DIRECTIONS + SESSION INFO
In true alchemic form wet plate photography is, to us, magical. A photographic process from the Civil War era seems an unlikely choice considering the convenience of the digital age. For us this is a true labor of love from mixing the chemistry to varnishing the finished plate. And the finished product is an heirloom that will outlast any iPhoto.
Sessions are by appointment only. Sessions consist of about 30-45 minutes (we like to take things s l o w ) of shooting and an additional 45 minutes to complete the plate. You don't need to be present during the finish work and we are located less than a 5 min. walk/2 min. drive to Asbury Park restaurants, bars, and shops and encourage you to walk around our have drinks/dinner while your plate is prepared. If you don't want to stick around, they can be mailed to you for $6.00 insured first class mail.
Sessions begin with a quick chat about any ideas you may have for your tintype and we'll pose you. I'll disappear for a few minutes to prepare your plate for shooting. After about 3-4 minutes I'll come back out, make final adjustments and we'll shoot the image which will require 3-12 seconds of being totally still (don't worry! You can blink and breathe). Within a few minutes we'll be able to see your image together. Lighting, movement of the sitter, chemistry all may affect the final image and we may need to re-take to get it right. This is a special, often unpredictable process, which lends to how special it is. The image will never be technically "perfect". Texture, lace, tweed, faux fur, jewels- all of these tell your story and will look fantastic in this medium. Come as you are, bring as much flair as you'd like. I suggest no bright white or solid black outfits but either work fine if you choose to do so. Please note we use heavy, bright flash photography in the studio.
** While I am thrilled to shoot your little ones, it's important to know that the tintype studio is not the most child friendly place. This is a chemical process. There are chemicals stored in and carried through the darkroom. We use bright lights and flashes which may make children upset or uncomfortable and lights are extremely fragile and heavy. It's important that children (and adults!) in the studio are able to sit still and follow direction.
We have recently relocated to the Historic Jersey Shore Arts Center, A victorian high school that has been converted to artist studios and performing arts theaters. There are some incredible events that go down here and I've come to describe it as the "coolest place no one knows about". I strongly suggest giving them a social media follow if you enjoy the arts!
Located IN The Jersey Shore Arts Center Building
66 South Main Street, Basement Studio
Ocean Grove NJ 07756
To enter, There is a parking lot for your use directly off of South Main Street. It's a pretty quick right off of Rt 71. Enter through the double doors (main entrance) and you'll see a door directly to your right headed down (and our sign) head down the stairs and follow the yellow path on the floor. We are the first door on the left surrounded by a floral swag. If you get lost of have issues just call 732.674.0221.