Our photographs document our most precious memories. The digital world has changed how we carry around those memories and show them off but there’s nothing quite like holding a picture in your hand. Most of us have a box stored away somewhere that contains photos of our childhood, or our parents, grandparents and great-grandparents. Many of them are likely torn, scratched and faded. I offer expert photo restoration to bring back the precious memories your photographs hold to be passed down to another generation.

 

What I can do:

Remove most dust and scratches

Repair most rips and eliminate tape marks

Revive faded colors and blacks

Minor sharpening and noise reduction

Remove some distracting objects

 

 

What I can’t do:

Create something that isn’t there. If it’s out of focus or missing details to begin with, there is only a small amount of sharpening and detail extraction I can do. I can pull some details out of shadows but if they aren’t there to start with I can’t make them up.

 

 

How it works:

You can scan the photos (no slides or negatives at this time) and send them to me or you can send me the photos and I can scan them for you. If you scan them, they MUST be scanned at the highest quality possible – 600dpi on the photograph (not document) setting on your scanner with a .jpg extention. Use the Dropbox form below to send me your scanned photographs or ship them to me on a USB drive via trackable carrier such as UPS or FedEx. If I scan them for you, you can ship your photos to me via trackable carrier. (Shipping charges apply in both directions.)

I understand how important your photos are to you and I treat them as if they are my own. I do not rely on software algorithms to guess and make the corrections for me. I painstakingly restore each photo by hand, often working at the pixel level to remove rips, dust and scratches. This allows me much greater control over the final results.

 

How much does it cost?

Restorations start at $15/photo for up to 30 minutes of work. Restorations over 30 minutes are billed at $25/hour. I will be able to give you an estimate on time and cost once I see each photo. Some photos can take up to five hours to repair and restore (like the one at the top of this page.)

An additional charge of $2.00/photo is applicable if I scan them for you.

 

Email me at jamiehopf@gmail.com or call 201-819-7769 to discuss your photo restoration needs.

 

Ready to get started?  Fill out the form below and start uploading your pictures to me. I look forward to bringing your photos back to life!