We visited to get photos of my 11 year-old twin boys as a souvenir and to use for Christmas gifts for their grandparents. One of my boys chose to be a Union soldier and the other a Confederate soldier. The owners dressed and posed them with great attention to detail -- my Union soldier held a US-made Springfield rifle replica and my Confederate soldier held a British-made Enfield replica like those used by the Confederacy at the start of the war. We opted for wet plate (Civil War-era technology) photos on tin, which take more time than digital photos but give a more dramatic result. The photographer/owner explained the wet plate process and patiently answered all their questions. The most amazing thing was how he persuaded two kids who are constantly in motion to hold perfectly still for the 13 seconds needed to expose the wet plates, not once but three times! I've never seen my boys so still when they weren't asleep. We ended up with three fabulous photos that look just like something you'd see in a book about the Civil War. Very cool. I'm so glad we chose Victorian Photography.
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