Studio session for one 4x5 tintype(1-2 people in the frame)- $90
Studio Session for one 5x7 tintype (1-2 people in the frame)- $100
Studio session for one 8x10 tintype(1-4 people in the frame)- $150
Studio session for 11x14 ambrotype or plexitype (1-3 people in the frame) - $300
Studio session for 16x20 plexitype or ambrotype (1-3 people in the frame)- $575
(Please email email@example.com for information regarding off-site sessions, house call sessions, events, or party tintype pop-up booth)
If you would like more than one tintype, any additional shots after the first one are $20 off. Since there are no negatives in this process, there is no way to make duplicates. There is a scanner at the studio for archiving, and I can email you your scans before you leave.
Sometimes because of chemistry, lighting, or if someone in the shot moves during the exposure, we may have to do more than one take, in which case we can do so at no extra charge. It can take about 15-20 minutes start to finish to make a tintype, and an additional 30-45 to wash, dry and varnish, so it's important to take the time and get it right the first time. The wetplate process is a lot slower than what we are used to in this digital world, but the results are well worth the time and care.
A session for 1-2 tintypes takes about an hour and a half. This includes the time it takes to wash and varnish your tins so that you can take them with you when you go.
Exposure time under my studio lights is 1-6 seconds long. It can be very bright and sometimes children have a hard time being absolutely still for that long. This process is not recommended for children not old enough to do that. If you would like to try, an additional $50 will be added to the session for anything over 3 re-takes needed to get the right shot of children.
I usually suggest to avoid white, and also avoid black clothing. Textures look really cool. You can dress up if you want to, but lots of people just wear something they that they feel comfortable in. Please feel free to bring clothing options, props, or ideas for how you would like the tintype framed. I enjoy taking portraits but I am not limited to that. If you have an idea for something different- please let me know.
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The Bayview studio is moving to its new permanent home at the end of April! With the recent purchase of an old South Milwaukee church built in 1924, the portrait studio is moving to this dreamy historic location! Church studio booking available now below!