Houston-based photographer Julie Soefer has made a name for herself as one of the leading culinary, portrait and interiors photographers in the Southwest. Her work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Texas Monthly, and Food and Wine and has graced the covers of HoustonMagazine , Luxe Magazine, and Texas Interiors. Julie has contributed images to multiple cookbooks and has photographed for national advertising campaigns. In addition to her editorial and commercial work, Julie is a prolific fine arts photographer, represented in Houston by the Barbara Davis Gallery.
A graduate of the Tisch School for the Arts at New York University, Julie began her career working with two legendary New York photographers--Arnold Newman and Andrew Eccles—and produced photo shoots for major motion picture studios and television networks, including the photo used in the movie poster for Morgan Spurlock’s Super Size Me. In 2010, Julie was a finalist for New York’s prestigious Hearst Photography Biennial.
University of Houston grad Harry Dearing III – an art major who has pursued both sculpture and digital filmmaking – was in the midst of climbing the Whole Foods hierarchy when fate stepped in: photographer Julie Soefer needed one more aesthetic-minded assistant for her big shoot for the Convention and Visitors Bureau. And the Don Dellilo-reading, Federico Fellini worshipping 24 year old was just the young man for the job. These days, Harry is crucial player on Team Soefer, keeping his boss entertained with a wicked sense of humor and a constant supply of strange Asian deserts. What’s more, Harry – who was raised in the Woodlands, and as a youth was banned from the Woodlands Mall – has emerged a part of Houston’s underground film scene, including his 2012 exhibition “7 Minutes in Heaven,” a video and photo-driven conceptual art project aimed at exploring the sex lives of suburban teens. When not working, Harry’s pastimes include surfing and singing karaoke – “Ballroom Blitz” is his go-to number. “I’m not good at singing,” he shrugs. “I’m good at shrieking.”
Dance, fashion and photography are the poles of Claudia Casabrian’s millennial take on the arts. Like her boss, Julie Soefer, the newly minted Rice Graduate (Class of 2012) is a lifelong Houstonian, who has worked independently for the web-based magazine CultureMap Houston, as well as Cite, published by the Rice Design Alliance. “I like the technicality of it,” says Claudia of photography. “I also like science and math. It’s a technical art.” Lest anybody take her for a nerd, however, Claudia has a keen interest in pop culture, regarding Lady Gaga and Kanye West as the two living stars she would like to meet most in the world. In the spring of 2011, while still a student, Claudia found the perfect way to combine her interest in art and fashion by photographing three months worth of her own outfits for a project titled “Daily Dress.” When it comes time to unwind, Claudia is a fan of minty mojitos.
Food & Wine Magazine
Greater Houston Convention & Visitors Bureau
Wall Street Journal
HOSPITALITY + RESTAURANTS
The Inn at Dos Brisas
Four Seasons Houston
Horseshoe Bay Resort
Relish Fine Foods
The St. Regis Houston