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.
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.
JoVonda Winters, owner of JoMonique Photography, works to capture and immortalize special moments and connections during photo shoots. She snaps shots of events such as weddings and engagements. She also takes portraits of babies, kids, families, and expectant mothers. Following the photo shoots, she offers personalized photos and DVDs of the images.
Named the city’s best portrait-photography studio by CityVoter in 2010, The Studio—a full-service portrait studio—maintains a separate department dedicated to boudoir photography. The studio’s three female photographers have worked together for more than a decade, helming tasteful yet sensual shoots for women of all ages and body types. Subjects can pose in outfits ranging from delicate lingerie sets to corsets, nighties, or artfully draped men’s shirts; licensed makeup artists and hairstylists finish off looks with custom touches that range from a natural, girl-next-door vibe to a dramatic, girl-from-Valley of the Dolls look. For outfit changes, subjects can return to the studio’s private dressing room, and after shoots have concluded, they can sift through their finished images in a separate viewing area.