Old Jazz Photos Restored

A Jazz Great Restored!

Sarah got in touch with a surprise for her Dad… thats him next to Dizzy Gillespie with his Jazz crazy friends in the fifties. They travelled all over the country in an old banger over to watch jazz , seeing nearly all the greats including the legendary Charlie Parker, Miles Davies and Coltrane !! He’s 84 now and still jazz mad.

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Thanks for your custom Sarah, it’s much appreciated! I hope your dad liked the surprise!

Creased Photo Restoration

Creased Photograph Restoration

I love a challenge! This creased photograph restoration is one of those! There is nothing better than seeing the difference made to an old photo like this one. The creases were rather widespread and things didn’t get any better with a high resolution scan. They spidered off into the most miniscule of lines – still they had to be fixed or they’d show through on the final prints. Once repaired it made the contrast and exposure adjustments a breeze. Another satisfied customer!

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British Army Photo Restored

Creased Photo Fixed!

Lauren got in touch with her Grandfather in laws favourite photo. 15″ in length and showing a few signs of its age now, it was posted down to us to be scanned at a high resolution. We worked out way through the photo from end to end making sure all creases and marks were fixed. The dreaded fading had started to creep in so a level adjustment helped put things back where they should be. We even managed to add a little extra sharpening!

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We chose a 300gsm Satin finish paper for the end result and it really helps keep a more timely look to the photo whilst preserving all that rich detail. Thanks again for your custom Lauren.

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Photo Restoration Gifts

A Photo Restoration Gift

A great way to celebrate your mum’s birthday is with a photo restoration gift. Niamh got in touch with us again with a new photo. This time for her Mum’s birthday she’s had this lovely old photograph restored and coloured using her mum’s advice on clothing colours. The longer I worked on this photo the harder I chuckled. It features her Grandfather with her very young Mum posing… with a monkey… just look at that monkeys face! This photo was printed on our 300gsm Museum rough paper.

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The rips and creases in this photo were no issue to us and with her mum’s help the colour advise was a real help… we don’t need to know as we enjoy a little artistic license from time to time.

🙉Thanks Again Niamh!

WW1 Photo Repaired

1916 – Photo Repair

Gavin emailed over a couple of photos for some work. This first image is of his Grandfather in 1916. Lacking an original Gavin was forced to find out the best copy that he could. The repair initially looked quite simple, on closer inspection the creases were surrounded with smaller white marks. Once these had been removed and the creases repaired the image got treated to a light sharpening.

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Family Portrait Restoration

Family Portrait Restoration

Stephen got in touch via Facebook Messenger – He posted down a very sorry looking photo that was urgently in need of repair. The creases and marks took a while to sort out and the large missing area towards to the bottom left of the image required some reconstruction. There were concentrated areas of fading which required rebuilding and blending also. Quite a varied job for such a small photo. The deep sepia tones really suit this image so they just had to stay.

The quality of the scan means we can enlarge this image – it will double in size when printed. Thanks for your custom Stephen, your prints will be with you soon.

Water Damaged Photo Repair

Water Damaged Photo Repair

Indira got in touch after this photo of Jade was damaged due to a burst pipe. It had survived 19 years so I was tasked with getting it back to A1 condition so it could last a few more. The damage was fairly large but apart from a fingertip it had avoided any complex areas. To ensure it will last many more years a print was produced on Fujifilm 300gsm museum rough paper.

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If you have a photo that has suffered water damaged, get in touch and we’ll let you know what can be done!

Wedding Photo Restoration

Wedding Photo Restoration

Tony is fairly local so I popped over to pick up his photograph that needed restoration. This was taken on his grandparents wedding day in Ilkley, Yorkshire in 1922. It’s amazing that it survived nearly 100 years in this condition

It was incredibly sharp in places, let down by some fairly intense silvering (which is a form of photo damage to silver-based emulsions caused by humidity and air pollution) and the standard fading. On closer inspection there were lots of marks that needed cleaning up. This took a while to complete but the difference is night and day.

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There is a print on the way on 300gsm museum rough paper and I’m really looking forward to seeing the side by side comparison in print!

Family Photo Restoration

Family Photo Restored

This is the second photo Paola sent to be scanned, restored enlarged and printed. The damage resembled most of the photos in my own family collection of photos. Following a high resolution scan the standard wear and tear needed attention. Once completed the proof was signed off and an enlargement ordered.

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Thank you again for your custom Paola.

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Photo Reconstruction

Paola made contact with a couple of images that needed some attention, this is the first. Cut to fit a heart shaped frame and then subjected to the perils of sunlight! With some cloning and reconstruction the image was built up to photo size again. Adjustment to levels and a small amount of hand colouring before sharpening finished this image.

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The high resolution scan meant the image could be enlarged – we achieved a print 2.5 times the original size printed on 300gsm Museum Rough paper – a real quality look and feel!

If you have a treasured memory you would like restored then please don’t hesitate to get in touch…

Photo Repair Service

Water Damaged Photo

This image is from Donna, even the before image looks better than the scan we had to deal with. It had seen water damage which warped and distorted the image. The photo itself had cracked and was beginning to flake off… I think this was a “just in time” restoration.

Once scanned in high resolution I had quite the task repairing all the cracks and other damage. Once complete it was sent for print and was a fantastic surprise for Donna’s partner. Thanks again for your custom Donna!

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Thanks again for your custom Donna!

Old Photographs Restored

Christmas 1937!

This 82 year old photo was given to Louisa who sent it by post for a high resolution scan and a well deserved repair. Despite the best of care this well loved photo has suffered a few cracks and tears. The photo features Louisa’s grandmother and the rest of her class at school… in 1937! I used a few different sharpening techniques to bring out the details which really made the image pop! Try the slider below to see the before and after!

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Old Photo Restoration

Coach Trip

A glimpse into the away days of the past. This photo had not weathered well. Multiple creases growing in severity as the years pass by. Slowly bits of important image data that cannot easily be reconstructed start to disappear. It’s important to catch it as soon as you can. This one was in for the full treatment. After an in-depth restoration it has been tastefully coloured with respect to vintage colours and tones.

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Photo Restoration Repair

A Subtle Repair

A more subtle photo restoration from yesterday. A client emailed this photo looking for restoration. At first glance there doesn’t seem to be much wrong. On closer inspection there were a couple of small biro marks, some light fading to a corner, a good old fashioned coffee stain (it could be tea… I’m not one to judge) and the usual sepia tint – to some this can be a good thing.

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After working through the list I gave it some treatment to balance the exposure, sharpen up the features and then gave it a new border. Not bad for a 68 year old photo! This was returned to the customer within a day. Now in digital format as well it should last a very very long time.

Photos for Order of Service

Order of Service

Mandy found us online after finding two wonderful photos she would like to use in her Mums funeral order of service. The photo’s were in OK condition but stained and a little creased. With work like this it is important to bear in mind that there will likely be a need for a speedy turnaround. These were completed and within 48 hours of our initial contact.

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Thank you for your business Mandy. I hope everything goes smoothly for you.

Photo Repair Service

Photo Repair

Here is a great example of one of our photo repairs. This doesn’t look particularly bad, just a few creases – unfortunately one of them falls right across the eye and being a portrait this is one of the more prominent features to lose. Luckily we have 2 eyes so with a bit of carefully reconstruction this can be repaired!

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Luckily we have 2 eyes so with a bit of carefully reconstruction this can be repaired!

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The story so far…

For the past 10 years I have been working on my family tree using popular Genealogy website Ancestry. This gives you the ability to share with family members… who in turn began to offer up information. In time I became the one who looks after the family photos. It wasn’t long before albums, carrier bags, suitcases and biscuit tins of photos started to appear. It’s my job… no… duty to make sure these are not lost. So I began scanning, cataloging and storing them on hard drives, DVDs and now in the cloud.

Whilst scanning an occasional gem of a photo would appear, sometimes a little worn, other times nearly beyond repair. Luckily I have spent over 15 years working as a photographer and obviously not without the latest version of Photoshop. I decided to tidy a couple of photos up, repair what I could. That lead to attempting to manually colour some of the photos. I added them to my social media accounts and the feedback was amazing! In fact, I had other people digging out their family photos for me to work my magic on.

The Photo Restoration Co. has arrived!