Private Commissions – static content

I’m very happy to undertake private commissions, which are now being requested more and more as I make my way around the coastline.

Being photographed on 12×10 inch glass using such an old technique as Wet Plate Collodion is an incredible experience.

RNLI staff and crew are so enthralled by the magic and beauty of the process that they often want to have their photograph made too. For most, it’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience that will live long in the memory…

If you think a fellow crew member would be interested, feel free to share this page by email but please avoid sharing it on Social Media!

The Lifeboat Station Project by Jack Lowe
Andy ‘Stoner’ Stone, Weston-super-Mare RNLI (Private Commission)


I charge £195.00 to make a portrait on the day, which is payable in advance using the ‘Add to Cart’ button at the bottom of this page.

Please note, these are special rates for RNLI personnel within the context of my journey on The Lifeboat Station Project.

Ideally, I need as much notice as possible so that I know I’m carrying enough glass and chemicals with me for each mission.

The price includes a print from the original glass plate delivered to you by courier, just like the other Limited Edition Prints I sell from this site.

The Lifeboat Station Project by Jack Lowe
Elis, Rees-Tom and Manon Jones, New Quay RNLI (Private Commission)


If you’d like to go ahead, I’ll need around an hour of your time. Sometimes, if all goes well, your portrait might be made within 30-40 minutes but you should allow an hour to be on the safe side.

Only a small number of privately commissioned portraits can be made on the day — maybe just one or two during the winter months and a maximum of three or four during the summer months.

If there’s enough demand at your station, I’ll happily schedule an extra day that’s set aside for making commissioned portraits.

Finally, you can expect to receive your print around a fortnight after I’ve finished the mission during which your portrait was made.

The Lifeboat Station Project by Jack Lowe
Ollie Phillips, Lymington RNLI (Private Commission)


The key points summarised:

  • £195.00 to make your portrait. Price includes delivery of one print from the original glass plate;
  • Allow a maximum of one hour for your portrait session on the day;
  • Your print will arrive within a fortnight or so of completing the mission.

If you’re happy with the above and would like to proceed, please pay using one of the buttons below (feel free to contact me before committing):

PRIVATE COMMISSION: includes 1 print from plate

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PRIVATE COMMISSION: includes 2 prints from plate

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Two additional prints from plate
(save £25 per print)

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Presentation Box
Smart black 20×16 inch print box suitable for up to six prints

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