Photo Restoration

Restoring photos involves scanning and repairing the resulting digital images. This process can include correcting colours, removing scratches and blemishes, reconstructing missing parts, and enhancing overall image quality. Restored photos can bridge generational gaps, providing younger family members a visual connection to stories and relatives they may have never met.

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Scanning and Digital Organizing
for Barry K.

Barry initially hired us to scan 10 photo albums documenting his cycling adventures around the world. These albums contained photos, typed notes about the countries and cultures he explored, and many keepsakes like bills from different countries. As I delicately turned the pages, it became clear that these were more than just albums — they were repositories of cherished memories from a significant chapter of his life’s journey, waiting to be preserved.

Since the albums were of the sticky or magnetic type, I had to be extremely careful when lifting the plastic film that covered each page to avoid damaging the memories. Each album page was scanned, and its appearance was enhanced where possible. All digital scans were delivered electronically to Barry so he could access them conveniently on his iPad.

Our photo organizing journey didn’t end there. A second project followed, expanding beyond just albums to scanning personal photos, newspaper clippings, and other memorabilia. Each digital copy was organized chronologically, renamed, and supplemented with keywords for easy retrieval, ensuring that every memory was at Barry’s fingertips.

Printed Photo Organizing, Scanning and Digital Organizing
for Laura W.

Laura reached out to us as she prepared to downsize in a few months. She wanted to reduce her extensive photo collection to make it more manageable. Laura thought she could scan all her photos on her own. However, scanning just one album took so long that she gave up and enlisted our help.

Through regular coaching, Laura realized that she didn’t need to scan every photograph to create a family legacy. She reduced her collection to just over 7,000 photos, and then carefully selected which ones to scan. She provided us with a spreadsheet of the selected photos and entrusted us with culling the rest.

 Laura’s collection included two boxes of loose photos, five zip-lock bags, and 23 photo albums. At project completion she received a solid-state drive with nearly 3,000 scanned, colour-enhanced, renamed, and chronologically/thematically organized images. All original print photos were organized into archival boxes, and returned to her. Laura also received a list of the digital folders, keywords added to the images, and instructions for searching photos using these keywords.

Legacy Book
for Betty T.

Your Life in
a Book!

Betty had amassed an extensive collection of family photos spanning approximately eight decades. Some photos were pinned to a corkboard  or displayed on the walls, while others were kept in boxes, albums, and envelopes in her basement.

Seeking to preserve the stories attached to some of her photos, Betty embarked on the journey of creating a legacy book with us. This project involved photo organizing, scanning, and designing the book.

We conducted several in-person and phone interviews with Betty to jog her memory and took her on a trip down memory lane. We drove along country roads in Ontario, Canada. We took photos of the farm where she grew up, the shortcut she took every morning to school, the school building, and a forested area where she used to play with her siblings, all of this as her memories resurfaced. 

Betty’s stories were kept concise and were minimally edited to maintain her authentic voice – the voice that her grandchildren would like to remember and future generations would want to know. Three copies of her book were delivered to Betty for her to pass her legacy on to her sons. 

Betty T.
Betty T.
Betty T.