FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions


Please read thoroughly before your session:

Do I need an appointment?  For a session in studio, yes, you will need to schedule an appointment. If there is an event, no, you will not need an appointment.

How long will a portrait session take?  It usually takes 15-30 minutes to shoot a single plate. Once your image is made, we must wait for your plate to dry & then varnish it to insure it is protected. --- If you are local, you may pick your plate up once it is ready. For those of you from out of town, your plate will be in the mail on its way to you shortly. You may also order a digital copy of your image that will be emailed to you.  

How many people can be photographed at once?  On account of size restrictions in the studio, we can easily shoot 3 people on the 5x7 plate. Due to a very shallow depth of field, the more people in the frame, the more difficult it becomes to achieve perfect focus. We are always willing to try a group shot out and see what we get.

What should I wear?  Anything you'd like! Feel free to dress up or dress as casually as you please. Patterns and textures look great, however, due to the historical camera used, we don't recommend that you wear text, as it will appear backwards on your photograph. 

What is included in a portrait session?  A session includes one tintype, unless additional plates are purchased. We develop the plate in front of you. If you would like to make changes, let the photographer know and we will re shoot at no cost.

Can I buy a gift certificate? Definitely, shoot us an email and we can set everything up for you!

Can I bring my child or pet to the studio? Yes! We ask that you just let us know prior to your appointment. All pets must be well trained and capable of holding a 'stay' command. Bring treats! ***Please also be aware that this process requires the subject to be completely still. In our experience, capturing portraits of young children and pets with this antique method is quite difficult. We always like a challenge but just keep this in mind when booking an appointment. 

Are marks on my image normal ? For the most part, yes. Tintypes/Ambrotypes are imperfect, thats what makes them so special. This style of photography is over 150 years old and a chemical process. Minor flaws due to chemistry and evidence of handling are normal. If any of these detract from the image, let us know before we finish the photograph, and we can re shoot at no cost. 

Can I use the photograph commercially? Sure. Like any photographer, usage fees apply when the work is used in a commercial or editorial fashion. The price will vary depending on how the image is used. You may contact us anytime for a quote.

Are you available for events? Yes! Shoot us an email and we can always chat more in depth.