Led by Lou and Karen Ravetta, Ravetta Photography's family of artistic shutterbugs has captured the beaming faces of individuals, families, and couples since 1976. Whether on location or beneath the controlled lights of their studio, the photographers work to preserve memories in styles that include photojournalistic, black and white, and the less popular white and white. They focus their lens on high-school seniors, weddings, and children, designing personalized photo books that stylishly showcase each image. Additionally, Ravetta Photography's staffers man photo booths that let party guests run through all of their brains' pre-programmed facial expressions at events.
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.
Pastel hues suffuse Jessica Ahlborn's photography studio in the form of striped throws on a plush couch and light-lilac armchairs with rhinestone buttons. The comfortable, boutique vibe sets subjects at ease as she snaps senior portraits or family photos brimming with personality. Jessica also realizes striking, editorial fashion photographs, filling models' portfolios with eye-catching images to replace the customary piles of glitter and photocopies of their foreheads.
The photographers at Strike A Pose Photography match their settings to their subjects, creating memorable images set in local spots or against intimate studio arrangements and backdrops. Outdoors they carefully capture the expressions of kids, couples, and families, as well as the rich texture of stone walls or the bristles of tree bark that surround their compositions. Indoors, the studio is decorated to reflect a theme or holiday, and photographers take special care to shoot beauty-pageant headshots that rely on natural retouching, soft lighting, and other tricks to conceal imperfections. For more exotic shots, Strike A Pose places subjects in front of green-screen backdrops of idyllic locales, such as Venice, Disneyland, or a white-sand beach on the island of Dr. Moreau.
La Femme Couture Glamour Studios' all-female team handles every aspect of its studio shoots, starting with makeup and hair sessions with the in-house stylists. These prep subjects for studio shoots with La Femme's photographers, who believe that beauty comes in all shapes, sizes, and ages. This attitude is demonstrated across La Femme's portfolios, which span boudoir, glamour, pregnancy, baby, and owners-who-look-like-their-pets photography.
The lens charmers at Arteaga Photos capture aerial images and upkeep an archive of more than 1,000 stock photographs that elucidate the history of St. Louis. Original shots by the company's founder Bob Arteaga include images of aviator Charles Lindbergh, famed crooner Frank Sinatra, Cardinals' hall-of-famer Stan Musial, and paparazzi-style shots of the Gateway Arch putting on its mascara. Arteaga's historical photo catalog features many iconic structures and figures, complemented by the photographer's perspective, which re-enlivens subjects using original angles. With each 16"x20" print, customers can display city pride in their homes or send a long-winded postcard to a loved one.