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Bringing back the family photo traditions-wet plates

I just returned from New York city- the past year has been challenging. I lost one of my father’s as most of you may know (June)- and it was unsettling to say the least having already lost my mother. I do photography because I believe it is my calling. I have always took pictures from a very young age- trying to slow down time- fascinated in documenting moments between my friends and family. The desire to have the type of family I thought was ideal is what pushed me further into the craft.

Lately I feel like the world is disconnected from the photograph.

I lost the enchantment I once felt for the process and art of photography. I am finding myself digging deeper and wanting to be physically implicated in making my portraits.

The experience I have with the families and children I photograph are beyond a portrait session- for myself and I know, many of the families I work with, the experience of the portrait session and what goes on in the sacred time and space is ‘special’. Many come to me unknowingly- just thinking they want a picture- but a picture for what?
Most are looking for a feeling. Many have lost loved ones and are moving forward in their lives. Many are stuck in the turmoil of raising young children and the strains that most often causes on relationships.

The portrait session is absolutely an emotional experience.

Happy, sad, funny, frustrating, surprising are all emotions that people feel when I have a microscope on their private lives. So you see- I want the portraits to translate this experience and give me a comparable feeling. Computerized images kills this experience for me. Thus my journey with film began last spring.
processing my own black and white film and slowly learning the art of making my own silver gelatin prints in the darkroom on fine art fiber papers. This to me is thrilling and honors the experience I have with my clients. It also provides them with one of a kind artwork. Hand made keepsakes for their family.

Now I have gone even further back in time in my craft by learning the process of collodion wet plate photography. This process originates from 1851- invented by Frederick Scott Archer. Through a meticulous 15 minute process your portrait is taken on carefully coated tin or glass and out comes a beautiful silver plate with your portrait. Each one is one of a kind and takes precision and care. Your final piece is then heated and varnished with lavender oil and tree sap to keep it from tarnishing over time. Below are some samples that I created in New York city- and I must say that I am eagerly waiting for all the chemistry and tools to arrive so I can take my first child or family portrait using this medium.

The excitement of the client when they see their image appear before their eyes is wonderful.

Let me know if you or your family would like to experience this fine art process in the fall. I will be offering 8×10 plates that will be custom framed and showcased to shine in your home. The possibility of enlargements on fine art fiber paper will be an option very soon as well with a special process called Albumen Prints. What a wonderful and unique gift to your family for the holidays. 438-496-8312 Again I am thrilled to be keeping this process alive.

Also last but not least- as the portrait season ramps up this week- I want to reach out and remind you that I rely on you to stay a float- so please share my information if you love what I do with family and friends who care about fine portraits for their home. I have reasonable pricing considering the value you get and the doting hospitality. I have a beautiful space and create beautiful timeless work that will take your breath away. Please share share share me so I can keep doing what I love that has sadly become a cheap commodity in north america.

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