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Portrait commission

Having a meaningful portrait of yourself is important. It serves as a way to know yourself a bit better through the eyes of an artist who knows how to look closely. A well made portrait can also be an important object for other people in your life.  Just think about the portraits you have in your life, especially the old ones.

I am able to make your portrait object using a few different historic methods including:

  • Photogravure
  • Tintype / ambrotype
  • Black and white darkroom prints.

Your session will last around 1 hour and includes one finished object. 

All Cascabel prints are hand-pulled by Ray Bidegain and are signed and numbered on the lower front. Image and paper sizes are approximate, Variations within the edition are possible and expected.

$195.00

Portrait commission

$195.00 USD
I have questions

Will I be modeling in a studio or on location for my portrait?

I have daylight studio I use for making portraits, additionally if you have a location that you feel would add to our collaboration I am open to that idea.

How would you recommend I display my portrait object?

I can offer you custom framing options that work well for any object I make for you.

What if I want more copies of my portrait?

You can arrange with me to collect additional handmade prints for your portrait. If your commission was a wet plate collodion tintype or ambroype a scan can be provided for digital prints to be made.

How long will we work making the portraits and how many will be taken?

Your session will last around 1 hour, during that time will collaborate to make a handful of unique and meaningful photographs.

My backyard daylight studio

Where I make pictures

for the last several years I have been making my work in a small daylight studio in my backyard.

About Ray Bidegain

One Photographers Journey

For the last 22 years I have been lucky enough to spend my time working as a fine art photographer, and specifically working as a photographer who photographed using large format negatives and made platinum prints from the camera negatives.

The platinum period

Many of you have collected these platinum prints over the years and some of you have learned platinum printing from me along the way. I love the process and I have loved every minute of this period in my work. Platinum printing is an amazing and beautiful way to make photographs.

The Gravures

For the last five years I have started working on making photogravure prints, polymer plate photogravure prints, to be specific. I worked on it, decided I wanted to make a change and make a commitment to working as a printmaker making photogravure prints. You all know me as a person who likes handmade photography. Handmade objects are at the heart of my photographic journey and printmaking is all of that, and more.