Known for his portraits and photo stories, his topics cover a broad range of social issues including political unrest, human rights, health care, poverty and homelessness, animal rights, religion, the environment and the personal.
Houge was a recipient of the first-ever annual Yunghi Grant in 2015. He’s earned an honorable mention twice for a LUCIE International Photography Award and a shortlist entry for Burn Magazine’s 2014 Emerging Photographer Fund. His photography has been internationally published by NPR, the New York Times LENS Blog, FeatureShoot, OAI13, Burn Magazine, Yoffy Publishing, Schilt Publishing and Popular Photography China. In August of 2019 Houge left his career as an educator and mentor at the Boys and Girls Club and as the Sr. Associate Lecturer of photography at the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay to support his partner, Kayla Bauer, while she pursues graduate school at UW-Madison.