Every time photographer Kimberli Smith snaps a photo, her inner perfectionist comes out and carefully preserves something that would otherwise fade away. Voted favorite portrait photographer for three years in a row by readers of the Baytown Sun, Kim's experience and skill have earned her a membership with both the Professional Photographers of America and Wedding and Portrait Photographers International. She also draws on the knowledge she gained from her psychology degree while working with children, pets, and fussy psychotherapists.
If a Houston homeowner's landscape is a family made up of verdant lawns, colorful flowers, and leafy shrubs, then the trees are the shy middle children. Unlike the lawn, trees don't get doted on with nitrogen-rich fertilizers. Unlike flowers, trees are not patiently pruned, weeded, or plucked and pinned to a grandmother's lapel. Sadly, most homeowners only pay attention to trees once it's too late; by then, their foliage has wilted to a pale yellowy complexion and they’ve started hanging out with bad crowds of bagworms or pine-bark beetles. At Texas Tree Team, arborists make sure that these gentle specimens get the nurturing they need to survive and thrive. Their services care for trees throughout their leafy life span, from planting and feeding to pruning and stump removal. The team also protects trees threatened with displacement or removal by construction or urban sprawl, preserving shade and blossoms for future residents. Along with protecting mature trees, the company also plants new saplings, dotting landscapes with trees ranging from color-sprayed magnolias, bradford pears, pecan trees, or crepe myrtles to palms hearty enough to weather even the hottest heat waves.
Alonzo Williams sees his photography as a reflection of his hard work and dedication. Inspired by his uncle, who was also a photographer, Alonzo hopes to tell his own story through pictures taken through his A. Will Photography. He does this by capturing a variety of subjects, from engaged couples and fashion models to families and children.
For more than 60 years, Maas Nursery’s green-thumbed staff has been tending to the blooming foliage, gardening supplies, and décor at the 8-acre facility. The 4-inch vegetable plants ($1.50 each) and 4-inch herbs ($2.49 each) garnish entrees, season sauces, and spice up expired milk with garden-fresh zest, and colorful 4-inch perennial bedding plants ($1.99 each to $35 for a 20 flat) and bonanza camellia shrubs ($62.99/5-gallon size) add zing to monochromatic lawns.
Coach Shane Laurent and Coach Steve Barlow have a lot in common: both are fathers of three boys, both have about a decade of youth-coaching experience, and both believe that every kid should have the chance to learn their favorite game as early as possible. Backed by the Youth Football Coaches Association, years of experience on the field, and Houston Texans linebacker Connor Barwin, the two mastermind game plans for athletes aged 3–12 at Totball.
Totball's miniaturized version of an American pastime forgoes competition and tackling in favor of fostering camaraderie among teammates as they learn football basics. Girls and boys huddle up for fun-infused drills that hone agility, blocking techniques, kicking, passing, and catching. At the end of each session, parents get a scouting report highlighting their child's progress, strengths, and success in avoiding the temptation to see whether the ball might secretly be filled with candy.:m]]
Across the street from the Red Bluff Animal Hospital sits a large house surrounded by green lawns and fenced-in outdoor play areas. Inside, Red Bluff Pet Resort’s licensed trainers and behavior therapists see to their tail-wagging and nose-nuzzling guests’ every need with daycare, lodging, grooming, and training. Their dog suites feature large beds and Skype-enabled computer screens so that owners can digitally visit their pets. Alternatively, their multilevel kitty condos allow independent pets to enjoy a relaxing stay without being bothered by dogs or chairmen of neighborhood committees. Their training options range from puppy classes and obedience lessons to one-on-one lodge-and-learn packages for when owners are on vacation.