Vanity Tintype Photo Session

Regular price $125.00

Bring in the first day of spring with a beautiful tintype portrait. Maurene Cooper of Vanity Tintype will be on site with her mobile darkroom for tintype portrait sessions at Space 1026 along with Jackie Small and Miriam Singer of Philly DIY Wedding for flower crown making. 

March 20th, 2022 at Space 1026 from 10am to 5pm
844 North Broad Street Philadelphia

This listing is for a 5x7 image. If you would like 8x10, please add the 8x10 ADD ON to your cart before checking out. 

Each session is a 30-minute session where 2 images will be produced on a large-format 19th-century camera. You will be mailed 1 varnished image and will receive a digital version by email plus the option to purchase the additional image at the time of the secession.

Please Note
If you would like more than 2 images produced, sign up for 2 sessions (back to back).

No more than 3 people can be accommodated in a 5x7 secession, 8x10 is recommended for more than 2 people. 

Tintype is not recommended for people with light sensitivity because Intense flashbulbs are used in the tintype process.  

It is advised that you avoid wearing white, light  blue, or anything with writing or a logo. 


What is tintype?
Tintype is a 19th-century photographic process,  used contemporarily to create one-of-a-kind handmade photographs. The process was invented in 1851 and remained the predominant image-making technology until the end of the 1870s. Tintype involves coating a sheet of tin with a sticky substance called collodion which is then submerged in a bath of silver nitrate.  Essentially this action creates a piece of film which is then exposed to light and taken through a chemical development, stopping, and fixing process. While the plate is fixed, it can be exposed to daylight. At this time viewers will see a blue negative turn into a black and white positive. Once washed and dried, the plate is coated with a layer of shellac and heated to harden, then the plate is ready to be taken home. The resulting image is a one-of-a-kind modern heirloom. 

Video of the Process