Backyard Records Presents Holly McCormack

It's here, it's here, it's finally here!

Let me just say i HATE secrets, but I've been holding this one in since last JULY.  That's like...7 whole months! 

Backyard Records approached me about doing a CD cover for a new artist they had signed.  I met with Holly in Panera to discuss any ideas she had and let's just say I was sooooo excited after our talk.  After many dicussions between the label and Holly, our plan took form.  Props and location were nailed down, and then we waited for a rainy day.  It wasn't the downpour we had hoped for, but I absolutely love how the images turned out.

Then...we waited for the recording to be finished.

Now, I'm happy to say: Holly McCormack's CD, "So Far From Reality," is now available for pre-order!  It can be purchased at http://www.backyardrecords.net/ for only $12.  Plus, if you go to their website you see the album cover and a shout out to Christine Lewis Photography:)

She has the coolest voice too, I love her music.  Backyard records describes her voice as, "Natalie Merchant or Patty Griffin with a little Janis Joplin thrown in for good measure. It is both evocative and smoky but cannot hide a slight fragility that creeps in and betrays the carefully crafted façade, revealing the femininity that make’s her voice so arresting."  I think it's much like Jennifer Knapp meets Sarah McLachlan.  Either way, you should buy it:)  Support our Chattanooga talent!

And now I can FINALLY reveal the images we took at our photo shoot!  Here are my faves from the day:

This is the album cover!  The record company added the lightning so it has more of the effect we originally were going for with the storm idea.

The image as it came from me.

This one is my favorite.  It's used as the tray card in the album.

This one is also used in the fold out of the album

The rest are just images that I liked from our shoot.  They didn't make the album cut.  This one makes me laugh so much.  I really do like how the mood of the image doesn't at all match her mood:)

Waiting for rain...that never really came.

I really, really like the images of just the chair and the piano too.

We didn't even have to "age" the piano.  It was one that a friend was throwing out and had already sat outside for a long long time.  It's the real deal:)

Let me just say that I'm pretty sure my husband's family thinks I'm crazy at this point.  We kinda left the piano, that was already mangled beyond disrepair, in one of our fields for a couple months.  I actually had other photo shoots in the field afterwards and people always said the same thing, "Uh, why do you have a piano in the middle of your field?"  Logical question, right? Not if you're a photographer...same reason I have a baby rattle in my camera bag and a big old beat up trunk in the back of my car.  I wouldn't have it any other way:)

While I didn't take them to the field for the piano (more for the wildflowers), we did let this cute little model pose for a couple shots on the piano as well!

Thanks so much to Mike at Backyard Records for seeking me out to do Holly's shoot. Thanks to Holly for just being awesome and for "getting" what I love to do.  It's nice when you meet someone who sees the world very much like you do:)
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1 comment:

  1. Thanks SO much Christine!!! This was one of my favorite parts of the whole project! I was definitely excited after we met and brainstormed. I was so glad that Mike found someone so close to my personality. And the baby shots on the piano look awesome!