30- or 60-Minute Photo Shoot for Up to Five with Prints from Ana Silva Photography Studio (Up to 72% Off)

Philadelphia

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In a Nutshell

Photographer shoots portraits in natural, comfortable surrounding, resulting in intimate prints

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Promotional value expires 180 days after purchase. Amount paid never expires. Subject to weather. Appointment required. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Valid only for option purchased. Additional $25 each person after 5. Valid up to 50 miles from zip code 19103. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

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Choose Between Two Options

$62 for a 30-minute photo-shoot package ($225 value)

  • 30-minute in-studio or on-location photo shoot for up to five
  • One 8”x10” prints
  • Two 5”x7” prints
  • Eight wallet-sized prints

$93 for a 60-minute photo-shoot package ($260 value)

  • 60-minute in-studio or on-location photo shoot for up to five
  • One 8”x10” prints
  • Two 5”x7” prints
  • Eight wallet-sized prints
  • CD with one digital image

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.


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