Meet the beautiful ladies at Sweet Three Nail Lounge – Katy Business Photographer

 

These ladies make people look fantastic – hands down — every single day.  But not long ago I got to be the one who captured their personalities and made THEM look fabulous too.  Turnabout’s fair play, and it’s FUN!

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Confession time!  I’ve never been one of those women who gets a regular manicure or pedicure.

I used to make an effort to get my annual spring pedicure every three or four years, and I might have sprung for a luscious bottle of lacquer at the grocery store if I thought  I needed a treat, but it might have been a month or more before I ever opened it up and slapped it onto my nails.  Yep — that’s just how it shook out.

Perhaps I never joined the ranks of manicure mavens  because I never had any daughters to share the bonding experience with.  Maybe it’s because I figured my relentless gardening habits would  wreck a new paintjob before the first day was out.   Mostly though, I never took especially good care of my nails and feet because I didn’t have a place where I felt like the staff cared if I was  there or ever came back again.

After all, our city has a nail salon, a donut shop, and a dry-cleaners on every corner.

That’s how it used to be until I discovered Sweet Three Nail Lounge here in Katy.  Owner, Kristina Luong has built a lovely  little welcoming retreat.  She and her staff take the time to get to know their clients, and they don’t cut corners on products or cleanliness either.  No WAY NO HOW!

Sweet Three is a place where you are just as likely to  find yourself sitting next to  a Houston Power Broker  and talking business as you will be to find yourself seated between teenage sisters and  engaging in a lively discussion ranging from rescue dogs to glow-in-the dark polish to tales about the escapades of learning to drive.  You are as likely to seal a contract in the pedicure chair as you are to meet a new friend who thinks just like you do.

Instead of meeting for lunch or coffee, Sweet Three has become the place for networking meetings and business collaborations.

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Don’t think that Sweet Three is just a ladies hangout either.  If a man is man-enough for a pedi, he will soon become a devotee of this place too.

That’s right!  I’ve never been a mani-pedi sort of gal, but now I never leave the lounge without making my next appointment.  I love this place and you will too.

So, as Kristina says, come have a glass of wine and get your nails done.  Tell them that Shelly the photographer sent you — and that you want that glass of wine

– as long as you are old enough to legally partake.  Insert smiley emoticon here!

 

Is it Time to Update Your Headshot? West Houston Corporate Photographer

Welcome to this brand  spankin’ new year! It’s a great time for a fresh clean start.

January  is when we  all step back to look at our brand new blank calendars as we reassess our habits and  goals for the next 12 months.

It’s also a great time to pay attention to the image we present of ourselves, and one place to start is with the profile picture or headshot that we use in business communications and social media.

This is especially important for entrepreneurs and small business owners.

So… what does your headshot say about you?  Is it a five-year-old bathroom selfie?  Are you about three hairstyles beyond the last photograph?    Does your go-to photograph  say who you really are?

Do you even HAVE a go-to photograph?

If not, let’s fix it. NOW.  This month we’re running ONE HECKUVA SPECIAL on business headshots that can also double as your social media profile picture.  

   If you want the full deal with professional hair and makeup on location or in my studio, we’ve got you covered.

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Do you need corporate environmental portraits to portray the essence of your profession?

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Or will a simple traditional portrait  take care of your needs?

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 I firmly believe that the image you present is extremely important.

That’s why we are  offering a New Years Special through the month of January on professional headshots.

A basic business style headshot session in studio typically runs $15o, but if you book before January 31, it will only be $100.  We’ll make it quick and painless as we create several great looks from which to choose.

We are also offering specials this month for  groups and on-location business portraits

So… what are you waiting for? It doesn’t get any better than this!

Pick up your phone and call SPCcreative Photography today  281.773.7465. We’ll answer any questions you have, and we will make sure that YOU put YOUR best face forward in 2015.

PRSA Excalibur Awards 2013 Houston Event Photographer

PRSA Excalibur Awards 2013 Houston Event Photographer

In a world not so long ago and not far away at all, this photographer lived a somewhat different life from the one she lives today.  Rather than telling stories in pictures, I  was a storyteller for several medical and nonprofit organizations.  The world of public relations was a wonderful ride for a while until my geeky love for color and images sent me spinning off into another  professional direction.  Still, I love love love catching up with old friends every year at the Public Relations Society of America Houston  Excalibur Awards Gala.

I’ve been photographing the Excalibur Awards  every year except one since 2008, and this year, co-chairs, Meredith Phillips and Jessica Manning, put together a team that absolutely outdid themselves.    To see more images and details of the evening, head on over to the event gallery on my  web site. 

 

 

Oh, those PR folks!  They’ve gotta keep us on our toes. As happens often in Houston, the evening started with a lively happy hour and silent auction benefiting the Public Relations Foundation of Houston, but a few special guests from the Texas Renaissance Festival  provided an added twist of magic.

More images here!  These are the people who make things happen in Houston.

And after dinner, some of Houston’s finest storytellers received the recognition of their respected colleagues.

Among them this year:

 Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale, Gallery Furniture — Communicator of the Year.

Ben Wheatley, ABC, APR — Legacy Award

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Debra Ward Buks, APR, Ward Creative Communications and Eni Petroleum — Grand Excalibur Award.

For additional images and more award winners, just click here. 

 

 

Congratulations to each and every Excalibur Award winner.  Well done and happily ever after … until it’s time to start over and do it again.

Believe For Make-A-Wish

Dear Santa,
Plese Helpe Peple.

Little Erik’s letter absolutely made my day so I couldn’t help but share it with you too. Erik was one of many kids across the country participating this week in Macy’s “Believe” campaign to help raise funds for Make-A-Wish.

My friends, Jennifer Evans and Susan Schmaeling, who are handling Houston area public relations for the Believe campaign asked me to come take photographs for their media activities. No way could I turn this down and miss an opportunity to hang out with Jennifer or Susan for the morning! On top of that, the twenty-plus years that I spent working in public relations for nonprofit organizations still courses pretty heavily through my veins.

I loved that some of the kids had started writing their letters the day before we arrived so we would have letters rather than blank pieces of paper in our pictures. I loved Erik’s letter. It was short, sweet, and to to the point. But above all, it was generous and all encompassing. I also loved Adrianna’s picture. She must have some understanding of the serious issues that Make-A-Wish kids face, because she drew children with thick healthy heads of hair, bottles of medicine, and magic carpets of $100 bills. I loved seeing the artistically talented young lady who offered to help the other kids embellish their letters with drawings of Christmas trees and ornaments. I loved chatting with the little girl who told me she had made spaghetti and meatballs for some people who didn’t have any food. I could have sat in that elementary school library visiting with my new friends all day long.


Do you Believe? There’s still time to write YOUR letter.

As it has for the past two years, Macy’s “Believe” campaign invites children to mail letters to Santa using Macy’s Santa Mail Letterboxes. Macy’s donates $1 for each letter received, up to $1 million, to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. With the help of generous donors and volunteers, the Make-A-Wish Foundation grants a wish every 40 minutes and has granted more than 200,000 wishes in the United States since its inception in 1980. .

For more information about the Make-A-Wish Foundation, discover how you can share the power of a wish.

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