The ethereal lens of fashion photography Kate Lesueur elevates everything she shoots.
Austin photographer Kate LeSueur loves the challenge of fashion photography, like this outtake from an editorial shoot at Justine’s Secret House.
Fashion and lifestyle photographer Kate LeSueur captures Austin style through dreamy images that evoke an effortless grace. The city’s casual environment suits LeSueur’s temperament. “I like things to feel very natural and real,” she says. “Austin is very approachable; there’s no pressure to feel you must have the latest high-end anything.”
A gardener and avid home cook, LeSueur originally made a name for herself as a food photographer, with her work appearing in local publications (including Austin Way) as well as in titles like Bon Appetit and Garden & Gun. She found her calling in fashion last year during a test shoot with Austin-based fashion designer Gail Chovan. The dynamic nature of the shoot challenged LeSueur in a way that she found irresistible. “I was sort of reserved because my style is not very high-key,” recalls LeSueur, a Louisiana native. “I don’t shoot with lights, which is not typical for fashion photography, so there was some intimidation.”
Since entering Austin’s fashion scene, LeSueur has partnered with local high-end retailers like Kick Pleat and Esby Apparel for their look books and websites. Her preferred backdrops are lush and organic, from an old home with unkempt greenery to mid-century architecture in the heart of the city. “Austin has a special Spartan, minimal quality to it, and people just come as they are.”