I know I’ve said this before, but I truly mean it.  I love my job!  I love what I can do for people!  Having said that, sometimes I am faced with new, unique challenges; that are both exciting, nerve-wracking, yet rewarding.

This is one example.  In November I was contacted by someone new who needed help with some restoration work.  We agreed on a time and a place to meet.  When I met with the new client and her mother we chatted for a bit and looked at the item they needed help with.

They had in their possession a portrait from the 1920’s that had been taken out of a frame at least 20 years ago.  The client had been looking for some time to find someone who could help bring some love back to this portrait.  It was a portrait of her grandfather as a baby and she wanted to give it to her father for Christmas.   The catch in this is that they wanted the portrait restored where it could be put back into a frame.  Even though my experience was in digital restoration up to this point, I had to give it a try.

I had already begun research prior to this and joined AIC in preparation of something like this. Through the weeks I would email the client and provide her updates on my work.   This took some time, layering pieces so that the portrait could be put back into a frame it deserved.  But a month later, I was happy with the results!  But most important when I met with the client and her mother, they both seemed very happy and couldn’t wait to give it to her dad.

Update: As I was writing this article, I received an email from the client.  She took a few photos of her dad receiving the gift and said he was very emotional.  I’m so touched!  And it’s so thoughtful what his daughter and wife did for him this year.

I hope each and everyone one of you have had a wonderful holiday season.  And my wish for you is a Happy New Year.