Wired UK: Game Your Brain

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When the call came in from our editors at Wired UK, we knew we were in for a good shoot. Fly out to the west coast and photograph three of the most important scientists researching ways to challenge and expand your brain – how could we say no? Although this shoot literally flew by – traveling from home base in Philadelphia to San Fransisico, San Diego, back to San Fran, and all back to Philly in just over 72 hours – we met incredible subjects working on the cutting edge of technology and worked with them to make amazing photos.

Want to see the results and read our story of how it all came together? Keep on reading…


The Meaning of Life in 10 Questions… Richard Schultz

There are some truly creative people in this industry. Let’s face it, you’ve got to be constantly concepting, developing, and executing or you get left in the dust. I’m fortunate to work with some really dynamic and inspiring people, ranging from art directors, to producers, to creative directors, photo editors, art buyers, and print producers. Instead of questions about email blasts, printed promos, and portfolio reviews, I think that it’s time that I put some of them on the spot to show us their meaning of Life. “The meaning of Life” may be a little far flung to answer in only ten questions, but hopefully these interviews will serve to distill some of the inspired and intellectual energy of the creatives that we work with.

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There’s nothing bad I can say about Richard Schultz. I love his work and really appreciate the brief time we’ve been able to hang out. He’s so very committed to his craft and by that process has cultivated some incredibly connected, honest, and inspiring imagery. I’m proud to be in the same agency with Richard. Please take your time looking at his work, there’s truly something special there. Enough from me, I’ll let Richard tell the rest…


Double Weekly Wrap-up, May 13-24th

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I can’t believe it’s been two weeks since my last wrap-up. I swear it feels like three days, maximum. Even if I don’t believe it, the past fourteen days have kept us busy shooting editorial and advertising work all over the Philadelphia and NYC area. When we weren’t off shooting, we we back at home base in the studio, getting organized and gearing up for the next set of adventures on the horizon. Want a closer look?  Keep reading for what we’ve been up to for the past two weeks…


Assistant Interview: Tye Worthington

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More often than not, the smartest decision is also the most intimidating. Only when you get past that initial fear can you realize the true value in taking a leap of faith and really putting yourself out there. In so many words, this is the advice that we gave our rockstar assistant and good friend Tye Worthington last year when he was contemplating a relocating to New York City.

Tye joined up with our team all the way back in 2010 as an intern while attending the Art Institute of Philadelphia. As time went on, he became an assistant and a friend – someone who we can always count on to get the job done, whatever it may be. He’s a workaholic and a friend that I’m proud to have known for the past few years – enough from me though, I’ll let Tye tell the rest…


Weekly Wrap-up, March 25th-29th

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It’s Friday and we finally have a minute to catch our breath and look back at the past few days- as usual, it’s been a whirlwind. After a brief stop in Texas, Chris found himself starting off the week in Las Vegas. After only 48 hours (and a few very lucky hands of blackjack later) he moved onward, hopping on a plane to Portland for an editorial shoot, and then back to home base in Philadelphia for the tail end of the week. As for the rest of the Crisman crew, we kept it local these past few days, getting prepared for the next big adventure in the coming weeks. How did it all shake out? Keep reading for a few more shots from this week…


Staying in Focus

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“The driving force of my career is making work where I’m the art director, I’m the stylist, I’m the photographer – where it’s totally independent and I’m controlling as many aspects as possible. [Commercial photography] is a very cooperative effort to meet in the middle… but when I do my own work, there are no rules. I just make the pictures that I’m passionate about, the pictures that I stay up at night, trying to conceive.”


A few weeks ago we hopped on Skype for an hour or so and spoke with Washington DC based photographer, blogger, and podcast-er Patrick Onofre. Patrick has been producing the Staying in Focus Podcast since 2012 and we are honored to be featured in his most recent episode. Over the course of the show, Chris and Patrick chat about everything from the Philadelphia restaurant scene to his tastes in photography, to what really drives Chris to make photos. It’s not often that we have the time to sit down and talk about photography, make sure to give it a listen!

A big thanks to Patrick – make sure to check out the rest of the Staying in Focus podcast (which you can subscribe to on iTunes), as well as checking him out @OnofreShoots. Any questions, thoughts? Drop us a line in the comments and let us know.

Top 15 on-set Tunes

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A few months ago, fellow photographer @danwangphoto reached out with a seemingly simple question – “What are some of your all time on set music playlist go-to’s?” What a damn good question.

What I came to realize in trying to write this blog post is that it’s a daunting question as well. Music on set is a very tricky business; you have to set the mood, keep everyone energized, and keep that flow going for hours at a time.

This is very serious business, so naturally I consulted with the experts – our crew of superstar assistants and fellow shooters (the usual suspects: Jared Castaldi, Jeff Elkins, and Tye Worthington). We put our heads together and came up with a consensus of our all time favorite jams that we want to hear on set.