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Our policy is to duplicate your image and then work on the duplicate to ensure that your original stays safe.  We’ve worked on photos stuck to glass, we’ve removed or inserted people into photos, prepared images for mausoleum photos and digitized old slides, along with repairing rips, bends and tears.  Bring your photo in and you’ll get a quote on the spot.

Restoring old photos has been a service we have provided since the first day. Nerses Semerjian opened the Studio in 1966. The most important factor in restorations is keeping the integrity of the photo intact. We were commissioned by the City of St. Catharines to restore all the City Council group photos dating back to 1977. No job is too big or too small and we recently restored a 4ft x 5ft Maid of the Mist photo for Hornblower in Niagara Falls.

Understanding Photo Restoration
  • Repairing tears, scratches and other cosmetic damage

  • Adding color to black and white photos

  • Inserting or removing individuals from the image

  • Removing undesirable backgrounds

  • Combining individuals from two photos into one

  • Resizing images

  • Digitizing negatives or slides (Pricing for this is dependent upon the number of images and the work done to them.)


Quotes for photo restoration are delivered following an assessment; which can be done in person or via email.  Pricing varies depending on the level of difficulty and the time required to restore the image.  Issues such as damage to a face or excessive fading can be time consuming to repair and will increase the cost.  Finishing options such as mounting and laminating, framing, etc. are also available.

Nerses Photo Studio offers free estimates for your old photos.  You can submit them online, or bring them in person.

Restorations typically begin around the $50 mark, but this varies from image to image as each photo offers its own unique challenges.

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