A tintype starts with an alchemical processes that is best hand made by the photographer. Wet plate collodion tintypes and ambrotypes are particular in their creation and like cooking, it is best that the chef be very familiar with their ingredients. This is why we make all of our own chemicals and do as much as we can from scratch. Keeping the process in house helps us to keep control of the results so that each little wet plate collodion 'cookie' comes out just as sweet as the last!
Here is a video of our tintype photographer, Jen Jansen creating a tintype portrait of musician Marc Ford. The portrait was used for his full length record release Holy Ghost