Photo Restoration, Retouching & Manipulation

MWphotorestoration

Layton, UT

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About MWphotorestoration

hired 5 times on Thumbtack

As an experienced, digital artist (Adobe Certified in Photoshop CS4), I can:

(1) Repair cracks, creases, tears, and water damage
(2) Reverse the effects of color fading
(3) Return your photos to their original quality using professional digital techniques without distortion or loss of quality.

Location

Layton, UT 84040

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  • 5/5 stars July 18, 2014

    I have had in my possession several black and white, box brownie photographs of my family for a long time. I had given up hope of ever "merging" some of them to give us a complete photo of our entire family, which we did not have. We had lost our Father, Mother and our sister, so I began to research what could be done, never imagining it was possible, as other attempts had been just awful. I heard of Melissa through a friend of mine also from New Zealand, and the story unfolds. How Melissa was able to achieve the many stages to get to the finished product, is utterly amazing, taking black and white photos, one colored house, that had been removed from the original site and was rather the worse for wear, add in a photo of our Mother, and a separate one of a little brother to give us a "together at last" photograph of our family, was very emotional. I am thrilled to be able to travel back to New Zealand with this work of art, to see the expressions of my siblings as they receive this gift of a lifetime,. Working with Melissa through this process showed me what an artist she is. I am just so delighted with "Melissa's Magic" that I highly recommend those of us who long for that "together at last" moment. Since this amazing work I have found other little treasures that she is now working on, who knew such talent was out there.. Thank you is not enough, our family will be so grateful to you Melissa, I thank you, and I thank you for giving us such a cherished memory.

  • 4/5 stars June 16, 2014

    Melissa was tasked with restoring my badly faded work ID badge. Although there wasn't much she could do to restore the fading done (due to the type of fade), she was a consummate professional; very responsive and seemed to have a knowledge of her craft.

  • 5/5 stars April 9, 2014

    Even though I didn't use Melissa's services, she was able to refer me to a local business who offered services closer to my needs. I really appreciated her help and professionalism. I will keep her information on file for future reference.

  • 5/5 stars February 19, 2014

  • 4/5 stars January 29, 2014

    I took my baby portrait to Melissa to be restored because it was stuck to the glass in the frame. Melissa did a nice job removing the damage and giving me my cherished picture back. I liked how she let me see what she was doing along the way and made sure that I liked the changes. I recommend her to anyone who has damaged pictures that should be restored to preserve them for the future.

  • 5/5 stars October 9, 2013

    I have had Melissa Worthen do several photo restorations for me and was impressed with her outstanding quality of work. She has repaired physical damage (tears, splotches, etc) and reversed age/sun damage (both faded b/w and color). She has an incredible artistic eye. She also had me review her work along the way for my suggestions and preferences, so I knew I was getting what I wanted, and not just what she wanted. She has a quick turnaround time and provides excellent customer service. I will use her talents again. I highly recommend her!

  • 5/5 stars July 26, 2013

    I have been using Melissa Worthenís services for the past few months as Iíve been having her restore a number of very old photos in black and white and sepia tones.

    I am thrilled with the quality of the restored work and plan to use her services and more old photos are sent to me.

    There was one family group photo taken in 1912 at a family picnic and itís a treasured classic photo. The original was in sepia with some color added to the trees in the background which looked very fake. I asked Melissa if she would restore the photo then color it but it would need to look authentic. I think she researched the clothing of that era because the end result is excellent. She has done a wonderful job of colorizing the clothing to make it look very authentic for that era. It looks like it is a real colored photograph and it will be a treasure to our family. When I took the photo to have it printed up for enlarging and framing the printer commented on the excellent quality of the print and color. Also the framer commented on what a beautiful picture it is. I was delighted as the printed version is even better than it looks on the computer. I am very excited to see the finished work when it is finished at the framers next week.

    I would recommend Melissa highly.

    Thank you

    Melissa

    My sister Jan Molloy brought with her on her
    latest trip to New Zealandthe photo you
    restored for her.

    That photo, almost exactly 100 years old,
    included our great grandfather and great grandmother, whom none of us had never
    met - with the sole exception of our 91 year old Mother.

    It also included our very beloved
    grandfather, whom we knew very well, albeit far too breifly, along with his
    brothers and sisters.

    It has enormous sentimental value for us, as
    we treasure our heritage and legacy greatly.

    We found the original tucked away in the
    home of a somewhat difficult relative.
    I had a small portable document scanner with
    me and took the best image I could of what was a small black and white photo.

    The photo was then whisked away and is in
    all probability inaccessible to us for some time, perhaps forever.

    So to see the miracle you had wrought from
    such a poor platform was a stunning surprise.

    It was the prize exhibit at our family
    reunion a week or so back, when almost 100 descendants of the grand old man in
    the photo gathered to celebrate family and Christmas.

    And that beautifully framed copy now sits on
    the wall in our darling Motherís home. I get a thrill every time I see it.

    The quality of your craftwork is
    outstanding.

    I have no hesitation in recommending you to
    any future clients.

    Feel free to quote me in your advertising,
    on your website, wherever.

    Thank you from the very depths of our
    hearts.


    Paul Molloy

Question and answer

Q. Describe the most common types of jobs you do for your clients.

A. 1. Restoring photos (old and new) that have been damaged due to a number of different reasons - age, water, constant exposure to sunlight, poor storage (crumpled or torn), etc.
2. Retouch photos to eliminate distractions, blemishes, color contrast, etc.
3. Manipulate photos for a customized effect.

Q. What advice do you have for a customer looking to hire a provider like you?

A. Make sure your provider has the skill level necessary to work with the photograph and artistic sense to properly visualize the finished product.

Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?

A. With today's technology, it is possible to repair photos with cracks, creases, tears, stains, and water damage; reverse the effects of color fading; and return them to their original quality using professional digital techniques without distortion or loss of quality. Photo restoration is part technique, part skill, and part art.

Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?

A. My combination study of fine art, graphic design, and Photoshop has given me a unique ability to understand and visualize excellence in my work with each photo. I am Adobe Certified in Photoshop CS4.

So that your precious and irreplaceable photographs never leave your possession, I can travel to your home and take digital pictures to work from and give you a cost on the project. I then provide you with a digital copy to put on your computer for reference and to make prints from at your convenience.

Or, you can scan and email me your photo, and I will tell you what I can do for what cost.

Q. What do you like most about your job?

A. With clients I have met, I like seeing the smiles on their faces as they see their precious photos brought back to new life.

Q. What questions do customers most commonly ask you? What's your answer?

A. Can you repair and restore discolored, faded, stained and damaged pictures, photos with scratches, blemishes or with creasy or torn edges, completely torn photographs, as well as those with partially missing images? I answer, "Yes," and it will look like magic!

Do I have to mail you my photos? No! Because I specialize in a local (50 mile radius) clientele, I come to your home and take digital pictures of your photos, so that they never leave your possession.

You can also scan and email me your photos.

How much will it cost? It depends upon the complexity. When I see the photo and what needs to be done, I will give you a firm price.

Q. Do you have a favorite story from your work?

A. I had an elderly client in her 80s who had a poor quality picture of her mother and uncle when they were older. It was also very faded from sunlight, and had shifted out of place in an oval frame. I was able to take the photograph, restore and colorize it, and make it look even better than the original. The smile on her face as she sat there and gazed at how beautiful her mother looked was priceless. She passed away less than a year later. (see Before and After in samples)

I did an intricate colorization of a precious old family photo for a client. She took it home to New Zealand over Christmas, and it was a stunning "hit" at their family reunion. (See Before and After and Review). In fact, another part of the family saw it, and they wanted it at their reunion in the spring.

I have received nice notes from (non Thumbtack) clients. Jesse C. wrote: "This is terrific! I've already had a request for your contact information from a colleague who is working on a history of an ancestor. I'll put the before and after photos up on a bulletin board with your information attached. I'm also going to sort through my own photos to see whether I have any others that I can send you. Good luck in your business." (March 2014)

Ellen K. wrote: "Melissa, the restoration is quite wonderful - thank you very much. You can be sure I will come to you with any more photos I want to have made better. I hardly knew about photo restoration and am very impressed. I posted your redo of my photo on my facebook and in Family Tree and acknowledged you and your website Melissa. Good luck with your business." (March 2014)

Linda S. wrote: This is fabulous!! I will certainly look at others of my photos and use you to restore them. It is worth the money! I will also tell others about your great work." (March 2014)

Emily R wrote: "Thank you!!! Wow! These look wonderful! The colors are awesome! You did a great job. I have more photos I will send your way soon. Thank you SO much for your time and work. My mom is going to love them! (April 2014)

Diane S. wrote: "You have me in tears. What a wonderful, wonderful job you have done with these two photos. Considering we just lost another dear family member, these are too precious for words and will be kept for generations. They are absolutely a treasure." (June 2014)

Q. What do you wish customers knew about you or your profession?

A. Photo restoration, editing, and touch up using professional digital photo techniques without distortion or loss of quality has only been available for a few years. It is one of the marvels of modern technology. I am Adobe Certified in Photoshop CS4.

Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?

A. I studied fine art in high school and media technology in college. One of the classes I took was Photoshop. I fell in love with the artistic and computer processes involved in bringing new life to photos. It was like magic! With my background in fine art, graphic design, and Photoshop, I am able to visualize a finished photograph that is truly amazing.

Q. Tell us about a recent job you did that you are particularly proud of.

A. I just completed my latest project for a lady originally from New Zealand. These photos were precious to her because there had never been a photo of the entire family together. So, she first had me add in the missing people (mom and the little boy), and then position the whole family in front of their childhood home. Then I needed to color the family photo since everything was in black and white. Because the photo of the home is recent, it shows the "wear and tear" of old age. So I updated the "new house" to make it look like the original "old house." This included recreating the accurate color and making minor repairs. The final step was taking out the shadow on the ground and putting in new grass. I originally added lush green grass which I thought was "New Zealand." Apparently, the grass in New Zealand where they lived is not lush; it is rather dry and dull looking. So I found more appropriate grass, and voila, the finished photo. She was thrilled with the final version and will soon be surprising her siblings with copies.

Q. Write your own question and answer it.

A. Do I have to bring (or mail) you the original photographs? Not necessarily. If I need to scan them, yes. If you can scan them, I can work from the email attachment you send me. I have never met most of my clients. We do everything through email.

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