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."


May 13, 2014

Tintype Tuesday

We made a few in camera tintypes yesterday with Seattle band, Helms Alee.  The band is on tour and stopped by for a few quick tintype portraits.  Jen had them photographed and back on the road in lightning speed with a 45 minute shoot. 

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Visiting the Chicago area?  Book a sitting with Jen at Chicago Tintypes!  Available in three sitting sizes, we book for individuals and families.  Want Jen to travel to you?  We arrange that as well, simply email us for more information.

May 06, 2014

Tintype Tuesday with an Amazing Beard

Eyes wide shut

Jen Jansen

An 8 x 10 in camera tintype on black plate.


A favorite tintype that I made while a Glashaus resident in San Diego.

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May 01, 2014

Featured Artwork - Pearl in hand

This one of a kind tintype was created in studio with a 8 x 10" Century Studio camera and reducing back.  It is mounted to a steel plate that has been given a patina by the artist.

Tintype measures 5 x 7"

Metal Framing measures 10 x 12"

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April 30, 2014

Make mom a gift she will just love!

Mother's Day is right around the corner.  This year give her something other than flowers and chocolate.  Turn her favorite childhood photo of you into a tintype or ambrotype that she will love for a lifetime.

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April 29, 2014

Tintype Tuesday!

Visiting the Chicago area?  Make sure to schedule a tintype sitting with Chicago Tintypes during your visit.  On location or in studio, a tintype sitting captures a frozen moment of life in an instant. 

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Mother & Sons
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