Family or Engagement Photography Sessions from Victoria Webb Photography (68% Off)

Petaluma

Give as a Gift
Over 30 bought
Limited quantity available

In a Nutshell

Award-winning photographer captures images of families or engaged couples

The Fine Print

Expires 180 days after purchase. Limit 2 per person, may buy 1 additional as gifts. Valid only for option purchased. Photography In-Studio session is for up to 4 people. Additional people are $25 per person. In-studio only. Per Special Request, session can take place at nearby Oak Hill Park. Extra fee will apply for any other location. Appointment Required. Please allow one week for turnaround time on images. Rush available for additional cost. 24-hour cancellation required. Subject to availability. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Choose Between Two Options

  • $95 for an in-studio photography session with one 8”x10” print, two 5”x7” prints and three web-sized images ($300 value)
  • $95 for an in-studio engagement photography session and one 11”x14” print ($300 value)<p>

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.<p>

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.<p>

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.<p>

  1. 1

    Petaluma

    211 Liberty Street

    Petaluma, California 94952

    707-769-9229

    Get Directions

Cameras and photo essentials for those who prefer looking at life through a lens