Sometimes I scout and prep for a photoshoot and then the magic I really really hope for happens: a triangle of sunlight at the right moment while photographing this angular sweater design. It's Lantana from Shellie Anderson's SP20 Collection from Shibui Knits. Just released!
Full lookbook, which I'm so happy with and full of fabulous designs, here .
Shellie commissioned me to shoot her collection about a year ago. Collections need to be photographed with backgrounds that tie all the imagery together, and connect with the designs yet aren't too monotonous. Or too distracting! Shellie suggested a modern, graphic, architectural, slightly nautical setting. So, on a chilly day last April, I did some poking around the new boathouse on New Haven harbor. I'd noticed some nice light on it during quick drivebys.
No nice light the day we scouted! Lots of potential. My junior associate here is kicking and crunching broken clams that seagulls drop on the cement pier so they can eat the innards.
I returned closer to the August shoot date, with my assistant, to see what the light was like late in the day, and if there'd be lots of activity. It was overcast so we still had no clue how shadows would fall but we could hope! Those are the stairs from the top photo, shown here with a different lens.
The shoot day was hazy sticky but not too hot. We have a lot of that weather close to the water in August, with slices of sunlight coming through at times. We were shooting in the last hours of daylight, so first task was seeing where the sun might fall if it did peep out. And of course figuring out which pieces to shoot by which backgrounds. The photos above are Yliana, my assistant, in test spots. Can you tell she does this so much that she is 100% unphased by a lens pointing at her?
Having so many horizontal and vertical lines in the background has the potential to make me crazy. Here, I love it with the sophisticated simplicity of Shellie's designs.
This top, Acacia, above, is halfway between a T and a poncho. LOVE!
Mission accomplished! Until we saw ourselves in the group selfie we hadn't realized all three of us dressed in the exact same shades as the colors in the collection.Sooooo stylish, we are. (NOT!)
*I am, really trying to do Three on Thursday reliably but this week had a lot of curveballs-- i am sure you had the same! My friend Beverly claimed the Four on Friday option this week--but I still couldn't get it together. So here we are with Several on Saturday. Isn't 90% of life about showing up??
Also BTS= Behind the Scenes :-)