My name is Mario Houben. I’m a freelance sports and action events photographer based in Miami - Florida, with more than 35 years of photography and creative experience. Born in Bielefeld, Germany. I'm fluent in English, German, and Spanish.
Photography became my passion as a kid. I began taking photography courses in school at fourteen, and I started to shoot professionally at the age of sixteen, in Caracas - Venezuela. By than, I already had my own B&W photo lab.
As a competitive tennis player myself, I adopted early on a passion for tennis photography, covering for many years national and international tournaments, for event promoters, sponsors, and later on, for ad agencies.
In late 1981, during my college years, at the age of twenty-one, I was hired to cover a major performance of the renowned Venezuelan singer: José Luis Rodríquez, at the Madison Square Garden of New York. He was becoming quickly a phenomenal international artist. That particular event led to a major change in my life. I began an almost four-year journey as his personal photographer, traveling extensively throughout the United States, Latin America, and Europe. I covered all his events and performances in a photojournalism style, as well as studio photography work for music albums and magazine covers. I was also responsible for the editing, organization, and distribution of photographic material to over two hundred international magazines and newspapers.
In 1985 I opened Interphoto Productions Inc., a commercial/advertising photography studio. I owned the business for twenty-five years. Fulfilling new business demands I evolved constantly with the emerging technology, adopting the early stages of digital imaging and graphic design. I got my first Apple/Mac station in 1991. The evolution led me once again to changes and, by the mid-nineties, I had evolved into a leading music-packaging graphic designer and art director, specialized in developing artwork campaigns for new album releases of big recording artists. For more than fifteen years, I served the major international record labels for the Latin American markets, such as Sony Music International, PolyGram, BMG, and Universal Music.
In 2010, I re-discovered my early passion for photography. Once again, it led quickly to sports and action photography - and especially tennis. The fascinating new developments of high-tech digital photography, sophisticated post-processing tools, and super fast computers, ignited my curiosity. My 35+ years of history and experience with photography, and so many years of digital imaging and graphic design work, played a major role in adapting quickly to this new and ever evolving technology.
The journey and development these last few years, dedicated to my current photography work, have been a passionate and fulfilling experience. I have covered countless events, taken thousands and thousands of pictures, and worked consistently in refining techniques with the best photo equipment and digital imaging tools available in today's market. It has been my goal to reach the high quality images expected by the most prestigious photo and media agencies.
I bring to my current work a rather unique and eclectic combination of knowledge and experience. I believe it is a strong advantage. The images you see here on my website are a short representation of my latest evolution, and the shooting opportunities I’ve had. The process continues and I'm constantly looking for bigger and more challenging goals. We are living in very fast evolving times. There is always something new to learn, apply, and improve.
Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to review my work. Please do get in touch with your needs by visiting my CONTACT page. No job is too big or too small. Having 35+ years of experience, I know how to deliver photography for any project you may have.
I'm looking forward to hearing from you!