ImageWerks Wins “Best of Prince William” Award.
Each year, Prince William Today asks readers to vote for the “Best of Prince William,” selecting their favorite local people, places and companies. This year, the paper recorded more than 55,000 votes from nearly 5,000 participants. For a second year in a row, Lake Ridge, Va. based company, ImageWerks, was voted best Photographer in Prince William County.
“We celebrated our 16th anniversary in business at the beginning of 2015 and the icing with this award was that we came in 2nd for 2 other categories… Best Artist & Best Graphic Designer. This is truly an honor—we have worked to build a solid reputation in our community and these votes tell us that we have done it.” said Strauss.
ImageWerks bills itself as a “visual storyteller,” with services that include photography, creative coaching and design. Husband and wife team GC Schow and Kathy Strauss started the business in 1999 with one client: a small local business in need of a logo and brochure. Since then, their client base has expanded to also include organizations such as the Prince William Chamber of Commerce, the World Bank and Carleton University.
The company has also grown in terms of service offerings, building upon the artistic interests of its founders. Now, clients can commission paintings or purchase glicée prints of Schow’s work, or develop a corporate image gallery with Strauss, whose responsibilities while at USAID included art direction and compiling image libraries of events, projects and executives.
“Kathy has a way of taking even the most mundane aspects of a place, an event, anything, and making it beautiful,” said client Rebecca Barnes, publisher of Prince William Living. “We can always count on her for images that bring our stories to life and capture the spirit of the community.”
On Saturday, September 12, ImageWerks will be participating in the Best of Prince William Winners Showcase Event. It is being held at Stonebridge Town Center. The location is in the former Coldwater Creek store space. The address is 15001 Potomac Town Place, Woodbridge, VA 22191. The event will be 11:00 AM – 4:00 PM. The Showcase is being held in conjunction with Stonebridge’s Fall Festival and Chili Cook-off. Come by, visit or make a day of it on the 12th!!!!
Strauss, a certified Creatively Fittm coach, also teaches hands-on workshops geared to unleash the inner artist. “Studies have shown that getting in touch with your creative side sparks increased productivity and enhances problem solving. My courses are also excellent for team building. You can sneak in a lot of knowledge when people are having fun,” said Strauss. She also created the fun social painting experience, “Wine, Nibbles & Scribbles” which you can find taking place at various locations around the area.
For more information about ImageWerks visit www.imagewrks.net.