coastal knits

Hello there, thanks for dropping by! For those of you who don't know me, my name is Carrie and I work as Art Director for Quince & Company. I do all the photography at Q, so taking snaps of knitwear is a usual occurrence. But, it is not everyday that I get invited to photograph a collection of garments for such a special project. I was honored and up for the task.

Actually, let me back up a bit and tell you about how Hannah and I first met. Do you mind Hannah?? Several years ago I moved here to Portland, Maine and was trying to find some work as a photo assistant. Diane (of the infamous Ferdinand) gave me the name of her friend Hannah, a local wedding photographer. Yes, that's right—both Hannah and I started off doing wedding photography! We corresponded, though didn't actually meet until a year or so later when I was working at the Fibre Company's mill. We both made the transition from wedding photography to knitting....because that's what everybody does, right? Strange...we were destined to work together.

So, Hannah asked me earlier this year if I'd be up for doing the photography for Coastal Knits. There were a few ideas kicking around, but eventually it was settled that Alana would photograph her pieces and I'd photograph Hannah's. I do believe, it all worked out for the best. Alana was able to capture the beauty of her west coast locations so nicely. And, since I share Hannah's love for this area, I hope I was able to capture a little of the magic of Maine.

I thought I'd keep things brief for the rest of this post and just show you some outtakes from the East Coast photo shoot.

The first location was Two Lights.

We started the day at dawn.

Had the most amazing morning fog. Dreamy.

Second location: Willard Beach

The fog held on. No complaints here.

We took a quick snack break at Scratch.

Third location: Casco Bay Ferry Lines
The fog was lifting.

Jocelyn, our model, was a natural.

Love this one in Sparrow!!

Fourth location: Eastern Promenade

The sun was out in full swing, so we hid under a tree.

Fifth location: The West End

The image below is the very last shot from this session. J was really workin' it. I believe this photo actually made it into the book but, I love it so much I had to include it here. I really like that L.L.Bean dress, too! Oh, and I should mention that amazing Volvo belongs to Hannah's husband, Abe. (Thanks for letting us cruise around town in it. So much fun.)

And, the oh so pretty streets of the West End.

That's it! Thanks for coming. And a big Thank you to Hannah & Alana for including me in Coastal Knits.


Marthaamay O_o said...

How lucky to have that fog for the morning! The photos and process are very interesting, thank you for giving us a sneak peak!

Erin said...

Breathlessly beautiful photos & knits! My two favorite things. :) Great post!

madder said...


Abe said...

Thanks for sharing these photos! And for the shout out to my Volvo. It's thinking about having a second career as a model now.

madder said...

Oh, yeah, the Volvo is very good looking indeed.

Regina said...

The book and patterns are wonderful! I am going to start the beret in tern as soon as I get the rest of my family's hats finished. And that car - it rocks! How much fun to drive it around for a day.

pheasant said...

beautiful post carrie!

margaux said...

i love the story of how you both met and and you did SUCH an amazing job with the photograph! bravo!! :-)

madder said...

thanks, M!

Anonymous said...

oh my god, I've just checked the website and that book seems amazing... Your photos are breath takingly beautiful, what a talent

madder said...

Thanks, Emilie!

Lee said...

Beautiful photography and lovely knits! thanks!

Denise | Chez Danisse said...

Lovely. I'm especially smitten with your top image at Two Lights.

Meg said...

The photos and the knitwear are so very lovely!