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

We shot this week in Oakland in some very urban settings.  A preview.  Which crop on the mural photograph do you prefer?

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I flew in from Minneapolis this week after photographing another MPS-IV patient for BioMarin. In addition to testing my snow driving skills (reminding me of my days Boston days) I had the opportunity to meet another inspiring dude and make great pictures. I even had time to stop in at Preston Kelly and have a quick lunch with the folks there. One thing that I noticed about being in such a northern state is the days are so much shorter than I’m used to and the light fades much more quickly once the sun starts going down. Here are a few pics to share with you guys from my short trip. Enjoy!

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This week we completed the framing of the latest Facing Chemo exhibit – Before & After. The show hung this past Wednesday at a corporate event at Genentech. We are looking forward to seeing the show hang again soon.








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


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.


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Check out these die-hard women “just doin’ it” Nike style.  Female role models have sure come a long way.  And, we still have a ways to go, but every time I see the images that Bob shoots for TitleNine I think about how far we’ve broken through the perception that women were meant to be kept indoors, fragile and soft.  A 1970’s bikini, oversized sunglasses, bottle of baby oil and a cigarette are about as ‘rugged’ as my mom ever got, give or take the unveiling of a tennis skirt now and again (sorry Mom).   Today’s young girls see physical strength, hard work and challenge as healthy and beautiful, and hopefully rewarding.  See more T9 here.

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Come.  Come see bob.  Come see bob climb. crawl. carry. cavort. collaborate. connect and capture.

(hmmm… perhaps I’ve dated myself with this reference?)

In any event, be sure to check out the new ‘behind the scenes‘ folder on the website for a brief glimpse at how it all happens!

Robert Houser on location in Tahoe

Many thanks to Ken Brown for grabbing this shot up in Tahoe.

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We had so much fun shooting and playing with the light at the ranch last week – here’s an opportunity you won’t want to miss –  join us for Bob’s upcoming workshop and take part in the fun!

Enhanced Workshop on Available Light Portraiture

Saturday March 1st, 10am – 4pm

Discover the power of available light from one of the Bay Area’s most talented professional photographers.  Bob is a master at creating studio-like portraits on location using available lighting techniques.  Available (ambient) light is found all around you, learn what to look for and how to find it.   Join us for a day of photography fun on a private 4 acre ranch atop the Oakland Hills.

Explore various lighting techniques, look at the difference between hard and soft light, and learn about reflective resources and how to maximize the potential of these photographic elements. Learn how you should adjust your camera to make the most of it.  Bob will review the importance of using proper lighting techniques to achieve the best possible portraits.

He will also review some of the building blocks of photography, the importance of background and perspective, depth of field, and the overall critical thinking process that goes in to getting a great shot.

We will start in the studio with a classroom presentation, then go outside for some hands on instruction.  After having lunch, attendees will have an opportunity to explore the ranch, and photograph with our hired model.  Come put into practice and problem-solve the principles discussed.  Learn how to use the nature of your light source, manipulate reflections, and how to re-work your scene for the best results.

  So… bring your cameras, some note taking supplies and a tripod (if you have one).

$175 includes the workshop, personalized hands-on instruction & lunch.

rsvp to by Friday, February 21st to secure your spot.

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