Upcoming Tour Dates:
The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel - Los Angeles, CA - Dec 1st - 9th
Opening Gallery Show “Slightly Larger Than Life, Floating on Glass” - December 6th 6-9pm

Popular in the late 1800’s, wetplate was quickly abandoned as less difficult and more reliable methods of portraiture were invented. Today, in harmony with old methods and equipment, I use modern lighting and technologies to capture the faces, and often the souls, of a new generation.

My cameras and lenses, some more than 160 years old, were hand built by craftsmen in small shops. Made in an age before computerized manufacturing, each of my photographic instruments inherits the minor flaws of their designers. Flaws which are often revealed in the creation of perfectly imperfect images.

My work has been featured in Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, and W Magazine. For five consecutive years I've been lucky to have had a studio at Newport Folk Festival and captured portraits of Elvis Costello, Questlove, Fiona Apple, Kris Kristofferson, and Roger Waters. In the US, I've traveled extensively and done events with a variety of leading brands including Squarespace, Redbull, Stetson, Billy Reid, Black Diamond, and Third Man Records.

My home base is in Nashville where I have a beautiful studio located in an old automotive foundry building. I open up my schedule at least once a month and hope that you'll find the time to stop by sometime to make something beautiful with me. 


I will be hard pressed to countenance a better representation of my own skull-front topography in the coming years, so apologies in advance to other hopeful shutterbugs.
— Nick Offerman

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AMBROTYPE SESSION DETAILS

 Ambrotype portrait sessions are 2 hours long. The cost per session is $1200* for a single 16x20 glass plate portrait image. Additional photo plates within a session are $500. For example: a portrait of you and your spouse is $1200, if you both choose to take an individual portrait within the same session, each solo portrait is an additional $500.

An ambrotype portrait session includes one image on the original 16x20 sheet of glass, a digital JPG scan and hand-delivery of your finished ambrotype photo. Note: we keep a high resolution scan of your image so that prints can be ordered if desired.    

TINTYPE SESSION DETAILS

 Tintype sessions generally take between 30 minutes and an hour. The cost per session is $250 which includes either one 8x10 tintype or two 4x5 tintypes. Additional tintypes may be added to your session at a cost of $40 and $100 for the respective sizes. 

Your tintype session includes a digital scan of your image(s) and you will be mailed your tintypes within a week after our session. 

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT YOUR SESSION:

Please read before you proceed to scheduling.

Ambrotype & Tintype photography is an ART FORM and an IMPERFECT PROCESS.  

  • This style of photography is a 160 year old chemical process. Minor flaws and evidence of chemistry and handling are inherent on every ambrotype.

  • Images are for personal use only. If you are interested in using an image for commercial use please contact me before scheduling to discuss licensing options. 

  • The lenses and cameras are designed for individual and couples portraiture. For families, we can fit a maximum number of 5 persons in one image. Due to a very shallow depth of field, the more people in the frame, the more difficult it becomes to achieve perfect focus.

  • SPECIAL NOTES ON 16x20 AMBROTYPES: Ambrotype process requires the subject to be almost completely still. In our experience, capturing individual portraits of children under 7 and pets with this antique technology is difficult and most often impossible. If you have one of these, please email me before scheduling and we can discuss your individual in question.  If you would like additional ambrotype images made during your appointment, arrangements must be made at least a week before your scheduled session. Due to material costs and acquisition, we cannot shoot additional plates without prior notice.

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TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT:

Please use the scheduler below to make your reservation. A 50% deposit is required to secure your session. The remaining balance will be automatically charged to your card 7 days before your scheduled appointment.

CANCELLATION POLICY:

DEPOSITS ARE NON- REFUNDABLE IF THE MINIMUM 7 DAYS NOTICE IS NOT GIVEN. A MINIMUM OF 7 DAYS NOTICE IS REQUIRED TO CANCEL AN APPOINTMENT.

If you are unable to make the specific date listed please drop us a note and we may be able to schedule you for another time. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to email us  kendra@gilesclement.com

 Giles and Nick regarding a freshly minted ambrotype.

Giles and Nick regarding a freshly minted ambrotype.


If you’re not in the Los Angeles area but are interested in making a portrait with me please sign up using the following form. I use the information when putting together my travel plans and go where there’s the most interest. Thanks!

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