November 26, 2014

Making photographic heirlooms for the holiday.

What are you gifting your family this holiday season?  We all have that box of old photographs tucked away in the house.  Surprise your family this year by creating tintype and ambrotype photographs that will become heirlooms your family will cherish.  We are happy to create custom pieces, and do offer expert restoration of old photographs if that is needed.  contact Jen at to get started or click to upload for tintypes or ambrotypes!  #bestgiftever

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May 27, 2014

Tintype Tuesday with a Handsome Young Man

This amazing face was captured in an 8x10 wooden camera using the 150 year old wet collodion technique to make a tintype. 

Do you have a Visit to Chicago planned?  Make time to sit for a tintype! Contact us to make an appointment to visit our studio in Bucktown Chicago.

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May 20, 2014

Tintype Tuesday with Something Precious and Fragile

What a wee tiny love bug!  This piece was a special order for Mother's Day.  This pendant features a red rose tintype on the front and a tintype of very happy newborn on the back.  The original was uploaded from an iPhone!  We love creating one of a kind pieces to treasure, and are always happy to customize any order to your unique specifications!

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the original, we did close the left eye to match the right everything else is unedited

May 19, 2014

Favorite first baby memories!

We get a lot of favorite family photographs to work with and turn into tintypes.  This one was too cute we had to share!  New little J on black metal.

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May 14, 2014

Incredibly creative kids!

In creating tintypes we get some pretty amazing family images and stories.  This tintype was just created for Mother's Day and when we first saw the image in our uploader we had to get the story of these two boys.  Thanks to their Dad for sharing their story and tintype!



"The tintype arrived and it is absolutely awesome!  My boys are very excited to give it to their mother on Mother's Day. Thank you!

As for the picture, this is the Halloween costume they chose last year.  I am a computer administrator by profession, but my wife and I choose to limit the amount of time that can be wasted on technology through video games and tv.  Instead, my wife, a librarian, always reads to them....a lot!  As a result, my boys have always been big into playing dress-up.  They like to recreate historical events and other things that they read in books.  So we always have lots of 'visitors' from history stopping by to tell us a tale.  It's not uncommon to have visits from Miami War Chief's and pilgrims like William Bradford and Christopher Jones (attached below).  And yes, they design their own outfits!  It's understood in our house that if you can't find an article of clothing you need to check the dress-up box. 

Thanks again for the wonderful tintype."


April 23, 2014

Sittings with Chicago Tintypes

We love making tintypes and especially love the opportunity to take wet plate collodion sittings both on location and in our Chicago studio.  Here is a tintype that was created on location at Northwestern University in Chicago.  The couple were newly engaged and used the tintype as the photograph for their 'save the date' cards.  It was a beautiful location for a lovely couple.  Here's to their bright future!

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Here is a shot of the 'behind the scenes'!

If you want to book your own special tintype sitting in Chicago or on location, email Jen for her availability and more information!

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April 08, 2014

Featured Artwork

This one of a kind purple glass ambrotype was created on location with a 8 x 10" Century Studio camera, reducing back and mobile darkroom.  It was made on location in Joshua Tree National Park in California.  It comes mounted to a steel framed formed by the artist and ready to hang.

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