Yahoo! It’s Dance Season!  Are you ready for your dance portraits?  Check our Dance page under Services and follow us on FB @shineportrait


It’s Dance Season!

And we’re here to capture it!  Every year we capture thousands and thousands of dance images, from the Lakehead Festival competition to individual & group portraits at multiple dance studios, to private mini and specialty sessions in our studio.

Parents! Check out your page under Services in the main menu. You’ll find all the information there to answer your questions regarding portrait days, ordering, products, retouching and pickups.  Don’t forget to follow or LIKE our FB page @shineportrait so that you can see the status of your dance studio orders!

Shine Photo is now open on Wednesdays at the Thunder Bay Country Market from 3:30 – 6:30 and all year round! Yay!  That means our mini-session schedule will be changing slightly to offer mini’s on Wednesdays too!  Mom’s will appreciate that, and won’t have to navigate the busy parking lot early on Saturday mornings!

More Market Mini Sessions will be announced shortly!

Call 807 631 5162 for details or to discuss your photography needs.
Specialty Dance Sessions at Shine Photo

Did you know that Shine Photo runs comprehensive modelling programs for ages 8-20 all year long?


Designed to provide local high school students and graduates to age 20 with an empowering opportunity to belong to an exclusive, community minded group of young people who complete volunteer hours while having fun in the photographic world with their peers.  We encourage you to become positive, and self confident about the way you look while telling your story through multiple workshops and photo shoots! This program is runs until June 30 2019 and is limited to eight successful applicants.  Registration for Fall 2019 will begin in May.


A fun and informative weekly training program that runs on Monday evenings from 6 – 7:30 pm in 9 week sessions. Our next session will begin in the fall, with pre-registration happening in May.  Classes are limited in size and each features a different aspect of model training in a wide range of topics including posing and expression, hair, nail and health care, nutrition, runway walks and turns, camera confidence, internet safety and fashion. Students will participate in a minimum of 4 photo sessions per term and will build a digital app showcasing their journey.


A full day training program designed for our younger models in training, aged 8-11.  Our next model boot camp is TBA.  Our boot camp is loaded with age appropriate model training in a wide range of topics including catalogue posing and expression, hair, nail and health care, nutrition,  camera confidence, internet safety and creative fashion. Students will participate in a photo sessions per session and  each will receive a complimentary 8×10 retouched image of their choice along with a group photo.

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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 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.

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 creation session more comfortable. Refreshments are also provided and it’s our goal to make you feel completely at ease from the moment  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!

Shine Photo has several local locations to serve you. Now you can also join us on Saturday mornings between 8 am and 1 pm and Wednesdays from 3:30 – 6:30 pm at the Thunder Bay Country Market. The market is located in the Dove Building on the CLE grounds. Here we bring you a fresh new approach to photography conducting mini sessions, including special Limited Editions for children on an intermittent basis. Check our FACEBOOK page tab for an update on scheduled events at the market. A portion of many of our market session fees are set aside for charity. Watch for Fotos for Food events in October and December. The market is also where all our portraits orders can be picked up during market hours. Stop in for your photos a coffee and maybe take home an artisan pie!

At Shine Photo, we are happy to travel. Many families and high school seniors request that their sessions take place in meaningful locations locally. 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 Print on Location set up.

At our farm, located a short 5 minute drive past White Water Golf Course,  we have 16 acres of beautifully groomed pastures to suit almost every outdoor photo need. Areas on our farm include old fences, barn board buildings, a barn, a loft, a tire swing, birch tree stands, tall grasses,  winding paths, breezy fields and tree farm- like forests. The perfect all-in-one location for your next family photo or grad shoot!