Portait Mashup w/@portraitBHM

PortraitBHM Logo

PortraitBHM Logo

While scrolling Instagram one day, I saw one of the most fantastic images I'd ever seen. The model was striking and the photography was inspired. As a fashion designer, I clicked the profile to find out more about the model. But what came of it was awareness of one of Birmingham's newest and most innovative platforms for creatives, @portraitbhm. 

PortraitBHM, founded by John Craft in January 2017, started to promote photographers/models in the area in hopes that it would: 1. Bring people together and unify the creatives in Birmingham. 2. Shed light and make it easier to find dope people to work with. The Instagram group has taken photography meets ups to a whole new level in one of the simplest, yet most effective ways possible, just come and shoot or pose. In the words of one of model participant, David Lindsey, it's literally "people who want to shoot and people being shot [no violence intended]." Easy enough right? 

Participants during debriefing

Participants during debriefing

With community building being one of the key tenets of Magic City Fashion Week, I thought that a mashup with them would be perfect. We bring our models, bloggers, and photographers, to their already established meet up and open it to a whole new audience. We win, they win! The thought of the meetup was great, but the execution was more than I could've expected.

As we all gathered in Avondale Park on a HOT Saturday afternoon, I wondered "how is this about to go." Some people looked nervous, some confident, others shy; but that all quickly dissipated when creator John wrangled the crowd to give the run down of the day. He stated he purpose, the lessons from previous meet ups, and then let loose the reigns of creativity to disperse across the park and WORK. I had such an amazing time collaborating with people who I had never met before, meeting people who I've only known via social media, and engaging my audience with another group of creatives. 

Founder John Craft

Founder John Craft

John C. has built an amazing space for Birmingham creatives and we here at Magic City Fashion Week are thankful. Although he has plans to relocate in October, he fully intends to make sure that this project continues to grow by creating a network of similar groups. He started started @portatitBOSTON in August of 2017 and it is already off to an amazing run. Check out some of the images that I captured during my time in the park below. 

Derek DeAndre