There are a number of reasons one may wish to have an image struck in the wet plate collodion process.
Whether you are a history buff steeped in the traditions of Victorian life, a photography nut who has gone a bit too far down the rabbit hole (like me), or an ultra modern guy or gal who enjoys all things digital and has never even heard of a "tintype", wet plate photography and other processes from the era offer something for everyone. For some it's the look; they enjoy seeing themselves in historic clothing and having their image struck on authentic japanned tin. For others it's a rare opportunity to have an image made that is unique, full of character and all together different from anything they will get with a digital camera. For me, the two reasons that stand out the most are their archival qualities, and the fact that you get a real honest to goodness picture in your hand to hang on the wall and look at.
In terms of archival qualities, wet plate images and daguerreotypes are two of the earliest and most archival photographic process know today. That means that they will last. Yes, they are delicate. but if well made, and well taken care of, they will last for generations. They are a worthwhile investment for your family. Lets see how all those "archival" digital prints look in 100 or so years!
It's a know fact that most of the digital images made today will never see the light of day. The average person takes tons of wonderful pictures that are left on their computer or in the cloud, and never printed. When you have a session with me, you will take home an image or two at the end of the day that have weight, texture, and the unparalleled beauty of one of the most detail rich (and silver rich) processes known. You will get to be part of a tradition that your great great grand parents witnessed, and you will have first hand experience with a process that has not changed one bit since its inception in 1851. You will get to touch history, hold it in your hand and take it home!