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.
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.
Aesthetics Studios is Kris Gaskill’s passion. Through it he gets to help others express themselves as he shoots everything from headshots for business professionals to fashion shoots and boudoir sessions. For special events, such as weddings, he teams ups with his wife Joanna, ensuring full coverage of the hallowed occasion. With videography and editing skills, they can also record weddings and commercial videos to Blu-ray or DVD. To liven up private and corporate events, their DJ can encourage guests to strut on dance floors, and photo-booth rentals give guests opportunities to mug for the camera.
Photographer and videographer Phil Crawford uses his visual expertise to fuse the two arts in a format he calls "hybrid imaging." In this process, he combines stills, video, and audio to craft engaging e-products to suit the needs of businesses, families, or sports teams. On the other hand, for clients seeking traditional portraits, he works to imbue images with cinematic clarity and scope. The drama in his images comes both from his knowledge of composition and the vibrant personalities of the people he photographs.
Marie Griffin’s love of photography started at a young age when she would snap pictures of birds while sitting with her grandmother beneath the feeder. Today, she carries on the family-based tradition by shooting portrait sessions for newborns, kids, couples, and families. She also captures the energy and myriad emotions at weddings, and can enliven all private events with photo-booth rentals.
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.