Spring 2015 Photo Shoot

Last Friday we wrapped up the photography for the Spring 2015 Issues of Love of Knitting and Love of Crochet. While our photo shoots entail a lot of running around and toting bins full of knit and crocheted projects from location to location, we always have a blast. However, this time Mother Nature blasted back… with insanely frigid temperatures!

Cold photo shoot

It was challenging to get a warm, springy look in our photographs when our poor models were shivering even when we were inside, but JC, Kathy, and Danielle somehow managed to make the photos look bright and cheery. It’s amazing how different things can look through the camera.

Photo shoot me

At times, the reflection of the light off the snow worked to our advantage, but other times it was a little intense. Here I am trying to filter it with a sheet.

Oakwood homes photo shoot

Even though the weather outside was frightful, we had a fabulous time checking out the Oakwood Homes’ Carriage House Models in Denver during the shoot. These homes are spectacular, and the layouts are functional and attractive. All of us kept saying we could see ourselves living there. The people at the Oakwood Homes are wonderful as well, so be sure to stop by if you’re in the area.

We can’t wait to share our Spring 2015 Issues with you! Until then, check out the Winter Issues of Love of Knitting and Love of Crochet to hold you over. We have plenty of gorgeous patterns to keep your hands busy and your wardrobe stylish.

Behind the scenes at our holiday photo shoot

We have barely gotten used to the warmer weather, and we are already working on our Holiday Issues! These special issues are so much fun because they are full of great gift ideas, decorations, and beautiful garments and accessories you’ll love wearing during all the festivities. Photographing these issues was just as exciting because we got an early taste of the holiday season.

Holiday lightsWe wrapped presents, decorated our tree, and hung twinkling lights that really complemented the sparkly yarn used in some of the garments. We can’t wait to share these patterns with you!

Holiday guyAs always, we have some handsome men’s garments and accessories you’re going to love! They have a wonderful, subtle style that is easy and comfortable to wear.

Holiday girlOur talented Art Director, Kathy, made some impressive paper snowflakes for our backdrop. Aren’t they gorgeous? This sweater is truly stunning as well, and you’re going to love the stitch pattern!

Holiday amyWe had a blast and made a merry mess photographing our Holiday Issues! It was great to see the featured designs styled and “in action.” Many of them can be worn in several different ways, so you’ll be able to personalize your look and let your style shine.

Do you want to see more behind-the-scenes photos from our shoot? Follow us on Twitter and Instagram, and see what we’ve been up to!

Behind the scenes

We took some time out of the office earlier this week to photograph the fabulous projects for our Summer SIPs. These are special issues that you can pick up May 27th (Love of Knitting) or June 25th (Love of Crochet). It was wonderful spending time at such amazing locations, and we are excited to share some fun behind-the-scenes photos of our shoot.

Fancy Tiger
Fancy Tiger Crafts in Denver

On Monday we photographed some great projects at Fancy Tiger Crafts. It was such a treat to be surrounded by all of this beautiful yarn! The selection is outstanding, and the people are extremely knowledgeable and friendly.

Wonderland Homes crochet
Wonderland Homes in Northfield, CO – Heritage Models

Next, we shot a few more awesome projects at the Wonderland Model Homes. We were all truly impressed by the layout and location of these fabulous homes! They are extremely close to plenty of great shops, and it’s easy to imagine personalizing them and making them your own.

sticks photo shoot march
Villa Parker – Parker, CO

On Wednesday, we photographed the rest of our inspiring items at Villa Parker, a stunning event location. They host weddings, fundraisers, holiday parties, and any other event you can imagine. The gorgeous indoor and outdoor spaces here will definitely inspire and make for amazing memories.

We can’t wait to share the projects in our Summer SIPs with you, but we do have a few more photos we can share now. Follow Love of Knitting and Love of Crochet on Instagram to see all of the behind-the-scenes photos from our shoot, as well as a few more sneak peeks of the fun projects being featured!

Summer 2014 photo shoot

Although the weather won’t let us forget that it’s winter, we just finished the bulk of the photography for our Summer 2014 Issues of Love of Knitting and Love of Crochet! We want to thank the Denver Art Student’s League and the Country Fair Garden Center for allowing us to use their beautiful locations. Our talented Art Director Kathy and her wonderful friend Autumn welcomed us into their lovely homes to take photos as well.art planesWe had a blast photographing our Summer Issues, and we can’t wait to share these fun projects with you! Until then, you can follow Love of Knitting and Love of Crochet on Instagram for more behind-the-scenes photos from our shoot. Happy crafting!

Spring Photography

The beginning of the week was filled with fun and excitement for us at the Love of Knitting and Love of Crochet office. This may sound crazy since most of us are still gearing up for the holiday season, but we spent the past 3 days photographing the projects for our Spring Issues! Although it’s great to get back into our routine, we always enjoy the process of styling and photographing all of the fabulous designs we feature.

weight room

After seeing all of our knit and crocheted designs on the models, we must say that you’re in for a treat! The projects were impressive and beautiful all by themselves, but when we see someone actually wearing them we realize just how flattering and fashionable they are. We were also stunned by the beauty of our two offsite locations! Above, you can see part of the beautiful lobby of the AMLI at Inverness Apartments in Englewood, CO, along with their fully equipped gym. Below, you’ll see some of the gorgeous built in shelves at the Oakwood Model Homes in Green Valley Ranch, CO. Both of these locations were truly inspiring, and we had a blast shooting our Spring Issues. We can’t wait to share our latest designs with you!

Oakwood shelves

A Visit to an Animal Rescue

Our last photo shoot took place at The Edwards Foundation for Rescued Animals. It’s a beautiful farm located in Parker, Colorado, that’s run by two retired teachers who love animals and want to make a positive difference.

There were all kinds of cute, curious animals wandering around during our photo shoot including horses, llamas, and chickens! Our Art Director Kathy snapped a few behind-the-scenes photos to share with you.

As you can see, the animals added a fun, playful element to our day. While one of our models was getting ready to pose for a photo, a chicken ran by in the background.

Animal RescueSome llamas watched our photographer in action.

Animal Rescue Parker

A little horse was curious to know what was in Jen’s knitting bag!

Animal rescue parkerWe felt lucky to be able to spend our day at the farm. If you’re in the area, try to plan a trip to the farm, or if you are so inclined, donate to help support the important work they do.

The farm welcomes visitors to come spend time with the animals. They’ve worked with groups of scouts, special needs classes, emotionally disabled kids, and foster kids. They also offer spinning and weaving classes to make use of the fiber gathered from their llamas (knitters take note!).

Creating the Perfect Backdrop

A lot of planning goes into every photo we include in Love of Knitting and Love of Crochet magazines. Our Art Director Kathy is always hunting for great photo-shoot locations that will provide a beautiful setting to intrigue and excite our readers.

In today’s blog post, we’ll take you behind the scenes to get a sneak peek of all the different places we visited on a recent photo shoot!

The first location was The Altar Bridal Consignment in Denver. They sell pre-loved wedding gowns and are the largest bridal consignment in Colorado. We were impressed by the sassy, modern interior decoration. The staff there was incredibly helpful and friendly too!

Altar Bridal Consignment

Next up, we visited Stonebrook Manor in Thornton. This wedding and event center included romantic gardens, spectacular ballrooms, and an elegant grand foyer. Coincidentally, one of the models we worked with that day will be getting married there in the fall! It’s clearly a popular place for special occasions. Here are a couple photos of this incredible spot.

Stonebrook Manor

Stonebrook Manor

The last location we visited for our photo shoot was the Parker Arts, Culture, and Events Center that’s right on Mainstreet in downtown Parker. With contemporary architecture, sculptures, and art galleries, this building was full of fantastic nooks and crannies that were perfect for photos.

The Pace Center in Parker
Pace Center

We’re grateful to all these amazing venues for allowing us to set up shop for our photo shoot!

Behind the Scenes at a Photo Shoot

Ever wonder what goes on behind the scenes at a photo shoot? In today’s blog post, we open up about all the fun details!

From deciding what outfit will go with a certain garment to selecting a well-composed background for a specific shot, so many little decisions go into each photo you see printed in one of our magazines. Whether we’re adjusting the lighting or fixing a model’s hair, we do our best to make each photo pop.

It takes a team of people to pull it off. In the snapshot below, you can see our Editor-in-Chief and Art Director standing watch behind the camera, ready to jump into action when need be. JC, our talented photographer, is busy taking photos as our Graphic Designer holds up a light reflector.

Photo Shoot at Love of Knitting Magazine

The model is hidden in the previous photo, but you can see her from a different angle here. She’s wearing a gorgeous top that is scheduled to appear in our Spring Issue. We can’t wait for you to see this beautiful knitting pattern once it is published!

Photo Shoot at Love of Knitting Magazine IIIt may seem like a simple process, but there are so many things to think about during a photo shoot. We want to show you how a garment drapes on the body, and we also try to get close-up shots of stitch patterns as well so you can have a helpful visual guide as you knit the pattern.

Because we take photographs for our Spring Issue during the winter, we need to brainstorm ways to make each photo feel spring-like, even if the temperature is below freezing and the ground happens to be covered in crusty snow that day. It takes some creative thinking to make it all come together, but we have a lot of fun in the process!