Professional Photographer DC, MD, VA


Photography Career

Photography Career

My photography career has taken me on a 20 year marvelous journey from a graduate at The Corcoran Gallery of Art in Photography, to a 5 year stint as an Assistant Photographer for Richard Nowitz, a famous National Geographic photographer, to opening my own photography studio in Frederick, MD. 

For the National Geographic, I shot some aerial photos that were used in a book about our nation's capital.

I have photographed travel destinations for Conde Nast and World Magazine

As a photojournalist for Greenpeace, I was responsible for photographing toxic environments for several ad campaigns.

Another assignment took me to the Badlands of South Dakota where I lived among the Sioux Indians. While there I developed a series of photographs telling a story of these proud people, their rich culture and how the modern world has impacted their survival.

About Steve Photographer Photo

About Steve Photographer Photo

Why do I need a professional photographer?

In today’s age of high technology cameras, many people think they can take their own photos for their website or print media, letting the camera do all the work. They think they can just fix everything in Photoshop so they don’t need an expert photographer.   It doesn’t work that way.  A digital camera is just an extension of the old film cameras where you still have to understand how to get a correct exposure.  Also, you need expert training to compose people and products in a professional way.  Just having a “good eye” doesn’t make your photos look professional.  All you have to do is look at websites with amateur photography, and other marketing mediums such as print to see the disastrous results.  Some luck out and make acceptable photos, but imagine how much better their sites would look with professional imagery.  


Professional photography helps businesses make more money.  


I use proven techniques that show your products or you with deep, rich colors, and know how to design products so they pop in the frame.  Sometimes I use clean and even lighting, and sometimes I choose a more dramatic and colorful lighting.  For commercial jobs I will interview you extensively to understand your vision, and your goals, so I can create your sales message visually.  You want to include enough elements to make your message sell dramatically, but not too many that it looks cluttered.  

My powerful lighting will make you pop!


Lighting is the heart of professional photography.  With my lighting and composition, the goal is to bring your products to life on the screen.  For small, delicate products such as jewelry, there is a method to doing this that only a true professional understands so that every stone shines, and every piece is in focus.  My expert lighting will showcase your website with powerful imagery.


Commercial Photography Services

  • Headshots

  • Gourmet Food

  • Products

  • Real Estate

  • Industrial

  • Fitness

  • Corporate Portraits

  • Events

  • Advertising Campaigns

  • Mitzvahs

  • Portraits


Wedding Photographer Services



Sadly, I can’t tell you how many times my brides and grooms have told me the disaster stories about friends who hired a friend to shoot their wedding, only to be sorely disappointed in their photography. Even worse is when they hire a professional photographer and are completely dissatisfied.  Your wedding day happens only once, and it should be captured by a real professional photographer.


How do you tell if someone is a real professional photographer?


You need to study the photographs in the portfolio with a critical eye, and try not to get swayed by the pretty photos. Look for negative space.  For instance, many “professionals” shoot horizontals when a vertical would have been better.  So look at the space from left to right of the main subject on a horizontal photo.  Can you cover the spaces with a piece of paper without ruining the look?  If so, there is too much negative space and it could be better.  Look where the photographer cut off the photo of the people.  Was it at the waist, the feet, the shoulders?  Many professionals shoot and cut the people so they look weird.  Do the colors look muddy and blah?  When you interview your photographer, ask to see his or her portfolio under all lighting conditions from bright sunlight, to cloudy days, to dark nights. The range of light will help you to see whether they can handle an 8 hour assignment.


Some questions to ask your professional photographer:


How many lenses do you have and for what purpose?

What are your lighting techniques, and how do you implement them?

Are you licensed and bonded?

Do you have props and backdrops?

Do you have an emergency contingency plan if you get sick?

What is your training and education for professional photography?

Do you charge extra for travel?  How far will you travel without charging extra?

Do you shoot alone?  Or do you have another photographer cover the event with you?

Do you charge extra for the negatives?

How long do you keep my negatives?

How many photos will I get?

What is your experience level and for how long?

What is your event style, documentary, traditional, or artistic?

What do you focus on when you shoot an event?



Wedding Client Concerns

I hate being photographed!  It makes me feel uncomfortable.

Many don't like getting their pictures taken, not even I LIKE IT!  We all feel a little self-conscious.  One thing I like to do is meet with the bride and groom within a week or two of the wedding to get re-aquainted.  Believe it or not, this helps ME take better professional pictures of you!  Getting comfortable with each other is very important to make your experience better, and to provide better photos.  On the day of your wedding while we are working I show you the photos in the camera, so you can get a sense of how they are looking great.  I have found that this helps the bride and groom to relax, and trust that everything is going well. 

I have no idea how to stand for the posed photos

Don't worry about that.  I will guide you on how to separate your feet, where to put your hands, how to turn at an angle, all the things you need to create a beautiful portrait.  This is why you hire a professional photographer, to help you look your best by posing you and taking your photo in the most flattering way.  My goal is to make each bride and groom feel like they could be in a GQ magazine regardless of age or weight.

I don't want the couple's photos in front of a large crowd

We don't take all the photos right after the wedding ceremony.  My style is to pull the bride and groom away from the crowd, periodically, and shoot some romantic photos of just the two of you, in an intimate, quiet area. This also helps build trust that as your professional photographer, I am in charge of your day!  Once it is just the bride and groom and the photographers, we take a few romantic and photojournalistic photos of the two of you, for about 15 minutes.  Then I send you into the wedding reception room.  Whenever I see the sun move, change color, or discover a new and interesting place to take a photograph, I pull the bride and groom aside, shoot for another 10-15 minutes, and send you back to the wedding reception again.  I do this periodically through the afternoon and evening, gathering interesting photographs that showcase your unique story as the sunlight changes.  I find it to be less intrusive, more fun, and we get more natural looking photographs at the end of your wedding.

I Want A Photo Just Like I Saw On Pinterest

Some brides fall in love with a photo they saw on Pinterest, or other social media, and they want to recreate it.  I love to recreate photos, however I always add MY twist to it.  It won't be identical. But, it will be professional.

About My Professional Wedding Experience

I tend to focus on the bride and groom, and the emotions of the day.  I strive to shoot my couples photos in a fine art style, making you feel like a magazine model.  Also, I shoot in a photojournalist style, capturing all the little moments when no one seems to be looking. If you want a professional who captures your wedding in a fine art style, with some traditional posed portraits, and powerful couples shots with expert lighting, then I am the guy for you.


A little about my commercial photography

Gourmet Food Photographer

I style your food photography

 As a former chef at high-end exclusive restaurants around the world, I understand from conception to presentation how to display your gourmet dish.  My professional chef experience is how I am able to save you money on a food stylist.  All my food photos in my commercial gallery I styled myself.

Products Photographer

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 commercial 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.

Professional Photographer who feels how to show your products vision

When I photograph products I have to feel my vision of what to include in the sales message.  I keep tweaking and thinking about the message and what to include with the products.  You want to include enough elements to share your message, but not too many that it looks cluttered.  Once it feels right then I begin shooting. This is what makes me a professional.

I use proven photography techniques that show your commercial products with deep, rich colors, and tap into my unique feeling to make your products pop in the frame.  Sometimes I use clean even lighting and sometimes I choose a more dramatic, colorful lighting.  It depends how the product feels. 

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.

Head Shots Photographer

Commercial head shots with bold lighting.  My National Geographic training is where I learned my expert lighting techniques.  Make your business portraits stand out!

Why You'll Be Happy With My Photography

Having graduated top in my class at The Corcoran I was chosen to accompany a professional NATGEO photographer for 5 years on travel jobs.  But, my art school didn't teach me how to become an expert in lighting.  My NATGEO experience did.  What art school did teach was art, and how to create great compositions.  This realIy helped for the portrait sessions to pose you in the most flattering angles to make you look your best.

NATGEO not only taught me the expert lighting skills, but I learned how to think quickly on my feet to problem solve.  I hope I have given you a sense of my photography style and how I work.

If you have any questions, such as copy right use or how far I will travel, please give me a call or shoot me an email.



Serving Washington, DC, MD, and Northern VA