Chris Crisman Photography

San Antonio Animal Kingdom Portraits

chris crisman animal portraits

Earlier this year, we spent quite some time in San Antonio, Texas shooting an unforgettable tourism campaign for the city. Thanks to that project, we were given the amazing opportunity to experience and photograph all aspects of the city and it’s inhabitants – even the animals at the San Antonio Zoo & Sea World. While shooting for the advertising campaign, we also snapped a few portraits of our animal subjects that we’re excited to share today. Of course, what would an experience like this be without behind the scenes? Keep reading to see more portraits as well as how these photos came together…

chris crisman animal portraits

In addition to the penguin photographed at Sea World, we made several visits to the San Antonio Zoo where we were incredibly fortunate to encounter and photography a few of their animals.

chris crisman animal portraits

Including Kutu the rhino in all of his three ton glory.

chris crisman animal portraits

chris crisman animal portraits

Aside from shooting our penguin subjects in a confined space, we also had to deal with the unruliness of our models. They may look majestic in Chris’s photos, but those birds didn’t love being in front of the camera. chris crisman animal portraits

Our elephant on the other hand was a quite a ham, posing and showing off for Chris’s camera. It was amazing to watch such a large and well trained animal strike a variety of poses for us.

chris crisman animal portraits

Last but not least, there was the Rhino. Definitely the most wild of our subjects, our whole crew was extra cautious while working with this 3 ton creature. We were quite surprised to find out that he was just as afraid of us as we were of him – in particular, the octabank that our assistant Jared is hand-holding in the shot above.

Rest assured, no animals or photo equipment were harmed in the making of these portraits. Questions? Comments? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below or @crismanphoto and /crismanphoto!