Fresh off a reboot.

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It’s been awhile.

2014 was a whirlwind. My family and I moved just outside of Philadelphia, we left our studio in the city, and we added another Crisman to our clan. On top of all that, I had my best year ever as a photographer. We shot 8 out of the last 12 weeks of the year and the smoke didn’t clear until January. I’m grateful for the all the wonderful changes, and excited with all aspects of our growth.

The world of commercial photography is changing. Because of this, all of our roles and respective responsibilities are constantly in flux. Over here, we have some new faces and new voices. Over the next few months I’ll let them introduce themselves. My hope for this blog moving forward is to let whomever is speaking be more honest and a bit less concerned about being a media outlet. This profession can be challenging, but also so rewarding when you’re really in it. I hope that hearing some unfiltered perspectives here will be of benefit to anyone reading.

We’ll consider this our first step into the new frontier.

Carry on.

2015 – The New Year

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It’s a new year.

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.

2014 in Review – Our Best Work

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!

Looking back: The Past Six Weeks

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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!

chris crisman advertising photo travel busy

chris crisman advertising photo travel busy

chris crisman advertising photo travel busy

chris crisman advertising photo travel busy

chris crisman advertising photo travel busy

chris crisman advertising photo travel busy

chris crisman advertising photo travel busy

chris crisman advertising photo travel busy

chris crisman advertising photo travel busy

chris crisman advertising photo travel busy

chris crisman advertising photo travel busy

chris crisman advertising photo travel busy

chris crisman advertising photo travel busy

 

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 or @crismanphoto and /crismanphoto!

Happy Labor Day 2014

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Happy Labor Day! The Crisman team is taking the day off, but we wanted to pause and take a moment to recognize all of the hard working individuals we’ve the opportunity of photographing in the past few years. Our subjects and their work can certainly run the full gamut of what defines “labor” and we’re honored to have had the opportunity to meet and make pictures with them all.

chris crisman labor day enviromental portrait

chris crisman labor day enviromental portrait

chris crisman labor day enviromental portrait

chris crisman labor day enviromental portrait

A day’s work may take on many forms, and we’re always humbled by the new, different, and interesting individuals and occupations we encounter in our travels. Hopefully we’re all taking a well deserved break today. Cheers!

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

Fifty States Project: Alabama

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We’re kicking off our A-Z fifty states project with none other than the great state of Alabama.  Way back in 2009, Chris took a trip down to the town of Pelham, Alabama photograph champion bass fisher Kim Bain-Moore for Field & Stream magazine.

chris crisman editorial fishing portrait 50 states project

chris crisman editorial fishing portrait 50 states project

Chris and Kim spent the day out on the water making photos and attempting to catch some fish. The Crisman team has passed through Alabama a few times since, but this shoot still remains our best memories from that state!

Stay tuned for the next 49 states… Questions? Comments? Let us know your thoughts below or @crismanphoto and /crismanphoto!

Studio Manager Mediation: Slowing Down

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.

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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.