Brianna Toutloian’s said her business is all about making people look their best.
She recently relocated Brianna Rose Photography studio to 420 W. Main St. in Festus. The business previously was located in Blackwell, where Toutloian lives with her family.
Toutloian, 28, and one employee operate the studio in Festus.
“I’ve been in business since 2017,” Toutloian said. “I specifically chose Festus because it’s in the middle of my clientele who are from St. Louis to Cape Girardeau.”
Toutloian said she specializes in wedding and boudoir photos and professional head shots.
She said the COVID-19 pandemic greatly affected her business, but lately there’s been an avalanche of interest in her services.
“We rescheduled 10 weddings from 2020 to 2021,” Toutloian said. “I had to shut down for probably six months because of the pandemic.
“We started taking clients again in September. It boomed as soon as I was able to reopen. I became super busy in the fall. We have 26 or 28 weddings the rest of the year. I’m booking into October for studio sessions. I’m completely booked for July.”
She has some openings for studio sessions in August and September.
Toutloian said she tries to tell a story with her wedding photography.
“For weddings, I love to capture the love story between couples,” she said. “For wedding photography, I travel all over the Midwest. I’ve done destination weddings in Florida and Mexico.”
Toutloian uses the word “empowerment” when she talks about shooting boudoir photos, which is strictly for women.
“I am a women empowerment boudoir photographer,” she said. “Boudoir is all about supporting women and empowering them for today’s society.”
Toutloian said a wide range of women come to her for boudoir photos.
“They must be at least 18 and out of high school,” she said. “My oldest boudoir client has been 78. She was a cancer survivor.”
Toutloian said her head shot photography is for both sexes.
Toutloian said her initial impressions of Festus have been positive.
“I love Main Street and I’m very big on supporting local business,” she said.
Toutloian and her husband, Aaron, have one son, Augustus, 3.