For Linda Rukavina, photography has been a lifelong obsession. She started out as fine-art major in college but found that her talents and passion were pointing her toward the viewfinder. After the younger of her two daughters was born in 2006, Rukavina started earning a living doing what she loves most: capturing the precious moments in a family’s timeline. Her passion for art still informs her work, helping her to select just the right lighting and background for every shot. She chronicles the unique history of each group of loved ones, from engagements and weddings to newborns and high-school seniors. She also creates professional headshots, pictures of pets, and headshots for pets who star in canned-food commercials.
To further develop her skills, Rukavina spent a week in Atlanta being tested on her knowledge of photography by industry leaders from across the country and earned the title of Boerne's only PPA-certified professional photographer. Her hard work and dedication has paid off: she earned the Greater Boerne Chamber of Commerce's Businesswoman of the Year award, and her studio was nominated for the Business of the Year award in 2012.
The team behind Shutter-Happy snaps memorable portraits against unique backdrops scattered within and around a vintage 1920s farmhouse. Before two-dimensional images take shape, Studio manager Emily Christian guides clients through the portrait process, assisting with clothing coordination and scheduling. During the portrait session, photographer Amy Anderson draws on seven years of experience as she artfully lights and poses children and families amid fairyland mushrooms, a rustic barn, and piles of old-fashioned shoulder pads. Guests are welcome to enjoy complimentary soda, water, and cookies between poses. Rather than keeping a set schedule, Shutter-Happy's staffers work seven days a week to accommodate clients. They also participate in local events such as the Outdoor Family Fair and support community organizations including the Boerne Education Foundation—efforts for which Lindsey Toth, the team's third member and marketing director, is responsible.
Prestige Carpet Cleaning and Floor Care rids floor surfaces of pesky filth, flushing out grout and restoring tiles to their just-placed look. Before tackling floors' trenches, specialists converse with clients during a complimentary consultation, in which they inspect surfaces for staining, damage, and repellency. Wielding a highly pressurized hot-water wand, masterful floor magicians then upend dirt in two rooms—or as much as 200 square feet (a $2.14 per sq. ft. value)—while nearby faucets watch in wonder and shame. Prestige's technicians command control over the high-pressure technology, ridding bathrooms of clingy mineral deposits and lingering self-doubt. Cleaning concludes with a professionally applied impregnating sealer, which leaves walkable jigsaw puzzles easier to render squeakily clean.
The technicians at Lone Star Automotive and Diesel Service keep cars and trucks running smoothly. The team's services—which range from simple tire rotations to modern computer diagnostics—keep vehicles covered from bumper to bumper, giving owners a go-to resource when automotive troubles arise.
Dr. Tamyra Rogers could not have predicted how spending time on a Navajo reservation would shape her multifaceted approach to weight loss. After spending a year as chief resident at The University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Dr. Rogers directed the metabolic clinic at the Tuba City Indian Medical Center in Arizona. She helped build a wellness center for the Navajo Nation and chaired a program to fight the growing diabetes epidemic. During her time there, she gained an appreciation of the community's holistic health-care philosophy.
Today, Dr. Rogers combines her background in traditional Western medicine with weight-loss strategies that address each person as a whole rather than two children in disguise. Dr. Rogers's team of personal trainers and group fitness instructors complement her own fitness knowledge, which stems from playing college basketball.
At UltraMedSpa, medical director Dr. Tomy Starck and his team of aestheticians beautify clients with innovative services and products from the United States and Israel. A leader in corneal and refractive eye surgery and an expert on the anatomy of the face, Dr. Starck meticulously administers cosmetic injectables to diminish signs of aging. His aestheticians target hyperpigmentation and visible damage in the upper layers of the skin with Fluoroxygen+C facials and diminish sun damage and fine lines with the exfoliation of a diamond-tip microdermabrasion wand. To melt away stress and tension, clients can also opt for massages complete with aromatic essential oils and hot stones that are as flat and smooth as an off-key jazz musician.