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Fine print: All portfolio images are used with clients' permission. Copyright notes added to screen images only.

1940's photo with studio proof marking; I removed the proof which obscured the image and restored details, including enhancing her painted nails that were shorter/lighter in the original

Trio photo, showing the woman in previous photo at center; client requested several changes, including removal of background details and applying touch up to improve the unflattering lighting for the subjects - using the previous photo from a younger age for the center woman as a reference, I smoothed out her jawline and reduced highlights for a more flattering image.

My client brought in the 5 x 7" portrait, a cut piece of canvas on the left, which he said was originally part of a 12 x 18" portrait. I determined that I'd be able to restore the whole image adding back the visible details: skin tone, coat, shirt, tie, background color. Once I'd restored the small portion, I was able to use those tones and colors to sketch and paint outwards to fill the original dimension of 12 x 18". (For the hands, I took a photo of my own hands, which I then imported into the image, aged and adjusted to match the overall feel of the pastel sketch).

Newspaper marred by glue stains and surface wrinkles. I removed these flaws, and restored the overall color to the tone of newsprint + added back the top border above "Meet Stanford Star..."; Image was then reprinted on a soft matte finish photo paper.

The original photo on the left was in cut out condition - showing faded color, tints altered with age, scrapes and moisture stains; I restored the image by creating a new background of a vintage living room setting, adding back the chair upholstery pattern, cleaning up the cut out edge lines, better defining the left arm and "painting in" the hairstyle.

The original photo on the left was stuck to the frame glass, with severe surface flaking; I carefully scanned the image through the glass, then "painted" back in the missing features, and restored the original color.

I restore posters! Originals were faded with surface and edge damage; new prints were processed on fine art papers with a watercolor finish.

My client brought the severely damaged photo on the left, which had scrapes, tears, pen marks and stains; I restored the image using another reference photo from the same era to match her hairstyle, and then "painted in" her other features, using my skills as an illustrator.

This photo is an ambrotype - an old photographic process where the image was captured on glass rather than paper or tin - circa 1850's ; I used Photoshop to lighten overall contrast and enhance details, while keeping the overall vintage feel of the original, then had prints processed on fine photographic paper.

These miniature portraits were a client's family heirlooms, taken just after emancipation, and were extremely faded; I restored the original contrast, removed dust & scratches, and enlarged the images for new portraits on fine photographic paper.

Enlarged for new 5 x 7" prints

My client's father was in the room with Elvis Presley in this treasured portrait with minor damage; I removed creases, cracks and pen marks, removed the yellowed tone, then had new prints made on glossy photographic paper to match the era.

Removal of pen marks, stains, cracks and tears

Dorothea Lange photo project:

(Note - Dorothea Lange is best known for her Depression era photographs; this photo was taken about 10 years before that, at her portrait studio in San Francisco.)

Here I show restoration and enhancement in 3 stages: 1. The original print, with stains and silvering; 2. Basic restoration with surface flaws removed; 3. Enhancement per client's request: I used my skills as an illustrator to add greater definition of girl's hairstyle, neck and shoulder, and Photoshop to enhance contrast so her features stand out against the background.

New York Law School class photo 1926 - original 16 x 20"

I restored the edges, removed stains and balanced out varied contrast - I also added the missing curved top of the decorative book edge, by copying the curve of the lower section of the book and using that, illustrating the top edge.

19th century portrait - split in two; restored with oval border

(note, original is a hand-tinted photo/portrait that was housed behind convex glass in an oval frame; the portrait itself bowed outward to conform to the glass)

"Rose Restorations did an excellent job of restoring some childhood photos of my siblings and myself that were severely water damaged, cracked and taped ... He expeditiously completed the project with special attention to detail. I am pleased beyond expectation. Needless to say, I have additional work for Jason!" Martha A. - Daly City, CA 9/21/2007

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