Behind-The-Scenes: The Winter Knits Photoshoot

Note from Sandi: The Knits team and I are always looking for new goodies to share with you, and this time, Eunny Jang, editor of Interweave Knits, and the whole Interweave Knits team decided to issue you a "backstage pass" to the Winter Knits photoshoot: a behind-the-scenes video! Here's Eunny to introduce you to the cast of characters and to give you a guided tour of what it's really like on photoshoot day. Heeeerrrrreee's Eunny!

Come backstage with us to see our behind the scenes video!



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Have you seen the Winter Knits preview yet (if you haven’t, take a minute to click over here)? We’re excited about the range of projects we’re presenting with this issue – light, cozy, rugged, refined, work-appropriate, weekendy – there’s something for every knitter. And we’re excited about the presentation – as always, we hope the photography is lovely but accessible, grounded in Real Life, inspirational but intimately familiar to every knitter. Our models tend to be friends and family of the editors and the crew. The clothes used to style the sweaters are off-the-rack and vintage items, and occasionally well-loved pieces from our own closets. The locations are usually spaces in which people live and work. Every shoot is a vision of the knitting good life – an idealized version of the real world we (and our handknits!) inhabit.

Even real life, though, takes some work to photograph. Come with us behind the scenes on the Winter shoot, and check out how we captured some of the shots you’ll see in the magazine.

The cast of characters:

  • There’s Beth, the stylist, who pulls together outfits for each knit and stands by during shooting to keep things tucked in or hanging right, as the case may be. Beth takes my ideas on outfits for each piece and overall aesthetic for each story, and assembles textures and colors that showcase the knits and set a mood.
  • Katie, the makeup artist, provides a little finishing polish. We like a very natural, fresh look, but a little bit here and there can go a long way towards making the camera see the world as vibrantly as we do.
  • The photographer’s assistant, Nelson (you may have seen him modeling mittens in our Fall issue, too!), works some kind of magic by which he simultaneously moves equipment, holds reflectors, tests light rigs, does a thousand other things, and still keeps all of us loose and laughing.
  • Kate and Crystal, our lovely models, are infinitely patient and very good-humored about the strange spotlight we put them in. Kate’s a painter, and Crystal owns a music shop on Philadelphia’s South Street – they’re everyday people we know from real life, very down to earth, and they’re secretly (I think) amused by the whole thing.
  • Lisa, Senior Editor on Knits and Editor of knitscene, keeps everything moving. She manages the shot list, makes sure people are getting dressed or undressed on schedule, handles all the logistics of model releases and so forth, and keeps us on time.
  • Amanda, our photographer, and I are practically one person during the twenty hours of shooting that go into each issue. We start with the overall look and feel for each story, and eventually work our way down to specifics like the lighting, the spots for each shot, props, poses, and actions. We work together to make sure each shot showcases the interesting knitting stuff, but is visually compelling as well – we’re rarely more than a couple feet apart while we’re shooting, and while we sometimes play tug-of-war, we push each other and work hard to capture a picture of the knitting life – a look, a feel, a mood, that we think you, the readers, will be drawn into. 


— Eunny Jang
Editor, Interweave Knits

View the Interweave Knits Winter 2008 preview!

What's on Sandi's needles? I really did not intend to get so caught up in Nancy Bush's Leaf and Nupp Shawl (from our new book Knitted Lace of Estonia) that it would push everything else out of the way–but that's what happened. I was travelling this week, and somehow I managed to get six of the fourteen center repeats done in only a week's time. It's so much fun to see the lace pattern growing so quickly…however, now I am in a bit of a pickle. All the women members of my family whom I am visiting are pointedly discussing what color they would like their shawl to be… 

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