Donnie Becker: How One Photographer Began His Career in Alton

Local Alton Photographer: Donnie B's Artistic Impressions Photography 


When Donnie Becker first started his career in photography, he didn’t realize just how much he would love it. He began working at Lewis and Clark Community College’s newspaper “The Bridge” as a photojournalist.

“I had only been doing photography for about 2 months,” Becker said. “When I started working at the paper is really when my passion began.”

Becker always had an inclination towards photography, even when he didn’t know it.

“I was taking pictures with my iPhone and posting them on social media and a friend asked me what camera I used,” Becker said. “I laughingly said my iPhone. He happened to be a photographer and said that he thought I had a good eye for ‘the shot.’

The next week he brought me his first camera, which was a Sony a200. I loved that camera so much, I couldn’t stop taking photos. From there on I was hooked and the rest is history.”

Now, Becker owns a photography business, Donnie B’s Artistic Impression Photography, where he photographs many events ranging from weddings and engagements to birthdays. His business flourishes in the Alton area, where he and his family have lived for the past three years. He also has big plans for the future.

“We plan to open a studio in the spring of 2019,” Becker said. “As far as this year goes, we plan to continue growing and capture the visions of our clients.”

There are challenges when it comes to a photography business, though.

“Kids really are the funniest, but also the most challenging,” Becker said.

According to Becker, one of the most important aspects of a good photo is feeling.

“A good photo should make you feel the emotion of the shot. You should be able to look at a photo and sense the emotion within,” he said.

“If there is one piece of advice I could give to someone who is just starting out in photography, I would tell them to enjoy themselves and take their time,” Becker said. “Nobody is perfect and there’s always room to improve.”

Ultimately, the challenges are worth the reward in the end.

“I love that I can capture people’s memories for a lifetime.”      

You can learn more about Becker’s photography at If you’re interesting in talking to Becker, you can reach him at, or call 618-580-5402 or 618-973-1579.

By Helen Jarden