Playing with Fire: Illinois college alumna finds unique niche in photography industry

  • Source: Daily Herald - Metered Site
  • Published: 02/25/2021 12:00 AM

PHOTO: Growing up, Johna Denault spent hours on her homework due to her dyslexia. To find an escape from the stress, she turned to photography. "When I was 12, I started taking photos with my parents' Sears35MM camera," she said. "I took photos of nature and really enjoyed taking action shots. From then on, I knew I wanted to explore photography as a career." As an adult, she enrolled in photography classes at College of DuPage. "I knew my limitations and strengths, and I took every photography class COD offered to hone my skills," Denault said. Receiving high accolades from her COD photography professors, Denault was determined to turn her passion into a career. She began taking portraits of firefighters in her local community, which eventually led her to a somewhat unconventional career as a fire photographer. "The fire chief posted my portraits to social media, and I wasn't happy with how they turned out because it wasn't showing the firemen doing their craft," she said.


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