I’d rather have a root canal – and let’s be specific about no anesthetic – than fiddle with PhotoShop. So when I think about restoring digital family photos, I think of professionals like Landailyn CPR (Conservation, Preservation, Restoration). Proprietor and family photo wizard Janine Smith promises to “breathe life into your old photos.” And I’m here to say that she’s absolutely right, because she has been successfully restoring digital family photos for me.
The image you see above is of my grandmother, her parents, and her younger siblings. The original photographic print of this family group came to me in several pieces and I sent scans of them to Janine Smith the same way. That she was able to knit them together and compensate for the many deficiencies, restoring digital family photos, is a complete joy.
Landailyn is running a holiday special for Sassy Jane readers through December 31: $50 for one digital image with mild to moderate damage; damage over 50% of the image restored for $75/image; and convex oval crayon portraits are $150.
One more example: the original wedding photograph of my great-grandparents is on the left and Landailyn’s restoration is on the right. The original photographic print suffered damage from acidic deterioration, image breaks, liquids, fading, Scotch tape (tool of the devil), and other indignities, after it was taken on 15 Sep 1888, in Chicago, Cook, Illinois.
I tried to repair that critical rip on the face of my great-grandather before I put together a family history album for my mother’s 90th birthday. To put it charitably, my PhotoShop skills sucked. The restored digital family photo version on the right pleases me to no end.
If you’re looking for high-end digital photo restoration, try Landailyn. If you’d like us to work our magic on your damaged photo, send us a scanned copy, at least 300 ppi and scanned in color – even if the photo is black and white. You can contact us, and even send the photo, using our contact form.
Once restored, if you’re searching for a way to manage your digital family photographs, consider: