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 decade of experience, Robert Greenfield helms RG Insights Photography, where he and his team cover all the nooks and niches of photography. They shoot everything from family portraits to fashion shoots and weddings, as well as sporting and musical events, nature, and pets. The image experts can even help marketing companies create catalogs of stock footage, taking the most elegant possible pictures of company stock certificates. Their skills extend to the edit room, where they apply artful touches, such as areas of color within otherwise black-and-white images. Their technical know-how also enables them to recover images from SD cards and print photos on phone cases and iPad folios. They plan to soon offer photography classes for small groups, ensuring personalized attention.
Lisa Nikole has been a photographer since she was a mere 8 years old. She's always loved capturing candid moments or priceless poses, and she doesn't see that passion fading any time soon. With a traditional style that captures her subjects at their most relaxed, she shoots portraits of families, high-school seniors, couples, and individuals. She also offers bridal-portrait sessions during the time between the ceremony and reception.
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.
Eleven Fourteen Photography's crew pours its passion for boudoir photography into each meticulously composed shot. Photographer Chaz Murphy collaborates with his clients for sultry photo shoots that exude their distinct personalities. His shots skew toward the sexy, but he's happy to stray outside the conventional strictures of boudoir photography. In addition to shots of subjects in lingerie, he also captures flirtatious images of them in bathing suits, wedding dresses, or everyday outfits, depending on their preferences.
The Tintypery's shutterbugs have been capturing sepia-tone memories inside their old-time photography studio for the past 30 years. Before each photo shoot, customers don authentic costumes, which range from the 1860s through to the 1930s—guises include cowboy hats, pinstripe suits, Victorian gowns, and glum facial expressions. Once families and groups gather around whiskey barrels, rifles, and oil-lamp set pieces, they can choose to pose with historically accurate props: southern belles may swish delicate lace fans and Civil War soldiers may pose with their trusty sabers. Kids too can join in the fun by dressing up as masked bandits or other period characters. Not to leave anyone out, The Tintypery also welcomes pets as long as they respect the customs of the past by covering up with a bandana or modest pantaloons.