Jesse Eisenberg : NY Observer


Hi everyone! Short and sweet post for you today. Back in July we got another call from the NY Observer. We love getting their calls because you never know who they’re going to have for us to shoot. They’ve given us Kevin Spacey, Henrik Lundqvist, Kevin Kline, and a few others in the past. If you haven’t seen them, there are posts for each. Check them out!

This time it turned out to be Jesse Eisenberg and we were super stoked on this one. I LOVE movies. I’ve seen every movie ever. So yeah.. I celebrate his entire catalog… He’s been in a ton of stuff. He played Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network. Zombieland is probably my favorite of his but Adventureland was great too. He’s also playing Lex Luthor in the upcoming Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice (!). Can’t wait! Anyways, back to it. He was great to photograph. Super generous with his time and very easy to talk to. The shoot went smoothly and we’re all very happy with the pictures. Many thanks to Jesse, the Observer, and the Library Hotel in NY for letting us use their roof. Enjoy!



And of course, some BTS:


Chris is pretty relaxed on set sometimes.


And yours truly sitting in for another light test.

New Conceptual Portrait: The Gardener

chris crisman conceptual portrait gardener

Another week down and another brand new conceptual portrait. The past few weeks have afforded us some time to really develope and create a handful of new images and we’re excited to be sharing one of these today -a s always, head on over to to see the image in full screen glory!

Stay tuned for the story of how this shot came together – from it’s creation as a vision in Chris’s mind to fruition as a final composite, we’ll be taking a look at what it’s like to create a truly imagined and unique composition like this photo.

What would you like to know about this new image? Any questions? let us know your thoughts below or @crismanphoto and /crismanphoto!

2014 – A New Year

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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!

Are Photography Skills Being Replaced?

Interesting question, isn’t it? When we got a call from Advanced Photoshop UK  asking us to weigh in on the issue we knew that it would be a worthwhile topic for discussion.

After some discussion over a few beers and a bit of deep thought, here is Chris’s answer, in his own words:

“Photoshop is just one tool in my arsenal used to help illustrate my personal vision. But the greatest tool is my mind, followed by my camera. There are some images that just can’t be captured through the means of traditional photography. Photoshop being applied by a talented digital artist helps me complete my vision. If any one piece of mine is better classified as illustration that’s fine by me.”

We’re not crazy either – Advanced Photoshop polled its readers, and an overwhelming 95% of them agreed that photography skills cannot be substituted by Photoshop and retouching ability.

What do you think? Let us know @crismanphoto or drop a line in the comments!

Advanced Photopshop Compositing Secrets

We’re happy to report that we have been featured in Advanced Photoshop Magazine issue 98. You might remember back to last summer when they first featured Chris’s work and an interview about his process. We’re back again, this time contributing a handful of tools and tips for maximizing your compositing workflow. Although the magazine is based in the UK, you can order it online or try and pick up a copy at specialty retailers in the US.

No worries though, we’ve summarized the tips here, keep reading to find out how we break down our compositing workflow…