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Inspiring Stories from Sugar Land

The heart of our mission at VoyageHouston is to find the amazing souls that breathe life into our city. In the recent weeks we’ve had the privilege to connect with some of the Houston’s finest artists, creatives, entrepreneurs and rabble rousers and we can’t begin to express how impressed we are with our city’s incredibly deep talent pool. Check out rising stars from Sugar Land and surrounding areas below.

Elaine Thong

The photographer who took my senior prom photos posted them on his Instagram page, and they received a ton of positive feedback–one of his highest engagements to this day! I guess this is what sort of put me “on the map,” and a bunch of local photographers started asking me to collaborate. Having just graduated from high school, I had a lot of free time that summer to experiment with modeling, and it quickly became my favorite hobby. I made sure to do some research on Miami/Ft. Lauderdale photographers so that I could expand my horizons once I moved for college that fall. By consistently working to improve with every shoot, whether it be posing, communication, expressions, etc., I have been able to turn my favorite past time into a career full of endless opportunity! Read more>>

Lesley Martinez

It all started when my friend decided she was going to buy me a Cricut & I could pay her back later. She knew I had always wanted one but couldn’t bring myself to buy it so she gave me no choice, she bought it & told me to pay her for it later. I knew I could design things myself that I saw off Etsy, I have a very big creative side. I wanted to create items for my three boys that were unique & made especially for them. I still have a lot I could learn but I am proud of how far I have come. Read more>>

Nini Tran

Growing up, I have always had a love for fashion and beauty because of my dad. My father had dreams of becoming a fashion designer, but things changed for him along the way. When my sister and I came out of the womb, my dad was extremely excited to style us already. My dad always did our hair and dressed us up in all kinds of styles for school. He made us felt so confident in ourselves and always guide us into strong, independent women. My dad taught us to be able to get out of our comfort zone and to follow our goals/dreams. NVOUEX was one of those uncomfortable zones I had to conquer. I was nervous starting my own business and I didn’t know where to start. My bf actually pushed me and put so much support into helping me start. Read more>>

Jacque Jackson

As far back as I can remember, I have always been very sentimental and driven by intimate relationships, stories, and learning. When I started my family and put my career as a pediatric nurse on hold, I set out to really learn my camera to be able to record the moments and people that would become part of our story. Once I saw how much impact photography could have for families, I began to offer documentary sessions to others to be able to have the tangible representation of who their family was in both print and video. Fast forward a little bit and I really started to feel the yearning to satisfy my desire to teach. Photography presented itself as an amazing way to help other moms create their own family legacy on a daily basis through learning to work their own DSLR cameras. Read more>>

Jerri Moore

I’ve always been a creative. It began when I was younger and was an actor with the Alley Theater in a program they called Merry Go Round. Fast forward to my 30’s and I took acting again and starred in many national commercials and a few films. I found that I was more interested in what was going on behind the camera than being in front of it. Being an actor on set connected me to producers in the industry that were creating feature films. I learned from them and gained experience from working on different projects from short films to feature films and I can definitely say it was the best way to learn the business. I love being an Indie Feature Film Producer. Read more>>

Maria Garcia-Mayorca

Brie and Honeycomb was born way before I made my first cheeseboard. Unbeknownst to me, every facet of my personality, every hobby I’ve ever had, every discipline that ever caught my attention had been a silent indicator of the direction I was going. Art and writing have always been an escape for me. Ever since I can remember, I’ve chosen these two outlets to try to understand my own ideas and perspectives and try to make sense of what I had to say. I have jumped invariably from one to the other through the years, but it wasn’t until recently that I found space for that catharsis to happen on a wood board. And it all started in Orlando, FL many years ago. Read more>>

Justin Smith

My name is Justin Michael. I was born in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1999, and moved to Houston, Texas, just before I turned two. I started off first indulging in music by always walking around the house, singing my favorite songs since I was about six years old. My parents would listen to a variety of genres of music from rock, pop, r&b, hip-hop, and jazz so I was never really influenced by just one thing. Artists that I really picked up on ranged from Michael Jackson, Prince, Lil Wayne, Drake, Owl City, Linkin Park, and Three Days Grace. When it came to recording music, I had worked with an artist developer and vocal coach at the time and proceeded with making covers to hit songs and uploading the videos to YouTube back in 2016. Read more>>

Me’Lisa Greenidge

My mom has always been the person behind the camera. Now that she is a grandmother, looking back at the moments she was behind the lens instead of in the frame sparked something so real in me. Do both! Take the photos others would like to see but be a part of those very special moments I capture as well. Read more>>

Suzie Bougie

I started getting into makeup in 2011. I’ve always been creative and my creativity just transitions into different avenues. The more fine-tuned my skills got, the more I’d have friends reach out and ask me to do their makeup for special events. Even though I’ve been doing this for a while, I just recently started taking my skills, talents and passion seriously. They call that imposter syndrome. I am constantly working to improve my work and stay on top of trends to stay relevant. I have now branched out to Youtube, where I make beginner-friendly makeup tutorials! Read more>>

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