The doors opened at Wahlberg Photography for the first time in 1926. My grandfather, Gus Wahlberg, came to Cedar Lake, Indiana after working at a studio in Chicago and serving in combat during WWI. Our business started as a camera shop, selling and servicing cameras, and selling film and postcards. When not behind the counter, Gus was on the lake behind the shop. This was his way of life as a young man from 1926 to 1935.
1935….Enter Florence Weiert. As she tells it, she came to the camera shop for the first time during a trip with her father to Cedar Lake from their home in Hammond, Indiana. She was hired to clerk at the age of 21. She and Gus were married two years later in 1937. During this period she discovered that Gus was a trained photographer with a studio background, so the camera shop was turned into a full service studio. Gus and Florence had four children; Ted (1942), Fred (1944), Edgar (1947), and my mother Lynea (1951). Gus Wahlberg became well known in the Chicago area as one of the premiere photographers, and built a reputation that lives on today. Gus passed in early 1967 at the age of 74, as a result of exposure to mustard gas during WWI.
After an honorable discharge from the U.S. Marine Corp, first born son Ted attended school at the Laiten School of Art in Wisconsin. Shortly after returning to Cedar Lake, his father passed. Uncle Ted picked up where his father left off, and became the 2nd generation of Wahlberg Photography. Ted became nationally recognized as a portrait photographer, and was asked to travel the country to speak and teach others on his methods. Ted served as president of the Professional Photographers of Northern Illinois and a certified member of the Professional Photographers of America. Besides excelling at studio portraits, Wahlberg Photography also grew to provide yearbook and dance photography to many local schools.
In 1976, Ted started a second company called Panoramic Photography. Using antique large format panoramic cameras called “Cirkut Cameras” he photographed large groups of people and events. Along the way, with the help of his Uncle Bud (Wallace Weiert), close friend Doyle Johnson, and brother Fred, Ted invented and created many printers, film processors, paper processors, and portable riser units. Panoramic Photography grew into a large company recognized across the country as one of the nation’s best large group photographers. My Uncle Ted passed in early 2002 due to a lifelong battle with severe psoriatic arthritis.
I grew up just down the street from the studio, and spent lots of time there as a child. I started working with my Uncle at the age of 15, helping out on shoots and working in the lab. While attending classes at Purdue University, I fell in love with photography.
I have since joined the two separate companies, Wahlberg Photography and Panoramic Photography to form Wahlberg Panoramic Photography. In 2003, with the help of my talented and devoted staff, we took our company into the age of digital imaging. Besides offering the same services as the previous companies did separately, we now also own and operate a completely environment-friendly production lab capable of producing prints up to 40" x 60" and signs and banners up to 150 feet long. Even with all of the changes, our customers still receive the same quality and service upon which the organization was founded.
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