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Wayde Peronto

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I started as a department store photographer right out of high school, I had always enjoyed taking pictures as a kid using all the instamatic cameras to my first Nikon. The Company PCA was my training grounds for 5 years photographing 100′s of thousands of kids of all ages, I was a trainer of photographes for 3 years in this company, I left and managed a Photography studio in Chicago specializing in Weddings for 3 years, personally training 25 photographers and photographing over 300 weddings,

We purchased our studio 26 years ago from a man named Joe Babboni, he had been in business for over 20 years. Since than we have photographed over 6000 weddings and many thousands of kids,babies,seniors, families ect. I have been to many seminars and PPA, SYNC, MAIPP, Treehaven, I spent many weeks with Monte Zucker in my formative years, him and Dean Collins were my mentors, Leon Kennamer taught me about seeing the light, subtractive lighting, and many other lighting tecniques. Marty Rickard told me 26 years ago: “If you want to be successful as a photographer, buy a projector and project your images, and sell them the photographs the first time they see them.” So we bought a slide projector, started projecting and still project to this day. Jay Stock told us. “Do what you love and the money will come” I love being a photographer, and we have been very successful at it. Someone asked me if I take pictures on vacation, I said of course I’m a photographer!!!

Why would you suggest people attend more than one after dark experience?
“The first time might seem a little overwhelming, but the more times you go the more you can hone in on working with a particular mentor, I feel the mentors need to be there more than 1 time to be able to be available for hands on training, not just being there to sell their stuff.”

From Wayde:
“As a photographer for nearly thirty years I have had the privilege of capturing the memories of special occasions and milestones for hundreds of people. One of the reasons I love what I do is that I am able to see how much my portraits have meant over the years to the people involved. I am always touched by the relationships of love I see among families.
This year I encourage you to make every moment count. Hug the people you love and tell them how much they mean to you. And maybe it’s time for you to capture some of those moments before they pass by. To those I have photographed, thank you for trusting me. To those I will photograph in the future, you can bet I know personally how important your portrait is. It’s not just a picture on the wall. It’s a memory of the ones you cherish most. ‘Following after the One who is in control of everything, is my passion in life! When I try to out give God, He just pours it on!’

Wayde Peronto

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After Darks Attended: 2
“Spending time working with the new photographers, seeing the light bulb go off in their heads when they finally start to get it! Learning from all the other mentors. In Vegas working with the Cirque models.”

Fun Facts:

  • Canon Shooter
  • Nikon Shooter
  • Mostly In-Studio Sessions
  • Some Travel Session

Majority of Business:

  • 150-200 HS Seniors
  • 100 Families & Children
  • 25-50 Weddings a Year


  • Mainly 4×6 Softbox with Accents
  • Window Light
  • Outdoors: Beauty Dish Umbrellas; Constant Light; Natural Light

Top 5 Skills:

  1. Basic to Advance Posing
  2. Photographing Families
  3. Photographing Children
  4. Photographing Weddings
  5. Mastering Camera Equipment