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.
Award-winning FotoBridge offers a convenient way to preserve aging photographs in a permanent digital format with a simple three-step process. Print packages are available for 250 to 10,000 photos ($44.95–$989.95), enabling shutterbugs to convert cherished memories and artsy appliance portraits to a digital format (a $44.95 value). After photos are mailed to FotoBridge’s studios, skilled image wizards will carefully scan prints into a secure JPEG format with Intelligent Digital Finishing, which enhances color, sharpens contrast, and removes red-eye caused by camera flashes and acute hot-sauce ingestion. Once snapshots have been scanned and edited, they'll be stored on a DVD and on reduced-size, web-ready files. All packages include free return shipping within the United States.
Studio M's knowledgeable instructors impart picture-snapping basics and tips in informational photography workshops and send students to practice their newly acquired skills in studio photo sessions. Aspiring aperture aficionados can learn sundry picture-taking techniques in workshops such as the two- to three-hour Studio Lighting workshop, during which students learn classic lighting patterns and how to best manipulate lighting to add depth to images and to create flattering shadow puppets. Hands-on sessions, all of which vary by theme, free students to shoot subject models for 60–90 minutes as instructors guide them through a complete photo session from start to finish.
Shanea Favre's foray into photography began as an admirer. She appreciated a snapshot's ability to freeze a moment in time for all posterity. As soon as she got behind the camera, she knew instantly it would become her career. Now the owner of An Inspired Portrait, she gets to spend her days capturing memories for others in her studio or at a location of her clients' choice. She shoots images in crystal-clear high-resolution during sessions for families, children, couples, and moms-to-be. With the same passion and attention to detail, she also photographs major life milestones, such as weddings or a baby's first triple Lutz.