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.
With a unique grasp of composition, color, focus, and dimension, Dane A. Harris not only captures candid emotions and personalities but creates one-of-a-kind artwork for each client. “I like to put my own spin on the photo. I like to play with light to make an image pop,” he said; and he achieves that no matter the assignment—be it a wedding, family portrait, or engagement session. It’s an approach he developed while studying art and photography and, more importantly, how to appropriately break the standard rules of static photography. He also shoots high-school senior portraits and offers cinematography services for special events.
Snapping professional shots since the early 90s, the photographers of Photo Video Image Productions specialize in bridal and lifestyle portraiture. Whether on-site or in-studio, portrait sessions yield natural-looking photos of kids, couples, and families. The studio also documents wedding days in motion with videography services, which burn precious memories, such as walking down the aisle or sprinting down the aisle, onto film.
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.
Named the city’s best portrait-photography studio by CityVoter in 2010, The Studio—a full-service portrait studio—maintains a separate department dedicated to boudoir photography. The studio’s three female photographers have worked together for more than a decade, helming tasteful yet sensual shoots for women of all ages and body types. Subjects can pose in outfits ranging from delicate lingerie sets to corsets, nighties, or artfully draped men’s shirts; licensed makeup artists and hairstylists finish off looks with custom touches that range from a natural, girl-next-door vibe to a dramatic, girl-from-Valley of the Dolls look. For outfit changes, subjects can return to the studio’s private dressing room, and after shoots have concluded, they can sift through their finished images in a separate viewing area.
Led by Lou and Karen Ravetta, Ravetta Photography's family of artistic shutterbugs has captured the beaming faces of individuals, families, and couples since 1976. Whether on location or beneath the controlled lights of their studio, the photographers work to preserve memories in styles that include photojournalistic, black and white, and the less popular white and white. They focus their lens on high-school seniors, weddings, and children, designing personalized photo books that stylishly showcase each image. Additionally, Ravetta Photography's staffers man photo booths that let party guests run through all of their brains' pre-programmed facial expressions at events.