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Wancket Studios Dream Portrait Competition winners announced


"And the envelope, please …"

No, it's not the academy awards but it is a noteworthy accomplishment for the winners.

For 25 years, Wancket Studios of Spring Grove has provided clients with uniquely remarkable portraits. One of the top photographers in the country, owner Audrey Wancket is celebrating 25 years in business with a Dream Portrait Competition. Entrants were required to submit a short story describing their Dream Portrait. And, recently, the winners were announced.

"We awarded 25 portrait sessions – one for each year I've been in business," said Wancket. "It's my way of thanking everyone who made these past 25 years possible."

The competition ran through the summer and into the fall. Some entrants dreamed of an opportunity to give a winning $720 portrait session to friends or family members. One winner sought a portrait session for the family of a friend who died of breast cancer: "Knowing this brave woman and how important her children were to her, this beautiful portrait by Audrey would be a beautiful gift to her husband who is raising his children on his own."

Wancket had said that the entries could be funny, random or heartfelt. Quite a few fit the description of the latter: people sharing experiences of loss, the birth of children or as an expression of love for members of their family. Dream Portrait Wish No. 27 spoke of a portrait session as a gift for parents who are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. And, Dream Wish No. 18 writes of how she’s leaving for college soon: “… my sister won’t be far behind me and I would like to get a portrait of my sister and I for my mom … we will always be her little girls.”

The entries were posted on the blog pages of Wancket's Web site – – anonymously to protect the privacy of the entrants. As one entrant wrote, "I have just finished reading all of your entries and I have to say, I shed a few tears."

Wancket welcomes others to visit her Web site and page through the blog to look at the entries. The emotions that the entries evoke are quite appropriate considering the nature of Wancket's photography where her goal is to create portraits the draw out the emotions of the viewer.

To learn more about Wancket Studios, you can also call 847-587-3350.

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