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 photographer and design and Photoshop specialist, Kelly Tucker, shoots sessions and helps their clientele create aesthetically pleasing compositions.
Showing up at Bethany Stephan's studio means you're in for a treat. "Your private shoot," Bethany says, "is more than a photography session—it's a full-tilt celebration of confidence, silliness, and everything that makes you feel gorgeous." Professional hair and makeup artists pamper photo subjects, who then pose as mood-setting music plays. Bethany picks up her camera and starts snapping, and as her clients relax and have fun, the photos get even more beautiful, capturing the subjects' confidence and sensuality.
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.
At G.G.’s Secret Boudoir Photography, the two resident female photographers accentuate women’s sensuality with relaxed photo shoots. The photogs fit more than 20 years of experience into each frame, during one- to two-hour photo sessions that yield 8”x10”, 5”x7”, 4”x5”, or wallet-size prints and an online gallery. Clients pose in front of five backgrounds and bring their own clothing and props, such as a man’s tie, a boa, or a life-size cartoon weight lifter with the face cut out.
Like a Caribbean resort, Yuppy Puppy Pet Spa soothes away the stress and worries that build up in canine minds while their owners are off relaxing at work. Pups of all breeds and sizes—as well as cats—jump into the arms of loving staff members for grooming and pampering sessions. Services range from the ordinary, such as nail clipping and ear trimming, to the opulent, such as blueberry and vanilla facial masks or soothing mud baths for the whole body.
But personality trumps beauty at play camp, where dogs’ dispositions decide which of three indoor camps they’ll call home for the day. Pooches can also pack their toothbrushes and curlers for overnight stays in private luxury suites—some equipped with flat-screen TVs—or the social lounge, where pups play all day and curl up in front of a movie at night.
Lifetouch Inc. became the world’s largest employee-owned photography company one portrait at a time.
Today, Lifetouch and its subsidiaries serve the photographic needs of people of all ages. Lifetouch truly is “memories for a lifetime.”