Pop Up Portraits at Starved Rock | Photography by Shanna

Aaaah snow.  I love winter.  Like really really love winter.  There's just a calm that settles when it's cold and snowy, and everything seems to reset itself.  The first weekend of December was a VERY lovely, snowy weekend.  The day after teaching the Capturing Christmas workshop, I headed out to Starved Rock to hike, enjoy the snowfall, and take portraits of others out enjoying the winter.

Like this guy!

Most of the people I approached happily agreed to have their portraits taken.  One guy told me it was "weird, but cool" to approach people this way. Ha!  I don't disagree with him, but it was a ton of fun, and I talked with so many people that I normally would have just passed on by with a nod and maybe a "hello".  Instead, I got to know some people, and bring some smiles to their day!

And yes,  I asked everyone to smooch.  You know I love those smoochy pictures!  But these two guys from Ottawa declined, since they're just friends!  We got a good laugh out of it anyway!

And of course, while I loved photographing all the people (and pups!), I also love love love capturing that majestic snow.

I'd love to capture your portraits out at Starved Rock too!  Let's plan a session!

Shanna Dugan | Photography by Shanna

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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.

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