Wednesday, June 14, 2006

New link on the sidebar

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.

The Beginning

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.

Now

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.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about the Project, or need to contact us for whatever reason:

www.HollywoodFotoFix.com
Hollywood FotoFix
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

5 comments:

MB said...

Thank you so much for posting that link. I still struggle with the pictures I have of Audrey. I haven't shown them to anyone and my husband has never been able to look at them. I do because I feel like I have to, I feel like if I don't then she doesn't matter enough. I would love to be able to post them and share them with friends, but the concept of having others look at pictures on my obviously dead child makes me want to cry even now. i may now have the bravery to actually get them scanned and over to those guys to take a look at. Thank you...so much.

Julie said...

What a wonderful service, and so needed by many.

W said...

Thanks for the link. I was wondering where everyone was having their picture done at.

kate said...

A word of warning -- there was some flap over at MISS about these people. They have several techs who do the retouches and not all of the techs are equally skilled. So i am not saying don't use the service -- many people were very pleased with the results. Not *everyone* was, and in the case where the customer was unhappy, the company tried their best to redo it. So they are a very kind company, overall. I hope they can do a nice job with your photos, Cathy.

Diana said...

What a wonderful service, I would love to see how you pictures turned out.
I hope they know what a good thing they are doing...