Vintage Processing

In my recent blog about Lizz and Eric's beautiful Victorian Steampunk wedding, I mentioned that we'd done a lot of research about Victorian portraiture and wedding photography.
In my recent blog about Lizz and Eric’s beautiful Victorian Steampunk wedding, I mentioned that we’d done a lot of research about Victorian portraiture and wedding photography.
We were also looking at how the photographs were processed, because we wanted to emulate the Victorian style on some of the portraits.
We were  looking not only at how they were posed, but also at how the photographs were processed.
The only way to add color to a portrait in the 1800's was to hand-color it.
The only way to add color to a portrait in the 1800’s was to hand-color it.
Often the early lenses were very soft around the outside, and the hand-coated glass film plates didn't have clean edges.
Often the early lenses were very soft around the outside, and the hand-coated glass film plates didn’t have clean edges.
One of Leslie's images with her vintage lens.
One of Leslie’s images with her vintage lens.
At the Phineas Swann Inn.
At the Phineas Swann Inn.

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Back in the day, wedding poses were symmetrical, unlike today's portraits in which we try to avoid being symmetrical so the images don't appear so formal!
Back in the day, wedding poses were symmetrical, unlike today’s portraits in which we try to avoid being symmetrical so the images don’t appear so formal!
One of my fave's from the day, Lizz posing in front of a Victorian home across the road from the Phineas Swann. It was such a gift to be able to do this Victorian-styled wedding with Lizz and Eric!
One of my fave’s from the day, Lizz posing in front of a Victorian home across the road from the Phineas Swann. Thanks Lizz and Eric! It was such a gift to be able to do this Victorian-styled wedding with you both!

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