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Doug Nelson 08-22-2001 03:47 PM

Business websites we admire
 
What photo restoration/retouching business websites have you come across that you really like? And why?

Here's the idea:
Post the URLs of restoration/retouching business websites you like, and why you like them. We all go there and learn.

I'm not talking about the quality of their restoration/retouching. This is the Business forum, so I'm talking about the way they approach the customer. And don't bother with the sites for our own members. We already know how great we are :)

If you agree, and like their site, don't forget to email them and tell them (imagine how you'd feel if you got such an email).

Here's a few to start:

http://www.maine.com/photos/Welcome.html
His website design isn't that great, kind of clunky in fact, but I do like the way he "talks" to the customer, and he has many resources available for folks to learn about the topic in general.

http://www.picturefix.com/
A pretty generic site, but I love the way they superimpose before/after shots for their buttons and example links.

http://www.photo-restoration.co.uk/
Quite charming, and I like the way they offer varied services besides straight restores. They also seem to value customer satisfaction, and that's the most important thing a site needs to project.

So, hit the search engines and start exploring. And don't forget to tell them if you really do like their site.

farron 08-23-2001 12:15 AM

Another Site
 
Hi,

I found this restoration site rather interesting.

I really like the personal feel of it and the little tidbits about the photos restored.

http://www.asterlil.com/ADA/index.html

Also, enjoyed the link to her personal website that has a gallery and travel journal, but that's something else entirely...Hummmmm, 'cept that maybe you feel that you get to know a bit about the person and might be more inclined to trust them with your heirloom photos???? Food for thought.

Farron

Doug Nelson 09-03-2001 07:56 PM

Ok, the restoration quality is average, the text copy is a bit overblown, and the overall site design is a tad pretentious, but you gotta love the last contact option:

Carrier pigeon to:
2113 West Lacey Road, Forked River, NJ
right rear pigeon coop - ask for Mabel

Plus she has a cool URL:
www.photorestoration.org

thomasgeorge 09-08-2001 10:40 PM

The following site has a lot of good info about general history of photography type things and some excellent tips on identifying the approximate time period an old photo may have been taken in by analysis of clothing styles, etc. Some of it may be a little dry but over all its a good resource. www.ajmorris.com/roots/photo/photo.htm Tom

Doug Nelson 11-01-2001 02:03 AM

Here's a site I enjoyed. They have good samples, an excellent FAQ, and one of the best price guides I've seen.

But what I really liked was their Upload/Download feature. They let users send in their own scans then download and print them. I'm still pondering on how good an idea this is, but from a business standpoint I think it's very clever.

American Photo Restoration

Vikki 11-01-2001 05:31 AM

Doug,
It is an interesting concept (uploading & downloading). After reading their FAQ, I see that one can submit a photo various ways - mail in, walk in, and upload. I think they've made it very convenient for everyone.

What's even more interesting is the pricing.
Quote:

and one of the best price guides I've seen.
The prices are all the same, for anything! No matter how bad it is. Very convenient.

They also promise a 10 day delivery and free shipping!

I would love to have seen more examples of their work. It's hard to believe they've been in business since 1977, and only posted 5 examples.

If they provide everything they promise, maybe I should start sending my harder stuff to them - can't beat the price.

I must be jaded. This place sounds too good to be true. Is there a catch?

Doug Nelson 12-10-2001 07:54 PM

Precious Photos has a typical restoration biz site, with one major exception: they have a dealer page designed to help retailers offer their services. An excellent idea!

Donna Slinger 12-11-2001 11:31 AM

Vkki,

I think the downside is every one gets blue eyeshadow :)

BTW, there's a more button at the bottom of the page for more than five samples.

Doug Nelson 04-26-2002 03:52 PM

I like the Photos Made Perfect site due to their imaginative ideas for photos. "Petfolio" especially :)

They also project a genuine interest in informing the customer and generally seem to care about the overall experience the customer might have.

Doug Nelson 04-26-2002 04:06 PM

7Palm blends poetry, storytelling, and old-fashioned branding to create a unique identity for themselves.


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