Audrey Wancket, M.Photog.Cr., CPP
Wancket Studios
PPA member since 1987
One of the many faces of PPA

I’m a work in progress. I’ve always had a passion for classical art,though I really couldn’t draw what I saw in my head. The camera became a way to get my vision out. From my first camera at the age of 12 to switching majors (so I could stay with photography) to my most recent portrait session, I’m always thinking about what I’m going to do and try next. I joined PPA for the education and worked hard to master the photographic fundamentals until they became second nature. The basics are there, freeing me up to be more creative and design sessions specifically to each client. My “work in progress” philosophy is probably why photographic competition has become one of my favorite benefits. It’s a personal challenge. You compete against yourself…and I never settle for good enough.


Eleven acres of wooded forest and hills provide a perfect setting for inspiration. The studio, housed in a restored barn, offers a peaceful retreat for our clients. Portraits of all sizes and styles are displayed throughout our frame galley. The collection of beautiful backdrops and elegant furnishings add a unique charm to the barn.


2012, 2013 Canon Par Excellence Award

2011, 2013 Photographer of the Year, Professional Photographers of America’s North Central District

2003, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2013“Kodak Gallery Award”

2000, 2004“Best of Show” – Associated Professional Photographers of Illinois

1996, 1998, 2006, 2007“Best Portrait” – Associated Professional Photographers of Illinois

1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 “Top 10 Photographer” – Associated Professional Photographers of Illinois

1998, 2002, 2004, 2007“Regional Medallion Award” – American Society of Photographers

1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 Loan Collection Portraits” – Professional Photographers of America

1996, 2000, 2004 “Masterpiece” award – Fujifilm