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Friday, December 13, 10:30am - 4pm
Saturday, December 14, 10:30am - 4pm
David Emitt Adams
Art Intersection
(480) 361-1118
207 N Gilbert Rd # 201, Gilbert, AZ, 85234

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Tintype Portraits by David Emitt Adams

Internationally known artist David Emitt Adams, will make your tintype portrait during this special portrait session event at Art Intersection. You can sit for a unique, handcrafted portrait made using the historic tintype process originally invented in the 1850s.

These unique, old school tintype portraits make a perfect holiday gift.

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David uses a traditional, large format camera in the Art Intersection studio to photograph tintype portraits directly onto the aluminum plate. The image is developed in the darkroom and then coated with a varnish finish immediately after the photograph is taken.

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Session Details

  • A session lasts between 45 minutes and you take away a fresh tintype portrait that will make a perfect keepsake or gift.
  • The tintype image is captured on a 4-inch by 5-inch aluminum plate.
  • Please allow an additional 30-minutes after your session for the plate to dry, or you can pick it up the next business day.
  • We can easily photograph 1 – 2 people and may be able to add a third person maximum.
  • The exposure time may be as long as 5-seconds, so the subjects must be able to hold a pose, without moving for the exposure duration.
  • Sorry, no pets.


  • The session price includes only one tintype and does not include retakes unless there are clear issues with the image.
  • Retakes are done at the discretion of the photographer.

Additional Tintypes can be Purchased

  • Since tintypes are unique and cannot be reproduced, if you want two tintype portraits from the same session, another plate may be purchased for an additional $45.
  • We can make a high resolution digital scan of your portrait for $25 and email it to you.
  • If you would like an additional plate made we must know at the time of scheduling.
  • You can pay for these options when you arrive for your scheduled session.
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