Nally in Wonderland

 

NALLY Illustration

Nally in Wonderland РPhoto and Design by Paul Connolly Digital Artist

So here’s what happens when a songwriter with some crazy ideas meets a digital artist with the talent to make those ideas come to life!¬†I wanted my 2017 images to be really¬†imaginative and full of colour. I came across Paul’s work early last year and really loved how he could take a regular image and transform into into a magical, wondrous¬†version of itself. So I knew he was the right person to work with on the new imagery and couldn’t be happier with the outcome..

 

The image captures so many elements of what I do and what I’m about and it gives me the chance to showcase ‘NALLY’, in the quirky, fun and creative way that I would like to be perceived.

Big shout out to everyone involved in this project. Paul and his lovely partner Alma and the beautiful Aoife Rogers Makeup Artist. Go check out their work.

Hope you like the new look… XX

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Photo Fantasies #NALLY

So today, I had my first meeting with the photographer I am going to be working with for my re-branding images. Paul is a digital artist who I discovered on Instagram. I was immediately drawn to his work because I love the way he can take a shot of a regular image and transform it into something more fantastical and surreal.

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St. Peters Tin Church at Laragh by Paul Connolly

We took a look at my Pinterest boards where I keep hundreds of images I love and discussed how we could use them to create something unique to me. The images below are two of the images that I have really been inspired by. (Image caption credits photographers, external links at bottom of article)

As I explained to Paul, I want to create something quite fantasy like, like a character version of myself. Having worked for 6 years in the music industry, I know how intense and overwhelming it can become. I just want to have fun and enjoy the visual aspects of the music projects as much as the aural. It’s so important to have a real sense of adventure and to just go with that. I don’t want to be afraid or worried about what people think. Everything about the next few releases represents freedom and empowerment to be whoever you want to be.

The next stage is to discuss the shoot ideas with the make-up artist, work out costs and finalise a date and I will post regular updates on how each part of the process is coming along! Finally, during the process of sifting through Pinterest for images that stand out to me, I was delighted to discover the work of a lady called ‘Mary Katrantzou‘. She is a Greek designer with absolutely stunning creations. I’m off now to have a proper browse through her work! Chat soon folks and thanks for being part of the adventures!!

Photographer Links:

Paul Connolly Digital Artist

Huainan Li Behance

Garjan Atwood

#sRated Photoshoot – Magic in the Making!

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Last Wednesday, I filled my car with props, clothes, accessories and all sorts of bits and pieces, spent about an hour putting the hairdo together and hit the road to Sligo! It was a long morning of preparation after a few weeks spent putting Pinterest boards together, sourcing a photographer and makeup artist, etc etc. I decided early this year that I wanted to update my visuals and start to define my brand as such in line with new music and a new #sRated approach! When I found Suzy McCanny Photography, I was immediately like YES, this is the vibe I’m going for. Loved all of her work – check it out here, incredible! Suzy McCanny Photography so I got in touch with her and shared my Pinterest board

and we took it from there! She reccommended Michelle Anderson Make Up Artist to me and again I was blown away by her work. So creative… MAMU So after that, I hit the N53 on a glorious afternoon with a few ham sandwiches and arrived in Sligo at Suzy’s studios at 4pm. It was a great few hours, getting the make up applied is always relaxing and fun to see it coming together!

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Afterwards we discussed what shots we would focus on achieving and got to it. Suzy had also made a beautiful backdrop (picture at top of post ) out of old music sheets, which looked so effective even just by itself. I’ve been in a couple of photo shoots before and it’s all about the pose and positioning of your body. Being small, Suzy gave me tips and pose suggestions that helped elongate my body! Some of them feel totally weird and uncomfortable but end up looking great on camera! After approximately 300 photos, we finished up and had a quick flick through them and chatted about how some of them might look when they have been put through the next creative process! That’s where the magic happens and I can’t wait to pick out my favourites and get to work on them with Suzy.

A Musical Canvas…

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So last month, I decided it was time to inject some colour into my artist shots and I organised the first of two shoots that I plan on doing this year. Being independent always gives you great freedom in your decision making, although with that freedom comes a great big load of responsibility, which can be a little daunting….

The result is a selection of very colourful yet somewhat abstract photos and I thought a short blog post on how these shots came to be and the concept behind them might be of interest to some of you.

I began the photo-shoot process on Pinterest. Pinterest is AMAZING, there are no other words for it. I have used it for the last few years to compile all my visual ideas into one place. It is like an Aladdin’s Cave for ideas. I discovered very early on that two very strong styles of shoot were coming together so I made the decision to separate them rather than get completely conflicted about the shots I wanted. Shoot one, this one, consisted of all the visuals that were quite playful, fun and full of bright colours so I decided to work with that style of shoot first. I also wanted to build something quite abstract into the shoot, something people might ask questions about. I used the set as an opportunity to create that wonder. As you will see, there are seven white canvas’s displayed around me, each one with a block colour splashed on to it. They represent the seven single releases I have had to date. Each one has it’s own place in what I have done to date and by putting them all together, it brings me to where I am now. Hence, the reason why I represent the amalgamation of all the colours you see around me.

I have reservations about some of my decisions on this shoot but overall I am happy with the outcome. I went back to my friend and photographer Mark McGuire to take the shots for me as we have worked well together on other shoots and knew he would ‘get me’. ūüôā The set and styling itself cost me very little, (I had a miniscule budget)…in fact it was less than ‚ā¨50 to put it all together, using things I had already and some supplies from an art and crafts shop, some white piping and lots of items you would find in a primary school art cupboard!!

It was great fun and I am delighted that the shots capture a bit of my more playful side… Shoot two will happen at the end of the Summer and I look forward to bringing those shots to you then!! Thanks for reading xx