With Christmas now on the horizon here are some ideas for a unique gift that’s ideal for those who can be tricky to find something a bit different.
Here just a few examples of the many ways I can transform your photographs….
If you have a photograph that has faded in its frame, it can be restored and re-coloured.
Two or more photographs can be combined and you can choose the people you want in the finished photo
Family groups can be ‘adjusted’ to include or exclude people!
Couples can finally be together in the same photograph.
Snapshots of pets can be made into portraits or montages
Treasured photographs that have suffered years of damage can be restored to their original state.
Combine a favourite photograph with a more interesting background.
Create a family montage from a selection of favourite photographs
Not sure which photos to use but can see the potential?
A Photographs Forever Gift Voucher of any value could be the answer.
Are you one of the many people who has hundreds or even thousands of photographs, some in albums, some in boxes, and in more recent years, huge numbers of digital photographs on the computer? The thought of organising all your precious family photographs can seem quite overwhelming although when it’s done there are huge advantages that make the job very worthwhile.
How good would it be to be able to find the photos you want, when you want them, and end the seemingly endless frustrating searches that we’ve all done in the past. More importantly, when your photographs are organised, future generations will have all the benefits of your efforts. They will know who is who, dates, places and any other detail you may be able to add. Your photograph archive becomes a valuable heirloom.
It’s Easier Than You Think
At first it may seem like a task that is just too enormous to tackle. The good news is that when it’s broken down into simple steps, it’s much easier than you think, is actually great fun and is very rewarding.
Backing up Your Photographs For Safety
So now you have all your photographs in one place, you have named folders and photographs and they are easy to find. It’s important that you back them up. This can be done simply by copying the files onto a separate USB external hard drive, CD or memory stick or better still in the cloud on line. Livedrive (see www.livedrive.com) is an easy inexpensive cloud-based backup service – a small price to pay for security of all your precious photographs and any other information you need backed up.
Here is an interesting order I completed recently. Not only to combine two photographs that were in very poor condition but also to add the woman from the first photograph – minus baby! – to the second photograph while turning her around so she was facing the right way rather than turning her back on her husband!
“Well you’ve done it again, this time with knobs on and I am not referring to the door knob in one the photos! What an absolutely fantastic result. I appreciate the time and effort you must have put in to get the images of individuals in one photo transferred and included in another. The results to include the clean up and restoration are really brilliant, my great grandmother has literally “rejoined” her family – Fantastic. I can’t wait to present the final prints to members of my family.” John P
I was sent this very old photograph that had been rolled op for many years and had become so dry that became cracked and torn and of very limited use to enjoy. With some care and attention this is now digitally restored to its original condition
I received this email from Elissa B after she had agreed to go ahead with her photo restoration:
“You will be making my mom a very happy lady – the photo is in such terrible condition because she’s had it on display for the past 23 years, but I noticed a few months ago that she had taken it down because it had deteriorated so much and she was worried about it becoming completely unrecognisable. I managed to swipe it from her safe keeping place in the hopes that you’d be able to restore it. My brother and I are going to give it to her for her birthday in January and she will be made up. It’s her favourite photo in the world. I really appreciate how helpful you have been, you obviously have a great appreciation of how treasured people’s photographs are to them and their memories.”
Here are the before and afters of Elissa’s restored and colourised black and white photograph:
Here’s Elissa’s follow up email:
“My photos have arrived safely. They are spectacular, thank you so much for all of your hard work. My mom’s birthday is not until 13th January so I’ll have to wait until then to see her reaction to the colourised photograph of us although I am itching to show it to her right away! It will mean the world to her :-)”
I had an interesting request recently. I was sent this photograph taken on an iPhone to see what I could do…. The original is underexposed, skewiff and has a large hot spot caused my the built in flash
This is the message I received afterwards from my customer – “Thanks for the prints, they are brilliant. This village is where I was brought up and the house was our family home until 1984. I was born in that house in 1951 so the photo is somewhat special for me.Thank you for making it such a lovely picture.”
It’s always very gratifying to receive this sort of feedback and hear that the work I’ve done brings so much pleasure!
Here are just some of the many things we have restored, retouched and manipulated recently – do you have something similar that will benefit from a bit of attention?
This is a great opportunity to get a quantity of your favourite photographs scanned and optimised for just 99p each.
The normal cost of this service is £3.50 each or £2.50 each if there are more than ten photographs.
Other Scan/Optimise Packages Available
50 Photographs @ £1.35 each
25 photographs @ £1.75 each
WHY YOU SHOULD I GET MY PHOTOS SCANNED AND OPTIMISED?
You can show the finished images on your computer screen and TV
This is an example of before and after scan and optimisation
“My goodness, they look amazing! Very many thanks, how clever you are!” KC
“The photos are fab! You are a genius! Many thanks” PC
“Excellent and thanks! I’m actually really thrilled with them and will promote you to everyone” SW
“I’ve just received the photographs, they are perfect thank you very much indeed, you are a gentleman.
As I said before I shall be back to you in the future with some more work” JC