Washingtonian: Relax, Recharge, Renew

chris crisman editorial washingtonian magazine spa cover

Whenever the editors at Washingtonian call for a cover shoot, we know we’re in for something different. Whether it’s shooting DC’s top restaurant, or braving a raging river to get the shot, it’s always an experience worth having and absolutely a photo worth making. For their latest issue, we thought we had it easy – relaxing and shooting a few photos at a world class spa. Little did we know the unique situation we were about to get ourselves into. Keep reading for more…

chris crisman editorial washingtonian magazine spa cover

When it comes to shooting in a world class spa like our location the Salamander Resort, you’ll very quickly find out that world class spas are in fact very busy places. Despite the tranquil appearance, the spa was booked solid throughout the day, leaving us with only one option: shooting overnight.

chris crisman editorial washingtonian magazine spa cover

We’ve had early call times before, but nothing quite like a 1:00am. Extra coffee definitely necessary on set for this shoot. Despite throwing off our internal clocks a bit, the results were well worth it – we had undisturbed access to an amazing location, along with beautiful talent and great art direction and collaboration with the Washingtonian photo department.

chris crisman editorial washingtonian magazine spa cover

As always, we owe a big thanks to everyone who helped bring this cover together – the accommodating folks at Salamander Resort & Spa, our lovely talent, and the creatives at Washingtonian magazine for keeping us awake all night long in the name of making great photos.

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