Lori Decker entered into black and white photography while attending East Central College in 1984. She was allowed to further her studies in B&W from journalism (working for the PR Dept. of the College) through print manipulations and hand coloring (working also for the graphic arts dept.) to working for a portrait studio as both photographer and darkroom technician. At the portrait studio she photographed portraits and weddings as well as B&W developing and printing for several local news publications. Upon leaving the portrait studio in 1997, began to photograph weddings as “Photos by Lori” which quickly escalated to a full service indoor and outdoor studio in her home outside Owensville.



Photos by Lori relocated to 204 South First Street in Owensville as of November 2003. This location provided the convenience of being at the crossroads of the downtown area as well as the expansive space for large group photography. The studio offers 20 types of backgrounds for portraiture and commercial purposes. Location portraits are still a favorite with studio and client alike, whether in your own location or one of ours. 



As of January 2009 the studio will relocate to the Gerald - Rosebud area and be home based once more.  I refuse to raise prices in this economy!  So to reduce overhead, I've decided to work from home and continue to utilize outdoor locations. I will be posting the latest family portraits photographed on their personal locations.  Watch for details!


In 1999, she joined “Missouri’s Professional Photographers Association”. She then joined the National Organization of “Professional Photographers of America” and pursued the PPA certification program from which she was awarded this degree in 2001. From 2004 to present, she has served on the board of Professional Photographers of Greater St. Louis. She is committed to staying current with technology and trends in the photography arena and has served on the print crew
at PPA Convention competitions for several years.



"Sweetly, She Sleeps" by Lori Decker
was awarded First Place in Portraits at the
Greater St. Louis Professional Photographers
print competition February 20, 2006. This
print features Payton, daughter of
Justen and Amber Harness.



Local Photographer’s Work Selected
for Display at International Exposition
of Professional Photography

Two Prints created by Lori Decker of Photos by Lori in Owensville have recently been accepted into the GENERAL Collection of the 113th International Exposition of Professional Photography. Decker’s work will be on display at the Las Vegas Convention Center July 25-27, 2004 in Las Vegas, NV. This exhibition is held in conjunction with Professional Photographers of America’s international convention, Imaging USA.
Approximately 5,000 entries were submitted to PPA’s International Print Competition, from which a panel of more than 40 eminent photographers from across the
United States selected the images that would comprise the
2004 General and Loan Collections.



Titled “Painted Lady” and "One, and Only", Lori’s entries will be shown in Las Vegas alongside approximately 4,000 other photographic works from not only PPA’s print competition, but also traveling and special invitational displays. Altogether these images will constitute the world’s largest annual exhibit of professional photography gathered simultaneously under one roof.
In recognition of the achievement, PPA members receive one merit certificate for each entry into the General Collection and two merits for each entry into the Loan Collection. These merits can be applied toward degrees granted by the association.
The Professional Photographers of America, an international association, exists to assist its more than 14,000 members in achieving their professional, artistic and fraternal goals; to promote public awareness of the profession; and to advance the making of images in all of its disciplines as an art, a science, and a visual recorder of history.