Welcome, Starved Rock Photographer!

So.  You've been invited to consider membership to Starved Rock Photography.  GREAT!  Let me tell you all about it!

who we are

We are a group of emerging and established professional photographers, living in and serving the geographical region around Starved Rock.  We believe that together, we can raise the bar for photography in our area.  We also believe that when one of us does better, we all do better; and when we all do better collectively, we each do better individually.

who you are

You are an established or emerging professional photographer living in and serving the Starved Rock region.  You are seeking to build community.  To grow your reach, both online and in person.  To build your business.  To become a celebrated and recognized member in our industry.

our why

Starved Rock Photography is, essentially, a marketing collaborative.  We were founded by photographer Shanna Dugan (HI!) of Peru.  Shanna believes FULLY in the spirit of community over competition, and has built a successful local chapter of The Rising Tide Society.  Shanna saw an opportunity in the industry to band together as a group, while maintaining our separate business interests.  She believes that we can successfully build one another up, and that by doing so, all of our businesses will thrive.

what you gain

Starved Rock Photography offers the opportunity to grow your SEO, with backlinks, profile pages, blogs, social media features, GoogleAds.  We offer the opportunity to grow your professional presence through group memberships of local professional organizations, networking opportunities, distributed printed advertising, publishing opportunities, group branding.  We offer the opportunity to be at the leading edge of a growing trend of solo preneurs coming together to build a community that benefits all.

Whe..

Wait.  Were you really going to ask WHERE???

Starved Rock.  Ok,  OBVIOUSLY YOU KNOW THIS.  You're one smart cookie, or you wouldn't have been invited here.

We define the Starved Rock area as the geographical circle from Princeton to Streator to Morris to Mendota.  You live within this circle.  You work within this circle.  

how much

Money is not the root of all evil.  Nor is it the reason for living.  

But it is an important factor into building a quality life.  We're professionals - we need to make money and we need to spend it wisely.

10 Founding Members will be offered memberships at a reduced rate.  We ask that you commit on an annual basis.  Annual payment of $250 or monthly payments of $25 for 12 months.

All subsequent members will pay the full rate, and commit on an annual basis as well.  Annual payment of $450 or monthly payments of $45 for 12 months.

Even More Info

Seriously.  There's so so so much more.

Every member receives:

  • a public profile page, with links to their website, social media accounts, image gallery, business information, bio.

  • unlimited access to blog submissions

  • access to the members-only area of the website

  • submission of events to the community calendar

  • social media features

  • publication opportunities in the annual guide

  • networking opportunities in all group professional memberships

  • membership badge for display on your website and social media

Founding members also receive:

  • premiere placement of images on the home page

  • premiere placement of public profile page (top of the list, baby!)

  • reduced membership rates, for the duration of your membership

  • my undying love and devotion to the success of your business.  For reals.

My goal is to promote the photographers in our area.  I am dedicated to making you sought after.  Each and every single one of you.  Why?  Because I'm good at it.  I feel giddy seeing my comrades do well.  I was a social worker for 17 long years.  I thrive providing service to others and feel a deep sense of satisfaction and pride in seeing them succeed.  I've been building websites for myself and others since I officially started my business in 2012.  I've taken classes and workshops on SEO, marketing (both online and in person), social media marketing.  I'm contracted with the federal Small Business Development Center providing the above services to start-ups.  I've been involved with the Rising Tide Society (a rising tide lifts all boats - community over competition) since shortly after it's inception.  I'm dedicated and I'm good.  THIS is my jam.  THIS is my purpose.  Ask me more.  I can go on and on.  And I look forward to helping you succeed.

Shanna Dugan

owner Photography by Shanna; business advisor the Illinois Small Business Development Center at the Starved Rock Country Alliance; city leader TuesdaysTogether - LaSalle-Peru / The Rising Tide Society; photography instructor 408 Fine Arts Factory; volunteer NCIArtworks; mom of Nat & Michael; furmom of Missy, Snickers & Bowie, etc etc etc ad nauseaum

You've made it through all of this, and you're still here, you rock star you.  Excellent.  Let's get you signed up!

Application

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Congrats!  Your application will be reviewed.  I will contact you with any questions I may have.  Once approved, you will receive an invoice for your annual membership, with the option for an annual payment or monthly payments.  Your membership becomes valid and you will gain access to all features once your payment is received.

I'm so freaking excited to have you join us!  <3 Shanna

Starved Rock Photography is a membership-based marketing project by local film photographer Shanna Dugan.  Shanna believes in promoting "community over competition" within the photography community in Starved Rock Country.  As the LP chapter leader of the Rising Tide Society, she's deeply connected to an international community of like-minded business owners.