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Shine Photo offers several modelling programs and opportunities within the community.


The Ambassador Model Program is 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.  All students are welcome to apply regardless of their outward physical appearance.  We encourage you to become positive, and self confident about the way you look. We shoot to always bring out the best in YOU and to tell your story!

This program is runs until June 30 2019 and is exclusively limited to eight successful applicants. The Ambassador Model Program includes numerous volunteer opportunities to help you with your high school hours,  multiple photo sessions, workshops community events, modelling opportunities and a scholarship program.

New this year is the opportunity to audition for the Canadian Model and Talent Competition in Toronto. To get more information or apply to the program … keep scrollling.

  • Multiple Photo Sessions
  • Workshops and Volunteer Hour Opportunities
  • Scholarship Program


For youth within the ages of 12 – 15.  This  imaginative and informative weekly training program that runs on Monday evenings from 6 – 7:30 pm  in 9 week sessions. This program begins September 17 and finishes in early December with a special fashion show. The classes are limited in size and each week will feature 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 session and will build a digital app showcasing their journey.

9 week session is $235.00 plus HST. Registration is at the Thunder Bay Country Market beginning August 15th at our booth. We are located upstairs in the Dove Building. Market hours are Wednesdays 3:30 – 6:30 and Saturdays 8am – 1 pm.


Ages 8-11 Dates TBA. Registration at the Market. Our Boot Camps are fun full day sessions covering multiple aspects of modelling. Each session includes two mini photo shoots and a complimentary group 8×10 print. A very full, fun day that’s just right for this age group. Lunch is included. $185.00 plus HST.

What do Ambassador Model Program members do? Members participate in monthly themed photo sessions including Shine publicity sessions, concept shoots, and a personal choice session. 12 + 1 Photo Sessions! They represent Shine Photo as volunteers at local charity and community events. There is a minimum monthly commitment to stay active in the program. Members attend events and workshops to learn about modelling, photography, fashion and beauty and leadership in the studio. What do Ambassador Model Program participants receive? Shine Photo T-Shirt. Mobile Photo App which includes a digital image from each session. Access to our private Facebook Group. No charge use of the props, clothing and accessories in our couture closet. Community volunteer opportunities and hours for high school students. Shine Photo studio points for volunteered hours, attendance and representative commitment completion. High point earners wins a scholarship. 12 + 1 photo shoot opportunities with coaching. Workshops in makeup, nails, posing, expression and theatrics. Parents receive a discount on a 10X10 hard cover Luxury Album with up to 30 of the year’s images. Publication in the studio magazine, and other promotional and educational materials. To receive more information or to apply for a spot as one of our models,  fill in the application below.  Please do not fill out the application if you are not serious about following through with the registration process and attending an information session. Read all the information on this page first, including what’s in the drop down menus. Then let your parents know about the program. Then fill out the application. This program is limited to 8 participants. Parental consent and parent attendance at an information meeting is required to participate. Get more information in the next drop down tab.  The cost of the program for the year is $400.00/year

To receive more information or to apply for a spot as one of our models, contact us by filling in the application above. Please do not fill out the application if you are not serious about following through with the registration process and attending an information session. The program is limited to 8 participants. Parental consent and parent attendance at an information meeting is required to participate.

A parent or legal guardian must sign a model release for the participant. Parents are always welcome at our models’ photo sessions. Application to the program does not imply guaranteed acceptance.  Memberships are by invitation to successful candidates who we feel would be positive role models and representatives, and would positively benefit from the program.  It’s as much about the inner beauty as the outward beauty.

Guys are needed in the program and are welcome to participate! The cost of the program for the year is $400.00/year.

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Information Session & Registration: Fill out the application and we will call you to set up your info session. Each info session takes about 20 minutes. Where?Thunder Bay Country Market.  CLE Grounds. Dove Building. Follow the market signs. Our booth, Shine Photo is upstairs.

  • August Volunteer hours:  August 18 8 am – 1 pm (Children’s Summer Fairy Sessions at the market)
  • Photo Session: August 30th, Trampoline Levitation Photos 5- 7 pm. Weather permitting.
  • September Workshop: Monday September 10 6-7 pm Stance & Expression (Required Workshop & Session)
  • Photo Session: Monday July 6th 7 -8 pm – Shoot – Headshots
  • Volunteer hours September 12 3:30 – 6:30 – Indoor Children’s Back to School at the market
  • Volunteer hours September 14 5 pm – 7:30 pm Outdoor children’s school photos.
  • Volunteer hours: Sept 15 8 am – 1 pm (Children’s Circus Sessions at the market)
  • Photo Session: Tuesday September 18 6 – 8 pm – Just Eyes Tutorial & Shoot
  • Volunteer hours September 19 3:30 – 6:30 (Children’s Circus Sessions at the market)
  • Volunteer hours: Sept 21 6-8:30 pm and Saturday Sept 22, 3 – 5:30 pm Cell phone workshops for moms. Child care.
  • Volunteer hours September 26 3:30 – 6:30 – Indoor Children’s Back to School at the market
  • Volunteer hours: Sept 29 8 am – 1 pm (Children’s Superhero Sessions at the market.)
  • Workshop: September 30th, Catalogue Posing 2-3 pm Photo shoot and activity: Yesterday’s News. Building high fashion gowns from old newspapers.
  • Photo Session: October 4th Marionette Session 4-6 pm
  • Workshop: Latex Scar Makeup followed by a Zombie Shoot. Date TBA
  • Workshop: Nails – followed by a hand shoot.

Winter Schedule TBA early in September. Themes included: Red Riding Hood Themed Session, Parachute Dress, High Fashion Photo Session with Runway Walk Workshop; Classic Lighting & Classic Portrait; Farm Day; Mannequin Fashion Show; Fotos 4 Food Halloween & Christmas;. All dates are tentative with outdoor sessions weather dependent.  Details will be posted in the private FB Group.

Are you ready for an adventure? Then we want you in our model training program! As a member of the Shine Model Program, you’ll be seen at community events, in advertising, in our Model Lookbook and around town having fun. You’ll learn HOW to be photographed and how to make being photographed painless and enjoyable.

Seriously, what are you waiting for? Call us for more information, or visit us at the Market to register. Registration begins Wednesday August 15th.

Programming begins Monday, September 17th from 6 pm – 7:30 for 9 weeks.  Cost is $235.00 plus HST per 9 week session.  Space is limited!

Our full day programs for ages 8 – 11 are still under development. The dates for these programs will be announced very soon.  Please watch this page as well as our Facebook page for updates.