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Carl was on site with us for our company headshots and also for our awards event. He did amazing! He was very friendly, professional, knowledgeable, arrived early and met all of our needs plus more! I appreciated that he kept us up to date with when images were coming and was able to adjust when we needed a few images early. I would highly recommend Federal Hill for all needs. Images were outstanding and our client was happy!!!

Amanda Neby-Dintzner
The Leverage Group
Type of photography:Event Photography, Headshot Photography

It was such a pleasure working with Carl at Federal Hills Photography! We had a relatively large event planned for up to 350 people including very high-profile speakers and keynote. There was a lot involved and Carl was extremely professional, flexible, kind, and helpful throughout the process. We had great communication prior to the event and Carl set expectations very well. If we had any hiccups or change of plans (as large events often do) Carl adapted quickly with a great attitude. After the event he made sure to stay behind to check in and confirm what the next steps would be. It took barely 1 week to get all of the edited images back and they looked amazing! I cannot recommend Federal Hills Photography enough and I definitely know we look forward to working with them again!

Stephie-Anne Duliepre
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Type of photography:Event Photography

Camerata Baltimore was very satisfied with the crispness and quality of the photos provided by Carl and Federal Hill Photography. The rate was reasonable and we could not have asked for a better person with whom to work. We will be calling Carl again for future concerts.

James Mayo
Camerata Baltimore
Type of photography:Event Photography

I had the best time assisting Carl at our photo shoots. He is very organized, punctual and right on schedule. His communication is superb, written and verbal. His professional work is amazing! I hope to work with him again in the future.

Denisa Smith
Visit Howard County
Type of photography:Commercial Photography

Carl is very professional!
Excellent photo taking and excellent service.
I highly recommend him.

Sophia Bougadra
Walker Glass Ltd.
Type of photography:Commercial Photography

Carl provided photography for a corporate event. He was communicative, professional, courteous, and the product he supplied was exactly what I was looking for. He worked with me both beforehand and on premises to clarify the vision and ensure what I received was what I was hoping for. He weaved in an out of the participants in an unobtrusive way. Would highly recommend.

Riley Thomas
Type of photography:Event Photography

I had Carl do a professional headshot. He was fantastic to work with, took great pictures that were exactly what I needed, and did an all around great job. Way better than my other experiences getting professional headshots done. Would 1000% recommend.

Yosef Kuperman
Type of photography:Headshot Photography

I work for a landscape construction company, and we have used Carl at FHP to photograph our best projects for multiple years now. He produces extremely high quality photos, which is great – but it is his process that truly stands out. Coming from someone who works in sales, his process couldn’t be anymore clear and up front – never any surprises. Additionally, he was super flexible as far as shooting projects on very short time notices. Between accessing private property, having the right weather to shoot, and working around our busy schedules – Carl couldn’t have done a better job. We were able to shoot 6 total projects (12 separate shoots) within a matter of a few weeks, and our photos were delivered ahead of a deadline we established months before signing his contract. Can’t say enough about this business. Would highly recommend!

Danny Stawowczyk
Live Green Landscape Associates, LLC
Type of photography:Landscape Architecture Photography

We recently had a trade publication do an article on our company. We reached out to Carl to do the photo shoot and very glad we did.
The photo shoot went well and was fairly priced. Carl has a phenomenal eye for photography, a methodical process and much patience.
All the ingredients for a flawless photo shoot!

Martin Manescu
Ram Supply Company, Inc.
Type of photography:Commercial Photography

It was a pleasure working with Carl from start to finish. I work for a landscape company, and every year we photograph a couple of jobs to submit them for awards. My company has worked with Carl several times in the past, but this is my first time. His process is very straight forward – We described what we wanted to photograph, sent him some photos, and then he sent us over quotes that gave very detailed outlines of all of the terms and conditions. At that point, we met up for a “site walk” and took test shots of what we wanted to capture. As I don’t have any photography background, Carl was very helpful in recommending angles and compositions to best capture what we wanted to showcase. He also calculated the sun patterns for each particular shot, so we could capture the absolute best shot possible. Once he sent over all the test shots, we confirmed the final shots and met up for a last shoot. He delivered all of the photos in a very timely fashion and they all look great.

Beyond the simplicity of Carl’s process, his professionalism, and the quality of his work – He is also a great guy to work with. We spent a lot of time together shooting these projects, and he is overall just a cool guy. Very easy to talk to, provides engaging conversation, which makes the process go as smooth and enjoyable as possible. Can’t say enough good things about our experience. Will definitely use him again in the future!

Danny Stawowczyk
Live Green Landscape Associates, LLC
Type of photography:Landscape Architecture Photography

I was long overdue for an updated headshot and Carl exceeded my expectations. He was patient and calm, while providing humor and fun to the process. He made sure that my confidence and warmth came through in the photo. He told me how to stand and smile, but not in a way that felt forced or too prescriptive. He made the whole process fun by sharing ways to make sure my smile and warmth came through in the shots.

With COVID, I felt compelled more than ever to update my headshot. Carl provided a COVID safe environment that made me feel comfortable, but he also was willing to travel. I debated that option originally because it’s tough to be on-time with a toddler! In the end I traveled to him which was just as simple and easy.

When I need to update my headshot in a few years (I won’t be waiting 7+ years to do it again!), I will be reaching back out to Carl. Highly recommend him as a professional but even more as a good person who wants you to look your best but also like you!


Rosanne Rauenzahn
McCormick & Co, Inc.
Type of photography:Headshot Photography

I couldn’t have been happier with my experience with Carl! He was responsive, up-front, made the entire transaction flow seamlessly—and of course, did a beautiful job editing the photo I requested him to work on. I’d work with him again in a heartbeat!

Nicole Karon
Type of photography:Commercial Photography

We bought a fine art print from Federal Hill several years ago, but it is still above our fireplace. It’s a photo from beneath a bride over a river, and the composition is excellent. There is both symmetry and variation in the photo, and the black and white is saturated perfectly in the print. I look at it every day and still love it. Other pieces by local artists started over the mantle but have been placed elsewhere since then. Only this photo has remained over these several years.

Geoffrey Witham
Type of photography:Fine Art Photography Prints

I have been following and enjoying Carl’s work for some time now on social media. I had the opportunity to invite him to display his work during a multi-artist showing at a large public open house event at our office and he put on a fantastic display of his work. I took the opportunity to pick up one of his fine art prints for my own use. Carl is a very talented photographer who is particularly adept at capturing the essence of a place.

Stephen Bates
Marshall Craft Associates, Inc.
Type of photography:Fine Art Photography Prints

Carl was very helpful and great to work with, I purchased a fine art picture on a metal background. It looks beautiful in our house, can’t wait to buy more pieces!

Caroline Presburg
Type of photography:Fine Art Photography Prints

I purchased the fine art photography piece of the State Fair by dawn’s light and it is simply splendid. It was a gift for my husband who had worked at the fair as a teen, and for myself, who grew up winning ribbons for fruits and vegetables grown in my yard. The stillness and the early light captured the essence of memories. I look forward to my next purchase! You have an eye and a talent that I am proud to support with 5 stars.

Cindy Carson
Type of photography:Fine Art Photography Prints

I was looking for artwork as a gift for the significant anniversary of some relatives and sent an e-mail asking Carl for help. He responded promptly to my initial request and, once he understood what I was looking for, provided (again via e-mail) suggestions for my consideration, including recommendations about framing choices. Once I’d made my selection, the purchase transaction was very easy to complete on the web site and both Carl and the site provided clear information about the delivery process. My print was delivered well-wrapped and in pristine condition. It was one of the easiest gift purchases I’ve ever made and my relatives were delighted.

Anne Cole
Type of photography:Fine Art Photography Prints

I hired Carl to take a headshot of me. Headshots are always awkward. You forget how to stand, how to smile, which tilt of the natural is natural and which is bizarre. Carl walks you through everything so patiently and gives instructions clearly and helpfully (and so nicely that they come across as suggestions informed by years of experience vs. commands). He never once made me feel like a freak or a robot who’s just lately gained the capacity for human emotion. He’s a funny, funny guy, too. He made the unbearable process of a headshot (I’ve had many) not unbearable at all.

Oh, and the photo is terrific as well. Carl’s a gem.

Nan Mulqueen
Type of photography:Headshot Photography

Carl did a wonderful job at capturing my graduation photos. We collaborated on details and poses prior to the shoot to help ensure everything went very smoothly. Carl was very commutative throughout the entire process. Prior to our shoot date he made sure to go over all details with me, even offering some great advice for the day of our shoot. Very professional and friendly, will use again for future photo sessions!

Melissa Stone
Type of photography:Commercial Photography

I’ve worked with Carl on a professional headshot and I am extremely happy with the results. Carl was very professional throughout the process, showed up, set up on time and made the whole experiecne easy for me and in the end I have a couple of great headshots I’ll be using in the near future….I would definitely recommend Carl and would use him again for my future professional photo needs.

Abou Kone
AKIL Technologies
Type of photography:Headshot Photography

AMAZING! PROFESSIONAL! CREATIVE! Network After Work has been so incredibly lucky to have Carl as our dedicated Baltimore event photographer over the years. Carl has an eye for the smallest of details and without asking too much of him, he knew our vision and provided exceptional images every time. Thank you so much Carl for continuing to provide such amazing work!

Ellayna Ormonde
Network After Work
Type of photography:Event Photography

Carl has done the photography for one of our company’s annual events two years in a row now. I was so pleased with the pictures he took for us. He captured the perfect mix of little details, candid shots and posed shots. Without needing a shot list, he knew intuitively exactly what we would want captured. His candid shots perfectly captured all of the fun, the team work, the joy, and the anticipation of the event. This event is a very big deal to us; we work very hard planning it each year and I am so thankful to Carl for his role in making it a success. Carl is talented, professional and friendly and I look forward to continuing to work with him!

Brent Gratton
WPM Real Estate Management
Type of photography:Event Photography

I have been a fan of Carl’s work from day one . He is thorough, attentive, details and skillful . His adventure continues as I watch him grow every year and I have no doubt his hard work and consistency will take him even higher places. Great photographer.

Ramatou “Mina” Fofana
Mina’s Delights Cafe
Type of photography:Commercial Photography

Carl was wonderful to work with for my group! We needed headshots done and had pretty specific requests, and he took care of everything perfectly! He was prompt, efficient and had fun all at the same time. I would highly recommend Carl for any photography needs you have in the area. Thanks so much, Carl!!

Kelly Gallagher
Canvas Meetings + Incentives
Type of photography:Headshot Photography

I reached out to Carl with a very short deadline and very specific parameters for product shots I needed. He took extreme care to ensure he was able to fulfill my needs before taking on the assignment, knowing I didn’t have time for a re-shoot. Once he assured me he could handle the project and timeline he got to work and was able to deliver the project with time to spare. The shots were beautiful and his level of professionalism would certainly encourage me to recommend him to anyone!

Ben Otterbein
Otterbein’s Cookies
Type of photography:Commercial Photography

Carl was an AMAZING photographer to work with. We had a somewhat unusual request (to get school pictures done for our students). The unusual part is that we run an organization that works with children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Part of having the ASD diagnosis is having communication deficits, sensory overload, social deficits, and behavior problems. It was definitely not an easy task and required a lot of patience to make sure our students understood what was expected of them, to wait for the perfect moment, to get them to smile or laugh, and most importantly, to make them feel comfortable with the environment. Carl was able to do it all. Our families were able to get their children photographed (and in some instances with their siblings), for the first time. It was an amazing accomplishment and the pictures were ADORABLE. Thank you Carl for all of your hard work. We can’t wait to do it all again!

Diana Wolf
Verbal Beginnings, LLC
Type of photography:Commercial Photography

Carl is a very talented photographer. He did my business headshot. He took lots of photos, teeth, no teeth, different angles etc. The pose he delivered was perfect and was exactly what I wanted!

Blaney Teal
Maryland Business Connection
Type of photography:Headshot Photography

I met Carl at a networking event and small business exhibition hosted by the Maryland Business Connection (MBX). He had a photo booth/shoot area and was offering headshots on-site. He was a professional, friendly and provided a high-quality headshot in a timely manner.

Yolanda Fraction
ATD Maryland
Type of photography:Headshot Photography

Carl Schmidt is a great photographer. I would recommend him to anyone. In fact, I already have. He is willing to travel to your office to take the pictures, he can work in small spaces, he is very comfortable to get along with, and the pictures come out great all within 45 minutes. Carl does an amazing job.

Thomas Green
The Law Office of Ross W. Albers, LLC
Type of photography:Headshot Photography

Every time I’ve had the pleasure of working with Carl, he has demonstrated SOLID talent and professionalism, well over the curve. ‘Scrupulous’ is a terrific word for him.

Jason Putsche
Jason Putsche Photography, LLC
Type of photography:Event Photography

I met Carl during his stint with DevOpsDays in Baltimore in March 2017. He covered the two-day event, capturing key moments and important speakers and organizers of the conference. He did such a great job, we asked him to cover one of our Fearless Solutions events in April, and we were not disappointed! Whether working with a crowd of 300+ or a smaller group of 50, Carl is professional, accommodating, and focused on giving his clients great photographs. The pics were delivered quickly after the events, too. If you’re looking for a photographer to document professional proceedings or capture memorable milestones, we highly recommend Federal Hill Photography!

Shannon Shepherd
Type of photography:Event Photography

We recently hired Carl to tell the story of our Hackathon through images. Carl was a pleasure to work with – all the way form the initial discovery about the event through to delivery of the photos. Our meetings with him before we even hired him were fantastic – he focused on asking the right questions about how to tell the story of our event. He made every aspect of the interaction enjoyable – even the invoicing was easy! We were very happy with the photos. He took on the challenge of telling the story of a development event. He even took some new headshots and group shots of our Meta Studios tribe!

Rachel Davis
Meta Studios, Inc.
Type of photography:Event Photography

Carl was extremely professional and flexible to work with. He gave me his professional advice and input to make sure I was getting the most out of his photography for my purposes. His attention to detail, and his planning and preparation before the shot made all the difference. The finished product was very high quality and I would recommend his services to anyone looking for professional photography with a photographer who listens to their needs and makes the clients goal his top priority when shooting.

Aaron Raines
Live Green Landscape Associates, LLC
Type of photography:Landscape Architecture Photography

Carl is a very thorough and professional photographer. I needed some photography of several local events this past Spring and Carl was up for the challenge. He really made sure he understood my goals and was great about asking for feedback. Definitely recommend.

Sarah (Withers) Kurtanich
Howard County Tourism & Promotion
Type of photography:Event Photography

My law firm hired Carl to take photographs needed for a trial. Given less than 24 hours notice, he was able to travel to the necessary location and quickly provided our office with the needed photographs. The quality was great and so were his prices. Also, he agreed to appear at trial, also with short notice, and did an excellent job explaining the photographs for the court. Carl was professional, responsive, and friendly throughout the process. He was very dependable, and I’d highly recommend him to anyone in need of a photographer.

Daniel Heller
Kelly | Dorsey, P.C.
Type of photography:Commercial Photography

Our home needed to be shot for a real estate listing and Carl came to the rescue. He was accommodating, punctual and professional. We adored the shots of our home and recommend him with the highest confidence.


Michelle Arencivia
Type of photography:Commercial Photography

From the time we met at a networking group, I felt that Carl’s level of professionalism was of the higher caliber. Not afraid to admit mistakes and speedily address them, our first session went well, but Carl noticed that something was not “just right”. In short, he insisted that we shoot again to get a better shot. This story solidified Carl as my go-to-guy, and I look forward to spreading the word about his great work. Until we shoot again!

Christopher Shumaker
Sunrise Solutions Inc.
Type of photography:Headshot Photography

Carl is an excellent photographer. I needed a professional photo for my LinkedIn and Twitter accounts to replace my ‘selfie’. The shoot was very professional and Carl is easy to work with. The hardest part after the shoot was determining which photo to use! The photo IMHO is ‘on par’ with the best on LinkedIn and Twitter.

Dave Morris
Type of photography:Headshot Photography

I arranged for Carl to take some photos for a new professional head shot. To my surprise, he arranged the shoot at my house, making the scheduling incredibly convenient. Also, this allowed me to be prepared to have photos taken in a couple of different outfits without the awkwardness of changing clothes in a strange place. Carl immediately set me at ease with his professionalism and easy-going manner. He was set up and ready to shoot in no time and we quickly had many options from which to choose. He made the process fun, when it could easily have been uncomfortable – holding your head this way or that, leaning in, smiling, etc. He sent some options to me electronically just days after the shoot and I paid only when I was happy with my selection. I would (and have) recommend Carl to anyone looking for a professional picture for LinkedIn, Facebook, or any other purpose. The improved first impression is definitely worth Carl’s reasonable fees.

Carolyn Eichhorn
Type of photography:Headshot Photography