January Businesses of the Month

By January 7, 2019News & Events

Michelle Dykstra started her business Exposing Life Photography in October 2016, just a year after moving with her family from Denver, CO to Winnebago. She’s always enjoyed photography as a hobby, but wanted to expand her services to others. She specializes in family, children, senior and couples portrait photography.

With an indoor home studio and several beautiful forest preserves and parks in the area, there are plenty of options for finding the perfect backdrop. The indoor studio, perfect for cold and inclement weather, means she can serve clients anytime throughout the year.

As her business is still newer to the area, Michelle is focused on marketing her business and growing her Facebook following in 2019. You can help her reach her goal by following her page on Facebook. Additionally, as a business of the month, Michelle is offering a 20% discount off her one-hour photo session. For more details, like her Facebook page and send her a message.

As a hobby, Michelle enjoys taking nature and landscape photography, and volunteering her photography services for community events. Recently, she took pictures for the Winnebago Area Chamber of Commerce Family Fall Festival and a Sensory Santa event in Rockton. Michelle also volunteers at her children’s schools.

In case you haven’t heard, Winnebago Community Historical Society (WCHS) had an exciting year in 2018! The not-for-profit organization, along with the help and support of the community, assumed ownership of the Town Hall building, adjacent Veterans Park and Winnebago Area History Collection. They presented four programs on area history, held a Town Hall open house and participated in the Chamber Family Fall Festival.

One of their largest projects is the fundraising campaign to renovate the Town Hall building to be used as a venue for community events. They created a GoFundMe page and are accepting donations to reach their goal of $195,000. WCHS was already able to install a new roof, fascia, gutters and downspouts on the Town Hall. To read more about the renovation and fundraising campaign, visit the recent article about WCHS in the Rockford Register Star.