Stephen Wayda

Stephen Wayda (born December 12, 1946) is an American professional photographer, best known for his photography for Playboy magazine.[1][2][3]

Stephen Wayda
Born (1946-12-12) December 12, 1946
Los Angeles, California
ResidenceSanta Monica, California
Known forPlayboy magazine
Principal photographer of Pamela Anderson in Pictures: Photographs

Early life and education

Wayda was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Southern California.[4] After high school, he attended the University of Utah where he majored in journalism and political science.[5] Wayda hoped to join the Navy ROTC and fly jets, but when his grandfather died and left him a camera collection, he taught himself photography.[6]


Wayda worked as a newspaper reporter at The Salt Lake Tribune for seven years, where his photographs accompanied the stories he reported.[5][7] While working for the Tribune, Wayda was honored for saving the life of Salt Lake City police officer Brent Elcock.[8] Having developed a method to enhance the reproduction of photographs in the letterpress newspapers, Wayda began his commercial photography career taking newspaper photographs for Zions Cooperative Mercantile Institution (ZCMI), a Salt Lake City based department store, working with models from a local agency.[1][5][9]


Wayda was introduced to Playboy editor Marilyn Grabowski through photographer Dwight Hooker.[1] For forty years, Grabowski was the woman behind the centerfolds, defining the pages of Playboy.[10] Playboy publisher, Hugh Hefner, said, "…from an inauspicious start, he has become the most published photographer in the history of Playboy. His iconic images have helped change the way the world looks at women, and the way women look at the world. His influence on photography can not be overstated. […] His contribution to photography will live on for generations to come."[4] Wayda's photos have been featured on the cover of Playboy more than any other photographer.[1][5] He was the principal photographer for Pamela Anderson, and his photographs are found in the book Pamela Anderson in Pictures.[5][11]

Over his photography career, Wayda has photographed such celebrities as Jack Nicholson, Denzel Washington, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Danny DeVito, Tom Selleck, Demi Moore, Claudia Schifer, Linda Evangelista, The Game, Kid Rock, Travis Barker, Kim Kardashian, Brooke Burke and Jenny McCarthy.[5][12][13][14][15][16][17]

Wayda's photographs have been featured in fashion, lifestyle, and sport magazines.[1]


  • Wayda, Stephen; Jordan, Bibi (1996). Pamela Anderson in Pictures: Photographs by Stephen Wayda. General Pub Group. ISBN 978-1881649946.


  1. Hood, Abbey (May 28, 2010). "Behind The Lens of a Playboy Photographer". The Beverly Hills Courier.
  2. "From Dali To Marilyn Monroe: Playboy Auctions Art". CBS New York. Retrieved December 17, 2013.
  3. "Inside Ashley Dupré's Smokin' Playboy Shoot". People. Retrieved December 17, 2013.
  4. "Our Photographers". Electra Star Models. Retrieved June 11, 2014.
  5. Jessamyn Cuneo (March 31, 2007). "Playboy Photographer Stephen Wayda Has Dream Job". American Superstar Magazine. Retrieved December 17, 2013.
  6. Jeff Ferrantino (March 31, 2007). "How To Shoot The Perfect Playmate Pictorial". American Superstar Magazine. Retrieved June 11, 2014.
  7. "Inside Photography". American Photo. September–October 2005. p. 7.
  8. "Police Honor Newsman". The Salt Lake Tribune.
  9. "Jake Gyllenhaal Would Like to Thank His Abs". New York. June 4, 2010. Retrieved June 11, 2014.
  10. Amy Wallace (March 13, 2005). "The Woman Behind the Centerfolds". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 11, 2014.
  11. Liz Smith (March 28, 2013). "Liz Gets "Intimate" ..." New York Social Daily. Retrieved June 11, 2014.
  12. "Kim Kardashian much easier to shoot for Playboy than 'guarded' Ashley Dupre". Daily News. New York. April 24, 2010. Retrieved June 11, 2014.
  13. Ben Kaplan (May 12, 2010). "Playboy 3-D: 'Like Avatar because of how the thing pops out'". National Post. Retrieved June 11, 2014.
  14. Juan Carlos García (January 15, 2012). "Pilar Montenegro mostrará todos sus encantos en EU". Ticket. Retrieved June 11, 2014.
  15. "Stephen Wayda – Fotografo Playboy". Numero f (in Spanish). February 13, 2007. Retrieved June 11, 2014.
  16. "Stephen Wayda, Playboy Photographer". Retrieved June 11, 2014.
  17. "Stephen Wayda". Retrieved June 11, 2014.
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