Kate's love of the fall season...

Fall is my absolute favorite time of year!
I like to see things grow in the spring and summer is fun but I’m not a fan of extreme heat and after last year I don’t think anyone is looking forward to winter. But, Fall… To me, Fall is perfect!
Here’s what I love about Fall.
Well… First of all, my birthday is at the beginning of Fall and even though it means getting older, I love my birthday. And every year for my birthday nature always gives me my favorite fruit and now until the New Year, I will be indulging in pomegranates.
Scarf weather. Fall is the start of scarf weather and in case you didn’t know. I LOVE SCARVES!!!!. I am addicted to scarves. I have a scarf to go with any and every outfit and if I by something new and I don’t have a scarf for it  – I’ll be making one.
Speaking of making things, Fall is also when I start indulging in one of my favorite activities. I am always making things but during the colder months I usually focus on crocheting. It’s a great thing to do while huddled up on the couch watching the new Fall season on T.V. Plus, it gives me an excuse to sit on the couch and watch T.V. while not feeling like a sloth. I’ll try to keep you all updated on my projects.

Finally, in my opinion, the beauty of this season is completely unrivaled by any other. I love seeing the little patches of color as they pop up here and there. It’s like being on a scavenger hunt you didn’t know you were on. But there is that moment I wait for every year. Driving over a hill at dusk during the peak of color and seeing everything ablaze is absolutely breathtaking! This moment literally makes me gasp from the overwhelming-ness of it all.

To me, Fall is perfect!


The Wildflower Meadow at Wancket Studios

It is a month past our wildlower meadow sessions here at Wancket Studios yet our garden is still producing lovely flowers that I pick daily.  As you know, I love quotes so I combined the two for this little image.


Frames Frames Frames

  • Published September 25th, 2014 by Audrey Wancket
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I have been on the hunt for some new frame styles for our clients.  They have arrived and are so beautiful that we just had to share a few of them. There is something for everyone.

The cool toned black and silver frames are perfect for black and white portraits and there are a variety of tones to provide the finishing touch to any of Audrey’s classically inspired portraits

Plus, there are some extremely rich new burl woods that will look amazing on the upcoming Fall Portraits. These session times are going fast so don’t hesitate to call and make your appointment today.

I love to frame,


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Audrey  commented on  September 25th, 2014

Kate has found so many new frames that look amazing on my portraits. An appropriate frame is what finishes your art!

Quotes that inspire...

~ Simply look with perceptive eyes at the world about you, and trust to your own reactions and convictions. Ask yourself: "Does this subject move me to feel, think and dream? Can I visualize a print - my own personal statement of what I feel and want to convey - from the subject before me? ~
Ansel Adams

Are your children going to be the "Lost Generation"?

Most of them will according to studies. 

Imagine, 20 years from right now, some of your children will be getting married or having children of their own.  They want to look back at their lives and what they were like as a children.  They ask you for pictures because they remember you taking a lot of them both with your camera and cell phone, but they do not remember seeing any of them around the house or on the wall.  You tell them that there are some on those funny looking circle discs with the hole in the middle that are somewhere in storage.  The rest, you say were lost when the family computer crashed or when your Facebook profile was lost...  no where are the photographs actually printed-possibly they were shown on line or off of a phone.

Digital technology can be great-but there are also huge problems that this constantly changing digital age is causing and you might not even realize it until it is too late.
That is why our children and grandchildren are at risk for being the “lost generation”.

Back when most of us used film-it had to go to the lab to be processed and printed to see what you had.  Even if buried in a drawer, they are there to be found again and enjoyed.

I would estimate that 90-95% of all digital photographs taken are never printed.
Does this sound like you?

You can fix this and save your future generations...
here are some tips-

1- Choose a medium size memory card for your camera and have several-
    *This will force you to unload the images more often and hopefully while you are     still excited about them.

 2- Create an organized system for unloading, naming and storing files, that you repeat with every photograph you take
    *Rename your images with the date  140712_subject
    (Year month day- this is so they stay in order year after year)

3- Immediately burn a back up disc and label it for safekeeping

4- Now go through the images and delete the ones you will not want(yes delete-do you really need 42 variations of the same picture?).  Next narrow down again from your favorites and order a few for an album or to frame on a bookshelf.  Order 2 or three if there are several people in them and give them a copy or put away a copy for your children.

5-Enjoy your photographs!

What are you passionate about?

Of course most of you like me are passionate about our families.  That is a given in my opinion.  What else are you passionate about? I see so many of our Wancket Studios clients at fundraising auctions and philanthropic events all over the Chicagoland area.  I cannot remember any event that I have not known several of the attendees.  That tells me that you are passionate about certain causes.  I would love to know which ones.  
I (Wancket Studios) donate to many auctions.  I have a few that mean a lot to me for many reasons-

CASA  We support McHenry, Lake and Kane county CASA events.

Make a Wish

The Cradle

Several Therapeutic riding centers

The FitMS NeuroBalance center

Pediatric Sun Protection Foundation

Just last week, my husband and I ran in the 1st annual INK 5k to raise money for the Isa Kranz foundation here in Spring Grove.  It was an amazing event with more than 900 in attendance.  
I have put links (just click on the names) to all of these non profits if you would like to check them out-and again please share with me what your passionate about.

Categorized In: fundraising

What I have been up to...

     This spring is flying by- I think in April, I was out of town more than in and when I was in town-my days were filled with sessions.  sometimes the busier I am, the more organized I get.
    I am currently serving my second 2 year term as a Board of Director to the Professional Photographers of America (PPA).  Our headquarters are in Atlanta so I find my self there a lot.  This April however, the BOD’s went to Washington DC to lobby for Copyright laws.  It was very interesting and exciting to be meeting with the Senators or their staff. 

    April also took me to Dallas where I taught at the Texas School of Professional Photography.  My class called Art-Passion-Purpose was a lot of fun to teach.  It was exhausting too as you just go and go morning to night while there.  I was able to demonstrate 3 sessions during the class- I will share some of the images later this week.

More to tell soon,

Categorized In: professional photographers of america