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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…

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chris crisman three years studio manager robert luessen

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.

chris crisman three years studio manager robert luessen

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.

chris crisman three years studio manager robert luessen

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.

chris crisman three years studio manager robert luessen

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.

chris crisman three years studio manager robert luessen

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.

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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…

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chris crisman photogaraphy weekly wrap

In all seriousness, does anyone out there know where the month of June went? It feels like I blinked on May 31st and now I’m staring July right in the face. Strange. June has also been a crazy month due to the lack of weekly wrap-ups. All apologies there, but we’ve just been so busy that it can be hard to find the time. Fortunately we have a moment to take a breath and reflect on what we’ve been up to for the past few days. Despite the tropical weather, it’s been a good week back at home base in Philadelphia – keep reading to see what we’ve been up to…

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We’re back at it down in Texas, wrapping up our final week of shooting for the massive San Antonio project we’ve been working on since April. This week has seriously flown by, taking us everywhere from vineyards to rodeos, museums to Hindu temples, and back to the studio to shoot some very fiery action.

With dozens of days of shooting and hundreds of images captured already, wrapping up this week feels a bit like putting in the last few pieces to a jigsaw puzzle – wish I could say more but the final results will speak for themselves. For now though, keep reading to see more from our week…

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chris crisman advertising editorial photography weekly wrap

I can’t believe it’s been two weeks since my last wrap-up. I swear it feels like three days, maximum. Even if I don’t believe it, the past fourteen days have kept us busy shooting editorial and advertising work all over the Philadelphia and NYC area. When we weren’t off shooting, we we back at home base in the studio, getting organized and gearing up for the next set of adventures on the horizon. Want a closer look?  Keep reading for what we’ve been up to for the past two weeks…

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We’re back on the east coast this week, but no break in the action. The past few days started out with a big set build, followed by a shoot in our studio in Philadelphia. After wrapping one shoot we hopped in the truck and hit the road to head up to New Hampshire for a second editorial project. It’s finally Friday and that means we’re ready to kick back and take a few days well deserved rest. Take a look at all of the action and keep reading to see what we’ve been up to this week…

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