Ben Chen has experienced his share of success in his nearly 30-year photography career—his work has been published in such publications as Cosmopolitan, The Los Angeles Times, and ESPN Magazine, and he has lent his expertise to some of the nation's largest corporations, including Procter & Gamble and The American Red Cross. In 2006, the photographer began to notice that more and more novices were purchasing complex DSLR cameras, and that gave him an idea. Chen decided to share his wealth of knowledge with aspiring photographers by creating the 4-Hour Newbie Photography Boot Camp, which teaches students how to shoot manually with their DSLRs and create artistic, professional-quality photos. Since then, more than 5,000 students in 20 cities throughout the country have benefitted from these classes. In 2013, he acquiesced to student demand and created Part II of the class, which goes beyond photography basics by diving into post-production techniques. Nowadays, students can take both Part I and Part II in the same day, helping them go from student to master in less time than most action-movie montages.
W Exotic Car Rentals places clients in the driver’s seat of a high-powered sports car, releasing man and machine onto the streets of Houston in a one-hour excursion. Rein in the force of a Porsche Carrera S Cabriolet, a luxury carriage able to accelerate from zero to 60 mph in less than 5 seconds, making it faster than a Hot Wheels car launched from a cannon. Or buckle up and command the power of an Aston Martin V8 Vantage, a sleek roadster housing enough get-up-and-go to reach speeds of 180 mph. The Bentley Continental GT gifts customers with sophisticated speed, sporting a premium interior, a GPS system, and a body as sculpted as a weightlifter's replica of Michelangelo's David.
The courteous, sharply dressed chauffeurs at Vogue Limo Houston ferry passengers through town in style with a fleet of luxury vehicles. Each comfortable ride, from the four-seat Town Car Executive L Series to the Hummer H2 stretch limo with space for 20, boasts its own slew of amenities such as fiber-optic lighting and leather seats. Leading the pack is the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter everyone from prom dates to bachelor and bachelorette partiers, Vogue Limo Houston’s well-appointed fleet safely carts groups door-to-door.
Using the fresh lavender grown on their own ranch, Craig and Dana Stewart share the aroma therapeutic benefits of their favorite scent with a line of lavender-infused household products. Each handmade bar of soap, jar of culinary rub, and soy candle boasts a generous helping of lavender oil or the raw herb itself, allowing the calming aroma to permeate homes.