Just this once I’m going to write a blog post not about a latest fashion update. I want to share a little background of one of my favourite freelance photographers and inspirations as a young artist.
Her name is Kitty Gallannaugh [ki-tee gal-er-nor].
She was born in London, England, in 1990, and discovered her love for photography at age six. She collected her photographs in a shoebox in her cupboard. Her hobby turned from her plastic red camera into a passion, and now a career. She graduated in 2008 from Marymount International School in London and received her full IB diploma at 17 years old. She then moved onto London College of Communication where she finished with a high distinction diploma in Arts and Design and was awarded with the “Most Improved Student” award.
“Ideas strike me all the time when I least expect them. I don’t know what brings them on, but they will always find me. I get very particular ideas in my mind and will then go on a hunt for a suitable model. A lot of the time the model and I will do the styling and make up ourselves. Other times I will then contact a wardrobe stylist and make up artist to come and help out. On the shoot we spend a couple of hours shooting and just having fun. We always end up chatting forever and giggling between shots. Sometimes we go for hot chocolate afterward and review our photographs together. I then go through them all and pick the strongest and most effective and play with them. I never do more than just tweak the colours, contrast and saturation. I find anything more than that makes them look overly done and less natural. I use soft tones, bright lights and the models make the images appealing to look at.”
Her photographs are the result of nostalgia meeting romanticism with a sense of soft surrealism. She photographs everything and anything to fill her creative hunger and support herself financially.
She inspires me to carry out my dreams wherever they take me. Perhaps one day I will also live in a 100 year-old white house with a blue door in London—sounds like fun to me!
Her website is: www.kittygallannaugh.com
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