Welcome to Shine Photo Our  aim  is to provide you with a unique experience, that’s as much about ‘play’ as it is about business. Your images are important to us and when you look at the finished product, we want you to remember what a fabulous time you had with us having them taken.  Our studio is bright and comfortable and the coffee is always on.  Most importantly, we will coach you, and work with you to bring out the very best ‘you’ and make you feel comfortable in front of the camera.

Shine Photo is a hybrid studio that specializes in a variety of genres from Children and Families, to Weddings to Volume Productions. Our aim is to make your experience as fun and as memorable as the photos themselves.

Frame What You Love!

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Thunder Bay Photographer Nancy TIllberg. Shine Photo Studio


School Photos



Company Mission & Philosophy

Mission: Shine Photo is an imaginative, full service photography studio aimed at 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, annual profitability and maintaining a sense of humor while providing an extraordinary product.

Philosophy:  We believe that heirloom products begin with clean, images with strong emotional impact. These images can then be enhanced  and combined to create imaginative art that brings out the ‘you’ as you dream yourself to be, both now and in the future. We want our subject to truly ‘shine,’  and our products to be the art that you’ll be proud to hand down to future generations.

Shine Locations

We have three locations to serve you. Our studio is located in the Old Crawford Street School in an up-cycled classroom. It’s bright, warm and private and has all the comforts of home. We have change rooms, salon stations, a baby change station, kitchenette and a couture closet full of props & costumes. The comforts are rounded out with top of the line studio lighting and gear, multiple cloth, paper and solid backgrounds and a full background projection system.

We also have a satellite booth location at the Thunder Bay Country Market, located on the second floor in the Dove Building on the CLE grounds.  You’ll find us upstairs there every Saturday from 8 am – 1 pm and on Wednesdays from 3:30 -6:30 between May  24th and December 24th. Here we tackle mini and high volume sessions such as mini sessions for Children, product photography and sports minis. Check our Facebook page or Events Calendar for weekly offerings. Or, sign up for our monthly NEWSLETTER to keep up with what’s happening!a

Our third location is on our 16 acre farm in Slate River Valley.  A short 5 minute drive from White Water Golf Course lands you in the heart of this breath-taking country side.  Have your portraits done in flowing fields, our tree-farm forest, in the loft or with our rugged out buildings and rustic fences. Need some animals to photo-bomb your shoot? We’ve got them too!


Shine Photo uses the largest professional lab in the United States for much of our  product processing. The advantage of this is that we can offer exceptional products, not available in Canada, and the absolute highest quality in print at an excellent price point. We also have the capability to do printing in house using our 44 inch wide Canon 4000 printer. Products include:

  • Luxury Lustre Prints,
  • Luxury Framed Prints
  • Gallery Canvas Wraps in matte or metallic finish
  • Swarovski  Jewel encrusted Canvas Wraps
  • Metal Prints
  • Acrylic Wall Art
  • Volume Prints & Yearbooks
  • Novelty Items such as keychains and Christmas Ornaments
  • And More!

Nancy Tillberg  ~ Photographer, Artist, Author, EducatorThunder Bay Photographer Nancy Tillberg

Nancy is the owner of Shine Photo and the digital portrait artist behind the images on these pages. Nancy grew up around a camera having brother who was an avid shutter-bug. It seemed only natural to follow in his footsteps.  At age 17 she began working for a photography studio based in Oshawa, Ontario Canada, which specialized in family photography and glamour shots.

Fast forward 25 years;  she is a wife, mother of two and recently retired from a 29 year career in policing.  Nancy renewed her love of photography when the police department trained her in the technical aspect of crime scene examination.   To add a creative balance to life she took a lighter approach, and opened a photo studio on the side, to photograph children and families.

As an avid learner, she is constantly seeking out new information, tools and techniques to improve her photography skills and take her images to a new level. “I am constantly in a creative state, often becoming inspired by typical everyday events and expressions. Sometimes I think that the creative side of my brain is in hyper-drive, but when I focus on photography, I’m able to reign in some of that energy and put it to good use.” Nancy specializes in expression.  Whether it’s for family, children, weddings, high school seniors or  professional head shots her goal is an expression in the portrait art that draws the viewer in, while revealing the subject’s true personality. Nancy also has an extensive background in teaching workshops both online and in person internationally. She is the author of two books and numerous e-books.

Nancy is now retired from her Police carrer and runs Shine Photo  full time. She was president of the Thunder Bay Imagetrekkers Photography Club for three years and has spoken on a wide variety of photography related topics to groups of all sizes.  In addition to boutique and volume photographic offerings, she also runs a modeling program for aspiring high school students.  Nancy is as passionate about helping others and teaching as she is about photography itself.