Harry Taylor: The Studio

Harry Taylor specializes in Civil War era tintype and ambrotype photography. He shot our engagement photos a few weeks ago and let me assure you....he is a complete badass! Matt is working on some video footage of Harry at work, which I'll share in the coming months. Until then, here's a behind-the-scenes look at our shoot and his studio located in historic downtown Wilmington, NC.


It's all in  the details...


For the last few shots of the day, we ventured outside to the cypress tree-lined shore of a nearby park. It was lovely!

A sneak peek at our tintypes on a drying rack, shortly after developing...

A sneak peek at our tintypes on a drying rack, shortly after developing...


Shooting with Harry was an unforgettable experience because it was more than just posing for a shot; it was like being actively involved in a science experiment. In an age of fast-paced technology, witnessing the process of chemicals and light combining to reveal an image on a piece of tin was like magic. Having a physical artifact that you can hold in your hands made the process even more meaningful. These days everyone has thousands of photographs floating from memory card to computer screen, rarely being printed. In our case, we have only one example of each photograph, a precious yet sturdy object that can be handed down for generations. Like in the olden days! For art connoisseurs/photo nerds like ourselves, this is all kind of a dream come true. Stay tuned for the final photographs!