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 photographer and design and Photoshop specialist, Kelly Tucker, shoots sessions and helps their clientele create aesthetically pleasing compositions.
Lifetouch Inc. became the world’s largest employee-owned photography company one portrait at a time.
Today, Lifetouch and its subsidiaries serve the photographic needs of people of all ages. Lifetouch truly is “memories for a lifetime.”
Like a Caribbean resort, Yuppy Puppy Pet Spa soothes away the stress and worries that build up in canine minds while their owners are off relaxing at work. Pups of all breeds and sizes—as well as cats—jump into the arms of loving staff members for grooming and pampering sessions. Services range from the ordinary, such as nail clipping and ear trimming, to the opulent, such as blueberry and vanilla facial masks or soothing mud baths for the whole body.
But personality trumps beauty at play camp, where dogs’ dispositions decide which of three indoor camps they’ll call home for the day. Pooches can also pack their toothbrushes and curlers for overnight stays in private luxury suites—some equipped with flat-screen TVs—or the social lounge, where pups play all day and curl up in front of a movie at night.
At G.G.’s Secret Boudoir Photography, the two resident female photographers accentuate women’s sensuality with relaxed photo shoots. The photogs fit more than 20 years of experience into each frame, during one- to two-hour photo sessions that yield 8”x10”, 5”x7”, 4”x5”, or wallet-size prints and an online gallery. Clients pose in front of five backgrounds and bring their own clothing and props, such as a man’s tie, a boa, or a life-size cartoon weight lifter with the face cut out.
For four decades, Trotter Photo's seasoned shutterbugs have captured memorable expressions in creative, professional sessions. Half-hour photo shoots transform life’s most significant moments into crisp, clear pixels, preserving them in a more comfortable means than casting the family in bronze. Trotter invites groups of up to eight subjects to pose before their choice of flattering studio backgrounds, and the studio offers up an online gallery of previously captured images for inspirational perusal.
Elizabeth Ann Photography's professional shutterbug Julie Elizabeth Scarpace captures the best side of high-school seniors in natural outdoor settings. Twelfth-grade muses are encouraged to bring along props or outfits and can choose any outdoor setting, such as a park, football field, or interstate rest stop. Julie will snap photos for an hour, aiming to illustrate each senior's personality through natural smiles and expressions. Once complete, the cream of the photo crop will be converted into one 8”x10” print, two 5”x7” prints, and 16 wallet-sized prints, as well as an online slideshow and password-protected gallery of 35–50 proofs.