Joe Shymanski is a Washington DC based fine art, portrait and event photographer. He is a native of Michigan, and an alumni of the University Of Michigan, where he earned a degree in History and Psychology and a certification to teach in the public schools. Joe worked as a secondary school social studies teacher in Detroit, Korea, Honduras, the District of Columbia and Virginia before opening a small photography studio on Capitol Hill in 2000.

Joe excelled in photography in high school which led him to his first job as a portrait and event photographer at Focal Point Studio in Michigan. Focal Point is one of Michigan's finest photography studios and was and incubator for Joe's growing artistic studies in lighting, composition and human expression. His work in the studio has led him to see the natural world as a larger studio set. Combining an understanding of available lighting with reflected and flash lighting, Joe creates simple and elegant images that detail the beauty of lighting, composition, and human pose.


Joe has made a home at historic Eastern Market www.easternmarket-dc.org/ on Capitol Hill where he has sold his artwork for the past 15 years.  Through the market he has had the opportunity to meet a lot of incredible Washingtonians and gain access to many incredible events.   Washington DC is a great city for photography with an abundance of events, meetings, congressional actions, campaigns, public organizations, non profits, commercial, governmental or professional associations getting together that require beautiful, creative and quick photography.

Joe has taken images of all of the presidents since the Clinton administration at a variety of fundraisers and campaign events. Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, John McCain, the Dalai Lama, Chef Jose Andres, Chef Spike Mendelsohn, Christopher Reeves, Michael J. Fox, Billy Joel, Ambassadors to and from the United States, military leaders, Cabinet members, a multitude of U.S. Senators and House Representatives and many DC professionals and residents are among Joe's subjects . 

Joe also takes great joy in capturing weddings, family portraits, professional portraits and family events in the DC, VA and MD areas. Joe has proudly won the Capitol Hill Dog Portrait competition 3 years in a row.  Joe does not photograph cats.

Find Joe's artwork for sale on weekends at Eastern Market www.easternmarket-dc.org/ on Capitol Hill (225 Seventh Street, SE    Washington, DC  20003) and during the Holiday season at the Downtown Holiday Market downtownholidaymarket.com  (8th & F St., NW   Washington, DC).