Three Newborn Photo Sessions or One- or Two-Hour Photo Session from Hallie Abacherli Studios (Up to 75% Off)

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A good photographer can manipulate lighting, exposure, and the emotions of the tiny man inside the camera who draws everything. Enlist an expert with this Groupon.

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$144 for three two-hour baby portrait sessions ($575 value)

  • Includes one newborn session, one 6-month session, one one-year session
  • One 8"x10", one 5"x7", eight wallet prints per session

$60 for a one-hour portrait package ($150 value)

  • 10-15 edited images on CD
  • One 5"x7" print

$105 for a two-hour portrait package ($350 value)

  • 20-25 edited images on CD
  • Four 8"x10" prints or smaller

Early Photography: Portraits of Invisible People

Photography is a modern marvel whose roots stretch back nearly 200 years. Check out our guide to the world's first exposure to photography—the daguerreotype.

Before JPEGs, before flimsy Polaroids, before even black-and-white prints on cardboard stock, the earliest practical photography method—called the daguerreotype, after its inventor, Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre—could only capture images on a heavy metal plate. To take a picture, the photographer first had to coat a copper plate in silver, then cover it again with a vapor of bromide or halide. The combined chemicals formed photosensitive crystals on the surface of the plate, which was then placed into a camera and exposed to the subject. Doing so imprinted a latent image, invisible to the naked eye. To make it materialize, a treatment of mercury vapor washed the bromide or halide from the portions of the plate that received the most light, leaving only silver particles in the image's highlights. A dip into a fixer dissolved the silver from the less-exposed areas, and the resulting highlights and shadows formed a clear image of a family or a fruit bowl with a top hat.

One day in 1838, Daguerre tested his invention by pointing his camera over a busy Parisian boulevard. The result was a crisp, richly detailed portrait of city life, with only one thing missing: life. Since daguerreotypes required exposure times of 10–15 minutes, the camera never captured the people and wealthy horses that bustled along the street, making the City of Lights look more like a ghost town. One man, however, did stand still long enough to appear. He was getting his shoe shined, and his bent knee shows up clearly among the shadows of trees behind him. Doubtless, the polish on the man’s shoes quickly scuffed and faded, but the polished silver plate endures as the earliest known photographic image of a person.

In a Nutshell

Skilled portrait and editorial photographer travels on-location to capture babies, couples, and families on film

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