Wendy Veugeler, M.Photog., M.Artist, Cr. C.P.P., F-PPANI, took her first job at a local photography studio in 1971. Her creative drive and love of photography, led her to open Cellar Portrait Studio in 1978 in her parents basement. Wendy ran the studio in her home on three acres in Crystal Lake, IL. For 32 years. She currently calls Austin, TX. home.
Wendy specializes in family and senior portraits. Her current passion, are fine art sessions which she calls, “Dream to the Extreme Portrait Collections”. Connections made through family portrait sessions allows time for people to see the conceptual art that defines her. Along with her sister Sherri, they are developing a line of costumes and fashion pieces that not only are available to their clients, these will also be offered to other professionals looking for just the right look at an affordable price.
Wendy has been consistently entering in print competitions for the last twelve years at the regional, state and national level, where she has medalled thirteen times and currently has 28 Loan Collection prints. She was awarded the Image Excellence Award in 2008, and more recently was named Illinois Photographer of the Year for 2012. Other recent awards include The A.S.P. State Award, two Kodak Gallery Awards, Top Ten North Central District 2012 and 2013 and a score of 100 on her image, “The Extreme Makeover,” at North Central District 2012. She also received a score of 100 on her portrait “The Daisy Keeper” at North Central District in 2013 which also received the Fuji Masterpiece Award and the A.S.P. District Medallion Award. In 2014 Wendy had a Gold case in P.O. and a Platinum case in Master Artist. She received her Craftsman Degree and the Image Excellence Bar at Imaging/14 in Nashville. Recently, at the 2015 North Central District competition in Iowa she was in the top ten and in 2017 received a 4 for 4 award in the Southwest District print completion.
Wendy V. has been published several times in The Professional Photographer Magazine, Showcase and Loan Collection books.