Artist for Hire; Lecturer/Discussion Leader; Visual Arts: Instructor, Photography; Film Developer
Shanna’s artistic style has been described as “like the atmosphere before a storm.” That description fits her photography, as well as her personality. It took Shanna many years to fully embrace her artistic soul, and some days, she still feels like she’s settling into herself.
She discovered photography in college, and that was the medium Shanna’s soul fell in sync with. Developing film, either at home or in a darkroom, brings a serious sense of joy with every roll. After several years as a hobbyist photographer, she began shooting sessions for other people around 2006, and opened her business in 2012. Three years after opening, the business grew to a full time venture. Today, she photographs select clientele for family portraits, branding portraits, senior portraits and weddings. Shanna teaches photography workshops and classes, and advises small business owners on branding and social media. She also serves as the LaSalle-Peru Tuesdays Together leader for the Rising Tide Society, which promotes community over competition among small business owners and creative entrepreneurs.
Based in the Starved Rock area, Shanna Dugan is a film photographer who captures breathtaking portraits of all varieties, a visual artist who believes the rules are meant to be broken, and a philanthropist who believes in building community amongst her colleagues and fellow creatives.