Today, I’m letting you in on a little secret- I knit all of my hats and newborn wraps.
I love knitting. My mom taught me and she was self-taught. I remember knitting together in the Winter, while we watched t.v. in the evening. We would research new stitches and buy the yarn at knitting stores in the downtown area of Braga. My daughter has picked up my love of knitting and has already knitted several pieces herself.
Still today it’s a process that I enjoy, the purchase of the perfect yarn, the design of the piece and then the execution- knitting is a way of relaxing for me.
In my photographic journey and search for a personal style, I have developed a classic approach, the ‘less is more’ point of view. I mostly prefer a simplicity of set up and sparsity of props as to lend a more timeless feel where the baby is the focus.
Of course, there is lots to be said about the right use of an accessory, like a hat or a baby blanket. And because I like to offer new and different things to my clients, I prefer to knit my own, so as to have some kind of exclusive props. I have also bought several pieces in Portugal (like diaper covers and throws) and you will not likely see any of the same in other photographers’ portfolios.
At the present, I have several in the stages of being designed, knitted or waiting for the right little model-
a newborn hat and yarn for more little hats (this is hand spun and hand dyed merino wool, the best quality and so soft):
one baby blanket in orange tones and one baby wrap in natural tones, both knitted with hand dyed mohair yarn:
and on my needles, another mohair baby blanket in brown tones:
Of course, a lot depends on my little subjects- sometimes I plan to use a certain piece and then the baby will not have anything to do with it, so I wait for the next chance.
When you schedule a session with me for your newborn or older baby, don’t hesitate to ask for a certain piece or prop that you like from my portfolio. I will be more than happy to accommodate your request.
And some recent examples:
- pink mohair newborn wrap
- blue striped hat (also have one in pink):