Ready! Set! Black Friday! When the last plate is cleared from the Thanksgiving table that is when some of us start knocking out that Christmas list. If you are like most of us you do a lot of your shopping while sitting on your couch. You quickly swipe through items to purchase and with a touch of your finger your list is complete. But, how do you find unique presents for someone equally unique? Well, we recommend Peg and Awl. A Philadelphia based company owned by wife and husband duo Margaux and Walter Kent. Their shop from the heart has a wonderful catalog of carefully crafted standout items. Each item created out of repurposed material. They rescue neglected treasures and reinvent them into products that can be used in your everyday life.
As you might have guessed, Peg and Awl was a shop from the heart. Born out of the need for Margaux and Walter to create. Their individual passions came together to bring Peg and Awl to life. At first, it was for themselves but then quickly became something for everyone. The practical objects like Waxed Canvas Tote or The Marlowe Lunch Bag ( a few of us in the office have one!) have become popular staples that fit well into everyday life. After asking around the office we created the team’s must-have list! We hope you enjoy our picks.
Apothecary Cabinet A long time ago I realized I need to go vertical with my storage. I just have too much stuff. The beautiful Apothecary Cabinet adds unique shelving to any wall in your house. Its versatile design allows me to place it anywhere. It could go in the kitchen and hold all of my spices. It could live on my bedroom wall and store all of my aromatherapy oils… I told you I have a lot of stuff!
Noel Pattani, Production Coordinator
Bathtub Caddy After several days on the road (which just happened), there is nothing that can set you right again then a hot, relaxing soak with a glass of tasty wine. The Bathtub Caddy keeps your glass and scented candle safe and dry as you dunk your head under the water to hide from the world.
Robert Luessen, Producer
All Black Weekender
Between work and my hobbies I find myself throwing my life into a bag. The All Black Weekender makes travel a little bit easier. Its versatile shape allows for easy storage. We all know how crammed overhead compartments can be. This durable duffle bag is meant to endure years of seeing the sights. I picture me and this bag aging well together.
Micheal Ryan, Photography Assistant
Shanty Man Log Carrier
When I first saw a log carrier product, there was a bit of smh. As I’ve previously communicated, I grew up in the woods. I’ve been cutting firewood since kindergarten and I love the entire process. Nighttime gatherings of firewood have once again begun at our house. The general idea of grabbing wood from outside, carrying it in, and stacking it inside was feeling a bit off. You can only carry so much before you’re cradling it against your body. In the end, you’re either with a dirty shirt or a cold house from too many small log runs. Now I get it – I really need this Peg and Awl log carrier. Actually… I just ordered it.
It may not feel like the end of December on the east coast, but as our team is wrapping up for 2015, we felt it was necessary to take a few minutes and reflect back on this year. We’ve been coast-to-coast and plenty of places in between; after countless traveling, producing, shooting, and retouching the year is finally winding down – and what a great one it has been. Keeping up with our yearly blog tradition, Chris and our team sat down and chose our favorites from 2015. Enjoy!
As always, none of the images above would be what they are without those who have helped us create them. From our amazing clients and the awesome creatives we’ve worked with from all of the country and the world to the dedicated and resourceful crew who have helped produce, style, prop, dress, and light these shoots – and we can’t forget our subjects, the real people, the talented models, and everyone else in between who we capture with our lens: Thank you, we couldn’t have done it without you.
Super excited to share a brand new redesign on Crismanphoto.com as well as a handful of new images this week! We’ve been busy these past few months in between commissioned projects, making time to shoot new personal work. From farmers and shop workers to eccentric musicians, we’ve been producing, casting, and shooting a whole host of new characters for the portfolio.
Make sure to take a few minutes and check out our freshly redesigned website. We’ve reworked the galleries and design to focus on what really matters, the photographs. And there are plenty of them – we’ve added all of Chris’s new personal work as well as new commissioned a handful of new commissioned images.
Going hand-in-hand with this update is a 2015 refresh on our logo. Seeking inspiration from our home state of Pennsylvania (the keystone state, get it?) we collaborated with our friend and art director Rob Story to revamp the Chris’s logo.
Chances are you’ll be seeing it around a lot in the coming months – maybe even embroidered on some hats and tee-shirts. Any takers? Let us know your thoughts below or @crismanphoto and /crismanphoto!
It’s that time of year again when we can step back from the hustle of our daily routine and reflect for a moment on the past eleven months. The holidays always bring some time for relaxation and reflection, but in my opinion there’s none better than Thanksgiving to really stop and take stock of what one is thankful for.
This year, the team decided to all sit down for a minute this morning and share what 2015 has provided and what that means for us (and we included pictures!) So here we are, what the Crisman team is thankful for:
[Chris]: I am thankful for having the opportunity for such great experiences with what we do – for really wonderful clients that entrust me and our team with such great responsibility. I’m also thankful for my amazing wife and her patience for the unpredictable lifestyle that we live. Lastly, I am thankful for the holiday miracle that we found out our cat Cheese, who was lost for two years has just resurfaced in Rhode Island. Even better news is that Cheese will be rejoining our family on Monday.
[Jared]: I am thankful for my motorcycle, pizza and candy, the greatest friends in the world, and most importantly the opportunity to do what I love with the absolute best people. I wouldn’t be nearly as successful as I am without the support of Chris and Robert. I’m truly thankful to be a part of this team.
[Robert]: I have quite a bit to be thankful for this year. Without sounding like a broken record from years past, I am still and will always be truly thankful for all of the unique, interesting and amazing people that I am privileged to work with – from NYC to LA and everywhere/everyone in between, thank you for being a part of my life and helping our team achieve what we do. I am also very thankful in 2015 for my (recently official) wife and other half, Jillian.
That said, we’re all wishing you a very happy thanksgiving! Eat, drink, enjoy leftovers and be merry!
So we just recently received a new Canon 5Ds. It’s been a long wait since we pre-ordered, but it’s finally here so we decided to see how it looked side by side with our trusty 5D Mark III and our somewhat finicky IQ 160 Phase One back. Below are some comparisons of Chris’ pearly blues from ISO ranges 100-800.
This is just our quick look at the cameras side by side to get a idea of what the new canon is all about. It’s by no means an in depth technical review… We’re not exactly the most technical photo crew on the planet and we’re not hoping to be so either.
What we’ve noticed between the cameras is that the 5Ds files have a bit more contrast than the 5D3. The 5D3 handles higher ISO’s a little better than the 5Ds but that was expected with the cramming of more pixels into the sensor. The 5Ds is very close in sharpness to the IQ160 but we feel the IQ160 beats it just barely. In terms of ISO, the IQ160 is really not great above ISO 200, and even though we rarely shoot above 800, the 5Ds will be able to cover us in that department as well as having an actually functioning auto focus system.
I’m sorry medium format cameras, but you guys just cant keep up against massive multi-point AF arrays. I can see us moving away from the IQ160 for these reasons alone, but then again it could open the door for buying an even larger medium format back in the future.
Take a look at the images below. We’d love to hear your take on all of this as well – let us know in the comments!
And with that we’re off to a new start. As we sit here in the studio with snow falling around us, there’s a moment of both tranquility and anticipation. We’re back in action and ready to get cracking in 2015. After a much needed pause in the action, the new adventure of 2015 is upon us and we’re already working on new assignments, planning new personal projects, looking into picturesque locations and seeking out unique and beautiful talent – all the while, making sure the every day we come to work is one where we’re having fun and doing it for the sake of making amazing images.
That is to say, it’s pretty much business as usual.
The Crisman team has a big year ahead, and as always we’ll be sharing it as we go. There’s always this blog, Chris’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram accounts to stay up to date on the action. We’ll do our best to keep posting as this train keeps rolling – make sure you enjoy the ride.
Whew. That’s about all we can say for the last six weeks. Starting in October, lasting through the entire month of November and just now after a quick bite of turkey and some stuffing, we can take a breath and reflect on how crazy-busy we’ve been these past few weeks. Our almost non-stop schedule of shoots has taken us across the country, up to NYC, down to tropical Puerto Rico, and crisscrossing a ton of cities in between including Washington DC, Nashville, Los Angeles, and Detroit to name a few.
So what do we have to show for all of this travel? As always our hands are tied to show the final results, but we’ve really created some beautiful new photos and have great stories to share along with them. For now though, we’ll tell our story through pictures and share a taste of everything we’ve seen. Enjoy!
The past month and a half have sure been a wild ride and it’s not over quite yet. We’ll be jamming straight on through till 2015. As for now though, stay tuned and keep in touch below orÂ @crismanphotoÂ and /crismanphoto!