This paper aims to integrate part-based feature extractor, namely Non-negative matrix factorization (NMF), Local NMF and Spatially Confined NMF in wavelet frequency domain. Wavelet transform, with its approximate decomposition is used to reduce the noise and produce a representation in the low frequency domain, and hence making the facial images insensitive to facial expression and small occlusion. 75% ratio of full-face images are used for training and testing since they contain sufficient information as reported in a previous study. Our experiments on Essex-94 Database demonstrate that feature extractors in wavelet frequency domain perform better than without any filters. The optimum result is obtained for SFNMF of r*= 60 with Symlet orthonormal wavelet filter of order 2 in the second decomposition level. The recognition rate is equivalent to 98%.