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Restoring and Preserving Ambrotypes

Let’s talk about ambrotypes. An ambrotype is a photograph whose technique dates to the 1850s. It is the antique equivalent to the modern day slide. Created through a wet process, an ambrotype is a glass negative that appears to be a positive. It is painted black on one side and is often hand tinted. Most ambrotypes are in an ornate case called a casket, coffin, union case, etc. They’re the type...

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scheduling items for insurance

Fine Art and Valuable Photos: A Look at Scheduling Items for Insurance

We’ve all seen the insurance commercials where they make light of terrible situations, but as funny as they may be, disasters happen. As artists, it is always upsetting to see a piece of art suffering from smoke damage as a result of a fire or mold from water damage in a basement flood. It is heartbreaking to see clients realize that their items are not covered properly on their homeowner’s...

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Transforming a black and white photo with color

Transforming a Black and White Photo with Color

Transforming a black and white photo with color can be magical. Making gray eyes blue and adding life to cheeks is an art form that is sometimes trivialized. In the “I want it now” age, techies have developed apps and bots to instantly add color to an image. The end result is often sloppy and inaccurate – slight wrong shade of blonde hair or not quite hazel enough eyes. When...

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Merging Past and Present

We live to create, and we love that “Ta-Da” moment when our clients see the final result of their project. As a creative, it is special and personal for us to take someone’s vision – a vision they aren’t always sure is possible to attain – and turn it into a reality. One of our longtime clients had a wonderful idea. He wanted to take a photo of his father behind...

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