If you got a chance to scan the garments in yesterday’s blog post, you might have noticed that one of these things was not like the other! That is because designer Katie Canavan asked her sister Meghan to take pictures of her wearing her Finishing School sample, and the pictures were too good not to use. Meghan Canavan was kind enough to write about her photo shoot for us, and enjoy this Finishing School pattern preview!
I have a background in numerous art mediums–photography, jewelry, printmaking, mixed media–however, I do not consider myself a fiber artist in any shape or form. Sure, I’ve knit a few scarves, but that is about the extent of my knitting experience. In fact, it took me so long to finish the scarves that I did make, that I consistently forgot how to cast on between each scarf.
It’s not that I have a lack of interest in knitting; in fact, I have great appreciation for it. My involvement with the knitting community just happens to be intertwined with my relationship with my sister, Katie. Katie is the most talented knitter I know (Yes, I might be a little biased). I have always enjoyed getting updates on Katie’s latest projects; watching her whip out projects any time or place, and knitting holiday gifts at a record pace while we watch entire TV series on Netflix together. Her passion for knitting and ability to create original, quality items is truly inspiring.
I have taken photos of Katie’s completed works for her blog on numerous occasions. Impromptu photo shoots have been a part of our visits and family vacations for awhile now. I consider these photo shoots to be my connection to the knitting community. The photos are my way of capturing the beauty and quality of Katie’s work and designs. There’s something especially fulfilling about taking photos of Katie wearing her finished work, and seeing how happy and proud the finished project makes her (and deservingly so!).
The photo shoot for Katie’s red sweater vest was especially fun. Not only because it was at the closing end of our super fantastic week-long road trip across the country, but also because it was at the beach. And I LOVE the beach. I love the way the red sweater just pops amongst the cool, calm seaside colors. Beautiful sweater + beautiful girl + beautiful setting = successful shoot! It is always a joy and a pleasure to be able to capture the quality, detail and beauty of a finished knit with my photography.