An interior designer by education, Mary Beth Flynn knows how to capture the majestic awning or deft shingling that makes your home truly yours with a few artful brush strokes. After talking with you about the painting and how to make it match your home, Mary Beth will use a photograph of your home or pet as a reference while her hands transform its image into a watercolor (or pen-and-ink drawing) that captures the character of the subject, be it rich architectural detail or the unmistakable bloodlust for squirrel. Every portrait takes about six to eight weeks from the date you hand over the photograph. Afterward, you can pick up your portrait at Mary Beth's studio.
Over his 20-year career, photographer Tom Warwick has clicked the shutter at thousands of high school seniors, more than 1,000 weddings, and hundreds of families, children, and babies. He understands the importance of getting shots just right. To that end, he speaks with clients before each photography session to discuss their visions of the shoot. With this information in mind, he arranges sessions to create a photojournalistic story of natural moments and images. He and his team of personally trained photographers can meet up with you and your subjects on location where the team sets up artful lighting. Warwick’s photographers can even travel to a client’s home to snap maternity photos and test out the ball pit in your new rumpus room.
It’s hard to miss Artmart: Pollock-esque splatters of paint cover its bright-red exterior. Inside, its just as striking. Artists of all disciplines draw from the art superstore’s wealth of supplies and skills to further their next projects. Thousands of colors of paints, pencils, and sculpting materials are in stock here, as well as brushes, easels, canvas and a vast paper selection.
As a locally owned creative marketplace, Artmart has a number of divisions in its store depending on your artistic needs: you can immortalize your pieces and prints at the Framing Center, or stock up on colorful cards, stationery, and decorative paper at the paper boutique. Children as young as three can sign up for the store’s small-group classes, which cover various media including painting, sketching, and sculpting skills. You can be inspired at their Studio which boasts a host of events from fine art adult classes to craft workshops to creative birthday parties.
Studio Altius’s owner, photographer David J. Cerven, drew on his background in theater to create a new approach to portraiture. Like directors and actors, or producers and theater critics who owe them a favor, Cerven’s photographers and clients work collaboratively to create defining moments. Along with fellow photographer Shawna Ventimiglia's background in fashion design, Cerven creates personal, compelling images of children and families, high-school seniors, brides, and couples, as well as professional headshots and sexy boudoir images. Clients can pose in either his 3,000-square-foot studio or outside the studio in a picturesque outdoor setting. In addition to working with clients, Cerven teaches his methods to other photographers in portraiture workshops and classes, and maintains an on-site art gallery.
Since 1984, Apple Studio has brought out women’s most sensual, playful, and confident natures during romantic portrait sessions taken in an inclusive, relaxed environment. Before each shoot begins, friendly photographers help put nerves at ease by taking clients through past work to find the most appropriate style to match their comfort level and personality. As subjects lie in various flattering poses—the studio recommends bringing four to five outfits, from favorite lingerie to full scuba gear—soft lighting and strategic camera angles enhance each shot, resulting in a series of scintillating, tasteful vignettes. Pictures are typically ready in about two weeks, available in everything from retouched prints to digital copies on CD.
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.