From The Archive: Travaasa Austin

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It was about this time two years ago, back in 2011 when we were packing our bags and getting ready to head off to the Lone Star state to create an image library for a brand new resort property in the Texas hill country.

Our shoot for Travaasa Austin was the beginning of a project that also took us to their resort in Hawaii and could possibly lead us on new adventures in the future. For now though, keep reading for a look back and behind the scenes…


From The Archive: Florida Lifestyle

It’s January, it’s winter, it’s cold.

Chris and the rest of our crew certainly get around this country and beyond, but this week we’re back at home base in Philadelphia and it’s chilly. The weather put me in a mindset to remember what we were up to right around now in 2011, when we headed down to Florida for our first lifestyle portfolio shoot. We packed up our gear, as well as some sunglasses and took off to the sunshine state to make some beautiful photos. We couldn’t have asked for a better week, but the pictures speak for themselves. Keep reading to see more…


2013 – A look Forward

And we’re back.

After a much needed bout of rest and relaxation for Chris, myself, and everyone else on team Crisman, we’re excited to be back in action looking ahead to 2013. I always find the first few weeks of the year to be an interesting time – it feels almost like the first moments before dawn, right before the sun rises. You’re a little groggy, bleary eyed, but excited and hopeful for what the day ahead will bring.

Even though we’re only in the early dawn of the year, there’s a ton to be excited about already. As I’m writing this Chris is already on the road headed out to a shoot, and later this week we’ll be making our way down south for another project. Beyond that we’ve got a handful of adventures planned this year, and who knows what else will crop up along the way.

As for this blog in 2013 – we’ll keep sharing! We’ve spent the last two years telling our story and the new year can only bring bigger and better things for this blog. We’re curious though, what else do you want to know? What other information can we share? What do you really want to know? Drop us a line in the comments or @crismanphoto & @robertluessen.

Abalone Diving in California

So what do we do after a long week of shooting and traveling like crazy on the west coast? Relax? Kick back by some swanky hotel pool sipping drinks with umbrellas sticking out the top? Hell no. We get up at 4:30am, throw on wetsuits and dive into the potentially shark infested, icy cold Pacific ocean to hunt for gigantic sea snails, also known as abalone. Yes we might be crazy – keep reading to find out more.


Road-trip: Route 1, California

Sometimes it’s just better to drive than fly. Having shoots in both Los Angeles and San Francisco last week, Chris and I knew we’d have to make our way from one city to the other – either a really quick flight, or an incredibly beautiful (and ten hour long) drive up the picturesque coastline of California on a road know as Route 1. The trip could have gone faster, but of course we stopped and made photos along the way. Keep reading to see some photos from our adventure…


Looking Back: Travaasa Hana

This time last year we were packing our bags (and swimsuits) to fly out to Hawaii for an almost three week long project working with Travaasa Hana, a spa resort on the island of Maui in Hawaii. You might remember that we live-blogged the entire shoot, all seventeen days of the project. Not only was that the kick-off to our new blog, but it was also one of the most fun and interesting shoots we’ve had in a while.

That being said, when I came across some behind the scenes video footage a few weeks ago, I thought it would only be appropriate to cut together a quick clip from the shoot. Many thanks to our superstar assistant Jeff Elkins for filming these clips. Enjoy!

Hawaii Magazine Cover

“Maui Bliss” – that couldn’t be more true. We’re happy to report that Hawaii Magazine is featuring one of Chris’s photos on their February 2012 Cover. You might remember back in May of last year when we were shooting this very photo in Hawaii – after a day like that I know I won’t forget. Keep Reading for a few more shots from that adventure.