About Stephen

About the Housers

10330370_10202563466553142_5454843469358610252_nStephen Houser was born in Oklahoma City. He became fascinated with photography at an early age and began working as a photographer for The Edmond Sun at age 16. During high school he also worked for the school newspaper The Ruff Draft and was constantly experimenting in the darkroom.

Inspired by Earnest Hemmingway, Houser moved to Spain at age 19 to study Spanish in Santiago De Compostela. After spending one year at the University of Santiago de Compostela in the province of Galicia, Houser returned with a portfolio of images that caused others to take notice. He was referred to Brooks Institute of Photography in Ventura, California where he studied photojournalism and became a surfing and skydiving enthusiast.

Upon graduation from Brooks Institute of Photography, he moved to New Orleans, Louisiana where he was a photographer for the non-profit organization, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation.  Houser was also a full-time firefighter for the New Orleans Fire Department.

IMG_0007In 2010, Houser met his beautiful wife, Celeste, who owned and operated a well known makeup boutique in his neighborhood.  Celeste and Stephen spent six years creating a makeup and photography team that put together classes for establishing artists and models.  Throughout the years they helped to develop thousands of images for a number of actors, actresses, makeup artists, models, and more.  Their teamwork and dedication is second to none in terms of developing an idea from start to finish.

 The Housers are available for every type of photographic work including weddings, special events, editorial illustration, corporate reports, and more.

The Houser’s work has been published worldwide, and was recently used in a PBS documentary, Jimmy Carter: The Life a House Built as well as in National Geographic Explorer. 

Curriculum Vitae


2003-2005 Brooks Institute of Photography – Visual Journalism – Associates Degree
2002-2003 Universidad de Santiago de Compostela, Spain – Spanish
2001-2002 University of Oklahoma – International and Area Studies
2000-2001 Francis Tuttle Vo-Tech – Graphic Communications, Small Press Operation


ADAC Traveler Magazine (Germany)
Gambit Magazine
Draft Magazine
Offbeat Magazine
Where Y’at Magazine
The Times Picayune
The Edmond Sun
The Oxnard Journal
The Tulane Hullabaloo
Preservation in Print
ABS Magazine (France)
Blues and Rhythm Magazine (UK)

National Geographic Traveler


PBS: Jimmy Carter – The Life a Houser Built

Volunteer Work

The New Orleans Heritage School of Music
The New School of Music
Bill Winter for Mayor of Oxnard, California



Absolut Spirits Company
Café Atchafalaya: Web site design and Photography
Chickie Wah Wah: Web site design and Photography
Conoco Phillips
On-Time Movers


Portrait Photography

The Village Montessori School

Make Me Up!! – New Orleans

Music Industry

Terrence Blanchard – Requiem for Katrina

Billy Iuso and the Restless Natives
Gravity A
Marc Stone
The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation
Frederick “Shep” Shepard
Brother Tyrone
The Revivalists
The Hot Club of New Orleans