Fuzzy Duenkel


Professional photographers must have a firm grasp on creative, versatile and precise portrait lighting as the one constant in the ever-changing field of photography and the never-ending
avalanche of competition. Fuzzy’s program focuses on vitally important basics and advanced nuances of many indoor, outdoor, ambient and artificial lighting techniques.

Program Friday:

Fuzzy will show you how to create custom senior portraits that transcend the ordinary. You won’t learn how to do more… you’ll learn how to do better! For four to six hours, Fuzzy goes to each senior’s home and anywhere else to just have fun! The result is a powerful collection of
images that reflect that senior’s lifestyle, interests, and attitude. Fuzzy doesn’t try to make images that sell… and that is precisely why they sell! Fuzzy’s program shows many “before and after” images to demonstrate the benefits of all the lighting tools he uses.

Live shoot Saturday:

Fuzzy will spend time covering selecting photo sites on location. Site selection is particularly crucial for image design, posing inspiration and theme. Fuzzy is a master at outdoor and indoor lighting techniques similar to those used in the fashion/commercial industry, but scaled
down for the photographer who chooses to work without an assistant. Fuzzy’s choices of equipment (to buy or build) are also keys to help rather than hinder creativity. Each item much be portable, quick and effective. This workshop is guaranteed to teach you key techniques and give you a fresh perspective.


In 1975, Fuzzy and Shirley Duenkel of West Bend, Wisconsin started their “mom and pop” business, as many photographers do, when a friend asked Fuzzy to photograph her wedding. In 1996, the Duenkels dropped weddings to concentrate solely on portraits. Fuzzy’s business evolved into mostly a specialty studio with under 100 total sessions per year. While they photograph babies, children, families, couples and glamour, high school seniors are his favorite. Seniors are his easiest subjects since they require little space (unlike families), hold still (unlike kids), do what they’re told (unlike babies), understand English (unlike pets), and will give him as much time as he needs (unlike weddings). Fuzzy practically insists on working on location with each session. Fuzzy feels his specialty is his total comfort with creating portraits in clients’ homes, especially if he has never been there before. His goal is to make a variety of images that don’t necessarily look like they were done in the clients’ bedrooms, garages, or hallways… even though they were!


Fuzzy started entering prints in Wisconsin PPA competition in 1993. In that and subsequent competitions he’s entered, Fuzzy was awarded four Fuji Masterpiece Awards, earned top awards for the Wisconsin PPA senior folio competition twelve times; was Wisconsin’s Photographer of the Year twice; won Senior Photographer’s International folio competitions five times; Senior Portrait Artists’ Photographer of the Year, had 29 prints selected for National
Traveling Loan Collection, two for Disney’s Epcot Center, one for Photokina in Germany, one for the International Hall of Fame and Museum in Oklahoma, in addition to numerous other awards and accolades.