College for Creative Studies: Photography


Dominique Spina

Freelance Photographer

Even as a kid, Dominique Spina was drawn to the artistic aspects of photography.

What started as a hobby has evolved into a dream career that has given the photographer 15 years of experience working in traditional and digital darkrooms and a decade shooting in studios. Today, she’s passing her knowledge on to her students in the Detroit-area as a photography instructor through her studio Dominique Spina Photography.

“Teaching has been very exciting for me,” said Spina. "It's interesting to see others take on photography and to watch them learn and grow. My grandma taught art for 60-odd years, and I feel lucky to be able to carry on the tradition. In addition to teaching, I've been doing more photo crafts and getting involved in craft fairs.”

Most of Spina’s freelance work has been in portraiture, architecture, product and editorial photography. Her images have been used by the Detroit Police Officers Association, Real Detroit Weekly, Pure Michigan, Wayne County Medical Examiner’s Office, Dally in the Alley, 4th Street Fair Events, Detroit Entertainment Magazine and Jones Soda. She has won awards from Metro Times and the Scarab Club in annual photographic competitions.

When Spina is not busy teaching or shooting a freelance assignment, she looks for opportunities to create her own work. Lately, she has focused much of her work on the intricate beauty of flowers.

“I’m always working on creative fine art projects to exhibit.”

“I’ve exhibited locally at CPOP, Scarab Club, Birmingham Bloomfield Art Center, College for Creative Studies, Oakland Community College, MoCad and have been featured for three years at the Dirty Show.”

Spina worked at Olan Mills and Ritz Camera and Image prior to launching her freelance career. Her recent work can be viewed at