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The last one was pretty successful and really fun so we are doing it again! This is for Sunday, May 3rd though if there is enough interest more days may be added if we can't get to everyone in one day.
This is meant to be for fun to give us all something to do. Everyone who participates gets one free full resolution digital photo. You can use this for whatever you like (post it on Facebook, print it, etc.). It's yours. If you want more photos, would like prints, or want to try something a bit unique, see below for additional options.
That is super important (otherwise what's the point)! To that end, I will be bringing my telephoto lenses and will be keeping my distance and plan to be much further than the minimum recommended distance of 6 feet. For most houses I don't think I will need to come any closer than the sidewalk. I will ask before walking on your lawn or closer than the distance from the sidewalk.
Typically within a few days.
I order all my color prints from Digital Pro Lab (they're off San Pedro) and the turn-around time is usually about a week. For the handmade darkroom prints, expect anywhere from 7-14 days.
Most prints made these days are done by machines using digital imaging and various papers and methods. A handmade darkroom print is, by contrast, made using conventional analog tools and practices in my darkroom. I develop my own black and white film and use an enlarger to project the film onto silver gelatin fiber paper. Once exposed, it is then developed using conventional photo chemistry and optionally toned using archival chemicals. This process allows a large amount of creative flexibility using various tools and methods (such as contrast filters, dodging and burning, specific papers and developers, etc.).
As an analog photographer, it's a lot more fun for me because it's much more hands on and artistic (and gets me away from the computer). For you, the print will tend to have a more handmade quality and often more "depth" to the photo. It will also be a lot more archival than many (but not all) of the modern digital processes for producing prints. Archival silver gelatin prints can last well over 100 years if they are taken care of.
Note I currently only hand make black and white prints. Color prints, even those made from color film, will be sent off to Digital Pro Lab for printing.
This is for families that do not want to feel rushed, want to take more than one photo, or prefer another day or time. It consists of a block of time dedicated to you (around 30 minutes) so there is time to try various things, poses, etc. as well as time to use additional equipment (such as fill flash) if required. You will receive digital copies of all the photographs and if you would like prints, they will be at the same costs noted above. Unless otherwise specified, this will include color digital images and at least a few black and white film photographs (shot on my medium format camera). If you want a true film experience, see below.
This is for film lovers or those who have never experienced large format photography. Or you're just really bored and need something to kill an hour or so!
I am actually an avid large format film photographer and in my case I shoot with 4x5 cameras - that is cameras which shoot individual sheets of 4x5 inch film. These cameras are often associated with the "old timey accordion" camera. And indeed the concept dates back quite a long ways, though in reality my camera is a modern precision instrument capable of making photos of a far higher resolution than with most digital cameras, along with movements to accentuate aspects of the photograph (think "tilt/shift"). All this plus the approach to large format shooting, and the optional use of vintage lenses, provides a look that is often very different from digital or smaller formats.
This is a methodical experience, so if you are after the best portrait we can get (under the circumstances anyway), want to experience large format, want something perhaps a bit more vintage, or just want a huge monster multi-hundred megapixel photograph, this is the option for you.
Plan for an hour (more or less) - it's not a hard rule, but do expect to spend some time. Likewise the time of day can become important so avoiding times where the sun isn't particularly flattering (such as noon) is wise.
This experience includes up to 4 photographs (which may be a mix of color and black and white), and includes digital scans. If you would like prints, they are at the print costs above.
One digital photo is included free of charge, so this only applies if you have opted for any additional stuff (namely you checked any of the check boxes up above). I can accept many forms of payment including cash, check, Paypal, even cryptocurrency if that's your thing. I generally use Paypal.
For prints, I will send an invoice once they have been made and are available for delivery.
For the private and large format sessions, I will send an invoice at least a day before the session and will provide the images once payment has been provided.