Layton, UT

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About this pro

How does your service stand out?

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.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

With clients I have met, I like seeing the smiles on their faces as they see their precious photos brought back to new life.
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Layton, UT 84040

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15 Reviews
  • Heidi W. Jan 14, 2016
    A year ago, my 17 year old son had a serious snowboarding accident, which resulted in a c-6 burst fracture. 90% of people with this accident die or are paralized from the neck down, but my son had a full recovery with no lasting issues. Nothing but a miracle. I wanted to celebrate his recovery by having Melisa take my son's x-ray of his broken vertabrae and add a silouette of a snowboarder jumping off his broken c-6. I wanted it as a graphic to put on a t-shrit. It wasn't an easy job and I had a very specific idea in my head. Melissa would send me a draft; I'd advise; she'd tweak some more and so on several times until it was just right. My son LOVED it (and he is very picky) and the shirts are being printed as I type this. I tried working with 2 other graphic artists and Melissa is the one who got it done and got it done RIGHT.
  • Katie F. Jan 9, 2016
    For a Christmas present for my parents, I wanted to put together a picture with all the grandkids. However, our family lives in several different states, so the only way to get all the grandchildren in one picture would be through photo editing. MWphotorestoration did an absolutely amazing job compiling 3 different photos of the grandkids into one photo with all of them together. This was especially impressive as the photos ended up being of varying quality and lighting. The project was also completed in a very timely manner. My parents were deeply touched by the project and could not tell the picture had been edited. MWphotorestoration is an excellent choice for those looking for someone to edit or restore their photos with a high level of skill, timely work, and exceptional service.
  • Josie D. Sep 25, 2015
    Photo Restoration
    Verified Review
    Melissa did a great job restoring the photo of my late dad fishing. Thank you!!
  • Paul M. Mar 16, 2015
    We entrusted to Melissa's care an old photo we'd found of our grandfather as a youth, in a family portrait with his parents and siblings. Her sensitive restoration of it was so well done that it triggered a drive to update our family history, which has now become a multi-year multi-book project. That restored photo has given hundreds of our relatives a great deal of pleasure, and a large framed version of it now sits in pride of place on the lounge wall of our 93yr old Mother. Of course we have subsequently given more of our precious archived photos to Melissa and she has done a fabulous job with everyone. I recommend her highly.
  • Dee S. Feb 7, 2015
    Melissa Worthen is one amazing talented girl. I had an old print that was a copy of a picture that had hung in my grand-mother's home for many years. The print that I had was terribly faded and all the color of the dog, a little doll, the rug, had all turned just grey. Melissa changed this faded print into a master-piece of perfect color. Nothing was set until she had my approval that it was like the original color that I remembered. You would have to see the beautiful results to believe it. I have never seen such amazing restoration of old prints/pictures that she changes into master pieces. She is the best and has an amazing talent to accomplish the incredible finished work that she does.
  • Teralee H. Jan 3, 2015
    Photo Restoration
    Verified Review
    Melissa was wonderful! I had a picture I needed restored for my grandpas funeral and she was able to quickly restore it for us and it looks great! She was very friendly and understanding of our situation. I would highly recommend her, in fact I have another project she is doing for me.
  • Bonnie D. Dec 1, 2014
    Thank you! Thank You!! Thank You!!! I just can't describe in words how much this means to me to have a picture of Baby Michael without the hospital bed, tubes and constant reminder of what he went through. I finally get to see just my sweet baby. You are a very talented young lady and the talent that you have developed will be a blessing to many families, as it is to us.
  • Jackie S. Sep 8, 2014
    Photo Restoration
    Verified Review
    I highly recommend Melissa. Her attentiveness to detail, timeliness, and quality work was far above my expectations. She was able to restore an 1918 photo of WWI servicemen that had been rolled up for years and had many cracks and tears. Looks absolutely perfect. Thanks Melissa!
  • Diane S. Jul 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.
  • Lenhart B. Jun 16, 2014
    Photo Restoration
    Verified Review
    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.
  • Tami-li N. Apr 9, 2014
    Photo Restoration
    Verified Review
    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.
  • Shawn R. Feb 19, 2014
    Photo Restoration
    Verified Review
  • Leticia C. Jan 29, 2014
    Photo Restoration
    Verified Review
    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.
  • Debbie C. Oct 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!
  • Jan M. Jul 26, 2013
    Photo Restoration
    Verified Review
    I have been using Melissa Worthen’s services for the past few months as I’ve 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 it’s 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 Mother’s 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


What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
I usually get a scanned copy of the photo emailed to me (or some have brought it to my home to scan). After looking it over, I confirm the price, which is impossible to give from a description only. Upon approval, I prepare a working draft copy to let the customer review it and give suggestions, if wanted. After the customer is satisfied with the restoration or editing, I finalize it and email it back for printing.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I studied Media Design Technology at Davis Applied Technology College and am also certified in Adobe PhotoShop CS4.
Do you have a standard pricing system for your service? If so, please share the details here.
There is no standard pricing. A exact quote is impossible from a description only. An estimate may be given from a description with a firm quote given after seeing the photograph and the complexity of the request. Only upon approval of a firm quote does work begin.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
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.
What types of customers have you worked with?
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.
Describe a recent project you are fond of. How long did it take?
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.
What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?
Make sure your provider has the skill level necessary to work with the photograph and artistic sense to properly visualize the finished product.
What questions should customers think through before talking to professionals about their project?
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.