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.
Capturing True Emotion is driven by a dynamic band of instructors who rove across the continent with cameras and teaching skills in hand. By fusing their narrative, tech-savvy minds together into one oversize head, the educators provide comprehensive guidance on both camera operation and creative visualization, giving participants complete control over all of their camera settings. During the hours spent in the company of other pupating shutterbugs, students convene at a tantalizing location to practice skills such as controlling depth of field by adjusting the aperture, composing a family portrait so there's not always a burning zeppelin in the background, using alternative angles to avoid red eye, and other techniques.
Artists. Designers. Musicians. Community activists. The photographers behind Brea Photography are all of these things, which infuse their images with warmth, passion, and detail. Their style also exhibits a touch of vintage appeal. Black-and-white photos capture candid shots of casually dressed families as they crowd on the couch and share laughs. Other portraits show how muted colors can pop with a little contrast. This classic approach, blended with modern techniques, can be applied to all sessions, including weddings, headshots, and maternity.
For weddings, Brea Photography goes the extra mile to ensure that the bride and groom only have to worry about saying "I do." The photographers not only photograph the event, but also show up with safety pins, super glue, and power bars for cases of wardrobe malfunctions or growling stomachs that might standup and object the wedding. A thorough checklist agreed upon prior to the wedding makes sure the photography plans go on without a hitch, mapping out photographs for each and every step of the ceremony and reception.
Brea Photography's well-rounded team not only feels a sense of responsibility to their clients, but also to the environment. Throughout the photo-shoot process, they do everything they can to reduce their carbon footprints and keep their handprints from looking like chain-smoking turkeys. For instance, they assemble eco-friendly photo albums, use rechargeable batteries, deliver images to clients electronically, and recycle their old photography gear.
The photographers of MD Studios Photography like to focus their lenses on two of life's more romantic moments: engagements and weddings. During each session they foster a relaxed atmosphere, encouraging couples to express themselves as they like, such as via a kiss. The photographers at MD Studios Photography specialize in weddings, engagements and sultry boudoir shoots.
Whether they are shooting portraits at their indoor and outdoor photography studios, documenting weddings and other events on location, or creating custom made cards for holidays and special occasions, Studio 314's photographers put clients at ease by providing posing and styling advice. It's one way the studio takes the mystique out of the creation of headshots, engagement photos, and senior pictures. Another is by mentoring budding artists and photographers, which the studio does during classes, workshops, and discussion groups on topics such as macro photography, makeup application, or creating redeye that perfectly matches your outfit.