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.
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.
A self-proclaimed jeans and T-shirt gal, Lindsay Hoss infuses her photos with her personal style, capturing images marked by rich colors and vibrant outdoor settings. Shoots on-location lets her visit new places regularly and helps her capture clients at their most natural. Lindsay's laid-back attitude and passion for each project helps her capture relaxed moments with ease, resulting in memorable sessions for families, couples, kids, and moms-to-be.
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.
For four decades, Trotter Photo's seasoned shutterbugs have captured memorable expressions in creative, professional sessions. Half-hour photo shoots transform life’s most significant moments into crisp, clear pixels, preserving them in a more comfortable means than casting the family in bronze. Trotter invites groups of up to eight subjects to pose before their choice of flattering studio backgrounds, and the studio offers up an online gallery of previously captured images for inspirational perusal.