Bringing New Life to Old Photos


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Restoring old pictures is one of Horn Photo’s specialties.  It feels like magic when we can bring a whole new life to that faded and often damaged portrait.  Our staff enjoys seeing your precious old photos and hearing about the person or people in them.  We are interested in the stories behind them, and what they mean to you, personally. We get excited when we get to show you your restored image. Who wouldn’t love to be a part of that?  
Restoration is a team effort from start to finish.  Our staff knows how to handle your precious, and often fragile, photos.  They can give you a price quote, carefully remove them from a frame, and scan them, and re-frame them when they’re complete.  
However, I am the only person that does the hands-on restoration work in Photoshop.  I started restoring photos in the early 1990s, and have completed well over 50,000 restoration projects.  Yep, that’s right.   That’s a ton of experience.  I started restoring photographs before some of our employees were even born!
We have talented staff, more than capable of helping with the Photoshop portion of restoration.  Why haven’t we handed over some of the responsibility to them?  Here’s why:  I love restoring old photos.  It’s my favorite thing to do.  Bringing new life to an old print of someone’s family member photographed in the late 1800s, early 1900s, or later, brings me joy.  I never tire of it, even after 50,000 restorations.  Matter-of-fact, I’m looking forward to the next 50,000 photo restorations!
Here are answers to the nine most frequently asked questions about our photo restoration services:

1. How much does it cost?

It really depends on what you want, and what kind of shape your original photo is in.   Let’s say you have a photo that is a little faded, but doesn’t have damage, and you just want a copy of it to give to a friend or family member.  The cost could be as little as $20.  It’s a simple process for us to make it like new again. We copy it, brighten it up a little bit, and print it on Kodak paper 
If your restoration is more complex, the cost will be higher.   Let’s say your photo is damaged, you want it colorized, or it’s missing pieces.  It will take more time to make the magic happen so that photo can come back to life. A complex restoration can go over $100.
Whatever kind of shape your photo is in, bring it to us, let us know what you want done, and we’ll evaluate it with you right on the spot.  We will give you a quote before we do any work.

2. Do you restore my original photo print?

No.   We wish that we could, but we don’t have that technology. We scan your original print, then do the magic in Photoshop, and produce a whole new print, or set of prints, on professional Kodak paper.  You will receive your original back along with the restored print.  

3. How long does it take?

The typical order takes about five days.  A more complex order may take a bit longer.  If you have a special need to have the images ready for an upcoming funeral or memorial service, please let us know, and we will rush your order.

4.  Can you restore my photo that is stuck to glass?

STOP!  We can help you but DON’T try to take your photo out of the frame or peel it away from the glass!  We don’t want you to damage the photo more than it already is.   Bring it to us as is, and we will scan the image through the glass, get the image in Photoshop, and make the restoration magic happen.  There is an additional charge in handling this kind of situation, but we do it all the time.

5. Can you turn a Black & White print into color?

This is our 40,000 restoration - Mrs. Peter's father at his market in Berkley, California
Yes!  I love colorizing B&W prints!  Bring in the print, and give us instructions on the colors you want:  Hair color, eye color, color of dress, shirt, background, etc.  You will be amazed at the difference!  The photo will have a whole new life! Many of the times it comes out looking like a hand colored photo from that era.
Please bring your print in and go over all the options with our staff. We would love to see your picture and talk over all option with you.

6.  Can you remove or add someone in my photograph?

Yes!  Bring in your photo, let us know what you want, and we will talk it over with you.  Together, we’ll figure out the best options to make the best photograph we can for you.  

7.  How large of a print can I get?

How large of a print do you want?  We can make a print up to 30 inches by 40inches.   Keep in mind that the size of your original print will determine how large your restored print can be while maintaining good quality.  If your original image is wallet-sized, it most likely won’t hold up to a wall-sized print.  Bring it in, and we’ll help you find the right size for your image.

8. Can I have a digital copy of my photo restoration?

Absolutely.  You can get a digital file along with your photo restoration.  A digital file of your photo restoration will cost an additional $10 per image.

9.  Can you change the background of my photo?

Yes!  I’ve done it many times.  It’s my forte, and I love to do it.  People often want the background switched to more of a studio look, or an outdoor setting.  Bring in your photo, and let us know what you want.  We’ll discuss the options so that your photograph will take on a whole new life.
—————This bears repeating————— We prioritize our processing for special circumstances:
If you need your restoration for a funeral or  memorial service, please tell us, and we will meet your time line.
What we cannot do:
We cannot bring back something that’s not there.  For example, if the face is completely faded, and no features are visible, we cannot recreate a face from nothing.
Thanks for reading! Questions?? Then please email us