MOBILE TINTYPE PORTRAIT STUDIO

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The year is 1851 and the first photographers were traveling chemists. They roamed town to town...

...door to door, using teams of horses to pull mobile darkroom wagons - photographic vans. These itinerant shutterbugs did more than simply make portraits, they were creating heirlooms forged in silver by sunlight that would be passed down through the generations - historical artifacts so durable they survive perfectly to this day.  

Long after your paper photographs have yellowed or torn, and your selfies have evaporated into the cloud, your tintype will remain resolute and unfaded. The horse-drawn wagons are long gone, but the chemistry remains the same. By using resurrected photographic techniques mastered and forgotten more than 150 years ago, we generate the same enduring civil-war era photographs.  

In the spirit of that bygone era, the Obscura 1851 Photographic Van 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. 

 
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POP-UP STUDIO

  • Multi-Light Studio Portraits

  • Ambient Light Portraits

  • Artistic Multiple Exposures

  • Whole-Office Headshot Wall

  • WeddingsReunionsEvents

  • Advertising

  • Editorial Portraiture

  • Boudoir

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POP-UP SESSION INFO​

  • A pop-up portrait sitting generally takes 30 minutes per plate.

  • Dress up! Wear a nice hat and coat. Weave a crown of flowers. Bring props, a musical instrument, your beloved pet, or something else fantastic. Be dramatic. Tintypes appreciate a certain level of flair. 

 

  • Each plate is 100% unique; there can only ever be one.  I do make a digital scan of which paper, canvas and aluminum prints can be made.

 

  • Tintypes are an antique handmade art form using cameras that are more than a century old. As a result please expect, and appreciate, happy accidents.  

  • Individual portraits are ideal. Couples are a bit tougher, as both subjects need to sit absolutely perfectly still, but doable.  Large groups in the studio are not possible, but I can come to your home or any other place (like a park) for those. 

 
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AT-HOME SESSIONS

  • At-Home Family Portraiture

  • The Darkoom Comes to You

  • WeddingsReunionsEvents

  • Brides, Babies, Engagements

  • Multi-Light Studio Portraits

  • Environmental Locations

  • Landscapes

  • Advertising

  • Still Life

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