Beauty is often times effortless. Or at least it simply appears to be so. Sometimes, however, the act of capturing beauty is a much more complicated process than the final image portrays.
Complex or effortless, this is some of my favorite work to create.
Women. They have always fascinated me. Hell, the world is fascinated by women. Wars have been waged, great journeys set out on behalf of, and fortunes lost, all in the pursuit of women. It's not simply their sex, but it is something in the very nature of women that captivates our thoughts and dreams.
There may be something more beautiful in the world than a woman, but I have yet to find it.
I was once told "the best clothing you capture a woman in is her own skin".
I felt sheepish about these kind of images when I started. After a while, it made sense to me that this was a natural way to photograph women. These are images of women in their most natural state. There is nothing to obscure their beauty.
After shooting a ton of studio and client work, I really needed a break; something different. A fresh persective in order to rejuvenate my creative energy.
My beautiful friend Erica personifies effortless femininity. We started shooting in the studio before moving to a natural location.
These images show the results of that day.
Katie was the first model I ever shot with. I was also the first photographer she had shot with. We were both pretty bad. But two years later I found myself back in London and rang her up to see if she would be interested in trying again.
It's amazing what you can do with a tiny London hotel room, grey overcast skies, and one solitary window that faces out onto a building.
Katie was at this time the choreographer for her own burlesque company. As a classically trained balerina, Katie had amazing shapes and poses and the entire shoot was effortless (for me). I couldn't believe how many great images we created in just an hour.
The best models are ones that a partners in the creative process. Kendra is able to take a simple direction and give a hundred different looks.
More models need to learn to move like her. I believe many models are afraid of looking silly (or not looking fierce). A model who isn't willing to try something new, isn't ready to achieve greatness.
Never get caught giving the camera the same expression twice.
I wanted this shoot, like Erica's, to focus on Morgan's inherent beauty. I didn't even bother spending any time in the studio on this shoot - just straight out to nature.
Natural location, natural light, natural Morgan.
Thank you for taking the time to look through my images. My name is Andrew Houser and I'm a portrait photographer currently living in the greater Philadelphia area. I was born and raised in Maine and will be returning to Northern New England in March 2014.
I am available for local assignment and also travel internationally.
Email: houserphoto @ gmail.com
Phone: (484) 604-0252