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.
SeegerPeople's photographic carvers mold keepsake 3-D sculptures from favorite snapshots. Strike poses during the two-person shoot before selecting images for a custom sculpture. SeegerPeople's staff then hones photo figurines to immortalize a baby's dimpled grin, a bar or bat mitzvah, or a beloved pet. The final sculpture, which is completed in about two weeks, rests on a stylish base for easy displaying and to prevent accidents caused by confused grandmothers squeezing the cheeks of lifelike portraits. Holiday orders must be placed before Thursday, December 15.
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.
Aesthetics Studios is Kris Gaskill’s passion. Through it he gets to help others express themselves as he shoots everything from headshots for business professionals to fashion shoots and boudoir sessions. For special events, such as weddings, he teams ups with his wife Joanna, ensuring full coverage of the hallowed occasion. With videography and editing skills, they can also record weddings and commercial videos to Blu-ray or DVD. To liven up private and corporate events, their DJ can encourage guests to strut on dance floors, and photo-booth rentals give guests opportunities to mug for the camera.
Photographer and videographer Phil Crawford uses his visual expertise to fuse the two arts in a format he calls "hybrid imaging." In this process, he combines stills, video, and audio to craft engaging e-products to suit the needs of businesses, families, or sports teams. On the other hand, for clients seeking traditional portraits, he works to imbue images with cinematic clarity and scope. The drama in his images comes both from his knowledge of composition and the vibrant personalities of the people he photographs.
Marie Griffin’s love of photography started at a young age when she would snap pictures of birds while sitting with her grandmother beneath the feeder. Today, she carries on the family-based tradition by shooting portrait sessions for newborns, kids, couples, and families. She also captures the energy and myriad emotions at weddings, and can enliven all private events with photo-booth rentals.