A single Lincoln town car often draws attention, partly for its sleek, black exterior and partly for the smartly dressed driver often sitting behind the wheel. Classics Town Cars Limousine Service’s home garage must magnetize eyes, then, because it contains an entire fleet of the vehicles. The service sends out drivers day or night, seven days a week, to ferry clients to and from important business all over the metropolitan area. Most frequently, drivers take their charges to the airport, but they also regularly visit the Texas Medical Center or take couples out for a night on the town, serving as designated drivers and late-night lullaby singers.
Bearing the titles of Master of Photography and Photographic Craftsman from Professional Photographers of America, David and Ally McKay embody the keen vision and aesthetic prowess that separated good photographers from great ones. They share these skills during classes at McKay Photography Academy, where they train eyes, fingers, and imaginations to work in tandem as a snapshooting dream machine. Their classes help aspiring photographers progress from neophytes to seasoned pros; the Beginning Digital Photography course teaches students to harness the intricacies of their instruments, and the Pro Academy offers inside tips on how to successfully snap wedding portraits, pose recent grads, or tease out candid emotions. When not busy instructing the next generation of shutterbugs, David and Ally also devise photo safaris, which send small teams of photographers to capture shots of famed landmarks including San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge; the Lincoln Memorial of Washington, DC; or Yosemite's 60-foot statue of Yogi Bear.
The Houston Wave is a jitney service, a cross between a taxi and a bus that operates along a fixed route, shuttling revelers around Houston hot-spots such as the Washington Corridor, Midtown, and the Heights. Labeled "a welcome addition to the city's expanding party corridor" by the New York Times, the Wave provides a fun, safe, and eco-friendly way to carouse around the city's nightlife without having to hunt down parking or hold spelling bees to choose a designated driver. Each shuttle keeps its riders’ minds off the traffic with a disco ball and dancing pole. A nightly wristband will also treat you to a ton of discounts and deals at select businesses along the Wave route, so toast your bachelorette party with $1 off domestic pints at Kobain and Taps, or get everyone together for dinner with 15% off at Candelari’s Pizza. The Wave’s highly trained drivers will make sure that you safely reach each new destination while the night is still overflowing with darkness. Buy today’s Groupon for the Houston Wave and add a mobile party element to your next girl’s night out, birthday bash, monster mash, or best parent-teacher conference ever.
When choosing an airline to fly with, passengers can bypass airports’ long security lines and inflexible schedules by taking to the skies with Siegel Aviation, LLC. As an FAA-certified air-charter company, Siegel can access more than 1,500 airports nationwide—three times as many airports as traditional airlines—with their charter aircraft, a compact Cessna 421 with seating for up to six. Alternatively, aviation students can earn credentials ranging from a Private Pilot Certificate to an Air Transport Pilot Rating with the company’s flight lessons, which instructors can tailor to students’ personal flight goals. For clients seeking their own airborne adventures, or hoping to upgrade their houseboat to a houseplane, the company doubles as an aircraft brokerage, with a location at David Wayne Hooks Airport.
The bride stood under the photographer’s lights, resplendent in her wedding gown, as her family looked on from a distance. As she and her photographer, M. Chen, prepared for the shoot, she was handed a package—a prewedding gift from her soon-to-be husband. When she lifted the lid, she immediately burst into tears. Inside laid a photo of a great dane puppy—the dog she’d always wanted, which her husband planned to give her on their wedding day. As she ran to hug her mother, Mr. Chen ran after, shooting image after image, capturing the exact moment she fell into her mother’s arms. These quick reflexes have been honed through his nearly 30 years as a sports photographer and professional fly swatter, and he draws on photojournalistic techniques to compose a traditional portrait or snap once-in-a-lifetime, candid moments.
Regardless of specific approaches, he consistently draws from the landscape style of Ansel Adams and the dramatic lighting techniques of Monte Zucker. His work as a photojournalist and private portrait photographer has earned him more than 300 publications in the glossy pages of New York Daily News, Popular Photography, ESPN Magazine, and Professional Photographers of America magazine. When not snapping on-location engagement shoots, family portraits, or boudoir sessions, he passes on his technique through traveling photography seminars, hands-on workshops, and by gently tapping the heads of his students. Though formerly designed only for professional-level photographers, these classes instill confidence and camera basics in beginners. As he frequently finds new class examples and takes feedback from his students, Mr. Chen frequently fine-tunes the curriculum after each seminar.
Jerry Stubbs was born to sell. He started out with bread, then moved on to lawnmowers, before settling on motorcycles. His love of bikes eventually culminated in Stubbs Harley-Davidson, a venture that began in 1965 and is now the oldest dealer in the Houston area. Jerry has since passed on, but the Stubbs sales staff honors his credo of taking care of the customer. They pride themselves on making sure no one waits more than 20 seconds before being greeted by a sales member.
Overseeing the chromed-out cache of new and used Harley-Davidsons, general manager Colin Lee often helps match first-time riders with their ideal bike. Additionally, the shop’s service department assists in identifying torque, power, and riding problems, while also souping up bikes with customized add-ons such as audio systems, paint jobs, and Honus Wagner rookie cards to shove in the spokes.