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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…

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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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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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A portion of our Escalante assignment for The Nature Conservancy took us to a place where we’ve never made pictures before, a place that afforded a truly unique and inspiring point of view, and a place where we really, really needed to make sure Chris didn’t drop the camera.

For the first time, the Crisman team took to the skies to shoot Aerial photography of southern Utah to capture visuals that would help show the changing landscape of the Escalante region as well as illustrate the problematic nature of the invasive species the folks on the ground are working so hard to eradicate. Keep reading for more stories and photos from 10,000 ft….

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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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It was just about this time last year that we first started working with Austin, TX based producer Matthew Slimmer. As we estimated and began work on our San Antonio tourism project, we knew that Matthew would be the ideal producer to bring together all of the crazy moving parts that would make up such a huge campaign.

Looking back on the shoot, what stuck with us most was Matthew’s flexibility and willingness to roll with whatever curve-balls came our way. He’s a great guy to have on any shoot, but enough from me, I’ll let Matthew tell the rest:

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We ended the year in 2013 with a particularly special assignment. There were no celebrities, no exotic locations, no elaborate props or sets – we were instead treated with an experience on the human condition. Spending a week in New Orleans, we met, photographed, and learned the stories of a handful of veterans suffering from PTSD who all seek alternate forms of therapy. The images we shot were real, the stories we heard were even more real, and the connections we made were the most real of all.

This is one of those experiences where the images will tell a lot more than our words possibly can. We’ll do our best to share the story. Keep reading for more…

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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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Meeting Mr. Ken Zane is one of the most prized gifts I have received in being a professional photographer. We have held this post for months waiting for the right time for him to get settled into his new career at Leo Burnett in Chicago. We were very sad to see him move on from Philadelphia, but in my heart I knew he would be a happier man back in Chicago.

I met Ken almost 6 years ago. He had just started at Digitas Health in Philly and we hit it off right away. We share many similar loves. The big three would be wonderful people, a well made drink, and deep appreciation for well crafted art.

Ken, thank you for sharing your time with us while you were in Philadelphia. We all can’t wait to hit the town with you soon in Chicago. Cheers!

1. Name one actor you’d like to portray you in a movie about your life?

Liev Schreiber

2. What is your preferred vehicle or mode of transportation?

Airplane, (with the exception of going through security lines). I find travelling on an airplane to be the one time to be without cell phone or email access so and you can’t be on “call” and are forced to relax. I have truly learned to appreciate that quiet time.

3. What is your favorite beverage for creative inspiration?

In the AM a smoothie made with Kale, spinach, avocado and blueberries, If it’s evening then a Belvedere Martini with a twist

4. Name your all time favorite band, singer, or album?

AMERICA- I can listen to “Ventura Highway” over and over again!

5. Name one place in the world that you’ve been and can’t wait to return to and why?

Hmmm Chicago, but I already returned here 🙂 so I would have to say Paris- It is one of the most inspirational cities I have ever been to!

6. What is favorite shoot you’ve worked on?

I can’t really pick one,as I find wonderful things and memorable experiences on most productions I have worked on. I have had the opportunity to work with incredible people ranging from Photographers, Stylists, Models, Producers, Creative Directors and Clients. One shoot that was very memorable  was my first car shoot, I had never worked on one before so I was a bit overwhelmed, it was a great challenge. We created a highway on a Tarmac in Los Angeles, I was blown away watching the photographer shoot from a crane 175 feet up in the air. We had stunt drivers and an incredible crew, the production was flawless. On the last day of production,  the photographer had himself strapped to the underside of a car in motion, to shoot a moving vehicle next to him, lots of adrenaline going there.

7. What is your philosophy on creating?

I think you have to trust your intuition to create. Don’t think, just do it. Read the book “Blink” it all happens in a moment.

8. Describe a defining moment in your career that has led you to where you are today?

I think all roads and experiences bring you to where you are, my background in Art and Photography genuinely contributed to where I am today, but if there was a moment I would say it was when I met Andrea Kaye at McCann Erickson, at that point I knew I wanted to be an Art Producer

9. Name one person you wish you could have a drink with and why?

That’s a tough question because there are so many people I would want to do that with. I would probably have to say my Father because there were many things I wish we had discussed before he passed away a few years ago.

10. If the world is ending in 2013, how will you change your life plan?

I would spend much more time with my family and friends. And I have to admit, since you posed this question to me in the early fall I have made the effort 🙂

Any questions for Ken? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or @crismanphoto and/crismanphoto!

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