From The Archive: Lehigh Valley Hospital

chris crisman medical hospital photography

Just over a year ago, Chris and the rest of the Crisman team embarked on a two-day whirlwind shoot at one of the newest and most advanced hospitals on the east coast. With a shot list topping out around 100 images, we knew that we were in for a very busy few days. What exactly does it take to pull off this seemingly impossible project? Keep reading for more photos and a behind the scenes look at how it all came together…

chris crisman medical hospital photography

With over 100 shots in two days, in one of the largest hospitals on the east coast, we knew it would be all hands on deck to pull off this project. How did we handle it? How we always do -  we setup octabanks, a lot of octabanks. In all honesty though, we did our best to prep for every possible scenario, both in terms of lighting and logistics.

chris crisman medical hospital photography

Since this shoot took place in a real, fully functioning hospital, Chris and our crew had to work fast and light. We had very little time (if any) to pre-light our shots and more-often than not, the other assistants on our team and I took the place of light stands.

chris crisman medical hospital photography

chris crisman medical hospital photography

All craziness aside, we worked with a very talented cast of models over the two-day shoot. Switching roles between doctor, patient, and everyone in between was no problem for our subjects (if you look close enough you might just see some doctors becoming patients in the shots below).

chris crisman medical hospital photography

chris crisman medical hospital photography

We relied on expert pre-production and planning to make it all happen. Chris and I both took time to scout the entire hospital weeks before the shoot and pre-visualize as many of the shots as we could.

chris crisman medical hospital photography

chris crisman medical hospital photography

When it really comes down to it, after all of the planning in the world, sometimes you just need to be a human light-stand in order to get the shot you need.

chris crisman medical hospital photography

We covered every angle possible over the course of the two day project… even the “photographer laying on top of an ambulance” angle.

chris crisman medical hospital photography

Which results in the photo above – definitely a unique perspective.

chris crisman medical hospital photography

We even managed to call in the Medivac helicopter to make a special landing for the shoot. If you’ve ever tried to secure an octabank in the wind, imagine what that’s like when there’s a helicopter landing and taking off.

Want to see more? We have an entire medical library of images from our shoot up on the new crismanphoto.com. Make sure to check it out and let us know what you think @crismanphoto or in the comments!

6 replies to “From The Archive: Lehigh Valley Hospital”

  1. FANTASTIC work…quite a collection for a two-day shoot! As always the lighting, compositions and post-work is impeccable.

  2. Healthcare photography is a speciality all on it’s on, and presents many interesting situations and problems to solve when it comes to photography! Fantastic work!

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