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chris crisman advertising photo website updateIt’s a big day today – we’ve updated Crismanphoto.com with a ton of new work from the past few months. We’ve been shooting all summer long from coast to coast and finally can share a handful of these new shots – including the image above, shot in the badlands of North Dakota. We’ve been from Philadelphia to Seattle, Idaho to Minneapolis, Nevada to NYC and what feels like everywhere in-between and we have the photos to prove it.

chris crisman advertising photo website updateYou may notice a few familiar faces and definitely a few new faces under the “New Work” section – we have a ton of stories to share that go along with all of this new work, so keep your eyes peeled for blog posts in the near future.

chris crisman advertising photo website updateWe’ve also taken time to overhaul our “Portfolio” gallery to reflect the latest updated to our printed book. Chances are you may not have a chance to see our printed book in person anytime soon, but the portfolio gallery now reflects those images that have made it to print.

As always, you can dive into all this new work at none other than www.crismanphoto.com – enjoy!

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

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chris crisman wired uk MIT City Farm Caleb Harper urban farming

It’s hard not to get excited when the editors at Wired UK reach out for us to shoot a story. Whether we’re subjecting photo assistants to spins in a centrifuge, photographing Sir Richard Branson, or working with cutting-edge brain scientists, we always walk away from every assignment with awesome images as well as a much deeper understanding of what we were assigned to shoot.

Our latest shoot for Wired brought us back the the veritable Boston brain-trust know worldwide as the MIT Media Lab. Specifically, we were headed up to Boston to meet and photograph Caleb Harper, the founder lead researcher of the MIT CityFarm. We spent a few days with Caleb and his team, making crazy images, keep reading for more…

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chris crisman 50 states project alaska

Next up in our Fifty States Project is the very far north and very beautiful state of Alaska. We’re going back to the summer of 2011 when Chris made an expedition up above the lower 48 for a week of truly inspiring Landscape photography (and well maybe just a tiny bit of salmon fishing too).

chris crisman 50 states project alaska

chris crisman 50 states project alaska

Having only one (very) close call with a grizzly bear… Chris returned with hundreds of stunning images of natural beauty and serene moments from the largest state in the union.

chris crisman 50 states project alaska

chris crisman 50 states project alaska

Make sure to check out these as well as the rest of our landscape work over at crismanphoto.com!

Stay tuned for the next 48 states… Questions? Comments? Let us know your thoughts below or @crismanphoto and /crismanphoto!

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chris crisman labor day enviromental portrait

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!

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chris crisman editorial fishing portrait 50 states project

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!

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chris crisman sports photography nascar

We’re taking another look back into the Archive today to share some photos and behind the scenes from one of the most unique days the Crisman team has ever had on set. And when I say “on set,” what I’m really referring to is on the track and in the pit at a real deal NASCAR raceway. It’s been a while since we’ve taken a look at this shoot - keep reading to see more…

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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.

chris crisman studio manager meditation slowing down

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.

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