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Shine Photo is an imaginative, full service photography studio offering high-style, moderately priced, and exceptionally creative images. We view ourselves as partners with our customers, our employees, our community and our environment. We aim to become a nationally recognized brand name, capitalizing on the visual nature of the human experience. Our goal is moderate growth and annual profitability through the offering of an exceptional product.
We believe that timeless photo art begins with a clean image ripe with strong emotional impact. Such images stand the test of time on their own without any additional enhancements. As Photoshop professionals however, we may then edit, enhance and combine these images to create imaginative art that brings out the ‘you’ as you dream yourself to be, both now and in the future. Wall art created in this manner will also stand the test of time, allows the subject to truly ‘shine’ and creates an heirloom product that you’ll be proud to hand down to future generations.
Shine Photo is built on a business model where philanthropy, embedded in social innovation, is at the heart of our daily activities. What is social innovation? It is any idea that can be put into practice for the public good. With society facing unprecedented economic, environmental, social and cultural challenges, these ideas are the key to turning challenges into opportunities that benefit our community. We believe that through the partnering of nonprofits, for-profits, and the public at large, the framework is created for the implementation of these ideas. How do we put it into practice? Our Photo Lounge Booths, available for parties and events, collects money for charities, or food for local food banks as a ‘fee’ for the images. Customers get photos for their donation, we sell additional prints at a profit and the charity benefits from the donation. Everyone wins. This is just one example of the many ways that socially innovative philanthropy is woven into the very fiber of our business fabric. Got a socially innovative idea? We’d love to hear it!
Our Thunder Bay studio is located in an up-cycled classroom in the Old Crawford Street School, located at the corner of West Francis and Crawford Ave in Thunder Bay. At Shine Photo’s studio you’ll find change rooms, salon stations and all the ‘little’ things you need to make your Shine Photo session great. Refreshments are also provided and it’s our goal to make you completely comfortable from the moment as you arrive. We have an extensive prop and costume closet, loaded with vintage and brand new items. We’re always scouting for new props so that your images will stay fresh! Additionally we have a projected background system which allows us to photograph you in a field of summer flowers, even in the middle of January! Watch for our Google 360 tour to be added here soon.
Shine Photo has TWO locations to serve you. Now you can also join us on Saturday mornings between 8 am and 1 pm at the Thunder Bay Country Market located in the Dove Building on the CLE grounds. Here we bring you a fresh new approach to photography! We’ll be shooting mini sessions, including special Limited Editions for children on a regular basis. In addition, we’ll be offering Passport photos and Child Safety Cards (photo & fingerprint) on fun designs. Every week we will offer a different promotion! Check our FACEBOOK page tab for a schedule and money saving coupons. A portion of every market session fee is set aside for charity.
At Shine Photo, we are happy to travel. Many families and high school seniors request that their sessions take place in meaningful locations locally. We offer location sessions at no additional charge to our regular session fees. (Some exceptions may apply.) Please feel free to call us to discuss location options. We also travel to clubs, sports studios and groups to create individual photos, team photos, albums, yearbooks and specialty products such as bag tags, bookmarks and trading cards. Having an event? Ask about our Photo Lounge set up. An upscale little photo studio, decorated to match your event is brought to your location for participant photos. We also provide uniformed staff and volunteers to make sure everyone in the Lounge has a great time. A portion of each portrait fee is set aside for charity. Images are available for purchase in a secure online album within one week of the event. We offer high quality images at very reasonable prices, as well as wall art framed images and canvases and specialty and novelty items suited to each event.