Portrait Project February 2018

28 Portraits in 28 days.

I am so grateful to everyone who participated in this project. It started as a way to challenge my portrait chops then turned to the idea of shooting strong women who have influenced me in my life. Then morphed into a project that included Men and Women because of equal influence on both sides. So in the spirit of true connection these images were formed, each individual to the person and the place they hold in my heart.

The next project is people and their pets, so if you have a pet and want a portrait with them reach out. Doesn't matter what kind of pet, it just can't be camera shy.

Click to scroll to see all of the awesome people who contributed their time and energy to this project.

 

Thank you

Amandine, Antonio, Bob, Cathy, Danny and Andrew, Dave, Denis and Jenna, Desiree, Elim, James Skinner, Jaz, Jenny Xenos, Keona, Louise, Michelle, Pauline, Samantha, Sara K, Sarah L, Shawn, Stella, Susan, Tory, Tyson, Wendy D, Wendy Y, and Finally Yi Stropky. You are all amazing.

 

Illustrating my Images

I had an idea one day and it found me digging out a rubbermaid container of art supplies I hadn't touched in years. I have fond memories of my Dad working as a carpenter with the school board and bringing me art supplies at the end of every term. Paints and oil pastels that would be discarded because the next term would bring a new budget and new students expecting fresh supplies to accompany their fresh ideas.

This container I unearthed has all of those remnants and more. They are newer and different yet feel the same on the inside as I use them to scroll on paper.  I organized the items and pulled what I needed to start to draw. Later that day I put out my recycling and found the contents of an unused sketchbook sitting atop of the paper bin. I was set. I started with the idea of continuous line drawings from inspiration I found on Pinterest. I started with magazine tear sheets, I have hundreds. I use them as inspiration for my editorial photo shoots. Something felt off using someone else's work so I asked a good friend what they thought of my idea and drawings. They suggested using my own photographs instead. 

This is the result.

Uploaded by deanna flinn on 2017-12-03.

Dutil Denim and my Doublewood Denim Pick

Over the summer I had the pleasure of spending some time with some RAW Denim. The wonderful people at Dutil Denim set me up with a pair of Doublewood Supernarrow Seam Raw Selvedge denim and they are divine. They can easily go from work to fun with a quick change on top and take you into a lazy or crazy weekend away too.

I'd highly suggest stopping by to say Hi and to learn more about RAW Denim and how its not only environmentally friendly but something that will become a staple in your wardrobe.

http://blog.dutildenim.com/2017/10/18/deannas-picks-doublewood-denim/

Dutil Denim Doublewood Super Narrow Seam RAW Denim

BTS of my promo with Antonio Cordero

Antonio reached out to me through Instagram asking if I would be interested in making a promo video with him. Of course I said YES! It was perfect timing and I could tell right away he was serious about it. Our first meeting was scheduled during an editorial I was shooting for Spring. He was early and not feeling well but didn't want to cancel. 

He got the lay of the land in my live work studio and showed me an example of what he was thinking, I was in. He excused himself and we made plans to meet the next week for my next shoot day. 

He came prepared, story board, questions, quick and easy gear to set up and he's very personable. I'd give him a reference any day. 

We have one more shoot together before we cut the final in the mean time here is the BTS video he created on the day.