I would like to call your attention to a special new link on my sidebar. The Angel Pics Project provides photo "restoration" services for two photos of lost babies...for free. I have seen a photo of theirs and they do amazing work. I have submitted Travis and Alex's photos in the hopes that we will receive something that we can comfortably display in our home. I will let you know how they come out. In the meantime, here is a description of their project...
How the AngelPics Project was Born
Hollywood FotoFix has been in the digital restoration business since 1992, and since then has restored and retouch hundreds of thousands of images. We have received jobs that range from the retouching of early 1900's images that have been heavily worn and damaged through age and disaster, to the simple retouching of a fresh photograph to help remove minor glare from glasses.
But the most memorable images that we the one-of-a-kind images that is all a parent is left with when their baby doesn't make it home from the hospital.
In 1998, one of our retail dealers brought us a photo of a stillborn child and asked us if there was "anything we could do". The child bore the physical marks indicative of her brief struggle for life. Hollywood FotoFix President Mark Long was so touched, that he handled the job himself. Mark spent hours with that angel, removing bruises and tubes, making an attractive portrait out of a tragic photo.
The dealer was amazed, and asked how much he should charge. "I can't charge for this," Mark responded.
Now, Hollywood FotoFix provides the same free service to other families in the same situation through the AngelPics Project.
Since that day, we have built up the program and encourage every one of our dealers to participate in the program with us. With every new dealer that joins us, we build awareness of the Project - which spans all over the United States. Even with medical miracles of medicine that we now see every day, there are still stillborn infants born every day (an estimated 0.5% of pregnancies in 2002).
In 2005 - we have launched a new website dedicated completely to the project. We understand that some parents are not as likely to go to a storefront with such a precious image. To help with that, we have completed an online-system that allows the parents to scan the image from home, upload it to our servers, and receive a digitally restored image back over the web. Then they can either print it out at home or take it to one of many print development studios that can print digital images suitable for framing. Our dealers sill offer the service if the parents do not have a scanner or want to ensure a high-quality scan.
If you have any questions about the Project, or need to contact us for whatever reason:
130 West Main Street
Lehi, UT 84043
Monday-Friday 8:00AM - 5:00PM (MST -0700)
Toll-Free: (888) 700-3686
Phone: (801) 768-0624
Fax: (801) 766-1991