.
And this one is zoomed. As you can see zooming helps to blur your background and give you bokeh ( I know there's no bokeh in this picture), as well as making your pictures look not so awkward.
See what I mean? Awkward.....
And not awkward.
Really not awkward.
Another extra way to help you improve your photography is to get a better camera. The camera I have is a Canon PowerShot SX130 IS. I got mine on ebay for $60, but I've seen them go for less.
One last extra tip I have for you is to mess with your settings. This picture has the settings all on auto.
This has the white balance on cloudy. This is the setting I use for all my pictures.
This one has the white balance on cloudy and the color setting on vivid. This is the setting I used to use until about a month ago. I started to really not like it because it made my dolls look too orange, so I stopped using it.
I hope some of you try the zooming tip!!!