Strange white spots removed

It’s probably difficult to see here, but this beautiful portrait of my client with her mother was covered with tiny, densely packed white dots. It looked as if the image was covered with fine snow. The “snow” was especially visible in the shadow and dark areas, in the eyes and around the mouths, and in…

Restoring vintage documents

Historic documents, such as marriage and birth certificates, also fall subject to the ravages of time. Sophisticated scanners and software, in combination with professional artistic and technical skills, make it possible to digitally restore such documents. This marriage certificate was especially difficult to restore due to two major issues. First, the  original printed document text…

When extra help is needed

This portrait was in seriously bad condition. In addition to the usual suspects—cracks, fading, missing emulsion—the actual photography itself was less than appealing. The dark wall paneling made for a very ugly background and there were blown highlights in the hair and on the sweater. So, after repairing the cracks and balancing the highlights and…

Ravaged by Time

This studio portrait of a mother with her two children required extensive restoration, including reconstructing the daughter’s eye and replacing a missing eyebrow where the emulsion had been ripped off. Damage like that usually occurs when a damp, or wet, photo dries and in the process sticks to other photos in a stack. Additionally, the…