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POP-UP TINTYPE STUDIO

Needless to say, the world was very different in 1850 when the tintype process was born. To be a photographer you also had to be a chemist. The big cites had studios where you could get your portrait made, but the rest of the world relied on traveling photographers complete with horse, buggy and a mobile darkroom. They would erect pop-up studios in town squares and sell portraits to townspeople. As late as the 1930's, the last of these itinerant shutterbugs were setting up shop at fairs and carnivals. But then they were gone...

Their spirits return with the Tintype Tour Bus. Please join us at one of our many pop-up studio events.  Follow us as we travel town to town, state to state, doing what the photographic pioneers did: explore the world and the human face.

A UNIQUE COLLABORATION

As an artist I view portraiture as a collaborative process. It is a unique opportunity for two people come together to 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

THE POP-UP PROCESS

  • Your pop-up session will take 20-30 minutes.  

  • We will begin by arranging the pose and lighting that will work best for you and your style.  

  • Once decided I will prepare your plate in the darkroom. Not much to see yet, but you are free to witness if you desire. 

  • The sensitized plate will then be loaded into the camera and an exposure made.  It is crucial that you remain very still during this processes as any movement could throw the focus away from your eyes.

  • The plate is taken back to the darkroom and the latent image developed into a negative. 

  • The image is now light-safe and can be brought into the daylight to be "fixed", a magical process where the tintype changes from a negative to a positive right before your very eyes. Please feel free to take video of this to share on social media.

  • The plate must be washed in water for 30 minutes, dried, scanned and then varnished. This is the most time consuming stage of the process and will likely be completed later in the day, depending on how busy the pop-up is. Your tintype will be ready for pickup in 24 hours, or can be shipped to you for an additional $5-$10.  

WHAT TO WEAR

Tintypes are, by their nature, very evocative and dramatic, so play the part. Dress up. Brings props. Wear a hat. Textured and patterned clothes look fantastic, so do costumes. Tintypes "see" primarily in the blue and UV spectrum, so light blues and solid white should generally be avoided, as should all black.  If in doubt, bring it and we will discuss. Eyeglasses that block UV light will appear dark in tintypes, so I recommend that you remove them during to your sitting.

REPRINTS AND ENLARGEMENTS​

  • Each tintype is absolutely unique and one-of-a-kind, but I do make digital scans of each plate.

  • You will also be able to download a digital version of your tintype for social media at no extra charge.

  • Paper enlargements, canvases and even metal prints can be ordered from this website at a later date and shipped to your home. 

UPCOMING POP-UP EVENTS

- REGISTER FOR NEXT EVENT -

AC DALEY'S - 123 BUENO STREET - SAN MARCOS, TX 78666

FEBRUARY 21-23 - FRIDAY - SUNDAY  :: NOON - 8PM

MGNMPI'S - 456 NOBUENO STREET - FREDRICKSBURG, TX 74325

FEBRUARY 29-30 :: SATURDAY - SUNDAY  :: NOON - 8PM

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