Restoring Your Photos- Behind The Scenes!

Photo restoration is is one of my favorite services that I offer, but no one ever gets to see it happen. So I decided to grab my camera and document the entire process from start to finish!

1. Consult and Examine // This is the first step where I finally get to see the photo in person! Generally, I will set up a meeting in my studio in Somerville where we can meet, you can give me your photo and, if I haven't already seen it in an email, I can tell you what work will need to be done & find out what you want done with it as well! As you can see in the photo below, I always wear white cotton gloves when handling you photos to protect them from any dirt or oils that may damage the photo further.

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2. Scan the Image // The next step starts the process of actually fixing your photo: scanning the image in. I scan the image at twice it's size so that if you decide you want to print it bigger, you can!

3. Fix the Image // This is my favorite part because, to me, fixing your image is like creating art. I love cleaning up the image and bringing it back to life. Some of the fixes I do to photos include removing dust & dirt, fix all tears or creases, fill in the empty areas, and adjusting lighting & contrast as needed. Those are my most common fixes, but I've also repaired water damage and replaced faces!

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4. Set the Color // After the image is cleaned up, I set the color to your choosing. You can select from original color, sepia tone, black and white, or colorized image. Colorized images involve me coloring a black & white or sepia photos with colors of your preference. You can choose everything from the clothing color to eye color, or let me decide if you aren't sure! You can see examples of these types of coloring below:

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5. Your Approval // Next, I will email you a draft of the photo so you can approve it or recommend any needed changes before I send you the final and get it printed.

6. Order Your Prints // Once you have approved the photo, I will order your prints in the sizes you have chosen. You can choose from small as 3x5 all the way up to 16x20! These prints make great gifts. I've done it myself with my family and they always love it!

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7. Delivery // Time for us to meet up again! I prefer meeting in person to these first and last steps because I want to see them go right in you hands and ensure you receive your originals & new prints safe and sound.

If you ever have any questions about having your photo restored, please ask! I'm always happy to explain what might need to be done to an image or give a quote.