AT-HOME PORTRAIT SESSIONS
Heirlooms forged in silver by sunlight...
The first photographers were traveling chemists. They roamed town to town, door to door, using a team of horses to pull a mobile darkroom wagon - a "photographic van". They did more than simply make portraits, they were creating heirlooms forged in silver by sunlight that would be passed down through generations - historical artifacts so durable they survive perfectly to this day.
Long after paper photographs have yellowed or torn, and digital photographs have evaporated into the cloud, your tintype portrait will remain unfaded and resolute. Today the horse-drawn wagons may be gone, but the chemistry remains the same. By using resurrected techniques originally mastered and forgotten more than 100 years ago, we create the same enduring civil-war era photographs.
In the spirit of that bygone era, the Tintype Tour Bus comes to you.
A UNIQUE COLLABORATION
As an artist I view portraiture as a collaborative process. It is a unique opportunity for two people to come together and make one remarkable creation. It is not me taking a portrait of you, but rather making a portrait with you. I want to hear your thoughts, ideas and expectations... if you have them... if not, that is OK too. I am happy to guide you through the process and still create with you a piece of art that says you as much as it does me.
WHAT TO EXPECT
At-home portrait sessions take a minimum of 3 hours to complete, depending on the services requested. You will not need to be present and active during the entire session, as much of it is setup, processing and takedown on my part.
Cloudy skies are preferred as they let us shoot at any time during the day. Otherwise, the best times of the day to shoot are early morning and late afternoon. We try to avoid direct sun when we can.
Indoor shots are possible in well-lit homes, but exposure time will be greatly increased. This means that all subjects will have to remain perfectly still more many seconds at a time, else blurry images will result.
WHAT TO WEAR
Wear something intriguing. Tintypes are only sensitive to blue and UV light, so it is best to avoid white and light blue clothing as they tend to blow out. Anything in a shade of red will start to appear black, including your lipstick. Wearing all black should also be avoided, unless a floating head is what you desire.
The more subjects present, the higher the likelihood that some of you will be blurry or out of focus. The depth of field on large format cameras is very shallow, and all subjects will need to be in the same plane of focus (equidistance from the lens).
Family portraits is not all that we do. Corporate group shots, headshots, baby portraits, pet portraits, and even boudior tintypes are on the menu.