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Sangers Green LogoBelow is a sampling of just some of the photo restoration projects we have completed. As you can see, we do not try to make old photos look like new -- we work instead to improve their over all quality while retaining a genuine respect for their age. We do, however, attack with vigor the cracks and tears and stains that have been added through the years. Bottom line -- if your photo is new, it will look new again, but if it has age, expect that age to be preserved. If you want us to edit your image, we can do that as well.

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Restored siblings
Sibling portrait, taken in 1920. All three were loved, but only one is her mother. The entire photo is restored, and then the baby is lifted and made into a free standing portrait.

Original size: 3 x 5 inches
Restored version with tears, cracks, and broken bits fixed. Identifying tags are added. An additional 5x7 headshot is lifted from the little boy standing.

Final size: 8 x 10 inches.
Creating head shots or portraits from group photos can be a challenge, but this was fairly easy since none of the subject is covered or concealed.

Final size: 11 x 14 inches.
The only known photo of a young man who died in 1924 at the age of 15 -- not long after this was taken.

Original size: 3.5 x 5.5 inches
One version includes his horse, with the corncrib in the background. No one knows who was standing beside him.

Print Size: 10 x 10 inches
Another version is his portrait. The image is scanned at 1200 dpi in order to create a portrait from a postage stamp.

Print size: 11 x 14 inches
Not all restorations are photographs. This many-times-copied page from a family Bible is cleaned, repaired, and then printed on professional stock. It is ready again for future generations to share.

Original: 8.5 x 11 inches
Final: 8.5 x 11 inches
The 35mm slide, taken in 1983, experienced degradation over time. A tangle of powerlines is removed from the foreground and the general temperature is warmed. Further restoration, editing, and vignetting reduces a rather busy intersection to an almost pastoral setting as the hay wain winds its way through Monterrey, Mexico.

Original: 35mm slide
Final Print Size: 14 x 11 inches
Not every image can be saved 100 percent. This photo has faded almost into oblivion, but we are still able to recover some detail. The little girl is wearing glasses and the oldest boy is wearing a tie clip; however, the girl's dress would have needed to be redrawn, and we chose not to to that. I love the flat caps, knee pants, and Fauntleroy ties.
Image was made between 1914-1915.

Original size:3.3 x 3.7 inches
Final size: 10 x 10 inches
Siblings After
Jimtown's Post Office/Barbership/Store, and apparently the social place to be. Maybe hanging out at the mall isn't such a new idea after all.  Photo c.1898

Original size: 6 x 4 inches
Final size: 8 x 10 inches

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Traveling photographers often captured scenes like this as they made house calls in an effort to support their craft. While the setting looks impromptu, the men's jackets (and ascot) suggest a more prepared event. The original was expertly shot with excellent resolution and depth of field, but fading has claimed almost half the image.

Original size: 3 x 3 inches
Final size: 7 x 7 inches
meal by wagon before Wagon Meal
Sometimes, a tweak here and there can make a big difference. This recent (2014) photo was taken on a bright day, but atmospheric haze works to mute the contrasts, and blend the colors into shades of gray. Careful selection and masking restores the colors and contrasts without changing the mood.

Before and after size: 7 x 5 inches

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Boat dock overlooking large lake Boat dock after enhancement
Man in a chicken wire cage Close up of man in cage
What's the story? Its owner found this turn of the century photo among a relative's effects, and knows nothing of its history. Restoration reveals the full extent of this man's bondage.

Original size: 2.5 x 4.5 inches
We see an unknown man in a chicken wire cage. Who is he? Is this for fun? Is he a magician? Or is he a criminal awaiting more permanent facilities? Do you know him?

Restored size: 5 x 9 inches
A 10 x 10 inch close-up reveals the chains confining him further. (Click on image for larger version) It is a mystery unlikely to be solved, and a great example of the importance of storytelling. (Please, share your stories!)
This photograph was taken in a simpler time, when children ran barefoot all day, dirt was a toy, and cameras were novel. Just like the time it represents, it has almost faded away.

Finding contrast is very difficult, as is smoothing out all the dust, speckles, and uneven blotches. The children are cropped and enlarged to fill a new 8 x10 inch size.
Photo c. 1910

Original size: 3.4 x 3.4 inches
Final size: 8 x 10 inches

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Babies before a barn babies by barn after restoration