Professional Photographer 20 years

With expert lighting techniques

Photo Studio In Frederick Maryland






Some Photo Publications and Exhibitions:

“As a photojournalist for newspapers, I’ve learned that a great photo is created when you anticipate what is going to happen. Just as important is understanding professional lighting to get the correct exposure. Combining both takes your picture from mediocre to extraordinary.”
— Whysall Photography
  • The Best of Photographers  Photoserve

  • National Geographic Traveler Magazine

  • Corcoran Gallery of Art Magazine

  • Conde Nast

  • Greenpeace

  • Time Magazine

  • The Washington Post


Wedding Photographer

“It’s your life, your love, your story. You want the moment to last forever... the romance, the excitement, the celebration. That’s what we do. That’s what we’re here for.

— Whysall Photography

Wedding Photo Bride at Sunset


Simply put, we lucked out with Steve. Our wedding photos were more artistic, beautiful, and unique than we could have possibly hoped for. We have heard from so many family members, friends, and coworkers tell us that our photos are the best photos they have ever seen. At the risk of sounding narcissistic, we have to agree. So like I said, we really lucked out. Look no further. Steve is a true talent and is the best at what he does.
— Chau
Steve is AWESOME! He is edgy, creative, and far from your traditional photographer! He has an amazing eye and great vision! Great traditional pictures and breathtaking edgy pictures with flair, but still family appropriate. Such a true pleasure to work with! We would recommend him to all our friends and family! Best photographer EVER!!!!!
— Suzy

When your wedding day is over, all you have are your memories and your photos.  Make sure your photographer has the experience to capture the beauty of your day that will leave your family and friends breathless!  

Over 1,000 weddings photographed

Commercial Photographer

Commercial work includes:  gourmet food, fitness, advertising, products, real estate, portraits, and mitzvahs.  

Head Shots Photographer


When you need head shots for your website, or other business advertising that are clean, crisp, and professionally lit, consider coming in groups.  When you come to my photography studio in groups of 5 or more, the cost is only $50 per person.  Don't worry if it's just a group of one.  Simple head shots cost $100 for an individual.  Consider taking advantage of group pricing for your head shots.

I needed headshots for work that are not too stiff and show my personality. I also wanted some for family. Steve was a joy to work with and HE MADE ME LOOK 10 YEARS YOUNGER. Of course, I’m shouting! I’m 52 and his lighting was beautiful. No airbrushing, just lighting. If you look close, you can tell I’m starting to get wrinkles, but the lighting really diminishes them. And Steve had me cracking up so he got some laughing shots my family members love. The one you see here <<< that tiny head shot, that is the one I chose for work. I think you can click my link and see a few more. You can also see how this one looks in full length. They were not all identical and it was a very hard choice. When you go to Steve’s full web site, take a look at the commercial, travel, weddings and architecture shots. Wow. Walking around in the studio feels like being inside of a National Geographic magazine.
— Beth

Gourmet Food

Food Photographer

As a former professional chef for 15 years around the world at exclusive restaurants, I understand how the flavors all work together, and how to present your dish to make your food sell. I bring your food to life with my creative compositions and my expert lighting techniques.  There is no need for a food stylist with me!Bring your gourmet food to life with my creative compositions and my expert lighting techniques.

When I Googled “gourmet food photographer in Frederick MD”, Whysall Photography was the first to pop up. I read through Steve’s website and thought this guy sounds too good to be true. But I took my chances and gave him a call to see if he would take photographs of my cheesecakes for my small start up business. We spoke a few minutes on the phone. He was kind and accommodating and instantly I felt confident he was the guy for the job. We met that same week to discuss my vision. After just a few minutes of consulting with Steve, and seeing samples of his work, I knew that he was more than qualified to meet my needs. His credentials are impressive, but he exceeds them on a personal level. Steve is not only an artist, a visionary, a professional and a perfectionist when it comes to his craft, he is a genuinely nice and caring human being. He will not rest until he gets it just right. He created images that exceeded my vision. Without hesitation, I recommend Steve for any and all of your photography needs.
— Tee

Come to my photography studio or I will come to you!

Fitness Photographer

Creative, edgy, fitness photographer.   Quality high-end studio photographer right here in Frederick, MD.  Over 10 years of body building experience, and a certified physical trainer.


Real Estate Photographer


 Show your house with photos that are shot with warm colors with professional lighting, not that faddish bright look created in Photo Shop, or with over exposed photos.  I will make your luxury home glow with expert lighting techniques learned while training for National Geographic. 

“We hired Whysall Photography, LLC numerous times to photograph our completed remodel projects. They have proven to be professional, experienced, timely, FUN & affordable. They are able to provide quality photos for not only large remodeled spaces, but also very small spaces. Their experience, equipment and lighting have produced beautiful photos for our website and advertising material! We will be hiring them again in October for another photo shoot. Thank you Whysall Photography, LLC!

— Patricia

Advertising Photographer

You want your advertising photos to sell your products or services!  Never trust a photographer who claims to be a "natural light" photographer.  A skillful photographer is paid to light the set just as much as to create the composition.  Professional lighting is the heart of photography, and it is what separates an amateur photographer from a true professional.

Come to my photo studio, and go outside for a luxury, once in a life time photo shoot.  No pricing games.  Pay a studio fee and get all full sized images with joint copyright.  Portrait sessions include high school senior portraits, family portraits, child portraits, engagement portraits, and model portraits.

Product Photographer

Why hire a fancy New York photographer, or an expensive Washington, DC photographer to shoot your products when you can get that high-end quality right here in Frederick, Maryland?  

Bring or ship your products to me

        Find out........

  • How long it will take to photograph your products
  • When you will get your finished images
  • How much your photos will cost

Bring your products to life

For small, delicate products, such as jewelry, you want the entire piece to be in focus.  There is a method to doing this that only a professional photographer understands.  Shooting your piece so every stone shines, and every area is tack sharp cannot be done just because you sit next to a window, and shoot in a natural light scenario.

I am not a "Natural Light" Photographer

A true professional photographer is not a "natural light" photographer.  A professional understands how to light the set with years of learning.  You pay a professional to light your products with expert lighting techniques.  This skill set is dying with the advent of digital cameras and photography schools that just don't stress this anymore.  The old school photographers, like me, who were taught using film, and who developed their own photos in a dark room, really grasp the technical aspects of photography.  Never trust a photographer who claims to be a natural light photographer.  

What this really means is they don't understand "complex" lighting scenarios.


Whether you want to get engagement portraits for a save the date card, or to use as your wedding guest book signing, or whether you want to test the waters to see if we are a match, an engagement session is a way to see how we work together. We spend several hours capturing your personality to tell your unique story. - Steve Whysall



The bar and bat mitzvah ceremony is a milestone event culminating years of study, as only the beginning of a lifetime of learning.  As a former journalist for newspapers, Steve knows how to capture your important bar or bat mitzvah event by anticipating the shot to give you creative and artistic photos with emotion.  Steve has 20 years of photography experience in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.


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Proudly serving DC, MD, and Va


Some Publications

About Steve Whysall


Steve is an accomplished photographer in the areas of photojournalism, commercial, advertising campaigns, portraiture, aerial, wedding, food, product photography and all types of events.

On photojournalist assignments since 1999, he has served as the Assistant Photographer for award-winning National Geographic Photographer, Richard Nowitz. Together, they have traveled the world documenting cultures and landscapes for the readers of the National Geographic. Also, for the National Geographic, Steve has done aerial shots, including the monuments of Washington, D.C., that were used in a book about our nation's capital. In addition, they have photographed travel destinations for Conde Nast and World Magazine. Another assignment took Steve to the Badlands of South Dakota where he lived among the Sioux Indians. While there he developed a series of photographs telling a story of these proud people, their rich culture and how the modern world has impacted their survival. Also, as a photojournalist for Greenpeace, Steve was responsible for photographing toxic environments for several ad campaigns.

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Commercial Photographer

For two years, Steve served as the official photographer of the Kensington Volunteer Fire Department capturing the intensity, dedication, conviction, and life-threatening work of local firemen as they fought to save lives and property. His work was shown at the Corcoran Gallery of Art and received accolades from various Montgomery County officials. Furthermore, his work was featured in the Washington Post, Montgomery Journal, Gazette, and on Montgomery cable TV.


Executive Head Shots

Over the years, Steve has been selected to photograph numerous corporate executives for ad campaigns, annual reports, and official portraits. He has taken portraits of President George W. Bush along with members of his cabinet, including Donald Rumsfeld, and the Prime Minister of Poland.  

Former Chef

Steve was also an accomplished chef, which allows him to bring a unique quality to his food photography. Steve's love of food is clear, as you want to sit down and take a bite from every picture. Steve takes pride in styling his own food photography.  Your food photos need to reflect what the meat is meant to look like and how all the flavors work together.  As a former professional chef for 15 years around the world at exclusive restaurants, I understand how the flavors all work together, and how to present your dish to make your food sell. Bring your gourmet food to life with my creative compositions and my expert lighting techniques.  There is no need for a food stylist with me!  

Wedding Photographer

Through his wedding photography, Steve provides each couple with a beautiful documentary of their very special day. Using a photojournalist approach, Steve captures the intimate moments throughout the day along with the personality of the couple and their guests to provide a rich pictorial and a life long memory of their wedding day.  When your wedding day is over, all you have are your memories and your photos.  

Art School Educated

Originally from Norwich, England, Steve emigrated to the United States in 1989 and proceeded to obtain a BFA in photography with honors from The Corcoran College of Art in Washington, D.C. To round out his capabilities, he studied commercial photography at Montgomery College in Maryland. Because of his love for his craft, Steve has taught photography, including black & white photography and darkroom techniques to both adults and children since 1996.

Photography Awards

Finally, during his career, Steve has received several honors, including The H.E. Klappert Memorial Award for Photography. Steve is the winner of The Gold and The Silver Award in an international competition sponsored by the Artistic Guild of the Wedding Photojournalist Associations.  (AG)WPJA is comprised of outstanding wedding photographers.


The Best of PhotographersPhoto Serve

Washington, DC A List

Corcoran Gallery of Art Magazine

National Geographic Traveler Magazine

Conde Nast


Time Magazine

The Washington Post

Bridal Fever

Virginia Winery Weddings Magazine



The Woman's Bar Association

The Red Cross Frederick Bachelor Raffle

The Montgomery Journal

The Kensington Gazette

The Arlington Gazette

The Frederick Magazine

Tampa Bay Tribune

The Men's Journal

Media General

Washington Project for The Arts

The Frederick Tourism Council



Wedding Style Magazine

Frederick Arts Council

What sets us apart from other Wedding photographers?


  • Satisfaction - Client satisfaction is our number one top priority because we want you to refer us to your friends and family

  • Experience - Photographer with 20 years of professional photography experience

  • No fads - We create a portrait that holds its value through generations

  • Professional - Photographer whose sole job is Photography.  We do not shoot weddings "on the side"

  • Educated - Photographer who is art school educated for creative compositions

  • Trained - National Geographic trained photographer for expert lighting techniques

  • Two Photographers - All weddings come with two professional photographers

  • Wishes - Photographer who is experienced in interviewing to capture our clients wishes

  • Full sized images - You get all edited full sized images of your wedding day for free regardless of the wedding photographer package chosen

  • Reliable - Photographers with a reputation of consistent, punctual, reliable show ups

  • Value - Excellent quality for a reasonable price

  • Pricing - Simple wedding pricing packages without up selling on the back-end

  • Ease - Our relaxed personality soothes and comforts to get your best expressions

  • Lighting - We understand how to SEE THE LIGHT and how to make the most of it

  • Staging - Creative on location staging to capture your most flattering angle

  • Insured - We are insured and bonded

  • File Storage - We keep your wedding photos for years

  • Service - Behind the scenes we act as wedding coordinator, necktie tier, hair stylist, and family manager

  • Know you - We meet again just prior to the wedding to understand your personality and needs

  • Focus - We give you 100% of our focus so you can relax and enjoy your big wedding day

  • Equipment - Professional equipment to shoot your wedding right such as lenses, transmitters, stands, and lighting

  • Exposure - We get it right in the camera so we don't have to rely on Photoshop 

Weddings     Commercial    Gourmet Food     Corporate Portraits   Portraits     Mitzvahs   


If you have questions about how far I will travel, what I charge, or what your copy right use of my photos will be please call me at (240) 793 - 6193 and I will be happy to go over your concerns.  Or you can email me.

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Photo Studio Address
263 W Patrick St
# 8
Frederick, MD  21701