Robert Seale is a Houston commercial photographer who creates heroic portraits and other memorable photography for advertising agencies, corporate annual reports, and magazines.
Seale began his photography career as a photojournalist, where he worked as a staffer at several major newspapers. He next became a staff photographer at the Sporting News, a national sports magazine where he spent 11 years crisscrossing the country shooting Super Bowls and World Series games as well as slick cover portraits. In 2006, he left his staff job to establish his own business as a Houston commercial photographer. It was a calculated move to diversify and work for an assortment of new clients: other magazines (including a long association with Sports Illustrated), sports and fitness brands, oil and gas companies, and healthcare corporations.
Since starting the business, Seale has leveraged his visual ability, and Houston-based location to become an expert in industrial photography for oil and gas clients. This work has afforded worldwide opportunities to move seamlessly from the boardroom to the helipad, transforming hard-to-photograph refineries, plants, labs, and drilling rigs into beautiful graphic art for some of the world’s leading brands.
Seale is known for his technical ability, graphic eye, photographic lighting skills, and visual problem solving. He has the ability to coax multiple creative concepts from a single location with very limited time, keeping his subjects happy and on schedule. He’s equally adept photographing celebrity athletes, busy CEO’s, and normal folks in any environment with any level of production necessary to tell their story.
He has worked hard to become one of the leaders in the Houston corporate photography community, often mentoring assistants and emerging photographers and volunteering for speaking opportunities. As a speaker in the industry, Seale has taught photographic lighting, portraiture, and photography business practices regularly at a variety of photography workshops in North America including the prestigious Eddie Adams Workshop, Photoshelter Luminance Conference, Rich Clarkson’s Photography at the Summit Sports Workshops, and the Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar. He has won awards from The National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, was a finalist for Life Magazine’s Eissie Award), and was featured in the Best of ASMP (2008, 2015).
A lifelong fascination with military pilots and aviation turned into an ongoing personal project chronicling aviation heroes and astronauts. This work is a labor of love, but has been widely published in aviation magazines. He is a member of ASMP (American Society of Media Photographers), and APA (American Photographic Artists).
His editorial credits include Sports Illustrated, ESPN The Magazine, Men’s Health, SLAM, Businessweek, Forbes, Fortune, Barron’s, GOLF Magazine, Smithsonian, Air & Space, The New York Times Magazine, and over 200 covers of The Sporting News. As an annual report and advertising photographer, Robert has worked on projects for ExxonMobil, Chevron, Tellabs, Schlumberger, Aramco Services, Anadarko, Baker Hughes GE, BP, EOG Resources, XTO, GMC, BMW, Invesco, Huntsman, Marathon, Major League Baseball, Pepsi, Gatorade, Reebok, Methodist Hospital, UT Health, Memorial Hermann, M.D. Anderson, Under Armour, and various professional sports teams.