As the year goes on, the pace just seems to keep picking up, moving faster and faster – whether we’re barreling down a desert highway in a truck headed to a remote region in southern Utah, or taking off into the clouds on a flight to our next shoot. All puns aside, October has certainly flown by, taking us from Philadelphia to Atlanta, California, NYC, Las Vegas, Arizona, Utah and many places in between. It’s only right that we recap the past 31 days and share some photos and stories from the adventures that have kept us busy the past month. Keep reading for more…Read More
Hold on, wait a second. It’s October? What… happened to the month of September? How did we go an entire month without a single weekly wrap-up? Well it’s a bit of a long story – one that involves a lot of shooting, a lot of travel, and even a tiny little vacation to catch our breath – all jam packed into the last 30 days. The past month has been bi-coastal for us, shooting in Philadelphia, Los Angeles, NYC, and even Washington DC. It’s been a busy 30 days and the pace doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. Let’s keep our fingers crossed that I can send out a wrap up before it’s time for Christmas. For now though, keep reading to see what we’ve been up to this month…Read More
Mid-August already? Time is flying by this summer – so quick in fact that I’ve been serving up double weekly wrap-ups instead of the usual. You’ll have to excuse the bi-weekly gap, we’re just somehow busy on Fridays this summer (even if that busyness sometimes involves a cold beer on the beach). Speaking of the beach, we’ve been all over these past few weeks, from down at the Jersey Shore, to NYC, Washington DC, and back home in Philadelphia. What have we been up to? Doing what we do best – making photos and grabbing behind the scenes to share. Keep reading to check it all out…Read More
Two weeks already? The past fourteen days have, as usual, breezed on by, leaving us with an extra large wrap-up to share. What have we been up to for the last half of a month? We’ve split our time between home base in Philadelphia, light testing in the studio, a handful of local shoots on the east coast, and a very quick trip to Illinois for a day of plate and landscape shooting. Keep reading for more stories and behind the scenes shots…Read More
Another two weeks down and we’re getting close to the end of July – it honestly feels like last week that we were trudging through the snow with our gear to make photos in February. We’ve kept it local to the Philadelphia area lately, baking in the heatwave that has scorched the east coast, doing our best to stay cool and make pictures at the same time. Over the last fourteen days we’ve traveled and shot a few assignments as well as took some time back at home base to get ready for the next adventure. Keep reading to see what else we’ve been up to…Read More
Taking a moment in our hectic schedule to stop, breathe, and reflect – I have to ask myself the question, what have I been doing for the past three years? The pace of what we do and the pace of my life doesn’t exactly allow much time for reflection, but as I’m sitting here on a tiny airplane next to Chris, in flight to Milwaukee, Wisconsin I’m forcing myself to stop, tune out and think about what this job entails.
I should mention that on a personal note, this three year “workiversary” coincides with an equally significant occasion; I’ll be turning 25 years old next week (no gifts necessary). With a rapidly upcoming quarter century under my feet, I can’t help but look backwards at the path my life has taken and simultaneously peer into the vast, wonderful uncertainty of the future. Of course, I could really be over thinking all of this and should just shut up and enjoy a piece of birthday cake and a tall glass of scotch next week to celebrate my birth. Either way, I’ve spent a lot of the last three years working – and I don’t often stop to think about it all.
I find myself constantly remarking to acquaintances, friends, and family that I enjoy this job because “every day is different from the next.” Sparing the trite overtones of my phrasing, I can’t help but think that statement is true; proven truer and truer every day that I come in for work. The variety of photo-shoots and studio days aside, I’m finding that these days my plate stays full and my to-do list grows at a pace that outstrips the paper I’m writing it down on.This is a good thing. Specific to the last 365 days on the Crisman team, I’ve found myself digging deeper and growing skill sets that the greenhorn studio manager of a few years ago had no idea he’d be working on.
The days, weeks, and months of the past year have truly flown by – whether it’s working on production in the studio while Chris is halfway across the country making photos, managing our ever-expanding archive of pictures, standing in for a light test for Sir Richard Branson, working feverishly on invoices and paperwork from an airport lounge, or carrying around generators and octabanks in a freak Arizona snowfall. Whatever the task, I don’t say no. If it needs to happen, we make it happen.
Particularly in the last year, the notion of “we” has been evolving as well. The Crisman team keeps growing, adding talented assistants, photographers, stylists, producers, and friends to our rooster. Certainly we have a few core members that help us hold down the fort in Philadelphia, but we’re always trying to meet new faces and work with old friends and new in every city that we visit. In my opinion, quality begets quality and I can sleep a bit easier at night knowing the people we’re working with realize the value of hard work and are committed to making it happen.
All of the dovetailed thoughts and ramblings aside, I keep coming back to my initial question: what have I been doing for the last three years?
I’ve been working my ass off – and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I’ve been lucky enough to have three years of learning, three years of laughs, three years of new experiences and three years of enjoying coming in to work each day. Thank you to everyone along the way.Read More
If you ask me, there isn’t a better way to celebrate our nation’s independence than traveling around our united states, meeting the amazing people who populate this country and taking their portraits as we go. We were lucky enough this week to visit a few states, meet a few new faces and make some amazing photos. As always, we made sure to snap a few behind the scenes that show what we’ve been up to these past few days…Read More