Fall Camping Photoshoot

chris crisman lifestyle photography fall lifestyle

What’s better than a camping trip in the woods on a warm and sunny fall day? How about adding nine models, two photographers, a team of stylist, and a crew of assistants? Oh and let’s throw in a 6:00am call time before the sunrises to really make it fun. You might remember back to 2011 when we took off to Florida for our very first self produced, three day lifestyle photoshoot. It’s been almost two years since, and we made so many great photos down in the sunshine state that Chris had the idea to do it again, except out in the woods this time.

chris crisman lifestyle photography fall lifestyle

We showed a sneak-peek of some of the photos earlier this year, but here’s the real deal – keep reading for a ton more photos and behind the scenes from our Fall Lifestyle shoot…

chris crisman lifestyle photography fall lifestyle

chris crisman lifestyle photography fall lifestyle

We were up long before the sun that morning to catch the sunrise and make the most of the fall daylight. With almost a dozen models on set that day, we kept Chris shooting nonstop all day long, practically from sunrise to long past sunset.

chris crisman lifestyle photography fall lifestyle

chris crisman lifestyle photography fall lifestyle

With a shoot this big, we also enlisted the help of fellow shooter and Crisman team member, Jared Castaldi to shoot a second camera to cover every other possible angle. Either that or we would have had to clone Chris for the shoot… not a bad idea now that I think about it.

chris crisman lifestyle photography fall lifestyle

chris crisman lifestyle photography fall lifestyle

chris crisman lifestyle photography fall lifestyle

We worked light and fast all day long, shooting the models in pairs and groups, swapping out different talent for each of the dozen or so locations we had scouted in advance for the shoot. With a schedule as ambitions as the one we were working on, we had to have all of our locations pre-scouted and shots setup long before Chris and the models arrived.

chris crisman lifestyle photography fall lifestyle

chris crisman lifestyle photography fall lifestyle

Speaking of pre-preoduction, yours truly was there for all of the action – working as a producer/assistant/schedule-keeper. Someone had to be there to wrangle all of our models, stylists, assistants, and octabanks – not to mention keep everyone on schedule for the incredibly jam packed day we had planned out.

chris crisman lifestyle photography fall lifestyle

chris crisman lifestyle photography fall lifestyle

chris crisman lifestyle photography fall lifestyle

chris crisman lifestyle photography fall lifestyle

What’s camping without a few drinking games? We couldn’t resist shooting some flip-cup action during the day. I’m going to make a bet that this is the first lifestyle photo of this category that’s out there on the internet. If you can find a better flip-cup photo out there on the internet, feel free to send it our way.

chris crisman lifestyle photography fall lifestyle

chris crisman lifestyle photography fall lifestyle

chris crisman lifestyle photography fall lifestyle

We also happened to have a retro 1970s Dodge on hand for the shoot. Word to the wise – any production that you can work a classic car into is always better as a result. If nothing else, you get to drive a sweet car around for part of the day.

chris crisman lifestyle photography fall lifestyle

chris crisman lifestyle photography fall lifestyle

chris crisman lifestyle photography fall lifestyle

As the afternoon turned to evening, we gathered everyone around the campfire for our last shoot of the day. Cast and crew had been on the move since long before 6:00am, but that didn’t mean we couldn’t all enjoy a nice campfire at the end of the day.

chris crisman lifestyle photography fall lifestyle

We ended our day the only way we saw fit – models and crew sharing some sparklers (and a few of those cold beers from earlier) by the campfire. A big thank you is owed to all of our talent that day, as well as our crew (specifically to Cara Anderson for all of the behind the scenes photos) and the very accommodating folks the YMCA camp who hosted our shoot, this project wouldn’t have been possible with you. What do you think – let us know in the comments!

6 replies to “Fall Camping Photoshoot”

  1. Just wondering how you’re able to organize and select the models since this seems to be a personal project out of state. I have some personal projects in mind but lost on the model talent part since I’m normally not dealing with people in my photos.

  2. Hey Paul – Same process as if we were shooting a project in studio. We put out casting specs to a handful of agencies and made our picks from there. The real interesting part is when one of the models just didn’t show up on the day of the shoot and we had to find a replacement!

  3. I had a question about the post processing – all your photos have such a disctinctive, consistent look. They’re very well lit and composed but the “look” or style you achieve is great – they really look great as a consistent porfolio. My question is – how much of consistent style is due to the way you shoot, light, etc and how much is due to the way you process the images? I’m trying to put together a small book to show but am having diffiicluty getting this level of consistency. Any previous posts you did on this subject or anything in terms of how to stay consistent would be great. Keep up the great work!

  4. Hey Steve, thanks for the question! We create that consistency by collaborating with our retoucher very closely as they process and edit the photos. Ultimately, Chris’s vision is consistent from planning to shooting to retouching, and the result you see is that consistency.

    Also, this post where we chat with our in-house digital artist might be of some value to you:

    http://www.crismanphoto.com/blog/?p=4183

    hope this helps!

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