About Carol

Visions by Carol Photography, established in 2004, is owned and operated by Carol Johnson, certified Master of Photography by the Professional Photographers of America (PPA).

Carol’s passion for photography has roots in childhood. “I was always the girl with the camera from grade school through high school. I loved having memories and moments of my family, friends and myself captured on film and video. It was always so much fun going through the printed images when I picked them up from the local photo lab and laughing with friends about the good times we had.”

Carol opened her studio working out of her home as a single mother of two, simultaneously holding a full time job. After many years of hard work and dedication she was able to leave her full time position and open her first store front on Edwardsville’s Main Street. After moving to a new location in 2012, Visions by Carol is now housed in a beautiful 2,000 square foot facility on East Vandalia Street where she incorporated her own concepts of refurbished materials to build out the new space.

As a professional photographer, Carol specializes in capturing a moment and preserving it for a lifetime, offering unique products and keeping up- to-date with current trends and technologies through continuing education. Carol’s impressive portfolio includes pregnancies, childbirth, childhood, families, high school seniors, engagements and weddings, to name a few.

Carol is the past president of Southern Illinois Art League (SIAL), a nonprofit photography organization that holds two classes each year to help educate photographers at every experience level. She is also on the board of directors for American Professional Photographers of IL (APPI). Carol is very active in PPA as both student and instructor. She also gives freely of her time in the community and is always open to donating and helping with different fundraisers.

Carol’s accolades include 12 awards from SIAL, 4 from PPA, and 3 honors from American Professional Photographers of Illinois (APPI) as well as awards from Ed/Glen Chamber of Commerce. Her work has appeared in BJC Today, On The Edge of the Weekend, the Edwardsville Intelligencer, and Today’s Advantage.


Carol was recently honored with…

  • 2015 Best Wedding – Spring SIAL
  • 2014 Ed/Glen Chamber Volunteer of the year
  • 2013 Ed/Glen Chamber Business of the Month – March
  • 2013 Best Wedding – Spring SIAL
  • 2012 Best Wedding – Fall SIAL
  • 2012 3rd Place B&W – Fall SIAL
  • 2012 2nd Place Illustrative – Fall SIAL
  • 2012 Best of Show – Spring SIAL
  • 2012 Master of Photography – PPA
  • 2011 Best Wedding – Fall SIAL
  • 2011-2012 President of SIAL
  • 2011 Best Illustrative image – Spring SIAL
  • 2010 Best Wedding – Spring SIAL
  • 2009 Kodak Gallery Award Best Wedding Image from Kodak & APPI
  • 2009 Four for Four at National Convention from PPA
  • 2009 Kodak Gallery Award from PPA
  • 2009 2nd Place Wedding – Spring SIAL
  • 2008 Loan image – PPA
  • 2008 Best Digital Print – Fall SIAL
  • 2008 Best Digital Print – APPI
  • 2008 One of Top 10 Photographers in the state of IL – APPI

SIAL = Southern IL. Art League, PPA = Professional Photographers of America, APPI = American Professional Photographers of IL
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