We are evolving!
There have been lots of changes in what we do and in the website design. More to come.
We have been scanning and restoring images since 2002. It all started with wanting to share some old family photo albums with relatives. Since then we have scanned and restored thousands of treasured memories for friends and family. Now we are bringing our family orientated service to you.
Admittedly we started by making all the mistakes that could be made, like using the default settings on a cheap scanner. Our photo editing software was not much better; the program that came with a digital camera. Early on, knowledge about scanning and photo restoration/retouching was sparse. Nevertheless, the restoration bug had bitten us .
Around that time, a couple of books about photo restoration were published. We read and practiced; when we were done we practiced and read some more. We still review these classics on a regular basis. Our search for knowledge and understanding of restoration has never wavered. We are constantly reading and reviewing so we can bring you the best possible images. On a side note, we have also upgraded our scanner (Epson) and software (Photoshop).
We bring to you our years of experience and skill. We do all of our work in house and rest assured; once your photos arrive here, they stay here. When your mailed in order is complete, it is shipped back to you (with tracking). Electronic orders are returned via email or file storage service, depending on overall file size.
We would like to thank some of the people and organizations that have done so much to advance image restoration, retouching, and scanning. In no particular order, they are Katrin Eismann, Dan Margulis, Ctein, Chris Orwig, Matt Kloskowski, Scott Kelby, Corey Barker, Kelby Training, Deke McClelland, Janine Smith, Lynda.com, Ben Long, Dr. Taz Tally, and so many more.
New and exciting changes are here.
First, the name change. Our old name was short, easy to type, and had a Greek flare that is popular with company names i.e. Aetna, Athos, Etna. While we liked and enjoyed the name, we also felt it was somewhat limiting in what it could do. Could we see that name doing photography, videos, web design, 3D Art, or graphics? Unfortunately the answer was no.
Then we started searching for a new name that would encompass everything we hoped to be. There were discussions about keeping the old name and using the new name just for the new part of us. That could work, a little nostalgia with a heaping helping of new horizons.
The search for a name had begun. We looked high and low. We stared out the window at times waiting for that spark of inspiration. We even looked behind the file cabinet. As you know anything lost at the office usually shows up behind the file cabinet. Sadly, the only things we found were some stale potato chips and a rusty paper clip.
Then one day we were eating lunch and discussing possible names related to being an artist. Suddenly there was a burst of laughter and someone exclaimed, "We should know, we even eat like starving artists!" I looked at my plate and there it was ...beans and rice. It was nice and simple but lacked panache. We looked to our Germanic roots (and dictionary) and found bohne for bean & reis for rice. A little tweaking and a new name emerged: Bohn & Reis.
After the excitement wore off, we started realizing some subtle facts. We had two different companies each in the same office on the same computers with the same people. Whom am I working for at this moment? New factors became apparent: billing, workflow, priorities, answering the phone, which boss is in charge of you or me. In addition, there were two websites each with a different host, format, and needing new content on a regular basis . Moreover, twice as many email accounts to monitor. Our heads spun around more times than Linda Blair's in The Exorcist.
We ultimately decided it would be best to consolidate under one banner. Keeping things simple would be best for our customers and employees. One of the principles we try to follow is K.I.S.S. (keep it simple silly).
Enjoy your beans and rice.
Who I am
As far back as I can remember I have been drawing, designing, building, or painting something. From drawing pictures during English, math, and science classes to building and painting model cars, ships, and the desk: I have always been creative.
Photography, restoration, retouching and designing are an extension of that creativity. Restoration is the chance to repair something that is broken and make it enjoyable once again. With retouching, the aim is to enhance different aspects of an image, making it pleasing to the eye and more of what we expect to see.
Photography gives us the chance to see the world around us in a different way; whether it's close-up, far a way, or sideways. Design is how it all fits together, whether its a business card or a billboard it needs to be easy on the eyes and sensibilities. My joy is sharing the results with others.