Specialist Photo Restoration Service

Flashback Photo Co specialises in digital photo restoration, retouching and photo editing, document restoration, and archival printing. We bring to every project a mix of technical know-how and artistry to achieve excellent results with all kinds of degraded images.


Get a Quote

For a quick response quote, use your phone to take a snapshot of your photo and send by MMS to 0418 896 932.

To discuss your project, call us during business hours (AEST) on 1800 84 04 06.

Our Services

Old Photo Restoration

Recovery of faded, stained, scratched, torn and insect damaged photos. If the faces are recognisable, we can fix it.
See more.

Image Sharpening

Upscaling and adding detail to blurry and pixellated photos. We can also make big improvements to out of focus snapshots taken with mobile phones.

Black and White Photo Colourisation

Amazingly true-to-life renditions of black and white images. See more.

Retouching and Photo Editing

Perfect wedding, glamour and corporate photos. See more.

Document Restoration

Digital restoration of old maps, plans, certificates, posters and artwork on paper. See more.

Archival Printing

We make beautiful prints using the best acid-free papers and fade-proof inks. Learn more.

Recent Highlight

Shirley Temple

This delightful hand-coloured photo from 1947 came to us in a very poor state – water had washed out the left side and top of the image, and it was otherwise faded and scratched up. We completely repainted the image, and grafted in the curls of a young girl who was very famous around that time.

How it Works

To work with us, all we need is a scan of your photo.
Here’s how to get started:


SMS a snapshot of your photo to 0418 896 932, email [email protected], or via WhatsApp.

Scan at Officeworks

Go to the print desk at Officeworks and ask for a scan at the highest quality settings in full colour (even for black and white images), at 600dpi. Ask them to email the file to [email protected].

Or use your home scanner

Scan at 600dpi using the highest quality settings and send us the file by email or through our contact form.

Or post your photo to us

If you’d like us to do the scan, send your photo by post to
Flashback Photo Co
PO Box 7365
Leura NSW 2780


We get to work on your photo.
The process takes 5-7 days.


We send you a preview by email and make any changes requested, to get it just right.


On approval we’ll send the invoice, payable by bank deposit or secure online credit card payment.

Digital file / prints

We send the high resolution digital file on payment, and dispatch prints within seven business days, if ordered.

Pricing Guide

Our restoration pricing is based on an hourly rate of $80 – Standard Restorations 1 to 1.5 hours, Advanced Restorations 2 hours, and Extreme Restorations 3+ hours. These prices take into account the proofing process.

The price includes the restoration and high resolution digital file for printing and sharing.
For an additional fee we can post prints of the finished image.

Detailed pricing info and examples here.

Standard Restoration

$80 - 120plus GST
  • Recovery of creased, scratched, faded, stained photos. Or colour restoration of faded images. Or colourisation of black and white portraits.

Advanced Restoration

$160plus GST
  • For very degraded images: heavily creased, scratched and stained photos. Or two Standard tasks such as restoration and colourisation.

Extreme Restoration

$240+plus GST
  • For extremely degraded images needing hours and hours of careful editing and photo-realistic painting to recover lost detail, depth and colour.

Guaranteed Results

We don’t send the invoice if you’re not happy with the results.

Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn,
Self portrait in a Velvet Cap with Plume
, c. 1638.

Archival Printing

Pigment ink on cotton-fibre paper: a timeless combination

We may be using advanced technology to make our prints, but the same basic materials were used by the old master printmakers centuries ago. And just as their artistic legacy survives to this day, the prints we make will be with us hundreds of years into the future.

We stock a select range of fine art and photographic papers to perfectly match the look and feel of the original image.

Epson Ultrachrome HD pigment ink print on Hahnemühle Photo Rag paper, 2020.

What our customers say

“James is extremely talented, meticulous and very easy, patient and pleasant to work with. He will go the extra mile to get the colours and detail of his work just right – until it’s perfect. He has restored and colourised three damaged old black and white photos of my mother at various stages of her youth for me. My Mum says she cannot take her eyes off them and the photos make her feel young again. These magnificent photos will be handed down through future generations. Thank you so much James for bringing these photos to life. Your work is stunning.”

Anne T, Brisbane QLD

“You did a beautiful job. It generated a lot of conversation between me and my sister. Her recollection of the photo was sharper than mine because she was the older, more composed goody-two-shoes on the left and I was the younger tear-away with her skirt turned up on the right. Apparently I gave the photographer a real challenge.”

Denise S, Sydney NSW

“Grandad passed nearly 30 years ago and all we’ve had is a damaged black and white photo. We now have a colourised, perfectly restored image of him in our home. Incredible work. We are very happy customers indeed!”

Paul G, Canberra ACT

Time-Lapse Restoration

About two hours’ work in 30 seconds: recovery of an early 20th century family portrait with
extensive silverfish damage and silver mirroring (oxidisation of dark areas).

Need help?

Upload your photos and documents for advice on restoration and printing.