Chris Whonsetler

Chris Whonsetler

Owner & Lead Photographer

Chris Whonsetler Photography

Indianapolis, IN USA

They’re not just hiring me because of the camera I'm using. They’re hiring me for my experience. They’re hiring me for my vision. They’re hiring you because of what you bring to the table.


By Roadtrip Nation

Chris Whonsetler


My road in life has been direct.
I discovered my passion for photography during middle school through a 4-H project.
I started college with dual majors in chemistry and photography, but soon realized photography was my true calling.
In order to fund my photography ventures and build my network, I balanced multiple jobs, including a stint at Starbucks.
I eventually transitioned from general photography to specialize in commercial projects, focusing on business needs.
I learned to refine my craft and business skills the hard way, through trial, error, and continuous self-education.
I built a diverse portfolio by embracing every opportunity, from family portraits to commercial shoots.
I’ve now established a stable career in Indiana, valuing a slower pace that matches my personal and professional style.
Keep following my journey


High School
Photography and Graphic Design
Indiana Wesleyan University


Owner & Lead Photographer

I capture diverse commercial visuals, from staff portraits to dynamic product shots.

Career Roadmap

My work combines:
My work combines:
Being Creative

Day to Day

In the bustling space of my central Indiana studio, I capture the essence of products and brands. While a significant portion of my work—up to half—is done here, the rest finds me on location, adapting to the diverse needs of businesses. Whether it’s detailing watches or racehorses, each day brings new subjects and challenges. My role is to visualize a business’s story through imagery, keeping my work fresh and engaging. This variety fuels my creativity, ensuring no two days are alike.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

If you want to be a freelance photographer, I would absolutely recommend studying business in school and learning photography by running the trenches and assisting or mentoring with an established professional. I'd also suggest finding photographers in different industries to follow. For example, shadow a wedding photographer and a product photographer. That'll help you narrow down the niche you'd like to get into.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:


The Noise I Shed

From Society in General:

"You need to go to Los Angeles or New York in order to be successful as a photographer."