Joel Marion first cultivated his creativity while enlisted in the Air Force and working as a photojournalist. He taught himself the complexities of shutter speed and f-stops through trial and error. Through his company—Joel Marion Photography—the autodidact has become one of the fortunate few whose avocation becomes their vocation, unlike Michael Jordan, who longed to dunk donuts instead of basketballs. Throughout his career, he has worked in fashion and advertising in St. Louis. By working with area clients for more than 30 years, Joel brings an experienced and creative approach to family, baby, high-school senior, and head-shot portraits. His wife Carol manages the studio while Joel's design and Photoshop specialist, Kelly Tucker, helps their clientele create aesthetically pleasing compositions.
JoVonda Winters, owner of JoMonique Photography, works to capture and immortalize special moments and connections during photo shoots. She snaps shots of events such as weddings and engagements. She also takes portraits of babies, kids, families, and expectant mothers. Following the photo shoots, she offers personalized photos and DVDs of the images.
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Studio M's knowledgeable instructors impart picture-snapping basics and tips in informational photography workshops and send students to practice their newly acquired skills in studio photo sessions. Aspiring aperture aficionados can learn sundry picture-taking techniques in workshops such as the two- to three-hour Studio Lighting workshop, during which students learn classic lighting patterns and how to best manipulate lighting to add depth to images and to create flattering shadow puppets. Hands-on sessions, all of which vary by theme, free students to shoot subject models for 60–90 minutes as instructors guide them through a complete photo session from start to finish.