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.
The Cajun Stop is known for its po’ boys, so at lunch it cuts to the chase by offering a dine-in po’ boy lunch with a small sandwich and a side of chicken-and-sausage gumbo. There are 17 versions, including soft-shell crab, fried crawfish, Louisiana hot sausage, and roast beef.
title: Secrets 2 Desire
Secrets 2 Desire's team of sensual educators and adult boutique salespeople refer to themselves by a simpler title: desire specialists. To help clients spice up routines, the desire specialists offer a slew of services that range from teaching folks burlesque routines to planning romantic getaways. During the latter, staff handle all the annoyances surrounding organizing a getaway—such as making hotel reservations or building a car from scratch—so that couples can focus on the experience.
The team also helps couples integrate romance into their everyday lives with a host of classes and workshops. Women can learn sultry moves in a burlesque class, for example, and couples can get hands-on experience with massage in two-hour "Make Me Melt" couples massage workshops.
A bartender giveth, and a bartender taketh away. Part of the profession is adhering to liquor laws, recognizing minors, and deftly dealing with intoxicated patrons. At B.A. Mixologist, teachers work all of those vital subjects into their curriculum, alongside the more fun stuff, such as common cocktail recipes, techniques for organizing a bar, and why bar jukeboxes are legally required to contain Hall and Oates. Beneath shelves brimming with different brands of hooch, the team can eventually guide students to certification as a mixologist and TABC-adherent bartender. Afterwards, mentors don’t simply kick their new trainees out the door with a pat on a back. They instead induct their charges into their staffing service, which focuses on finding positions for bartenders and waiters.
As the indoor swimming arm of the Gigglin Marlin Divers and Swim School scuba-diving school—recently named Houston's best by the Houston Press—Gigglin Marlin Divers and Swim School entices water persons with a saltwater pool of titanic proportions. The facility's 75-foot long, up to 15-foot deep heated saltwater pool plays host to a crowded schedule of activities. The watery fun includes swim instruction for those less than 1 year old as well as adults. Regular times are also set aside for lap swimmers and indoor scuba sessions in which divers explore the saltwater pool's mysterious depths.
Referencing his 20 years of experience, skilled shutterbug Richard Maglievaz oversees digital-photography classes for artists of all experience levels. He ensures that whether they teach general classes for beginners or more specialized sessions covering lighting, aperture, or night photography, all instructors are field-tested and capable of being caught on film. Some classes venture out on field trips to such spots as the Houston Zoo, while others stay in the studio for technical lessons.