Tell us about your business.
I love to capture life in its purest moments. I enjoy photographing people from various backgrounds and learning more about their culture. I think photography is a universal language that we all understand. The key to great photos is to live in the moment. I like to photograph from artistic and unique perspectives. I love to provide my clients with memories that they will keep forever.
What's your background like?
I have been studying photography for over 12 years, and have almost 10 years of Professional experience. I have worked for various magazines, corporations, and private clients producing marketable and editorial images. I've shot everything from sports to weddings to babies. I just love to be a part of people's special moments.
Do you have a studio, do on-location photography, or both?
I currently have a studio in Indianapolis and I’m looking for studio space in Houston. I enjoy doing both indoor and outdoor photography. I do a lot of on-location shoots using natural and window light.
What photographers influenced you? In what ways do traces of their work show up in your work?
Gordon Parks has been a huge influence in my photographic aspirations. I loved his approach to photography and the controversial pieces he would create to get a reaction out of people. He's definitely a pioneer in this industry. I love how he showed the progression of people and America in a time where photography was his choice of weapon. Sometimes we can use art to shine light on sensitive subjects, when we're too deaf to hear the words. I'm also influenced by Ansel Adams photography. I love the landscape images and how he keeps it black and white. It shows tremendous appreciation for the view and quality of work. I'm very much into fine art and try to create it daily.
Anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
I'm also inspired by Langston Hughes because I love to write. He had a lot of thought in his poetry and short stories. And with photography, a lot of thought goes into the process of creating a great photograph.
One interesting fact most people don't know about your business:
We do a lot of work in the community. Very much a part of mentoring our youth and making sure they have creative outlets.
From a front-row seat on the kitchen stairs, a young Tia Robinson watched her mother cook delicious meals and decadent sweets for the family. As she took in the sights and smells, Tia envisioned herself one day doing the same. In college, the self-proclaimed foodie honed her cooking skills, but she only truly got hooked on baking after she made a batch of cupcakes for coworkers. Today, Tia's passion for cupcakes and cakes of all sorts can be seen in every one of the desserts crafted by her business, Tastee Tee's. She creates nearly 20 cupcake flavors, from simple and elegant chocolate cakes with chocolate frosting to more innovative creations such as caramel delight, alongside custom-created cakes and bite-size cake pops. Best of all, Tia customizes her creations for just about any event, be it a wedding, birthday party, or anniversary, and shares her talents during cake-pop baking, decorating, and digesting classes.
At each of its 31 area locations, the YMCA of Greater Houston pursues a mission to bring health, wellness, and personal growth to communities. Kids leap into activities ranging from swim lessons and youth sports to a teen Youth & Government program that stirs up confidence and leadership abilities in students, preparing them for mudslinging student-council campaigns.
Zumba, ballroom dance, and Les Mills group exercise classes shake up adult workout routines, as complimentary childcare frees up parents to pursue fitness goals. Meanwhile, adult sport leagues such as basketball and racquetball result in friendly competition and hyper-literate team names inspired by obscure philosophers.
Paola Martinez fell in love with dance at the age of 13. She has devoted her life to studying and teaching others about the art ever since, training extensively in flamenco, ballet, hip hop, jazz, and salsa. Her primary educational endeavor, Houston Salsa Dancers, instructs visitors in salsa steps to share Latin and Afro-Caribbean culture. Martinez also hosts classes teaching hip hop, ballet, and Mexican folklorico dance, as well as summer camps that keep kids from having to foxtrot with the television.
Save for the glow of a MacBook, there isn't much light inside Epiphany Music Production's recording studio. But, rest assured, all of the necessities for recording a song or album are there, including Pro Tools, Shure SM57 microphones, lots of air to transport the sound waves, and talented producers at the mixing board. Their services extend beyond just producing demos and albums, too; they also offer marketing and consulting services for finished works.
As its name suggests, 3Hues specializes in bringing together three of the most popular entertainment and culinary trends: DIY painting, cocktails, and cupcakes. In classes held in local lounges and cafes, budding artists nosh on cupcakes and sip mixed drinks as they learn to recreate an existing painting on their own canvas, rather than the back of their bartender’s shirt. Occasional family-friendly classes accommodate youngsters, and teachers also lead private sessions in hosts’ homes.