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Located inside the Historic Westclox Building in Peru, Shanna Dugan and Josh Johnston are Photographers in Starved Rock Country who capture breathtaking portraits of all varieties.


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Meet Your Photographers

Shanna Dugan & Josh Johnston have teamed up to create a phenomenal photography duo, with an accumulated 42 years of experience! 

They each began their photography journeys in 1998, shooting with analog film. Today, they still shoot with analog film! They bring in digital when needed, but both much prefer the look, feel, and romance of film, especially for portraits.

Residing in Peru, IL, they enjoy the beauty of their surroundings, and make the most out of living so near Starved Rock & Matthiessen Parks.

Shanna Dugan

Hi I'm Shanna! I started my photography journey on film, giving me a perspective that I believe can be lost with digital cameras. Every shot mattered. I learned on the principle that creating an amazing photograph was worth taking time to make it amazing – not just firing off a bunch of clicks and hoping it happened.  I carry that frame of thinking with me to this day.


​After several years as a hobbyist photographer, I began shooting sessions for other people around 2006. Today, I shoot select clientele for family portraits, branding portraits, senior portraits and weddings. I teach photography workshops and classes, including one-on-one mentoring.

coffee lover

hopeless wanderer

photographer & artist



Peru, Illinois 61354

josh johnston

Hi, I'm Josh and I love film.  Film invites me to slow down in a fast paced world.  Film urges me to take my time and really connect with my subjects, to carefully consider each image, to see the light and the composition, to make every photograph special, to make art.  Film is raw and imperfect.  Film feels.  Film is tangible.  Film has grit and texture.  Film is magical.  Film is different.

I started my career with film over 20 years ago, and now I'm shooting it again; I'm even using the same model cameras I began with.  It's like reconnecting with old friends from long ago, and we're picking up right where we left off and our relationship is better than ever.

vegetarian foodie

music junkie

photographer & artist

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