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I finally revamped my web site with loads of new images including the one below. Hope you will give it a look – www.patriciagagnephoto.com
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This beautiful woman seems special to me – portraiture from this period is usually so cold. In fact, mostly people look pretty miserable. But not here – look at the character shining through this portrait. It was my privilege to restore it.
One of my favorite photo skills is restoring images people treasure. Even severely damaged images can usually be repaired- maybe not to Patricia’s standards when she starts from scratch! – but to a level that will bring renewed pleasure for years to the owners. These parents really wanted to hold on to this image of their family before the children went off in the world. It’s shocking how this print deteriorated. But now the family has restored to them the centerpiece of the living area. patriciagagnephoto.com
It has been such a joy to photograph my grandchildren through the years. Katherine just turned 12 and Jack is 7. Winter birthdays mean we usually do studio shots, but capturing the spirit of each of them can happen anywhere. When we did pictures more often, we got Jack in his overalls on the dock and tossing fall leaves in the air. I remember Katherine posing by a tree in her beautiufl red dress with matching coat and standing with an air of wonder by the water. Thanks to my daughter Chris and son-in -law Brian for giving me so much!
We are all photographers — each with special gifts. When I was visiting my son and grandson in Florida last week, I snapped this shot on my i phone while we were out to dinner. I know this has happened to you- right place, right moment, right feel. In this case, even right natural lighting. I knew right away I had a great shot, but when we returned home and I put it in the computer, I was amazed at the quality of what I had from that little phone. I spent some time in Photoshop – taking out the cluttered background, fixing Dylan’s hair that spread onto Dad’s shoulders, taking out the distracting stripes in Dylan’s shirt, replacing some of Mike’s missing hair. And voila – this is a portrait that makes a gorgeous 8×10 and could probably be blown up even bigger. I was thinking about how many people there are who have beautiful candids like this just waiting to be made into a portrait worthy of being a wall portrait. So I make this special offer: send my your treasured candid via e-mail and I will return to you an image worthy of display in your home. You can print all the copies you want. And all for a $95 art fee. Wouldn’t this make a great holiday gift?patriciagagnephoto.com
When a client called and asked me to take an old photo from the 1960’s and make it into a painted portrait, I jumped at the challenge. As you can see, the background of the original as well as the quality of the print presented serious issues. The client told me how this was her favorite picture of her husband - how much it meant to her. I was impressed with the feeling behind the request and set to work determined to create a portrait worthy of having a place as a wall portrait. One of the great things about being a family photographer is that there is a new challenge every day. It NEVER gets boring!
Here is another type of restoration. A beautiful painting damaged by time and who knows what else. An artist friend of mine asked me to work on this and we agreed it looks like new!