Chris Crisman Photography

There are some truly creative people in this industry. Let’s face it, you’ve got to be constantly concepting, developing, and executing or you get left in the dust. I’m fortunate to work with some really dynamic and inspiring people, ranging from art directors, to producers, to creative directors, photo editors, art buyers, and print producers. Instead of questions about email blasts, printed promos, and portfolio reviews, I think that it’s time that I put some of them on the spot to show us their meaning of Life. “The meaning of Life” may be a little far flung to answer in only ten questions, but hopefully these interviews will serve to distill some of the inspired and intellectual energy of the creatives that we work with.

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I can’t imagine why you wouldn’t know of Tim Tadder. This character makes some bad ass creations and his name just seems to pop up everywhere you look. I had the pleasure of spending a couple days with Tim this spring on a trip to San Francisco. We spent a long time talking about ourselves, and our work, and dreaming about pictures of the future. I am honored to have Tim share himself with us and all our readers. After reading about him here, please go spend some time with his work – you won’t be disappointed. Enough from me though, I’ll let Tim tell the rest…

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chris crisman washingtonian cover fun on the water

Whenever we hear from the creatives at Washingtonian, we always know that we’ll be tasked to bring some wild idea to life and make beautiful photos in the process. As always, their latest cover shoot did not disappoint. Shoot some tubers in the middle of a river – sounds easy enough right? Little did we know what was in store for the Crisman team that day. Thankfully we didn’t lose any cameras or lights to the river, but there were plenty of close call – keep reading to find out the whole story…

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chris crisman lifestyle multigenerational family

What do you get when you book an amazing home location, over a dozen beautiful talent, a whole contingent of hair, makeup, and wardrobe stylists and a crew of awesome photo assistants? Sounds like a recipe for the perfect self-promotional lifestyle photo-shoot.

Although we shot this project back in 2013, the dog-days of summer are upon us again and served as a good reminder of the day we spent last July having a ton of fun making great photos.

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Over the course of only 10 hours, we ran through a handful of fun lifestyle scenarios (want to know a secret? it wasn’t actually their graduation party that day…)

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And of course in this fine day and age, what’s a lifestyle photoshoot without a little bit of ‘selfie’ action?

chris crisman lifestyle multigenerational family

Trust me, it weren’t just our models who were excited for this shoot – Chris was pretty pumped to be spending the whole day shooting like crazy and making as many photos as we could.

chris crisman lifestyle multigenerational family

chris crisman lifestyle multigenerational family

Did you know that photographer/assistant/digi-tech Jared Castaldi also will work as a child wrangler? Is there anything this guy can’t do?

chris crisman lifestyle multigenerational family

chris crisman lifestyle multigenerational family

Despite all of the fun, we were shooting like crazy all day long, working inside and out of our suburban home location – maximizing both our talent and the location itself to create at least half a dozen totally unique scenarios.

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Yours truly even stepped in to try and… make some cookies? What can I say – when it’s all hands on deck for a shoot, we do what we need to, even if it’s outside the normal wheelhouse of photo assisting.

chris crisman lifestyle multigenerational family

chris crisman lifestyle multigenerational family

As always though, we did what we do best and made a very full day’s worth of amazing images. We owe a big belated thank you to the whole crew that helped make this possible – thank you so much everyone!

Questions? Comments? Let us know your thoughts below or @crismanphoto and /crismanphoto!

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chris crisman wired uk virgin galactic space health

We can always count on our editors at Wired UK to send us unique assignments. Little did we know what was in store for the Crisman team when we agreed to travel down to Texas to shoot photos for their recent story on space health. Two days of shooting all over the Lone Star state, and a 5G spin in a centrifuge later, we had all the shots we needed.

Yes, you’re looking at the opening spread of the article, and yes, that is yours truly – looking like I’m about to lose my lunch. How did this all happen? What does it feel like to spin at 5G’s? Keep reading to find out..

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chris crisman animal portraits

We’re honored to announce that one of our animal portraits was selected and featured in the Communication Arts Photo Annual! One of 154 winners, whittled down from over 5,000 entries we are proud to included in the best of the best, those shooting at the top of their game.

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You may remember back in 2013 we photographed a handful of animal portraits as part of our Unforgettable San Antonio tourism campaign with the fine folks from Proof Advertising – well that was our shot that made the cut this year! Thanks again to everyone at SeaWorld San Antonio as well as our amazing team to help bring it all together.

Questions? Comments? let us know your thoughts below or @crismanphoto and /crismanphoto!

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Four years in, it’s hard not to repeat the same adages about what being a studio manager entails; long hours, tons of work, odd hours, unique experiences, and tons of miles on the road. All of these are truths about this job, but in a way, they only scratch the surface of what it all entails.

Every year that passes by allows me to pause and think about where I was exactly a year ago writing this blog post. In this particular instance, I think I was on a plane, in transit to the next shoot; exactly where I am now. This moment also proves me with the transcendental pause to really reflect on what the past 365 days have afforded me in terms of what this job means and what I do.

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In a way, it’s like chasing a moving target. As soon as your skill set has you adequately equipped to handle any of the challenges on your plate, a curve-ball is thrown and you feel like you’re effectively back to square one. Granted this feeling only lasts for about 10 seconds (that’s all it is allowed to last for) but it still as the impact of pushing one out of their shell and forcing yourself to grow and evolve.

What I’ve really learned this year is about tearing down walls – it’s about taking care of whatever needs to get done regardless of wherever we are or whatever we’re doing. That may mean a lot more moments when I’m rushing off set to answer a phone call or reply to an email, but let’s be honest here, it’s the year 2014, what can’t be done when you’re shooting in the middle of goddamn nowhere or cruising down the highway at 85 mph in the vast expanse of nothing in southern Idaho.

In that same vein, I’ve learned that you can tear down the division between personal time and work in such a way that each facet is equally important and equally portioned in the much grander scheme of life – the result? A helluva lot less stress and the ability to afford more time to everything that’s not qualified as “studio managing” while still effectively steering the ship.

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I find humor in the fact that my easiest days are spent building out and breaking down a few octabanks, there’s a certain zen-like calm that comes over me while I’m immersed in our gear. This feeling may never change; the best days are still those when we’re making pictures, however they may come.

Here’s to all of those days that have come to pass and every single day in the future. I have no doubt there are countless more ahead.

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crisman_TNC_cuba_012There’s no doubt about it, winter in Philadelphia isn’t fun. This particular winter brought more freezing temperatures and more snow than we’ve seen in recent history – anyone in the northeastern United States can related as to how nasty the first few months of this year have been. Naturally, when our editors at The Nature Conservancy called with a cover shoot assignment in the Florida Keys, it was hard not to start packing our bags before we hung up the phone.

Wintry weather circumstances aside, Chris and I hopped a flight down to the Florida keys to meet and spend a few days photographing the TNC Caribbean Program Director Phil Kramer for this months cover of Nature Conservancy Magazine. How did the shoot come together? Keep reading to find out the whole story…

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