Business Overview

Are you a master of digital photo editing? Do you have a passion for history and family stories? A photo restoration service combines all your passions while helping your customers rediscover and preserve their past through transferring beloved snapshots, photo albums, and old wedding images into a digital format and repairing damage caused by time and light.

Who is this business right for?

You will actually enjoy working on your business if you like correcting many tiny details, working independently, are self-motivated, and are always learning how to fully employ the latest digital image editing software. In order to be successful, you do need some serious background in image manipulation before you open your doors to the public.

What happens during a typical day at a photo restoration service?

Your business may employ a few people or be your sole responsibility. On any given day you might:

  • Talk to new clients and explain to them your services, rates, and set reasonable expectations for the final product
  • Scan still print images or video to transfer them to a digital and editable format
  • Use software programs such as Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, ACDSee, Apple Aperture, and Corel Paintshop to correct damage in order to restore the image
  • Use your artistic eye to return faded images to original appearance through adjusting each pixel while maintaining shading and perspective
  • Compile restored images into digital slideshows or videos per customer's requirements
  • Research the time period and location of images in order to provide accurate colors when retouching

What is the target market?

The most likely person who decides they should spend money on restoring old photos is an empty nester. Their children have left the house and their parents are aging. They have extra income that is ready to be used to bring back some fading memories while building some new ones for the next generation to cherish. Libraries, historical societies, and newspapers are also good contacts to cultivate that may provide extra work from time to time.

How does a photo restoration service make money?

You are charging your customers for your expertise in the use of photo editing software. Most of your services will be flat rate and may include scanning images onto disc, retouching each picture, transferring video to new file format, printing to create a new keepsake, and production of slideshows saved on disc or jump drive.

What is the growth potential for a photo restoration service?

While restoration represents a specific part of the image editing market, expanding your skills to include creating images for commercial applications such as product placement, entertainment, and the media are an excellent means of reaching new clients while taking advantage of your skill set. Also, with the Internet and reliable shipping options, you can expand your customer reach without operating a physical storefront in your hometown. As your reputation grows for fast and accurate service, there is no reason that you wouldn't be able to bring on additional digital artists to increase business or even franchise a successful platform.