Thursday, June 25, 2015

Carnaby Kid behind the scenes

This morning Lori Versaci of Versaci Knits released her adorable Carnaby Kid sweater. It's, the tiny version of her fun adult Carnaby Street design*. A few weeks ago,  I met Lori for cocktails after I taught  at Pins and Needles in Princeton. Between gin drinks--very good gin drinks-- she tucked the sweater into my bag and asked me to shoot it on Zoe.  The drinks were so good, we didn't quite discuss details--but it was obvious to me that we'd made a winning model:design pairing. Really, no bias ;-)  This past Sunday, the shoot finally happened.
Official version, above. Serious style! Thought you might like to see what else went on when I slipped the stripey wonderfulness onto the 3 year old with the freshly trimmed bangs. Sister Lulu had come over for pancakes. For the bazillionth time, she was drafted into helping with reflector/diffuser duties. Sister knows how to throw some shade, on demand.
We'd been shooting for 10 minutes in increasingly sticky weather by the tracks at the end of the street when we heard the toooooooot toooot of the vintage trolley approaching--do you see it in the upper left? Our model got a little excited. She's been wanting to ride the "choochoo".
 
A split second later, completely unplanned,  barefoot and with camera in tow, we're trolley passengers. We're breezing through the wetlands it crosses, spying egrets,  and nesting osprey with their babies, enroute to the ShorelineTrolley Museum.  My neighborhood adds the local color for tourists  We didn't let them down when we boarded, unfolded reflector flopping with us.

Wicker seats! People used to ride with civility. The wool sweater was a little warm..but so dapper.
The trolley makes a stop at the car barn out in the woods. Visitors see the old subway cars and trolleys under restoration, and learn commuter train history. We skipped that part while our sweater model put on her sparkly sandals and played house in a vintage trolley stop shelter.
Waiting for the whistle to all on board again.
We rode back to our street. It's the turnaround spot for the trolley.  As we headed home,  the trolley went the opposite way. Not that you could tell without a caption.  I just couldn't post this one without adding arrows--so ominous!



11 comments:

margene said...

Someone had a good time and put on quite a show! Looks like a fun day. The trolley is priceless and so are your pictures of your dappy little one!

Ellen Mason said...

Dang. This is a fantastic shoot!

AudKnits said...

What a wonderful behind-the-scenes story! Loved reading it.

Gracey is not my name.... said...

Thanks for the behind the scenes...I love this stuff....are you doing the boat cruise this year? I couldn't go last year, and I'll be gone for 10 days in July...so just want to see if I can make it this year..

Ellen Bloom said...

Awww...these are the sweetest photos! Zoe has had plenty of practice being a good model. I definitely see a future for her in Vogue Magazine. It must have been hot, Zoe's cheeks are flushed in some of the close-ups! The sweater is cute too! Excellent photos, Bubbe Gail!

Vicki Knitorious said...

Oh, that's wonderful! All of a sudden, Zoe is looking so grown up! Is it the freshly trimmed bangs? So glad she got to ride the choo-choo. ;)

Kirsten said...

What an adorable post and an awesome peak into your wonderful little town. I love the way you captured the excitement in Zoe's face. Perfect in every way. (Lori's sweater too of course, which I think I need to make for my niece.)

Mary Lou said...

Although those cheeks look a little rosy from the heat of the sweater.. adorable!

cal said...

what a serendipitous adventure! and a lovely photo shoot. i love the one where she's sweeping.

Anna said...

I love everything about this!

beckyinvt said...

What a wonderful little trip, thanks for sharing it with us!