I received a few inquiries a month from some obviously awesome people about hosting my pop-up studio at their location. As a response I've made this page providing some information on my requirements to setup and successfully operate my tintype studio.
Creating heirloom portraits with the wet plate collodion process requires a sizable amount of equipment, space & time.
Space: A shooting area of 10'x10' is about the smallest I can work in and would only be able to comfortably make portraits with the required equipment. The larger the space the more flexibility in composition (headshot, ¾ length, full body) of the portraits as well as more people that can be photographed together.
In addition, to the shooting area I need a spot for either my darkroom tent or darkbox where I will create, sensitize and develop the plates. It has to be close to the shooting area but not close enough to be affected by the heat of the lights.
If sitters are to leave with their plates at the time I will also need space for my laptop & scanner as well as varnishing.
Power: Indoor tintype portraits require a large amount of light provided by my 3 flash packs powering 4 flash heads which require two 120v plugs preferably on different circuits due to the large power draw. If I have my computer and scanner setup I will also require an additional outlet for those.
Water: Access to running water is preferable as the plates have to rinse for 15-20 minutes. I can operate using 20L jugs of water but that increases the time the plates have to stay in the water to rinse the fixer off of them.
Time: When I have a pop-up studio organized by myself I will book sessions for 60 minutes minimum and the sitters will leave with their finished plates in hand. I can set it up where I retain the plates and bring them with me for the final rise, scan and varnishing and they will be sent to the sitter via Canada Post. They have to cure for up to 14 days after varnishing before they can be sent and then hope they don't get lost in the mail.
Prior to the pop-up I would need a minimum of 2 ½ hours for set up and the same amount after to pack up my equipment.
Safety: While this process is generally safe it does use chemicals that have very real dangers if mishandled. With the use of these chemicals comes with it the smell of the solvents that are present including ether. When not in use their are in closed containers but the smell will still exist throughout the pop-up. The darkroom can be located outside the location but requires a secure area and as the chemistry is temperature sensitive it should be between 12ºC - 24ºC.
Pricing: If you're hosting me by providing space at your locations where I would handle the booking of clients for sessions through my website there would be no charge for the hosts.
If I am attending your location to create tintype portraits of guests of the host there is a $400.00 setup fee with tintypes costing $80(4x5"), $110(5x7") & $225(8x10") each.
*Minimum of 5 plate purchases.
*Minimum of 5 plate purchases.
If you want to discuss hosting or commissions please reach out with your questions and we can iron out the details.