Photo Restoration - A Family Project

May 01, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

My Mother In Law asked me if I could possibly help her with some photos. I've been very eager to put together a photo restoration project so I told her to send them my way.

The photo on the right, is her husband's parents. This was an excellent 8x10 photo with only minor aging and color deterioration. The photo on the left, is my husband's grandparents, his grandfather had passed away at young age so this was the best photo of them together. As you can see on the bottom left, this was a full length photo with clutter in the background including a decoration coming out of her hair. This was also only a 5x7 sized image with damage and a strong pebble grain texture to the paper.  My mother in law wanted to be able to have a matching 8x10 set with a matching crop for her photo display.  Challenge accepted!

Cleaning up the background was pretty easy, but taking out the pebble grain was next to impossible. Even with the software available to remove patterns, the texture was too random to completely remove. So in order to soften the texture, I photographed the photo in very soft, natural light. After some noise reduction and sharpening, I was able to get this photo up to an 8x10 size with a comparable 3/4 length portrait size to match the other photograph.

I picked out some lovely black frames with some art deco dots around the edges and voila! Happy Mother In Law! I also completed an 8x10 version of the full length photo - that dress and those shoes are too cute to lose. I was very honored to be able to restore this photo for everyone in the family. (Please excuse the yellow tint on the finished photos, my entire house is yellow, there is no amount of white balance correcting that can overcome this nightmare :) )

Contact me today for an estimate on restoring your priceless family heirlooms!


Photo Restoration and EnlargementPhoto Restoration and EnlargementBlack and white family photos restored to match in complimentary frames. Photo was a party snapshot with clutter in the background. I've cleaned it up and enlarged the 5x7 full length to fit in an 8x10 3/4 length pose to match the other family photo.



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