Photo Restoration
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Film-based photographs deteriorate over time partially due to the chemicals used in their development process and mainly due to the environmental effects of light, moisture, and PH imbalance. Old Town Photo's digital restoration expertise can restore almost all types of damaged prints or films. Once the digital restoration process is complete, we reprint the photo on museum-grade archival media and then apply a UV protective coating to it. The final result becomes a long lasting image using materials and techniques unavailable when the original photograph was taken.

When it comes to restoration there are choices and claims of magic automated software but the fact is if you are asked to send your photograph scanned, they care little about the final result as a piece with important image information preserved in your restored copy.

We have been using advanced tools both in hardware and software to get the job done right, have worked on numerous valuable pieces of various types, including convex oval photos, tin-type, ambrotype, film negatives, and slides, each requiring special care and handling. We do not send items out and are not a home-based business. In the past year, 18% of our clients came to us after having experienced another restoration service provider.

If you are looking for ultimate care and a professional job performed on your cherished old photographs, feel free to send us an inquiry for a free evaluation and estimate. There are many factors that contribute to the cost of a restoration project, for example when enlarging or fade removal is involved, damages not visible to the eye in its current state become apparent and those would need to be corrected too. Once we examine the piece closely, we will be able to quote the cost, and we do not raise the estimate if we encounter more work needed to be done in order to accurately complete the project. As always, we guarantee total satisfaction.

For an elegant display and proper protection of your new old photograph, we offer archival framing with conservation glazing both in standard and custom-made sizes.

Some samples of our photo restoration work are shown via this link.

Original old photo before the restoration work. It was faded, full of cracks, stains, and missing pieces. Photo restoration in Arlington VA Old Photo after professional restoration. Photo restoration in Fairfax
Photo Before restoration Photo After restoration

This example shows a 1910 overlay painted photograph in a very poor condition. Oval shaped photo restoration and in particular the convex oval portraits require special handling.

 Original oval photo before restoration work. Photograph circa 1910
Overlay painted photograph Before restoration

 Oval shaped photo after restoration work. Portrait photograph circa 1910
Overlay painted photograph After restoration

Partial list of restoration works we have performed include:

  • Oval convex painting or photos in bubble glass frames;
  • Tintype(ferrotype), ambrotypes;
  • Polaroid captured photos;
  • Water or flood damaged photos;
  • Faded or color shifted photos

I was just comparing the "before" and "after" again, and the result you achieved is truly remarkable. Please accept my sincere gratitude. You restored a priceless image, the last one taken of my mother.

The work you did to restore my photo was great! Many people have seen the before and after and are stunned by the results. The process was great from beginning to end and I really appreciate your timeliness and professionalism throughout. The surprise was a hit as a Christmas gift to my grandmother. It created such a buzz that I may have more photos to bring to you in the future.

My photo restoration experience with Old Town Photo was fantastic. I brought in a picture with extensive water damage, unsightly stains due to mold and missing pieces that were torn off. This childhood photo was beautifully restored to a point that retained it's authentic qualities, yet looked even better than the original. I am highly appreciative that many creative techniques were employed to recreate the picture and help me preserve this memory!

I'd like to thank you again for being able to complete my photo so quickly. I can't believe how great it looks! I couldn't be happier with the outcome. I hope you have a wonderful holiday season and thank you so much!

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Wedding Photographer Alexandria
Wedding Photographer Alexandria