Photo Repair Services - Cathleen Gillingham Photography



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Before I continue, let me please first point out to you that is impossible for me or anyone else to completely "restore" a photo. It will never look like it did the day the studio printed it, as hard you try. I can, however, *repair* a photo, and with some solid editing experience and creativity, I can correct the tears, scratches, cracks, and even replace the missing pieces that make an old photo look dilapidated. I can also breathe life into a faded photo that has not been seen in years due to fading with age; I’ve had much success with enhancing color photos as well as black and white.

In summary, I can:

▶︎ Color correct and repair damage

▶︎Remove people and repair damage

▶︎Fix faded photos and repair damage

▶︎Add people to photos and repair damage

▶︎Assemble pieces and repair damage

I can also restore damaged documents.

My current photo-reproduction setup involves a tripod, a camera, a laptop for monitoring as I shoot, a white foam-core board for the photos, and a table light. The quality of my work demands that photos either be scanned for me at the highest resolution possible for the size, or that I photograph it myself with my DSLR camera mounted to a tripod; I use a remote shutter release so as not to disturb the camera while the shutter is open.

Technical Note: The advantage of shooting with a DSLR camera over using a scanner is that I shoot the photos in the professional "Camera RAW" format and not the standard JPG format; RAW allows for greater color and tone balance corrections in post-processing. Each photo to be repaired presents itself with its own unique set of challenges, resulting in its own separate set of problem-solving skills needed to repair the damage.

I accept hand-delivery of photos for reproduction; if you prefer to mail your photos to me, I can also arrange for a pre-paid FedEx label to be sent to you that will become part of your total costs; I will also FedEx them back to you.

Should you opt for the house call option so that your photos do not have to leave your home, all I require from you is a tablecloth-free table for my tripod and your photos and a nearby electrical outlet for my light. The feet of my tripod are rubberized, so you need not worry about scratches. 

I offer reasonable rates and will do quick turnarounds for an additional charge. I also offer print services and photo packages through my website so that you may seamlessly order reprints, canvases, etc.

Regarding ExpectationsSelect a photo you wish to have repaired and edited and examine it with a magnifying glass. You will notice a lot of imperfections; these will need to be carefully repaired. Also, please make note of the graininess of the photo; the smaller the original, the grainier the photo will be in proportion to how large you wish to reprint it. There are ways for me to minimize this grain, and while I make every effort to smooth it out, it will always exist.

Do you have photos that have a texture to them? These textures are hard to hide, but they do add a charm to the finished piece; the textures highlight the quality of the paper used to print the photo. I find that some of the textures and halftones sometimes used are very interesting.

A Little About My Experience: While I have been a photographer most of my life, I have also been correcting and repairing digital photos for almost 20 years. I'm a graduate of the Visual Communications program at Gibbs College, and also hold a certification in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and Digital Photography from Pace University. You can find more on my LinkedIn profile.

Looking forward to reintroducing you to some old friends and relatives! Cathleen

About Pricing

As stated above, each photo to be repaired presents itself with its own separate set of challenges, which results in its own separate set of problem-solving skills needed to repair the issues .  My prices are based on the time and skill level involved for each photo.

Please email me a photo of the image you would like repaired so that I will have a visual representation of the amount of work that will need to be done. I will not be using this particular photo for editing, but it will give me a fair idea of how much time the job may take. There is a great Google phone app called PhotoScan that will allow you to photograph both glossy and framed photos while eliminating the glare; I highly recommend it for the use of scanning any of your photos at any time.

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