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.
Prity Studios’ experienced shutterbug, who believes each photograph tells a story, works to craft mantle-worthy narratives within a custom-built studio space that allows for indoor and outdoor shoots. After perusing the studio’s art gallery, coral up to 10 friends or kinfolk to smile and elongate “e” sounds during a one-hour session in which the dexterous photographer will expertly snap both structured and candid shots. Afterward, customers receive a disc of 10 images optimized for the web, as well as a 16"x20" wall art print of their choosing to display proudly on a living room wall or inside of a king-size locket.
The photographers at Creative Photo rely on professional training and a mastery of capturing family moments to guarantee 100% satisfaction with photography sessions and prints inked on site. The studio nestles on two acres of natural backdrops and overlooks Grindstone Nature Area, which furnishes an additional 300-acre expanse for outdoor sittings. Much like the pouch of a giant kangaroo, the 4,000-square-foot studio accommodates groups of more than 40 people and provides plenty of space for single or paired subjects. To add to their portfolio of joyfully posed family portraits, personalized graduation pictures, and full-color shots of wide-eyed children, the studio's photographers also cart their gear to weddings and commercial shoots.
Drawing on a shared passion of photographing their own children, friends Meagan Dalton and Laura Harmon joined forces in 2007 and founded True Life Images. What began as a home-photography business quickly expanded, and in 2008 they moved into their full-service studio, where they cull palpable evidence of smiling families, love-struck couples, and cuddly babies in vivid light and with flattering poise. The photogs also haul their equipment and talent to homes, parks, and wedding-invitation font samplings to document subjects posing in the comfort of their own environments or the beauty of a natural setting. With a secure online viewing gallery, subjects can peruse their portraits without fear of paper cuts.
Chief among photographer Angelique’s loves in life is the art she produces behind a camera. Her work often takes her traveling to locations across Columbia, where she harnesses the natural light of the morning and evening to capture her subjects in vibrant color and classic black and white, with her own antique props in tow. A mother of four, it’s no coincidence that she specializes in family photography; among her specialties is capturing keepsake images of newborns and happy couples. Her work also encompasses portraits of high-school seniors bound for their first trials in the real world, such as convincing bouncers that they have diplomatic immunity.
The talent behind the lens, Melissa Rubio, hopes that her photographs will help memorable moments live on for generations. She leaves the studio behind for photo shoots, instead opting to take pictures at a client?s house, favorite garden, or bus stop. Melissa specializes in capturing newborns and children at their sweetest moments as well as gathering families together for group portraits.