2014 – A New Year

chris crisman 2014

2014, It’s here.

In what felt like the blink of an eye 2013 has passed and we’re looking ahead at a brand new year. Although they flew by at an unprecedented pace, the past twelve months have been very good to us and afforded us countless opportunities to explore new places, meet new people, collaborate with countless talented individuals, and share our work and insights into this wild world we’re a part of. We’ve crossed off a few states on the list, traveled to unique and stunningly beautiful places, and of course captured and shared our thoughts and experiences along the way.

To be honest, at this point – after three years of writing on the blog, we don’t really know any other way to do it. Not every assignment we take or every photo we make ends up on the internet, but I can assure you that we’re always considering and finding new ways to showcase and share the incredible variety of experiences we welcome on a day to day basis.

There’s photography, cameras and gear, retouching, studio, location, travel, tech, business, creativity, and whatever the hell else we feel like sharing. But the big questions looking ahead at 2014 are: What else? What are we missing? What can we do better? Where can we grow? What else can we share? Who else can we collaborate with?

The answers are simple; just let us know.

2013 in Review – Best of the Blog

chris crisman photography portfolio new printed portfolio
We write a lot of blog posts. Whether it’s two or three a week, there’s 52 weeks in a year and it’s very easy to do the math and realize that I spend a lot of time with WordPress open, hashing out the next story or recalling tales from our latest adventure. I blog at the studio, I blog in the car, sometimes maybe I’m even blogging on set… and lately I’ve been finding that I get my best blogging done up in the air – the lack of distractions certainly helps me focus and hone my attention on crafting a story that’s actually worth reading. Hopefully it works.

Continuing our series of wrapping-up 2013, we felt it would only be fitting to comb through the archives and pick our favorite blog posts of the past year. If you’ve missed them before now is your chance to get reacquainted and most importantly enjoy our best of the blog.

chris crisman photography portfolio new printed portfolio

We shared a look into our brand new completely redesigned portfolio for 2013.

chris crisman photography how we travel tips and tricks
We took an analtyical look at how we travel and how to make it as efficient and awesome as possible.

chris crisman photography studio manager meditation
We shared the first of many Studio Manager Meditations on the subject of coiling cables.

chris crisman advertising director aarp commercial
We shared a look into Chris’s debut as a director with 4 commercial spots for AARP.

chris crisman three years studio manager robert luessen
I reflected on what it means to be a studio manager for three years.

chris crisman behind the scenes west adventure
We live-blogged a week of shooting and traveling out west this summer.

chris crisman tech post storage backup archiving
We got our geek on and explained the in and outs of our archival and storage system at the studio.

chris crisman nature conservancy arizona forest fire
We shared the story of Chasing Fire while going behind the scenes shooting for The Nature Conservancy.

chris crisman suitcase girl portrait
We shared the making of Suitcase Girl, a photo of ours that has been five years in the making.

crisman san antonio tourism
We went in-depth and explored what it took to create this unforgettable ad campaign for the city of San Antonio

So there you have it – our top 10, in no particular order, from the great year that 2013 has been. Looking forward we have a few drafts of blog posts on the table and a ton of new projects and images to share in the coming year, but we’re always open to suggestions. Just drop us a line and let us know.

Have a suggestion? Did we miss one of your favorites? Let us know your thoughts below or @crismanphoto and/crismanphoto!

2013 in Review – Our Best Work

chris crisman 2013 best photos

As this year comes to a close, we wanted to find a fitting way to finish up the excellent twelve months that 2013 has provided for us. We were thinking of ways to adequately pay homage to the photos we created and after taking a step back and looking at all of the images, we felt the need to put ink on paper and commit to the photos we’ve created this year.

chris crisman 2013 best photos
Continuing the tradition of printing and binding our work, we created this collection of our top photos from 2013. Printed and bound by hand in our studio, the books themselves may only be a very small run, but we still wanted to share the images inside – what we consider to be our best work. Enjoy!

chris crisman 2013 best photos

chris crisman 2013 best photos

chris crisman 2013 best photos

chris crisman 2013 best photos

chris crisman 2013 best photos

chris crisman 2013 best photos

chris crisman 2013 best photos

chris crisman 2013 best photos

chris crisman 2013 best photos

chris crisman 2013 best photos

chris crisman 2013 best photos

Looking back on these images, I can’t help but remember not only how, why, and where we made the photos, but the subjects themselves – all of the incredible people we’ve met and had the honor of shooting over the past twelve months. Thank you to everyone who’s helped us make 2013 special. It’s been a great year.

Did we miss anything? Any of your favorites not included? Let us know your thoughts below or @crismanphoto and/crismanphoto!

Oprah Magazine: Transitions

Earlier this summer, we worked with O, the Oprah Magazine to shoot the opening spread and feature for their September issue on Transitions. For the opener, we worked with our editors at the magazine and an extremely talented crew of set designers, fabricators and stylists to bring to life the concept of transition and change. Keep reading to see how this image came together and watch a behind the scenes time-lapse of the entire shoot…


Weekly Wrap-up, April 2nd-6th

It was a bi-coastal week for the Crisman photography team these past few days. Chris spent the week out in San Fransisco & beyond, keeping busy with a few rounds of meetings and of course some shooting. For the rest of us, the week was spent back on the east coast enjoying the first week of April. I got a chance to work with some new gear and shoot some photos myself. Keep reading for what else we’ve been up to this week…


Crismanphoto.com Portfolio Update

Its about time! We’ve added a few new photos to the main portfolio on Crismanphoto.com – take a look and enjoy the new shots in high resolution. If you’re curious for more info, we’ll be blogging about this photo quite a bit more in the coming weeks, and you might recognize Chris’s portrait of Tumblr Founder, David Karp from a previous blog entry as well. Enjoy!