It’s June! Do we have to wait until the 20th to officially declare it summer? No thank you! We got summer started a little early with our summer issue which came out in May. (You can find it here if you’ve missed it thus far.) In fact, you might even say we started summer even earlier when we shot the issue on a lovely March day in Austin, Texas. Rain threatened us all week, but when we woke up that morning the skies were gloriously blue, if a little windy.
Lydia joined Meghan from London and they worked with an amazing team to create the images you see on the pages of the magazine – we wanted photos that evoked the best summer days – being outside, dipping your toes in the water, taking a long afternoon walk in the woods with friends. We worked with photographer Nicole Mlakar who had the idea to shoot on Red Bud Isle, which is a gorgeous, almost-secret island in the middle of the Colorado River (or Lady Bird Lake, as it’s known to locals) right in the middle of the city.
The island is not-so-secret to Austin’s dog owners, as it’s where they can bring their dogs for leash-free fun – and there were many almost-calamities with dogs running into shots or threatening to wee on photography equipment! But we were in their territory, so we took it in stride.
As you can see from the above photo, the sun was indeed bright and it was indeed very windy. Shoot assistant Leslie and makeup artist Ava (both seen holding up the scrim) were amazing sports who deserve all the flexed arm muscle emoji.
Above are our models, Katherine and Nikisha, also being amazing sports while we forced them to sit on uncomfortable rocks perilously close to the water’s edge. Here’s the fruit of their sacrifice, taken by Nicole:
Worth it, no? Katherine and Nikisha were actually already pals before our shoot – when she’s not modelling for knitting magazines Katherine is a photographer herself, and she had recently been shooting with Nikisha as a model for a local brand.
We were so glad she decided to step out from behind the camera for us!
We were so smitten with the island and it’s gnarly tree roots and hidden paths. It turned out to be the perfect place to show off the knits in what might just be our favourite summer issue ever.
And we couldn’t be happier with how this (taken by Meghan):
Magically turned into this (taken by Nicole):
It was a wonderful shoot day, with a wonderful team, and we wish we could show you the delicious picnic lunch we all shared together too (we were too busy eating to do it this time!). Lots of times photoshoots can be hectic, crazy places and we like to make sure we all take the time to sit down together, relax, and breathe a bit before moving on with the day. It’s one of our favourite PPQ rituals!
We hope you enjoyed this little sneak peek behind the scenes of our summer shoot. Let us know if there is anything else you’re curious about when it comes to the making of the magazine! Drop us a line in the comments and we will make sure to document it for you with our next issue – autumn! – being shot in London soon.
Photos 1, 6, 10, and 12 taken by Nicole Mlakar. All others by Meghan & Lydia.