Behind the Yarn: The Photo Shoot in Pictures

I flew down to Virginia on Monday with one goal in mind. To make the photo shoot that we’re doing for our Sixth and Spring book a complete success. So this week, I’ve styled clothes, hair, make up, fitted, poked, and prodded models, wrangled sheep, kept Susie’s wallet and phone with her (although not the house key. oops.), held reflectors, smoothed garments, purchased props, and generally run around like a crazy person, all while attempting to keep up with email.

Here’s one of the props I bought:

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I didn’t make much time to take iphone photos, but fortunately Susie did between taking real photos.

The weather was not looking cooperative for Wednesday’s shoot:

Photo Shoot Weather

But it turned out to be lovely. Below, Susie’s favorite garment on a great new model that we’re using:


Susie said that I looked like The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins. I thought I looked like Caps for Sale


Every detail must be just so, even though I must also help deal with the reflector to light up or shade shots as needed, so often times I was holding a reflector in one hand, and fixing a garment with the other.


Yesterday felt a little bit chiller, especially in the morning. Below I’m keeping a model warm while I fix a detail between shots.

Model Cold

Susie’s been shooting at this building since she first moved here. One day it’s just going to fall to the ground, but until then, we’ll keep shooting in the ruins!

Royal Crown Cola

We went to another farm to use some lambs for a cover shot. This bottle-fed baby was a sweetie:



This is the face I make when I see something horrifying. Apparently, the lamb also makes the same face:


Model Crystal wrangling a sheep while I deal with the reflector and details for another shot.

Crystal Sheep

When figuring out how to hold a lamb without blocking the garment, sometimes you find that lambs are made of legs!



They mostly had Suffolk and they had a whole passel of them!

Sheep in Field

Also on property is this gorgeous lake with a lovely bridge! Isn’t it idyllic?

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The models were changing in the car most of the day and there wasn’t any time to straighten clothes or keep things tidy. When we got home we dumped everything from the car into a heap:

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Today we have 6 more garments to shoot:

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and then it’s time to pack it all up and head home. I hear that there’s a lot of snow awaiting me in Massachusetts which I’m not looking forward to. I am looking forward to seeing my husband and cat and rewarding myself with a weekend off before I get back to work on Monday.


  1. Where is the farm. Is the Royal Crown building on Route 53? If you ever need help let me know.

  2. Some clever shots there, especially of Susie’s favorite garment on the new model, if I get my captions right… can’t wait for spring for one more reason now!!! Enjoy your reunion with the fam!! and thanks for the post, especially the aminals, even if they are from another farm!!

  3.! The lamb that is all legs? I can hear him saying “Wheeeeeee,” from here. Killed me ded from the cute!

  4. Can hardly wait to see the shoot results!

  5. You win the award for the most artful use of a reflector! Enjoy your much-deserved downtime. Congrats to all on the book.

  6. I love it! The photos of the garments (even if artfully taken ;) ), the lamb, and Lauria! Thanks for sharing the behind the scenes – excited to hear more about the book!

  7. Definitely “Caps for Sale”. Lucky for you there were no monkeys hanging around in the trees!!

  8. You monkeys you… you give me back my hats!!!!!! (rofl)

  9. The cute!!! Thanks for your behind the scenes look. Def Caps for Sale!

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