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 my portraits mean to me by Deanne V.

How do I feel about My Portrait’s:

How do I express into words my thoughts, feelings and emotions my portraits bring?

My portrait’s bring on a great deal of emotion and truly touch my heart beyond what words can describe.  What a wonderful and priceless gift Audrey has been able to share and bless others with.

She is able to capture a moment in time with such elegance, meaning and so accurately detailed to life.  The depth, true color and feeling of your eyes captured perfectly. The way the portraits come across 3D, the vibrant colors and all the little details such as the dew drops on the grass blades makes her work remarkably true to life.   

 My portraits give me much Joy! I can’t think of a better way to preserve your memories and past then with Audrey’s quality unique artwork.  With passing time, I have only come to realize how the importance of my portraits continues to grow. I feel so blessed that I was able to preserve a few special moments in time that I will never get back.

 I am truly grateful for the relationship I have been able to have with Wancket Studios.  I genuinely am very excited and look forward to our future projects together! I trust without a doubt, I will be left speechless with each and every new piece I obtain!


Deanne VanDiepen


(Thank you Deanne! I have enjoyed every single minute of working with you and your beautiful family.)

Categorized In: testimonials

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

Time to back up your own pictures!

 I wanted to remind everyone to back-up your personal pictures from 2013! 
Client Insights...
Don't let this happen to you!
Save and Backup your personal pictures.
As a photographer, I get to hear the horror stories from clients, friends and relatives about personal lost files and images.  Some situations involve crashed hard drives and others just lost or misplaced files.  When I hear that someone's crashed computer or hard drive contained three years of their lives... well you get the picture. (no pun intended)
I would like to help you get a routine that you use to keep track of and back up your very precious snapshots.

1-Unload camera or card often.
2-Rename your picture files with the date-then an identifier and sequence #:
(year/month/day-keeps them in order)
3-burn the file to a cd or dvd and store numerically.  Please don't rely only on external hard-drives or the cloud as your only back up source.
4-choose your favorite images from each year and burn to a gold (archival) cd that you put at a different location(safe-deposit, parents house...)

If you need more help or have questions, please call or e-mail me anytime.

Please don't procrastinate...It is not worth the risk and the stress of losing those precious photographs!

Throwback Thursdays

Are you on Instagram or Twitter? If so,  you’ve probably seen or used the hashtag #throwbackthursday, or #tbt, a few times. What a great trend this has become.  I started posting on instagram with snapshots or portraits of my children from when they were young.  It really is addicting. So recently, I started an album on our Wancket Studios Facebook page called Throwback Thursday and the feedback is amazing.  If we are friends on FB and you like our page, you just might have one of your portraits from long, long ago show up in our TBT album.


p.s. You can follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest.

Festive Boboli appetizer

Cranberry Pecan Boboli
2 - 8" Boboli Pizza Crust
Brie cheese (I prefer without rind)
2/3 c. dried cranberries 

Preheat oven to 350° F. 

Sprinkle pizza crust with Brie and bake in oven for 8-10 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly. Remove from oven and sprinkle pecans and dried cranberries.  Cut into 8 triangles and serve.

*try apricot preserves and sliced almonds for another great combo.