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.
Celeste Varnado immerses herself in a passion for framing and trapping memorable moments in time for posterity. She understands the immense personal importance of family moments and how they are to be treasured, so she spends time with clients to get the exact right shots during sessions for newborns, kids, moms-to-be, and whole families. Weddings are also her specialty, as are shoots for high school seniors, and she offers all images in crisp black and white or vibrant color.
Professional photographer Michelle Garthe's studio offers a controlled environment where subjects can be custom-lit in the most flattering manner, whereas on-location sessions allow mortals to immortalize memories within homes, at outdoor locales, or on a light-enhancing glacier. Garthe specializes in portraits of newborns, families, expectant mothers, and high-school seniors, and she teaches novice photographers the tricks of the trade during beginner photography workshops.
Before looking through the camera lens, the expert photographers at Picture People spend time getting to know their subjects and establishing a strategy for conveying their personalities in print. Then, film-ready clients pose in the bright camera room, airing teeth amid colorful backdrops and creative props. Following snapshots, subjects make their way to the selection station to choose their favorite poses from their session, which may be treated with sepia tones, color accents, and decorative borders to suit any wall, wallet, wallpaper pattern, or trophy walleye.
Picture People encourages subjects to arrive 15 minutes early to the shoot and offers a variety of creative tips to help enhance mantel-dominating final results. The studio ensures satisfaction with a 100% guarantee on finished products.