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The Photographer

Dee Anne Dinelli


I am a professional photographer specializing in fine-art portraiture and owner of Shadow Dance Photography.

Shadow Dance Photography started in 2005, in partnership with the late fine-art photographer, Leslie Elias. We self-published a book called In the Company of Dogs in 2010. After her death. A book of Leslie Elias’ landscape photography, Reverence

for Place, was published in 2013.


While raising three children, and working as a special education speech therapist for 38 years, I explored 35 mm and medium format photography, setting up a film  darkroom wherever I lived. Having a studio of my own, and a digital darkroom, is a dream come true.


I am a founding Board of Director for Sierra Roots, a Nevada City, California non-profit organization focused on building community with homeless people. The project called

Faces of Change, portraits of homeless folks whom I met along the way, led to gallery shows in my home town of Nevada City/Grass Valley, and in Sacramento, California.


In 2017, I was a primary collaborator with A-Place-To-Call-Home, an ongoing project funded, in part, by grants from California Humanities and California Arts Council. My photographs are part of several multi-media film shorts and videos, and I was one of the featured artists in the gallery show at The Center For the Arts, Granucci Gallery, in Grass Valley, California entitled, A Place To Call Home: Stories Inspiring Transformation. My photographs were also the featured visual for the 2018 A-Place-To-Call-Home Compassionate Action Wall Calendar which was produced as part of this arts-related, grant-funded project. 

In 2018, I was one of the fifteen artists chosen to participate in the Belonging, I Am Here, grant-funded project created by Ruth Chase, Artist in Residence, Nevada County Arts Council. 

I am especially drawn to photographing artists, musicians, poets, playwrights, and actors in their most comfortable setting. Edgy and creative work is a particular favorite.


Jeanne Duerst - JD Online Web Design 

Susan M. Davis - The CoCreation Community

Jan Michelle Sawyer - Sculptor

Jenny Hale - Jenny Hale Designs

Legacy Productions

Laurie Bethell- SoulStreaming

Doug Bratt - Grateful Bears


Gallery Exhibitions:

2016 - Eye to Eye, Group Show,  Granucci Gallery, Center For the Arts, Grass Valley, CA

2017 - A Place To Call Home - Stories Inspiring Transformation, Group Show, Granucci Gallery, Center for the Arts, Grass Valley, CA

2018 - Magnum Opus XXIX, Sacramento Fine Arts Gallery, Peoples Choice Award

2019 - Belonging, I Am Here, Group Art Exibition, Briarpatch Co-Op Gallery, Nevada City, CA



2003 Insight Health & Wellness Directory - Cover Art for Premier Edition.

2010 In the Company of Dogs - Self Published Book

2018 A-Place-To-Call-Home Daily Compassionate Action Wall Calendar

"You have given every human being depicted in your photographs their dignity and beauty. A noble effort and an important point to make to all of us here in America."

~Liberty Blueskyes

"I've never liked to have my photograph taken, and haven't  liked the results, either  - until my session with Dee. She made the experience fun while managing to see right into my soul. I love the results, and how my portrait expresses exactly who I am."

~Susan M. Davis, The Co-Creation Community/CoPassion Project

"Dee Anne Dinelli you were so wonderful to work with! You made it easy and provided me with much needed and beautiful documentation of my work. Thank you!"

~Deborah Bridges, Artist

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