ImageWerks Wins Best Photographer in “Best of Prince William” for Third Year!

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On July 14, 2016, Insidenova Prince William announced the winners of their “2016 Best of Prince William” readers’ choice poll. Each year, its readers select their favorite local people, places and companies. This year, the paper recorded more than 77,000 individual votes cast. And for the third year in a row, Lake Ridge, VA – based company ImageWerks was voted best Photographer in Prince William County!

“We celebrated our 17th anniversary in business at the beginning of 2016 and the icing on the cake is being voted Best Photographer for the third year in a row,” said Kathy Strauss with ImageWerks.

ImageWerks bills itself as a “visual storyteller,” saying that they tell stories through photography and art. 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. 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. Since then, their client base has expanded to also include organizations such as the Prince William Chamber of Commerce, Prince William Living, the World Bank in Washington, DC, Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada, and the Workhouse Arts Center in Lorton, VA.

The company has focuses on the artistic interests of its founders. Their combined strengths are in their design backgrounds and knowing how to visually tell their clients stories. Whether contracting Strauss’ photography talents to capture a special event, family portraits or corporate headshots – clients and even commission custom paintings & prints of Schow’s fine artwork.

“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.”

Photographer, creative coach, artist, teacher – each of these describes ImageWerks co-founder Kathy Strauss. Her graphic design background gives her imagery a distinct clean style that electrifies each image with precision and harmony. The camera is an extension of how Kathy sees the world. She looks to connect her imagery to her viewer – showing a right brain person’s view of the world. From that simple blade of grass, to the stark graphic look of a building, to the sparkling eyes of the bride and groom, she captures beauty with her lens. She knows she’s done her job when a person looks at her photographs and they know they’ve “seen a story.” She is a member of the Associate Artists at the Workhouse Arts Center where she exhibits her work. She exhibits her work at art festivals and other galleries throughout the Washington Metropolitan area and mid-Atlantic. Both her work and business have garnered numerous awards.

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