We’re taking another look back into the Archive today to share some photos and behind the scenes from one of the most unique days the Crisman team has ever had on set. And when I say “on set,” what I’m really referring to is on the track and in the pit at a real deal NASCAR raceway. It’s been a while since we’ve taken a look at this shoot - keep reading to see more…Read More
We work like crazy. As a studio manager/producer/assistant/blogger life very rarely slows down to the point where I can step back and reflect on it. When it does though, I find myself mulling over aspects of this job that might seem so inconsequential, but for me hold deeper meanings. I’ve decided to start this monthly series on the blog to take a minute and stop, reflect, and write about some of the aspects of being a studio manager that really impact me. These are my studio manager meditations.
Slowing down can be hard – very hard sometimes. There’s a certain pace at which we, and I’d hazard a guess, most freelancers in this industry function on that is best described as breakneck. It’s an easy groove to fall into and function in. Work begets more work and busyness begets even more busyness; similar to the snowball effect, things keep building and building, and when we’re hitting our stride the pace of work and life can be crazy.
More times than not, when an opportunity presents itself to slow down, it can be an opportunity missed. Sure you’ll take a day or two off from the grind, but will you actually unplug? The easy answer is no. I’ll be the first to admit to checking emails on vacation and thinking work-related thoughts al all hours of the day, night, and even when I’m supposed to be tuned out.
For me at least, this is why I’ve learned not to fear slowing down – it affords just a bit of time for a nice respite. A time to work not quite as hard as we normally do, and free up some energy to think and concept the next big idea – which will naturally function to ramp up the pace and get us right back to being as busy as ever.
Of course, working as a freelance ship in the vast sea of the photo industry, sometimes that slow period can feel like you’re taking on water. To keep with the boating analogy, in the past it was very hard for me to disassociate the idea of slowing down a bit with a total sinking of the proverbial ship. Yet inn the past few years – 2014 especially, I’ve also learned to embrace slowing down, even if only for a few days or a week. It’s just as natural as being incredibly busy.
Certainly you can’t stay stuck at one extreme or the other – the consequences of either aren’t healthy or livable for any extended period of time. There’s a balance to be struck in this life, and it is okay to accept slowing down as a small part of that balance.Read More
Although we’re only just half way through 2014, this year has already afforded the Crisman team opportunities to travel to beautiful and inspiring places, meet interesting and unique subjects, and do what we do best, all along the way. Yes, in a sense this happens every year, but 2014 marked a particular milestone for Chris that’s worth sharing: As of July 2014, Chris has either shot in, or traveled through all fifty states. We can guarantee that every single one of our shoots and adventures has some story to tell behind it, and we couldn’t think of a better place than right here on the blog to share those stories.
Fifty states, fifty stories, fifty blog posts. Stay tuned in the coming weeks, months, and maybe even years as we take a look at our journey across this great country. We can guarantee lots of photos, lots of randomness, and well we’re not really sure what else.
All we can say for now is stay tuned…Read More
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.
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…Read More
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…Read More
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.
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…)
And of course in this fine day and age, what’s a lifestyle photoshoot without a little bit of ‘selfie’ action?
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.
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?
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.
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.
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!Read More
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..Read More