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.
Though the professional lensman behind davidjstudios specializes in wedding photography, he strives to make every shoot capture something as memorable as the big day. To do so, he builds relationships with his clients, earning their trust and comfort during what can sometimes be an awkward situation. Instead, his shoots are relaxed, natural, and professional, gaining him nods from WeddingWire and CityVoter.com. He snaps images at locations throughout the St. Louis area, and helps clients customize items such as photo albums, invitations, and magnets strong enough to post their albums to the fridge.
Located in one of the new art spaces at Crestwood Court, award-winning artist Jeane Vogel's 4,000-square-foot gallery and studio showcases both her traditional and alternative-process photography. Black-and-white and color photographs of haunting, foggy morns and vibrantly hued beaches are displayed alongside dreamlike infrared photographs that capture a spectrum of light invisible to the eye of man, woman, or Sauron. Hand-altered Polaroid paintings (from $45) lend an impressionistic quality to a vintage medium generally employed in snapping covert shots of ghosts, whereas mixed-media paintings (from $245) use soft pastels to extend Polaroid images beyond their confining white borders. For beautiful images that tickle your earlobes as much as your brain lobes, Vogel's Art to Wear jewelry collection displays her Polaroid paintings in miniature as dangle-able glass or porcelain pendants (earrings from $44, necklaces from $25).
Eleven Fourteen Photography's crew pours its passion for boudoir photography into each meticulously composed shot. Photographer Chaz Murphy collaborates with his clients for sultry photo shoots that exude their distinct personalities. His shots skew toward the sexy, but he's happy to stray outside the conventional strictures of boudoir photography. In addition to shots of subjects in lingerie, he also captures flirtatious images of them in bathing suits, wedding dresses, or everyday outfits, depending on their preferences.