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Chuck Norris put me in a headlock!

Fri, 20 Apr 2018 16:03:14 +0000

When the Boogeyman goes to sleep at night, he checks his closet for Chuck Norris. There is no theory of evolution. Just a list of animals Chuck Norris allows to live. Chuck Norris has counted to infinity – twice. There is no chin behind Chuck Norris' beard.  There is only another fist. I've loved reading these “Chuck Norris Facts” for years.  It was pretty awesome when we actually got to meet the man in person recently when we photographed Norris and his lovely wife Gena for Houstonia magazine. Part of the hook for the story was that Gena had recently fired up a full blown water bottling plant on their giant ranch property near Navasota to bottle water from the natural aquifer they found on their property.  The plant is a state of the art facility and there is a charity component to their H2O endeavor.  You can read more about it in the Houstonia story here. Since we were there in sort of the middle of the afternoon on a sunlit partly cloudy day, we needed a big light and lots of power for the outdoor shots.  We used a Profoto B-4 and a Plume Hexoval 180 for most […]

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More Oil and Gas Corporate Annual Report Photography for ExxonMobil

Sat, 07 Jan 2017 20:00:20 +0000

I'm a little late in posting this, (the 2015 annual reports were actually released during April of 2016), but I wanted to share some of the published work from the last ExxonMobil annual report. Although we shoot all kinds of things:  lab technicians, testing, construction sites, high-tech control rooms, etc., for some reason this particular year, they featured several aerial photos of maritime facilities and ships.  These are always challenging to shoot, and we go through a lot of safety training including HUET (Helicopter Underwater Egress Training) just to be able to work out of aircraft offshore.  Basically, if you've seen the old Richard Gere movie, “An Officer and a Gentleman”, it's very similar to that.  You're dunked several times in a mock helicopter fuselage in a large swimming pool upside down and you have to unbuckle and swim out through a window.  Fun stuff! The cover image was shot of the coast of Angola, and the spreads are from shoots in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, Jubail, Saudi Arabia, Baton Rouge, USA, Qatar, and from the Gulf of Mexico.  We shoot thousands of photos in these various locations, and there are many rounds of editing, so it's gratifying when you finally get to see […]

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Robert Seale featured in the December 2016 issue of Professional Photographer Magazine

Sun, 11 Dec 2016 23:33:52 +0000

Shameless self promotion alert:  I'm featured in a 9 page article in the new December 2016 issue of Professional Photographer Magazine.  Professional Photographer is the publication of the PPA (Professional Photographers of America) and is edited by Jane Gaboury.  The writer, (and fellow baseball fan) Eric Minton was a pleasure to talk to about my work and career path, and PPA art director Debbie Todd did an excellent and very classy job with the layout.  I'm honored to be featured, and I want to express my sincere thanks to all three of these folks for the cool opportunity. Here's a link to their “anatomy of an image” sidebar feature. Unfortunately, you have to log in to see the entire  digital version of the article.  Those of you that are PPA members can see it there.  

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BuzzFeed photo shoot with Olympic Gymnast Simone Biles

Tue, 26 Jul 2016 04:33:32 +0000

With the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio coming up, I thought this might be a good time to write about a shoot we did earlier this year with US Olympic gymnast  Simone Biles.  Biles, who trains in Houston, is 4’9” tall and a three time world all around champion. The media landscape is changing these days. This is the kind of shoot we might have done for Sports Illustrated once upon a time, but instead, this time we were commissioned by Buzzfeed to do this sports portrait shoot. In the months leading up to the Olympics, the notable competitors (like Simone) have huge demands on their time. In addition to their normal training schedule, they are also doing interviews with various writers and television programs, and posing for photo shoots with not only media outlets, but potential endorsement partners. They are seriously busy, and it’s hard to stay focused on their training with all these various demands on their time. To that end, we knew that we would have very little time to work with her, and that everything would need to be prepped carefully so as not to waste any of her time. The photo editor wanted a classic, […]

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Photographing Tim Duncan – the greatest power forward of all time

Thu, 14 Jul 2016 01:12:07 +0000

I covered Tim Duncan during countless games, including three San Antonio Spurs NBA Finals titles in 1999, 2003, and 2005. I probably took thousands of photos of him, but on the occasion of his quiet retirement, I picked a few out just for this blog. I first met and photographed Tim Duncan on literally his first full day in San Antonio. He was drafted in Charlotte at the 1997 NBA Draft and flown to San Antonio, and then early in the morning of June 27, 1997 at Trinity University I photographed him for The Sporting News, my employer at the time. I had a crazy schedule back then, and had just flown back from Vancouver, and then been dispatched straight to San Antonio the night before for the Duncan portrait. There were three shooters there that day: the Spurs photographer (and all around classy guy) Clarke Evans, Patrick Murphy Racey, who (I think) was shooting for NBA photos at the time, and me. I think Clarke was the only one with an assistant, Patrick and I were there alone. This “photo day scenario” was not an uncommon practice: you’re scheduled for a shoot with some big time pro athlete, and the team […]

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Healthcare Annual Reports for Houston Methodist Hospital

Thu, 07 Jul 2016 22:12:15 +0000

Houston has some of the top medical facilities in the world:  Houston Methodist, Memorial Hermann, UT Health, Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Heart Institute, CHI St. Luke's Medical Center, Texas Children's Hospital and MD Anderson Cancer Center, all located within the same few blocks of the bustling Texas Medical Center, just south of downtown Houston.  Our city is not just about the energy business, we are also a center for advanced medical treatment and research. We recently finished work on a series of annual reports for Houston Methodist Hospital, a top hospital in multiple categories.  We’ve done several healthcare photography jobs for them over the years, from advertising shoots, creating content for their corporate magazine “Leading Medicine”, and the last round of annual reports, which we finished in 2014. The reports are beautifully designed and printed brochures (can you say, “spot UV” on all the photos?!!), each aimed at a different healthcare specialty within the hospital. There were different publications for each specialty: Heart and Vascular Care, Cancer Care and Research, Neurosciences, Transplant, and Ortho/Sports Medicine. These publications are typically not something the patient always sees. They are more typically targeted toward doctors and other healthcare professionals for a variety of reasons. These […]

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JJ Watt portrait for Gatorade Advertorial

Mon, 16 May 2016 17:13:58 +0000

Gatorade recently partnered with Sports Illustrated to create a special “advertorial” magazine called “Fuel Illustrated” to be packaged with subscriber issues of SI a couple of weeks ago.  (An advertorial is a sponsored section of editorial content promotion for relating to a specific brand…still advertising, but less overt than traditional advertising). Each spread features a different high profile athlete, and they chose one of my JJ Watt portraits, originally taken for the magazine for one of the spreads.  It's cool to see one of your outtakes, especially one that you liked, published again for another client. Secondary uses like this are one of the reasons to maintain ownership of your work, so that you can negotiate rates for future use. Something to think about next time you're presented with a crappy, rights-grabbing contract.

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Photographing an Industrial Deep Sea Diver for Scuba Diving Magazine

Thu, 24 Mar 2016 18:50:39 +0000

We recently did an editorial shoot for Scuba Diving magazine for a special issue they put together on the “Dirtiest Jobs” in the SCUBA diving industry.  The photographs were commissioned in various parts of the country by different photographers: a salvage diver, a diver from a nuclear reactor facility, a police investigator, an underwater logger, a croc-wrangler, and our cool assignment: an “industrial deepwater saturation diver.” Our diver was a nice gentleman named Brian Lacey, and he travels all over the world diving deep underwater for the oil and gas industry, repairing rigs, working on pipelines, etc.  He spends up to a month on the job, living like an astronaut in a small pressurized chamber.  He's been as far down as 900 feet, but on average works at around 300 feet below the surface. I've taken many oil and gas portraits, but this was my first chance to photograph an industrial diver, and I was pretty stoked. Photo assistant Michael Klein and I photographed Brian on a dock in Galveston with his super heavy deepwater dive gear.  We used two Profoto B-4's and one Profoto Acute 600B.  I scouted the location previously, and due to the recent downturn in oil […]

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Sports Portrait shoot with Houston Texans star JJ Watt for Sports Illustrated

Thu, 03 Sep 2015 23:50:57 +0000

It's been under wraps for a few weeks, but we're finally able to show some cool portraits from a recent JJ Watt cover shoot for Sports Illustrated.  We were lucky, in that we were able to get a little extra time with Watt since he was featured twice in the magazine.  JJ's been tearing it up as the star of the HBO behind the scenes series “Hard Knocks” featuring the Houston Texans during training camp. For the first set of shots, we wanted to create a memorable and “tough” looking portrait of him.  We were stuck working in the Texans practice bubble, which is not my favorite location, but sometimes you have to roll with it, and in this case, a studio portrait was in order anyway.  In addition to JJ, SI commissioned four other regional covers for the NFL Preview issue:  NY Giants receiver Odell Beckham, Chicago Bears RB Matt Forte, Bucs linebacker Lavonte David, and Seahawks QB Russell Wilson.  SI art director Chris Hercik and Director of Photography Brad Smith wanted these to look consistent, so we needed lighting schemes that other photographers could duplicate in other cities, without worrying about backgrounds or ambient outdoor lighting. We utilized several different lighting schemes to […]

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Executive portrait photography for Barron’s

Tue, 01 Sep 2015 00:25:57 +0000

I recently had the opportunity to create some executive portraits for Barron's magazine.  Barron's, founded in 1921 is a weekly publication published by Dow Jones, and each issue features a profile of a mutual fund manager.  We're pushed to shoot these fund manager portraits in an interesting way, often with an environmental portrait link to their hobbies or interests…something more creative than a person at their desk. Our feature subject for the issue, Juliet Ellis, the Portfolio Manager of Invesco's Small Cap Equity Fund, suggested a great location for her portrait, the Houston Methodist Hospital Research Institute, where she serves as a board member.  I was already familiar with the space and the personnel there, having photographed healthcare annual reports in the past for the hospital.  In the morning, we knew that it would make a fantastic “light and bright” portrait location….definitely a welcome departure from the average trading desk photo. Although we had fantastic natural light for most of the shoot, we supplemented the ambient with just a low power  “kiss” of light from a Profoto B4 with a Plume Wafer 100.  We didn't want to disturb any of the cool natural shadows around her in the background on […]

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