What should I wear?
Textures and patterns can really make a wet plate image stand out. Contrasting patterns can really make you pop in an image.
Any text or symbols on your clothing will be backwards in a tintype image as everything is flipped horizontally.
Bring any prop or accessory that you want in the photograph with you. This is a time to be creative and have fun.
What does a session entail?
The session will be about 45 minutes to make a plate. That includes discussing what you want, posing, pouring the plate, making the photograph and developing the resulting image. All of which you can watch as it happens in the darkroom.
A session results in 1 tintype plate and a digital scan of that plate. It will be varnished to ensure it will last for the next few centuries.
There are no retakes unless there are clear issues with the plate as determined by me.
Can I duplicate a plate?
Every plate is original. I can take two similar images on two different plates but they won’t be exactly the same. You will receive a scan of your plate that you can use to have it printed.
Can I use my plate to promote my business or product?
The photographs made during tintype portrait sessions are for personal use only. But I would be happy to discuss a commercial-use licence for your tintype image. Or if you have a specific idea for your business/product, contact me to discuss setting up a commission.
Should I smile?
Yes! If you want to! It is typical to see subjects not smiling in historic photography. That is because of the time it took to make an exposure then (30 seconds+) and holding a smile that long can be difficult.
I use shorter (but still long compared to film & digital photography) exposure times and whether you smile is totally up to you.
What happens if I sneeze during a vital moment?
We will all probably have a hearty laugh. If it were to happen and it ruined your otherwise dashing/gorgeous pose we would shoot another plate.