December 3, 2014


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The American Society of Picture Professionals (ASPP) recently announced that Wendy Zieger is the 2014 recipient of the Jane Kinne Picture Professional of the Year award.

Cecilia de Querol, President of ASPP, said, “Wendy’s energy and enthusiasm for ASPP shone bright during her years as chapter co-president and member of the National Board. She worked hard to maintain a strong and active chapter and made it seem easy. It was always a pleasure to work with her.”

Cathy Sachs, Chairman of ASPP’s Board of Trustees, said, “During the time that I was the Executive Director of ASPP, I was immensely grateful for the loyal service that Wendy showed to the National Board and most especially to the Midwest chapter where she served as co-president for many years. Her reliability and creativity made her an invaluable member of the National Board.”

Wendy follows in the footsteps of previous award winners: Jane Kinne, Larry Levin, Anita Duncan, Niki Barrie, Nancy Wolff, Jerry Tavin, Danita Delimont, Barbara Smetzer, Cathy Sachs, Ed Whitley, George Sinclair, Judy and Roger Feldman. Award recipients are current ASPP members who have established significant contributions to photography, made a single outstanding achievement or provided continuing service to ASPP and its members.

The Jane Kinne Picture Professional of the Year award will be presented to Zieger at an ASPP Midwest Chapter holiday party, venue and date to be announced.


Wendy was born in Port Washington, Wisconsin. She attended Michigan State University and obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Art History. After graduation, she married her high school sweetheart, settling in Grand Rapids. She worked in Customer Service at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan, leaving to raise her growing family. In addition to being the mother of three, Wendy volunteered countless hours within the community, at schools, her church and The Grand Rapids Art Museum.

When her youngest was in school full time, Wendy enrolled in the Library and Information Systems graduate program at Wayne State University in Detroit. While getting her Master’s degree in Library Science, she interned at the Grand Rapids Public Library and then in London at the headquarters of Bridgeman Images. The internship in London opened up the exciting world of image licensing and was the perfect fit for her, allowing her to use her Art History and customer service background.

In January 2007, Wendy became Bridgeman’s first official remote employee. Wendy is now Senior Account Manager of the Bridgeman Images, which keeps her very busy.

Wendy joined ASPP’s Midwest Chapter in 2008. She was recruited to be co-president of the chapter in January 2010, a position she held until the end of 2013. With the Midwest board, Wendy put on several great education days and networking events, boosting the popularity of the chapter. She wrote articles for the Picture Professional and served on the National Board as the representative from the Midwest Chapter. And she did all of this in her spare time showing dedication to the ASPP cause, the likes of which have rarely been seen. Wendy continues to be a staunch supporter and advocate for ASPP. She still attends Midwest Chapter’s events and helps out when needed.