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We are back in the studio this week after traveling quite a bit of traveling for BioMarin. At the beginning of this month we took off to the Midwest to photograph a couple of amazing people with the rare disease called MPS-IV. The warm welcome into these people’s homes and spending time getting to know them is something that will stick with us for a while. It was incredibly rewarding to see into their lives and capture them as people, not as patients. Our First stop was Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Upon stepping into the airport we quickly realized that we had arrived at the peak of quail hunting season. We were greeted with a huge sign that read, “Welcome Hunters.” Being immersed in hunting culture from childhood, I had to get a selfie with some orange. blogThe “shoot”went well. We had an amazing crew and walked away with some great images.BioMarin - MPS VI patient - Kendra TITLE

Next Stop: Fort Scott, Kansas. We got to explore acres of farmland and lose a few games of CLUE to our host and his siblings. The Farm was beautiful, we found a rad barn to photograph. It was so inspiring we had to go antiquing after the shoot and picked up a few things for The Ranch. Houser_141106_0116

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Rad Barn: To see more pictures check out the Instagram.Houser_141106_0259

BioMarin - MPS VI patient - HoldenAll in all the Midwest treated us very well. We can’t wait to share from Bob’s recent trip to New York with this project. More to come.

 

Seen at an opening in NY tonight at the Chelsea 27 artspace 617 West 27th

ASMP NY Image 14 winners

 

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I recently did a dance shoot on the farm where we used the new IQ250 from Phase One.  The new CMOS sensor made this possible as we were shooting outdoors using available light through numerous silks.  We had the ASA up to 800 and 1600 for the shoot, firing off between 1/2500 and 1/3200 of a second around f5.6.  The files were great, though focus was a challenge given our subject matter.  Some behind the scenes shots with the camera.

Still diving into more of the files, but here’s a preview.

Studio Dance Portraits

 

Studio Dance Portraits

Sunrise over the Slickrock Trail.

Recently, we shot in Moab for Title Nine’s Fall Catalog – in a mailbox near you now.

The days began and 5am and ended after 8pm, but we had a great crew, great models, and you can’t ask for a more beautiful place to shoot.

Sunrise over the Slickrock Trail.

Sunrise over the Slickrock Trail.

 

Title Nine - Moab, Fall 2014

 

Title Nine - Moab, Fall 2014

flying fruit – squash

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A little ditty at sunset – she was awesome.

Arriving to a mailbox near you.  We shot most of this fall’s Title Nine catalogs on location in Moab.  Always fun shooting with the T9 team.

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More diptychs from our Facing Chemo reunion.  I think this might be a separate exhibit soon.


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No square dancing today, but the goats and the tractor still managed to get in on the action.

It was time to create an outdoor studio at the ranch, and Bob wanted to collaborate with professional ballet dancers.  Hanging two 20×20 foot silks, and pulling in a ton of gear, he set up a ‘seamless’ studio in the corral, adjacent to the studio – a wonderful amount of space for he and the dancers to play.  Despite a slashed finger, the dismantled trampoline and a few extra sunburns, I’d say the day was a great success.

What do YOU think?  Send us a note.

Here’s a teaser…

Ballet dancers in flight

 

 

Check out Bob’s instagram feed for some more behind the scenes shots.photo 1

 

 

I got an email from an art student last week that started with, ‘Your work inspires me.’  Always nice to hear, but it got me thinking – what inspires me?

It’s not the places I get to see or the objects in my life, it’s the people. The real people I get to meet and photograph every day.  Listening to their stories, and getting to re-tell these stories visually.  And, every once in a while I meet someone who really moves me, shifts my focus.  This guy was one of those people.

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We were sent to southern Louisiana to meet and photograph a young father of two. Nick has a genetic disorder called Morquio Syndrome. We were photographing him for BioMarin, a pharmaceutical company that’s developed a treatment for Morquio and other rare genetic diseases.  Like many of the diseases in BioMarin’s focus, Morquio is extremely rare, which is what brought us to this very small town.

With a rolling Cajun twang, Nick told me how he’d grown up in rural Louisiana, fending for himself without ever taking a dime of public assistance. His wife, with whom he has two wonderful kids, grew up in the same town in which they now live.  With his daughter at his side, he told me how she’d been playing volleyball in middle school but hadn’t had a great coaching experience.  So, without ever having played volleyball, and himself being in a wheelchair, he and his wife began to coach the team.  There he was, in their backyard, serving volleyballs for her to bump and set back to him.  Never doubting or complaining, he simply saw a problem and dealt with it the best way he knew how – by doing it himself.

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Nick works full time at an automotive business, and, when I photographed him with his own car, he showed me the pedal extensions he uses in order to reach the brake and the gas pedals.  They weren’t some stock pedal extensions, ordered from a medical catalog, nor did he ask an insurance carrier to buy modifiers so that he could drive his car.  Instead, he went to the back of the machine shop, measured what he needed, and got it done.

Pharmaceutical advertising photograph of a patient with Morquio

Climbing up onto the dog house, wielding a hammer, he showed me the dog pens that he cleans out by himself, and I met his favorite dog – the one he walks down the modest street where his lives.  While Nick is able to walk, he uses a chair to get around most of the time. Morquio causes a great deal of pain in the joints while standing, even for short periods of time.  So, Nick’s dog walks, involve him holding the leash, while he pushes himself down the street in his chair, backwards, so that Nick can push with his feet. His dog follows with the same simple tenderness toward him that I saw come from his kids.

Clearly meeting someone like this makes me think, makes me want to hug my kids, makes me want to say thank you for the life I have, all the things I can do. But even more than all of that, this encounter makes me want to tell Nick’s story, beyond just a snapshot in time of an inspiring person. I’ve decided to travel back to Louisiana every year to continue photographing Nick, in essence, turning a one-time assignment into a long-term study.  His story is not only one that I want to keep telling, but one that I want to continue experiencing.

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ASMP shootout by Robert Houser

We had a lot of fun Saturday at the ASMP Norcal shoot out.  I was invited to be one of three photographer to take an empty train station, a handful of models, all the grip and lights you could want, and thanks to Phase One, all the high res bodies and lenses you could want to play with.  I spent much of my time giving examples of shooting with available light, like the two below.

Many thanks to all involved.  Can’t wait to get the Phase files into the studio to play with, but here’s a sampling from my Canon 5d3.  Color, or black and white??

ASMP shootout by Robert Houser

ASMP shootout by Robert Houser