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chris crisman best photos 2014

We can’t believe that it’s already time to close the books on 2014. Forgive the cheesy expression, but it literally felt like only yesterday that we were gearing up for the year and jumping into our first shoots in January. In keeping with tradition from last year, we felt it was necessary to pause and take a look back through the images we’ve created this year. It’s been a tough edit – we tried to pick our top 10, but couldn’t stop there and landed at 13. We’ve made some many photos that we’re happy with and have to leave out a few that we’re not able to share quite yet. That being said, we wanted to share our favorites thus far, the best of the best.

chris crisman best photos 2014

chris crisman best photos 2014

chris crisman best photos 2014

chris crisman best photos 2014

chris crisman best photos 2014

chris crisman best photos 2014

chris crisman best photos 2014

chris crisman best photos 2014

chris crisman best photos 2014

chris crisman best photos 2014

chris crisman best photos 2014

chris crisman best photos 2014

No collection of images would be fit to show without a proper thank to you everyone involved in the process – including our wonderful clients from all over the globe, the extremely dedicated and talented crew who have helped produce these shoots, and of course our subjects themselves. Thank you, we couldn’t have done this without you.

Did we miss anything? Any of your favorites not included? Let us know your thoughts below or @crismanphoto and/crismanphoto!

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chris crisman advertising photo website updateIt’s a big day today – we’ve updated Crismanphoto.com with a ton of new work from the past few months. We’ve been shooting all summer long from coast to coast and finally can share a handful of these new shots – including the image above, shot in the badlands of North Dakota. We’ve been from Philadelphia to Seattle, Idaho to Minneapolis, Nevada to NYC and what feels like everywhere in-between and we have the photos to prove it.

chris crisman advertising photo website updateYou may notice a few familiar faces and definitely a few new faces under the “New Work” section – we have a ton of stories to share that go along with all of this new work, so keep your eyes peeled for blog posts in the near future.

chris crisman advertising photo website updateWe’ve also taken time to overhaul our “Portfolio” gallery to reflect the latest updated to our printed book. Chances are you may not have a chance to see our printed book in person anytime soon, but the portfolio gallery now reflects those images that have made it to print.

As always, you can dive into all this new work at none other than www.crismanphoto.com – enjoy!

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

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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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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 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.

chris crisman lifestyle multigenerational family

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…)

chris crisman lifestyle multigenerational family

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.

chris crisman lifestyle multigenerational family

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 personal conceptual portrait crows piano

This spring has afforded us the opportunity to make a handful of new conceptual portraits. You may remember our Wildman portrait from a few weeks ago, and our Gardener we released last week – today we are excited to share the latest fantastical, conceptual environmental portrait: Birdman. Born as a combination of ideas, this latest portrait still amazes me in the way it came together – a unique combination of serendipitous finds and discoveries, spread out over the course of two years.

Yes, that is a strange way to describe the making of a photo, but bear with me and keep reading for the full explanation…

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chris crisman conceptual portrait gardener

Another week down and another brand new conceptual portrait. The past few weeks have afforded us some time to really develope and create a handful of new images and we’re excited to be sharing one of these today -a s always, head on over to www.crismanphoto.com to see the image in full screen glory!

Stay tuned for the story of how this shot came together – from it’s creation as a vision in Chris’s mind to fruition as a final composite, we’ll be taking a look at what it’s like to create a truly imagined and unique composition like this photo.

What would you like to know about this new image? Any questions? let us know your thoughts below or @crismanphoto and /crismanphoto!

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chris crisman conceptual portrait wilderness

What do you do when your studio manager/assistant/blogger (extraordinaire) goes on a well-earned vacation?

You call me. You also cross your fingers that everything is still standing by the end of the week. I’m only half kidding here; Robert has some pretty big shoes to fill, however temporarily. It’s a tough job! Luckily for me, these guys are so well prepared that I actually would have been hard pressed to mess it up. Still, no week around here is complete without a few surprises. Mine came in the form of a few rare free days in our schedule. Not being ones to waste time, we took the opportunity to produce an in-house conceptual portrait, known now as Wildman. With Chris on a whirlwind trip to shoot a particular a poppy field, I had some calls to make from the studio. For a while now, he’s had the idea for Wildman percolating. We knew his domain: The beautiful and ethereal Hoh Rainforest, in the Olympic National Park. We knew his character: An oracle of the woods. Someone who felt like equal parts Sea Captain, Yoda, and Santa Claus. Of course, we already had just the guy (I wasn’t kidding about the preparedness thing. As spur of the moment as the actual shoot may have seemed, even this detail was already taken care of for me.) Our model K.J. was a bonafide Pennsylvania man-of-the-woods. Or at least he introduces himself that way. I would know, as I was the one who called him to come in. To give you an idea of how that went:

“Do you want me to bring my skull collection with me?” Um, yes.

“How about an axe? Single or double bit?” Yes! Both!

“I also have this walking stick that I made…” Are you kidding me?!

Any day you talk a woodsman into bringing his collection of forest stuff into work is a good day, in my books.

chris crisman personal conceptual portait wildman

Things were coming together, but we still needed someone to handle the finer details of creating a convincing woodsman: Our makeup and hair stylist. With a few calls and some help from friends, we found Vanessa. Not only can she braid hair into feathers and repurpose wig bits into beard parts, but she also happens to collect vintage furs. Details, people. We had some workable pieces on hand, but Vanessa called in a favor and had some of her collection brought in. Turns out, they were perfect for what we needed. Transformation complete!

chris crisman personal conceptual portait wildman

chris crisman personal conceptual portait wildman

As easy as these guys make it look to get the shot they need, I know that it’s because they have lots and lots of experience. Sometimes you have your talent and location in the same place, at the same time. Sometimes you don’t. There are nuances to capturing your subject in a studio and dropping them into the middle of the woods. Never underestimate the importance of choosing your background plate ahead of time. Unless you possess a god-like ability to control the sun, your background has a lot less latitude in terms of light, and so lighting your subject well really matters. The most convincing elements of a good shot should already exist straight out of camera.

chris crisman personal conceptual portait wildman

chris crisman personal conceptual portait wildman

Hey all, Robert here – just wanted to jump in and discuss the nuts and bolts of our shoot for a second. Having shot our background plate back in 2010 when Chris visited the Hoh Rainforest, the idea of shooting a wildman talent has been in the back of our minds for a while now. We knew that the lighting would need to match the contrast and shape we had in the background plate. With KJ in full costume, we used a gridded octabank as our key light to really focus and cut the light onto him and give us the look we needed. Since the background also had a natural back-lighting about it, we mimicked that with a soft hair-light to break our subject off ever so slightly. Enough from me though, I’ll pass this blog post back to Lindsey…

All that being said, you don’t just drag and drop and call it a day. There are tones to match, and hairs to mask. Forest-diffused daylight has a slim chance of being the exact same temperature as your studio lights. You can get pretty far along with the right shot, but the feeling you want to create really comes to life in post. Thankfully we had the talent of Taisya Kuzmenko and Picturebox Creative on-board to help bring it all together in post.

For my part, I had a great time being Robert’s understudy. I think I really lucked out with the projects at hand while I was there. Making the intangible tangible is certainly a process, but it’s a fun one.

We owe a big thanks to Lindsey for filling in while I was on vacation and for writing this awesome blog post. She did a great job filling in for me and you will most likely see more blog posts from here in the future.

We have more wild personal shoots underway in the coming weeks, so stay tuned to see what’s next. In the meantime, let us know your thoughts below or @crismanphoto and /crismanphoto!

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