The successful home portrait photographers of to-day are the men who anticipated the demand that could be created for such work, realized that it was more difficult than work under the studio skylight, listened to those who said it couldn't be done successfully and then went ahead and did it.

Home portraiture is not necessarily more difficult, but conditions encountered are more diversified. There are very few photographers who have not felt the limitations imposed upon them by a single skylight, have felt that its possibilities have been exhausted and its limitations realized.

Many of the studios built in recent years have been planned with the idea of having several different light sources, each of a different nature, to permit of securing a greater variety of lighting effects. As a result the photographer is given greater opportunity to develop his versatility.

From An Eastman Bromide Print By Geo. F. Wettlin Newark, N. J.

From An Eastman Bromide Print By Geo. F. Wettlin Newark, N. J.

His work can be different - he is not so likely to get into a rut.

The home portrait photographer is saved the trouble of producing a variety of light conditions. They exist and are a part of the home. To change them would produce artificial conditions and this is exactly what home portraiture is intended to overcome.

The conditions encountered in the home are a part of it and when properly used in a picture they increase its attractiveness by becoming a part of it as well. The best possible result is always desirable, but slight technical defects in home portrait results are, as a rule, outweighed by the natural homely interest that is of more real value to those most interested in the pictures.

Our illustrations are reproduced from the work of Mr. Geo. F. Wettlin, a successful home portrait photographer of Newark and Belmar, N.J. Mr. Wettlin has had a wide experience in studio work and has been connected with several of the large concerns that make enlargements and color work for the trade.

He became convinced, like many others, that much of the better class of portraits would eventually be made in the homes, so set to work at gaining experience in studios that were pioneers in home portrait work.

Mr. Wettlin's negatives are 5x7 and the exposures are made with a focal plane shutter. The greater percentage of his prints are 8 x 10 or larger and Eastman Royal Bromide is used exclusively. The same kind and quality of prints in any size are made by enlarging.

About. seventy-five per cent, of his portraits are of children and these child portraits are especially pleasing. Child portraiture is a difficult line of work, but there is a distinct advantage in being able to secure pictures of the youngsters in the home, where there is nothing new or strange. They are on familiar ground, and if the photographer is tactful enough to catch them at play and show them in happy moods the results almost invariably please.

Mr. Wettlin uses from one to two dozen plates to a sitting, uses daylight exclusively, and loses very few negatives because of "moves." He believes his portraits are his best advertisements, but uses newspaper and car card advertising as well. His work is entirely in the homes of his subjects, and as his business has steadily increased for the last three and one-half years, he has every reason to believe in the future of home portraiture.

Consistent use of your Thermometers will save trouble in developing both negatives and prints.

From An Eastman Bromide Print By Geo. F. Wettlin Newark, N. J.

From An Eastman Bromide Print By Geo. F. Wettlin Newark, N. J.