Behind the Scenes at the Sockupied Fall Photo Shoot

I’ll let you in on a secret: Almost all knitting and crochet magazines are photographed way out of season. That summer issue of Interweave Knits you just picked up may have been shot with a shivering crew back in December.

Two weeks ago—only a week after we got a foot of snow in Northern Colorado—we shot the Fall 2013 issue of Sockupied. The leaves on the trees are barely budding and we’re pretending that the leaves are turning and falling.

Shooting Fall in the spring isn’t so bad, but it’s challenging to shoot an issue that looks like summer in deepest winter, which is what we did for the Spring and Summer 2013 issues. It’s especially challenging for magazines that are photographing summer lace and hoping that the models don’t freeze.

Fortunately, at Sockupied we shoot socks all year round. And since we only show feet, we’re free to make our models laugh with silly requests and poses. One of our models finally told me, “No, Anne, I can’t lower my outer toe.” It requires some contortions to make feet look natural.

The socks are still a surprise, but I thought you might like to see what a glamorous job it can be photographing socks.

A spring thunderstorm threatened all day long, but the sun shone on most of our shots—so we always had an umbrella at the ready. Charlene Tiedemann holds the umbrella, Nathan Riga of Harper Point Photography holds the reflector, and editorial assistant Abbi Byrd doubles as a model at right.

The whole crew watches as Abbi models a pair of socks from the fabulous vintage Volkswagon van that we borrowed for the shoot. Menacing clouds off the right edge gave us a spectacular background for the photos.

Inside the van, Nathan and photographer Caleb ask me about our man’s socks in this issue, which a model in the driver’s seat is sporting. (I’m in red—shot from my favorite angle!)

Sometimes you have to get down to sock level. Photo stylist Katie Himmelberg and Charlene look on as Nathan shoots some cover options.

This was the last shot of the day and the scariest. As the storm rolled closer, the photographers went for a dramatic photograph that was a little too close to the rushing river for my comfort!


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