About the Housers
Stephen 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.
In 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.
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)
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
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
The Village Montessori School
Make Me Up!! – New Orleans
Terrence Blanchard – Requiem for Katrina
Billy Iuso and the Restless Natives
The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation
Frederick “Shep” Shepard
The Hot Club of New Orleans