Steven Wohlwender

is a photographer and director

based in Half Moon Bay, California.

For over 25 years he's been serving

some of the most respected

international brands.

With the support of his world class

team, his creations have been

recognized for their excellence by the

most prestigious photography/design

organizations and publications

in the world.





"I was made in Kentucky, seasoned

in Chicago, and now being aged

in Northern California."



Steven Jude Wohlwender was born

in Northern Kentucky on 1 May 1967,

and now resides with his wife

and two daughters in San Mateo,

 California. ¶ After studying art

at Central Academy of Commercial Art

and the Art Academy in Cincinnati,

Ohio, he moved to Chicago where he

furthered his studies at the Art

Institute; however, Steven's primary

reason for moving to the city was

to pursue a career as an advertising

Art Director. ¶ For over fifteen years

Wohlwender held positions as Art

Director and Creative Director,

including a tour of agencies on Michigan

Avenue, where he created visual

branding in the form of print

advertising and television commercials

for a diverse mix of global brands: 

Gatorade, Coors Brewing, Motorola,

Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art,

Kraft, McDonnell Douglas, U.S. Army,

John Hughes Entertainment, John Deere,

Princess Cruises and more. ¶ While

working at his final agency - 

Leo Burnett, he did double-duty as

CD and Photographer on the

Marlboro business. His first subjects

were Cowboys in the American West and

Indy 500 cars (Marlboro Team Penske).

Working on these international

brands with their elaborate ideas

and generous production budgets

afforded Wohlwender the privilege

to collaborate with some of the most

successful photographers and film

directors worldwide. ¶ Wohlwender

is a self-taught photographer;

in all the years he studied art,

he never attended a photography

class, but he himself considers his

photography education a formal one,

for it was from those who inspired

him most that his ability to create

storytelling images with an unconventional

view, a studied light and color palette, 

and an emotional wallop, were born.

¶ Wohlwender has photographed

in twenty-one countries, including

film documentaries in Afghanistan

and Tanzania.