Wet Plate Portrait Sessions

Are you looking for a truly unique portrait? Do you want a photograph that is authentic, antique, and full of style? Old West Style Portraits? Forget Instagram filters and Photoshop, lets do the real thing!

I create modern wet plate collodion tintypes, and ambrotypes in studio, or on location in a variety of sizes ranging from 4x5 to 8x10. High resolution digital scans are included with your plates. Framing and prints are also available.

Tintypes are on blackened metal.
Ambrotypes are on black or clear glass.

Pricing depends on the number of people in the photograph, size and substrate, studio or on-location.

Sessions typically run 2-3 hours and each plate takes approximately 10-15 minutes. Sessions require a deposit and minimum plate purchase.

Contact me for complete pricing.

This is a video from my Neighbours Project, a photo/video art essay to share the stories of the homeless in Denver. You can also see the behind the scenes process of producing a photograph.

wet plate portrait of a man with a beard

New Hybrid Technique Sessions

I have most recently developed a new hybrid technique combining my 1870's lenses and camera but with digital capture.

This approach enables me to do events such as a wedding photo booth. I can capture images within 2 minutes vs 20 minutes and I am able to produce metallic prints on-site within minutes. The image captured is the same since I am using the same historical lenses.

The final metallic print looks amazing and has it's own unique character and is very convincing to the real thing.

This process afforts me several benefits

  • I can produce approx 30 images an hour vs 4
  • Not subjected to weather or location limits
  • Final portraits ready in minutes vs the next day
  • Lower session rates
  • I can guarantee results

The results really speak for themselves

wet plate portrait of a man with long hair and beard
wet plate portrait of a couple with woman in hat
wet plate portrait older couple in detailed embroidered clothing