Jim Mathis



11035 W 96th Pl

Overland Park, KS  66214

      At Mathis Photographic Restorations we love old photographs just as much as you do. I learned to hand-color photographs from my mother as a child. That is her on the left. When I opened a custom photo lab 1973 we included copying and restoring as well as hand-coloring photographs to our services.


     Today with modern digital techniques and the highest quality paper ever available, we can do work that we only dreamed of forty years ago.


     We have restored photographs for museums, historical societies and countless individuals from all over the United States and beyond.


     Our prices are reasonable and the turn around time is quick.


     We would love to restore your old photos in their original glory or better.


     Please call or email for an appointment.

We also do custom photo printing in black and white or color.


We are able to make beautiful black and white or color prints from your slides, negatives, prints or digital files. We can make custom prints any size up to 16x20. If you need very small prints for a locket or large prints to hang on the wall, we can help.


 We correct each image for accurate color and tone and do expert retouching. We can remove or add people or objects to photos anyway you like. See the prices page, for pricing and sizes.


In the days of color film, the film manufacturers made a lot of decisions based on focus groups. They would show people a variety of photographs of different subjects and use the responses to adjust color, contrast, saturation, and other parameters of the films they sold.  They made film with different sensitivities or ISO’s and different color characteristics, but it was always a compromise because it assumed average subjects. The photographer could control the exposure and the processor or photo lab had some control over the color balance and could make small adjustments for exposure as well.


In the age of digital imaging, it is a completely different situation. Most people let the camera make all those decisions for them, so we are really letting the camera manufacturers make the decisions that film manufacturers used to make. The photographer can choose the ISO, white balance, as well as exposure before we push the button. Fortunately, unlike with film, those decisions are not permanent. All the decisions concerning color, contrast, saturation, dynamic range, and just about everything else about the image can be controlled in the computer using photo editing software such as Adobe Photoshop.


That is where custom printing comes in. A skilled professional can make all of the necessary adjustments to make the best possible prints, books, or even online displays of the photos.


Mathis Photography -- Mathis.Photography


Photo Gallery -- JimMathisPhotography.com


Photographic Art for Sale -- JimMathisPhoto.com


Advice for the self-employed -- OnYour Own.help


Jim's Blog ---jimmathis.blogspot.com


If you want the physical paper restored and not just the image, see this person:

The Paper Fixer - Mark Stevenson


If you have audio that needs copied, digitized, or restored, I recommend Mike Joseph at Midwest Audio Restoration.


Jim Mathis - Photoshop Professional

11035 W 96th Pl

Overland Park KS   66214