1. Obtainium Cup Contraptor’s Rally

    July 27, 2014

    Mare Island, Vallejo, CA

    With obstacles that included flying monkeys, zombies and a Mad Hatter tea party, participants bearing wheeled vehicles of every sort – bicycle, rickshaw and pedaled creations of a one-of-a-kind variety, raced their way across the scenic Mare Island for a unique race.

    Gaggles of spectators cheered and watched as costumed characters pedaled along while partaking in innocent fun that rekindled childhood memories and vignettes straight from the pages of a fictional book.

    Hope you enjoy a few frames from the day…


  2. Slice of Heaven: Farm Vignettes

    Sharing a few frames from a summer visit home to my family’s flower farm in Northwest Ohio. From the magical light of a sunset behind rows of flowers to birds flitting from willow tree to next, there is a serenity and calm in this space that I have found in few other places. Wherever I may physically be in life, I will always call this slice of heaven my home.


  3. 2014 CCS Track and Field Championships
    San Jose City College
    May 30, 2014

    Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier

    Full story at http://www.losaltosonline.com/news/sections/sports/196-track/47647-locals-run-to-state


  4. Memorial Day 2014

    The Presidio

    San Francisco National Cemetery

    San Francisco, CA

    Photos by Ellie Van Houtte

    Hundreds of veterans and members of the public gathered at the Presidio Park in San Francisco to honor veterans who served in branches of the United States military. A parade and ceremony included a 21-Gun Salute, Taps and music.

    Full story published online at http://www.demotix.com/news/4858547/146th-annual-presidio-memorial-day-ceremony-san-francisco#media-4858519.


  5. Urban wanderings in San Jose

    May 2014

    Photos by Ellie Van Houtte


  6. Exploring West San Carlos Street

    San Jose, CA

    May 2014

    Photos by Ellie Van Houtte


  7. Beach Vignettes

    Carmel, CA

    May 2014

    Photos by Ellie Van Houtte


  8. 43rd Annual Stanford Powwow and Indian Market

    May 2014

    Stanford, CA

    Photos by Ellie Van Houtte

    Evening light makes this magical cultural celebration a special experience that may only be understood through the experience itself.  After sharing prints of photos from the 2013 powwow with some of the participants, I spent the evening imbibing the music, dance and spirit of freedom around the powwow circle.

    View a full album of photos below:


  9. Black and White Beauty

    A day with friends led me to an outing to a ranch outside of Monterrey, CA.  We had the chance to ride a beautiful horse owned by my friend Jenny, but not before grooming her horse and getting her ready for riding.


  10. Day 1 of Red Bull Youth America’s Cup

    September 1, 2013

    San Francisco, CA

    I wasn’t sure what to expect when I arrived at the San Francisco Bay to catch the energy of Youth America’s Cup on Day 1 of races. With my normal camera bag in tote, I was nimble enough to climb rocks and endure waves on the beach to find unique vantage points.  I don’t always know what I’m searching for when I set sail on a professional or personal assignment, but my search for artistic ways to see things is constant once on site.  With an eye for telling a story, I’m always searching for ways to weave context into the picture – whether the beauty of the natural surrounds of the Golden Gate Bridge or the jagged shore or the spectators engaged in observation as was the case for the Youth America’s Cup.

    With luck, I’ll end up on a boat on the water for Day 2 of races.  A different perspective with new challenges and a different way of seeing things.  Stay tuned to see if I can make more waves!