What is a tintype?

Tintype photography, also known as wet plate collodion, is the most archival form of photography known to mankind. The process is called wet plate due to the fact that the photographer has around 15 minutes to expose and process the plate before the plate dries out.

A tintype is a positive image on a thin black metal plate. From beginning to end, every chemical step is hand poured and created from the same formulas that were used since the process was invented in the 1850s. This gives each and every plate a unique chemical signature making each image one-of-a-kind.

In a world where things aren’t built to last, tintypes have stood the test of time. Take a quick trip through any antique store and you will more than likely see a tintype for sale that is at least 100 years old. These images are still around today and you can pass tintypes down through the generations.

In today’s world of digital photography where images primarily stay on a computer or phone, a tintype is truly unique. This is not a quick, cell-phone photo. The process is slower than most people are accustomed to, but you still get a kind-of instant gratification….it just takes about 15 minutes.

Contact me if you would like to schedule your own tintype portrait session. Your great-great-great-great grand kids will thank you.