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KENDRA ELISE
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I went to college in Boston, grew up in Idaho and live in Atlanta! I have been photographing weddings for 10 years. With a love for sharing joyful honest and loving moments during a wedding day. 
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Tin Type Wedding Photography

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Today, I am going to share with you all an exciting wedding experience with an LA couple. I wanted to team up with them for a unique and alternative photography experience, more specifically – tin type wedding photography.

This LA couple wanted some unique photographs of their wedding day, and right from the start, I had an idea about how this would look like. I had a detailed discussion with them, and I remember the bride telling me to “have fun and capture how it felt.” So, no staged shots and no pressure at all! 

To give the day a unique feel, I used the 1850s alternative photographic process – Tin Types. This isn’t vintage photography; it’s antique. Each photo is entirely handmade and unique, meaning you can’t make copies of it. There is nothing quite like seeing the image developed on a sheet before your eyes; it’s a truly “wow” moment! 

Tin type wedding photography sessions require quite some time, as well as meeting certain conditions regarding the location and temperature. These incredible sessions will provide you with 15-20 priceless, one-of-a-kind photographs on metal. No digital manipulation is used- only a bit of effort and a dash of luck! I also used polaroids, super 8 videos, and digitals during the photoshoot. The entire process takes time, and you have to plan and visualize the photographs long before you take them. 

The day of the shoot with the couple was truly a dream. The bride was really passionate about what she did, and her warm and fun approach to the day and overall process put us at ease immediately. Being part of the process was very special- from planning to implementing the sequence of events to make the tintype portrait come to life.

Some of the unique benefits of Tin Type wedding photography are:

  • The shots outlive you and are something that you can pass down to your grandchildren. Using them as a tangible heirloom, you can easily pass them on to your future family members.
  • One of the best parts about Analog wedding photography is that you get to witness the behind-the-scene process, and see how its magic is being revealed right before your eyes. It’s a truly extraordinary experience!

I am so excited about this process and cannot wait to pass this excitement on to you. The tin types of photographs are unique and handcrafted, making this process a perfect tool for creating some special photographs that are just as authentic as you. I always advise my clients to share their vision, including the kind of event, before they plan for the shoot. The images can take 10-15 minutes to set up, shoot and develop, while the final pictures take several days to be scanned, varnished, and ready for display.

Planning to hire a wedding photographer for a more aesthetic look through the tin type of wedding photography? Let’s chat; I would love to work with you and create a unique photography piece for you to cherish. 

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