Photograph of a young boy on a bicycle

We had a great opportunity to work with the folks from GA Communications on a project for BioMarin this past fall photographing a series of patients.  We spent three days on location around the Bay Area making images that had to have a strong sense of flared backlight.  While we couldn’t shoot all of the images late in the day, we made use of both ideally placed sunlight and a strobe set far off in the distance.  For the swing shot I made a swing from an old piece of redwood and some nice looking hemp rope.  Using high rollers for a large silk above, we slid medium rollers underneath with a speed rail tube across so that we could place the swing wherever we wanted.  I knew we weren’t going to find a perfectly placed low hung tree branch : >

Yes, I got into the pool.  I had to.  With the tether cord held by an assistant and connected to a computer on dry land, I shot with a long lens handheld.  Most of the project was photographed using Canon’s new 5dsr 50 megapixel camera and a ProPhoto B1 in the trees.  And, lots of large silks.

 

Photograph of a young boy on a bicycleTwo boys for a pharmaceutical adHealthcare photograph by San Francisco Advertising photographer Robert Houser for a California based pharmaceutical company

 

 


Check out the cover of the newest OM Yoga. This is from a studio shoot we did a few months back with a yoga instructor we’ve shot a handful of times for one of our favorite clients, Title Nine. image1


Thanks to the National chapter of the APA for highlighting my Fitness advertising work on their site this week.

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We had a great shoot last week working with Ritual San Francisco (@ritualsanfrancisco) doing some yoga images on the street.  Here’s a preview of the first two to make it out of retouching.  Let us know your favorite in the comments.

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I was interviewed last week about my work by Barcelona based, Production Paradise.  Check it out here:

http://www.productionparadise.com/blog/2015/04/22/connected-and-real-the-portaiture-of-photographer-robert-houser/

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Flashback – years ago I had the opportunity to photograph Alexander Shulgin and his lab for a Swiss magazine.  It was quite an experience.  People are often asking to see the images of the lab, so I thought I’d post them here.  This is Sasha, as he is known, posing with his wife in their kitchen.

Portrait of S. Shulgin, the inventor of MDMA (the drug known as Ecstasy), taken in his home with his wife for an editorial magazine.

Check out the images of the lab here

 


 

I love having the opportunity to shoot editorially, especially portraiture.  With only 25 minutes with our subject, I wanted everything in place, scouted and roughly scripted.  We aimed for 5 set ups with no specific art direction, which I love, because it means I get to play.

When asked at workshops, I always describe my approach to editorial portraiture as a visual conversation.  Throughout each shot, each set up, my goal is to never stop the conversation with the subject – I want them to feel like they are going for a walk, a conversation, and once in a while we stop and make images.  Walking from one location to the next, I have everything pre-arranged; my assistant and I know exactly how we will shoot each image, so we can follow the plan like a rehearsed play.  But, it always changes – either the light will change, or the conversation with the subject will turn my attention to something different in one of our sets.

This week, the change was this great food truck.  It was on the way from one shot to the next, I could see immediately that the light was great, and I could tell he was game.  We went for it.  I love the relaxed fresh feel of the resulting shot.  Only problem with the shoot was that the line grew at the food truck just as we finished the shot, so no lunch.  We Instagram‘d one of these earlier this week but here are some more.

 

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