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.
Professional photographer Michelle Garthe's studio offers a controlled environment where subjects can be custom-lit in the most flattering manner, whereas on-location sessions allow mortals to immortalize memories within homes, at outdoor locales, or on a light-enhancing glacier. Garthe specializes in portraits of newborns, families, expectant mothers, and high-school seniors, and she teaches novice photographers the tricks of the trade during beginner photography workshops.
Celeste Varnado immerses herself in a passion for framing and trapping memorable moments in time for posterity. She understands the immense personal importance of family moments and how they are to be treasured, so she spends time with clients to get the exact right shots during sessions for newborns, kids, moms-to-be, and whole families. Weddings are also her specialty, as are shoots for high school seniors, and she offers all images in crisp black and white or vibrant color.
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.”
Karen Creager, the woman behind the lens at Focus Saint Louis Photography, can shoot photographs almost anywhere in the Saint Louis area. She travels to homes, weddings, parks, and family gathering places to capture the perfect tableau. Creager skillfully photographs everyone from kids to engaged couples to-high school seniors.
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.