Black and white photo restoration. Pacific islands family.


Photo Restoration

Photo restoration is a very personal thing. It is all about your memories and your loved ones. Your whanau, your experiences, your 'good times'. Which means no two photos are the same. Every photo is a unique moment in time.  Captured forever and able to be enjoyed by everyone. A recent survey showed that family photos were one of the top 5 things people would want to grab if their house was burning down.


Unfortunately there are many things can damage your precious photos. Direct sunlight, misuse, accidents, and tears or water & flood damage are just some of the ways a photo can degrade and require photo restoration.


We can improve virtually any photo. So that, even if you think the photo is beyond repair, you may be pleasantly surprised at what can be achieved by PixelFIX photo restoration services.
Send me your photo for a FREE no obligation quote now.

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What Our Customers Say

Testimonials From Google
Siobhan HiggottSiobhan Higgott
04:51 26 Apr 24
Richard did a great job scanning my photos. Friendly, efficient & good value service - would happily recommend.
Vickie McGoverinVickie McGoverin
03:39 15 Feb 24
Outstanding work and great service. These guys restored a photo that had been stuck on a wall by a drawing pin for the last 50-odd years and made it look like the day it was put up there. Great communication and prompt service. Would definitely recommend.
22:38 31 Jan 24
Richard is great to deal with and always does things on time and as expected. Have used his services twice to scan family photos. Ka rawe - awesome.
Firusa SaklatwalaFirusa Saklatwala
06:11 19 Dec 23
Great job done by Pixel. Richard was quite friendly and explained the whole process of scanning very well.Efficient & prompt serviceWould surely recommend Pixel.
John TanJohn Tan
03:06 05 Dec 23
We had a very old coloured photo (over 55 years old) restored and the result was impressive, he managed to get the hair colour spot on too. Thank you.
Diane SimpsonDiane Simpson
21:53 30 Nov 23
I have asked Richard to restore & enlarge photographs for me a couple of times and I have to say he does an excellent job each time, I have been thrilled with the results. Thank you Richard
Wayne DingleWayne Dingle
23:21 23 Nov 23
The service provided by Richard at PixelFix was prompt, courteous and efficient with excellent results - recommended.
K HirawaniK Hirawani
21:36 11 Oct 23
Richard does an amazing job. It meant so much for me to be able to see the face of my great grandfather.Pixelfix photo restoration have great communication and provide a very professional service.
Athol BinnsAthol Binns
00:17 18 Aug 23
Richard at Pixelfix did a wonderful job of restoring memories from another century. I would unequivocally recommend his service to you.
Sophie MahoneySophie Mahoney
02:01 01 Aug 23
Richard is absolutely amazing! Provides such an awesome service at a really good cost. Easy to deal with and really fast!
Isabel MauIsabel Mau
23:53 09 Jul 23
Thank you Richard for working your magic on our old family photos, we are now confident these treasures will remain in the family for many years, I'll be back with more
Gloria CowanGloria Cowan
01:09 20 Jun 23
Thank you Richard for restoring my two precious photos. I hadn't seen these photos for years and came across them after cleaning up after a flood in a family members home. You have done an amazing job, you have brought my 67 year old baby photo back to life and it looks amazing. I am also super happy to be able to share with my grandchildren a photo of their dad as a toddler that clearly shows a strong family resemblance to them. I highly recommend Richard and Pixelfix for any restoration work.
Amy CryerAmy Cryer
23:11 07 Jun 23
Nothing but great things to say, I had my Grandparents wedding photo colourised for their 70th wedding anniversary recently and they absolutely loved it.Richard was great to communicate with and was able to even assist with a quick turnaround to have the photo ready in time.Highly recommend!
Sisilia TiseliSisilia Tiseli
06:06 12 May 23
Love Pixelfix! They did a great job restoring my Dad's photo to its original state. Great service, fast and extremely reliable. Pixelfix worked with me until I was happy with the photo!! Definitely recommend and the place to visit next time I need any photo restored.
Alison CadmanAlison Cadman
01:16 20 Apr 23
Fast, efficient and friendly service. I would highly recommend PixelFIX to anyone who wants photos scanned. Great value for money.
Michelle KinoMichelle Kino
05:34 27 Mar 23
Absolutely amazing restoration of a treasured pic of our dad. Communication from Richard was fast, price was very affordable and the service provided to an excellent high standard. Happy to recommend and also to have Richard restore our photos. Thank you
lee hakarialee hakaria
00:08 22 Mar 23
I totally recommend using Richard and his team at Pixelfix, I was amazed with the finished product,which brought a 70+ year old photo back to life, I will be recommending this business to family and friends as the entire process was efficient with clear communication the entire time.cheers Richard
John JacksonJohn Jackson
20:43 12 Dec 22
An outstanding experience. This is the second time I have used Pixelfix and I am once again completely amazed and delighted with what can be done to restore, colour and enhance old photos. I will use them again and I would recommend Pixelfix without hesitation.
07:02 19 Sep 22
Thank you to Richard for the great work on my Mothers debutante photo which is precious to me. Richard provided a clear explanation on the restoration process and what was achievable, also prompt service. I highly recommend Pixelfix Photo Restoration.
Eva RipponEva Rippon
01:08 17 Aug 22
Richard's communication and expertise is phenomenal. He is a master at his craft. I would highly recommend Pixelfix.
Catherine JoyceCatherine Joyce
08:53 12 Jun 22
PixelBox did a great job restoring my old, creased photo. I am very happy with the result. They were good to deal with, excellent communication and very efficient.
Jules VaileJules Vaile
01:06 11 Jun 22
I would highly recommend using Richard to restore your precious images. He's done such a great job on a photo of my late Granny which a mouse ate a big chunk out of. He keeps you updated and his work quality is exceptionally high. I'm busy looking for other treasures for him to restore!
Penny ThomasPenny Thomas
01:59 02 Jun 22
Pixelfix have recently completed a photo scanning & restoration job for me on my parents wedding album, and the results are incredible! Great service overall, excellent communication and really easy to do business with. I highly recommend Richard if you're needing photo restoration work done.
Andrew KirklandAndrew Kirkland
23:36 04 May 22
Pixelfix did a great job of restoring an old photo for me. I would highly recommend using Richard to fix up any old and damanged photos. Very professional service and the utmost care was taken with my precious family memory. Thank you so much for your help.
Wade RobinsonWade Robinson
03:41 04 May 22
Top Job ! Great and fast Professional service, will use again.
Peter WillsPeter Wills
03:04 22 Apr 22
Richard did a fantastic job of fixing up a very old slide and producing a Hi Res digital image from it.
Courtenay BernardCourtenay Bernard
00:55 22 Apr 22
Hassle Free, Great service and communication from Richard. I gave him an old scratched up photo to restore and he did a great job. Thanks Richard!
Karen KissKaren Kiss
09:26 14 Apr 22
Excellent service. great to deal with. so pleased with the result . definitely use again
Pat WeaverPat Weaver
22:19 30 Mar 22
Richard did a great job restoring my photo and at a great price. He kept in touch throughout the process and I am happy to recommend his services.
01:00 30 Mar 22
I had a colour photo my grandfather had taken in of my brother 1981 that had been cut to fit into a frame. It faded a lot over the years and I didn’t want to lose the integrity of the image. I had other photos from around the time that were all black and white so Pixelfix were not only able to restore the image so it was clear again but I now have it in black and white to match my other old pictures. I love it!
Christine LucasChristine Lucas
08:49 27 Jan 22
Thanks Richard. Such a wonderful result. My old photos brought back to life. I will be sending more.
nanci campionnanci campion
22:47 23 Jan 22
I highly recommend Pixelfix. I have used Richard for all photographs which were ripped to faded colour prints 40 years old. Richard is work is perfect and he has such a good communicator skills and response time. I am so glad I found him and Pixelfix.
Sachini GunasekeraSachini Gunasekera
23:44 04 Jan 22
Richard was very helpful with getting my parents wedding photos scanned. I was fortunate enough to get one of their photos restored and gifted to my parents for Christmas thanks to Richard's help and they were pleasantly surprised and incredibly happy. Looking forward to getting more photos restored, highly recommend!
Brenda AllenBrenda Allen
21:37 06 Dec 21
Very happy with the product, great service, good restoration of our photos and prompt service.Highly recommend
Ken MacraeKen Macrae
22:13 23 Nov 21
Richard has been amazing to deal with from the word go, quick response and provided an amazing service. His communication and understanding through the Covid period has been second to none. Would highly recommend his service.
Dave WeaverDave Weaver
23:18 17 Nov 21
Excellent, and quick service of restoration of an old WWII photo.Would definitely recommend.Thank you!
Susan BoyerSusan Boyer
21:50 17 Nov 21
Gave Richard a challenge where the image on a photographic print literally started to flake off when I removed it from the frame. The print has been amazingly restored and I am delighted with it. I highly recommend Pixel Photo Restoration work. Thank you Richard
Santana SioneSantana Sione
00:40 20 Oct 21
Highly recommend Richard and his service. Easy to communicate with and very understanding. Received my order and I am very happy and satisfied with how it turned out.
Bruce WillsBruce Wills
00:02 06 Sep 21
Fast and very professional, Richard paid attention to the smallest details to transform an old black and white photo into a vibrant and striking picture.
Calvin MannCalvin Mann
04:41 27 Jul 21
Richard Transformed a picture that was thoroughly damaged and made it look how it did 20 years ago! Nothing but happy with the service he provided and work was completed in a timely manner. Highly recommended and I'll be back for any other work if needed again
Megan GrahamMegan Graham
03:18 14 Jul 21
Wonderful restoration of this photo. Could not be happier. Highly recommended
Paul ArtusPaul Artus
23:46 05 Jul 21
Very happy with the resutls from Pixelfix. These were treasured family photographs in urgent need of expert work.
Marina NgahaMarina Ngaha
03:31 03 Jun 21
30yr pic, really yellowed with time so wasnt hopeful for best results BUT WOW !! Amazing so returned with an even bigger challenge: 57yr pic, so dark, blurred image not a good pic from the start Flippin amazing - we were able to identify from the background that the pic was actually taken top of Queen St, Aucks City back in the mid 40,s. 3rd time we used Pixel Fix was to resize digital images - service is prompt as always & pay system is so easy & hassle free - just what you need after a late nite at the office & trying to tick off stuff to do in your personal life, wish more services were this hassle free 🙂
Aimee AlexanderAimee Alexander
08:36 12 May 21
I recently sent Richard a photo from 1939 which was slightly blurry and beginning to yellow. He did an amazing job of restoring the colour and sharpening the image. The quote was lower than anywhere else offered, and the work is of a higher standard. He kept me informed of each step of the process; warm, but very professional. I look forward to sending more photos in future!
Mary T KwanMary T Kwan
01:44 04 May 21
I came to Richard based on two factors: 1. The quality of the photos from his website and the miracles he seems to perform on them. 2. The reviews.You can trust everything we are all saying, work is first class and he does enhance and fix photos. The consultation alone is eye opening in terms of what happens to old photos - the measle effect - and how they fade over time. Go to Richard, he will take care of what you treasure in your photos.
Grant SuttonGrant Sutton
13:00 06 Apr 21
Fantastic service. The difference between the torn ragged original and the enhanced restored one is amazing. Thanks.
Patrice MorreseyPatrice Morresey
07:32 01 Mar 21
Richard is great to deal with - very quick communication and turnaround on photo restorations. I am a very happy return customer and I'm sure I will use him again in the future for other photos.
Alice SabertonAlice Saberton
23:12 26 Jan 21
Great experience with Richard of fixing up an old photo of my great grandparents. Timely, polite and has done a great job. 🙂
Revell ButlerRevell Butler
04:12 06 Dec 20
Very pleased as always with the work Richard produces. Had a historical map that needed alot of work and the end result was better than I imagined.
Stacey MeyerStacey Meyer
19:49 02 Dec 20
I was really impressed by Richard's work. I asked him to restore a low quality, shadowy photo I had taken of a page of handwritten text. Other restorers told me they might have trouble with the intensity of the shadows and working around the text but Richard had no problem at all. I'm very happy with the result and would recommend to anyone.
Rosemary TavaluRosemary Tavalu
06:02 14 Oct 20
This is a professional, reliable service. I'm very happy with the restoration of my special photo. Thank you PixelFIX
07:25 16 Sep 20
I had my wedding photos restored from being in a ripped state. Richard did an amazing job of fixing them. Far exceeded my expectations. They look as good as the day the pics were taken. Highly recommend his service.
Suzanne GoodSuzanne Good
23:22 14 Aug 20
First class service and an amazing job in restoring a 140 year old photo that was very faded and damaged. So impressed and very happy with the result. Thanks very much Richard.
Scott DuncanScott Duncan
03:21 31 Jul 20
Great experience with Richard at Pixelfix, responsive, quick turnaround and fantastic result.
Jean WiebelitzJean Wiebelitz
22:03 17 Jul 20
That Richard managed to produce anything from the old, so-faded-as-to--be-virtually-white, photo I gave him is amazing. I don't know how he did it, but he made an excellent job of the restoration. Can highly recommend his services.
Melanie BerrymanMelanie Berryman
02:24 21 Jun 20
Richard did an amazing job working on a photo of my late dad. We are so happy with the result and he made the whole process easy with clear communication throughout. Highly recommend his services.
Max CawleyMax Cawley
23:17 21 May 20
Thanks to Richard who did a great job on bringing to life a low resolution photo so that it could be enjoyed framed. Quick and helpful with communication.

If You Don’t Think Photos Are Important,
Wait Until They Are All You Have Left

How Photo Restoration Can Help

Even when you think it is beyond repair. We can help.

Faded Colour

Full colour and contrast restoration to improve definition to old faded photos. Increase the contrast and clarity so that the photo can be enjoyed again for many years to come. You can see many more examples of restored photos in the gallery

Mould Damage

Restore the damage caused by mold and mildew. Foxing and spotting can also be successfully restored. So that old tired photos look clear and visible again. Ready for framing and put back upon display. You can see many more examples of restored photos in the gallery

Extreme Damage

Even if you think it is beyond repair you will be amazed at what we can do! Check out more examples of how we have made the impossible possible. Our before and after examples page is here. You can see many more examples of restored photos in the gallery

Missing Pieces

We can replace missing pieces and make the photo whole again. There are few tricks we can use to make something out of nothing. Ask us if we can help. Most importantly we will give you free advice on what is possible. You can see many more examples of restored photos in the gallery

 Colour Correction

Restore the true colour and contrast to discoloured photos. Therefore making them vibrant and bright again. So that they can still be enjoyed in the future. You can see many more examples of restored photos in the gallery

 Water Damage

We can reverse the devastating damage cause by water or moisture exposure.

You can see many more examples of restored photos in the gallery

Send Us Your Photo For Restoration

Step 1 - Send

The first step is to send us your photo. You can do so either by the internet or by courier to us. Also if you have a scanner and are able to follow the instructions on scanning a photo for restoration here. You can scan your photo. After that you can upload the file and send it to us. If you don’t have a scanner or are not comfortable with scanning your photo. Then please send it by courier to us. The address is at the bottom of this page.

Step 2 - Quote

Once I have received your photo. I shall send you a quote by email. Which will include the cost of the restoration and price list for guidance on prints and other prices. If you are happy with the quote then I shall begin work on your restoration. Normally restorations are completed within a week. However if you have a deadline or need something sooner then I am happy to work to your deadline where possible.

Step 3 - Proof & Payment

After the restoration has been completed. I shall send you an invoice and a low resolution proof, showing the before and after restoration. If you are happy with the proof. Then make payment via online banking or credit card (4% service charge). Once payment is received. I will then send out your printed restoration by courier.

Photo restoration before and after example

Types of Photos

  • Wedding Photos
  • B&W Photos
  • Colour Photos
  • Team Photos
  • Photocopies
  • Laminated Photos
  • ​Tin type
  • ​Slides
  • Genealogical
  • ​Newspaper Prints
  • Genealogical
  • Daguerreotype

We Can Fix

  • Fading
  • ​Water Damage
  • ​Silvering
  • ​Sellotape Marks
  • Scratches
  • ​Spotting
  • Mold
  • Pen Marks
  • Tears
  • ​Creases
  • Sun Bleaching
  • Discolouration

Why Choose Us

  • Over 20 years of professional photo restoration experience.

  • 5 star rating on Google Business Reviews.

  • Fast professional service.

  • We offer full archival printing and framing services.

  • We work with individual clients and companies nationwide.

  • 100% New Zealand owned company, based in Auckland.

  • Satisfaction is always guaranteed.

Richard Shaw portrait photo


Photo Restoration Artist - Founder of PixelFIX

How We Restore Photos


Photo restoration is a digital process. Where we take a physical photo and scan it to make a digital image. We can then use the latest professional software to skillfully restore the damaged areas in the photograph. This restored photograph can then be printed and displayed again as it was when first printed.

Although the restoration process is a digital one. It can take many hours to fully restore a photo. Because there are many small blemishes that are very visible once they are viewed on a screen. The tools we use to restore these blemishes, use existing information from good parts of the photo. Which are then copied and pasted on the top of the damaged areas.


View the video to see how we copy from different areas to cover up the blemishes. Once the blemishes are restored we can then improve the contrast and clarity. returning the photo back to how it would have looked over 120 years ago when it was first printed

Frequently Asked Questions

The cost of photo restoration will depend on the severity of damage and time required to fix it. So therefore small repairs may take less than an hour but larger more complicated restorations may take many hours. We can only make a judgement once we have inspected the image.
There is a minimum charge of $40. A full quotation will be sent to you by email. For more information on price please refer to the price guide, find out more.

The safest way to send us your photos is to scan them and then upload your photo to us. You can click the FREE QUOTE form to upload your digital file. Another safe way is to courier them.
Please place your photos/slides/negatives in a ziplock bag. Then ensure there is some cardboard to prevent bending. Otherwise if you are local you can arrange an appointment to drop off your photos.

We will normally have your order processed in 3-5 working days. If you have a deadline to meet please let us know. So that we are able to work with you to try and meet your deadline. A proof of the finished restored photo will be emailed to you, for your approval before we go ahead and print your photo. Delivery will be by courier service once payment has been received.

You can pay use online banking to make a direct credit to our account. Pixelbox ltd. 38-9007 0854173-00. website is a PixelBOX Ltd. enterprise and all payments are to be made payable to PixelBOX Ltd. You can also pay using your Visa or Mastercard Credit Card online through our secure payment facility.
There is a 4% surcharge for credit card transactions. We don't have eftpos facilities.

That will largely depend on the size of print you have and the size of print you would like us to make for you. If your photo is very small or very large then contact me for custom scanning settings.

General settings for a 6x4 image:
600 dpi resolution full colour RGB (even for black and white photos)
Maximum quality JPEG setting.
This should result in file that is about 6-7MB in size.

We can print quite large from this size of scanned photo, if required. If your original photo is smaller or larger than 6" x 4" then file size will vary accordingly, so will the final print size.

Photo Restoration Price Guide

Please note that photos may fall into more than one price bracket

  • Basic

  • 1-2 hours work
  • ​Basic colour and brightness.
  • Scanning, copying & enlargements.
  • Improve sharpness, contrast and clarity.
  • ​​Minor dust and scratch marks
  • ​​Prints or files @ additional cost
  • Rates are $80 per Hour
  • Medium

  • 2-5 hour
  • ​Removal of creases and tears.
  • Change backgrounds, replace missing areas.
  • Restore fading, advanced colour corrections.
  • Remove stains, mold and silvering.
  • ​​Prints or files @ additional cost
  • Rates are $80 per Hour
  • Extreme

  • over 5 hours
  • Badly damaged cracks, tears, rips.
  • ​Replace people and difficult areas.
  • Restore damage to facial features.
  • Over sized and heavy detail work.
  • ​​Prints or files @ additional cost
  • Rates are $80 per Hour
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