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Profoundly, About us
No other photo restorer offers so much, for so little, as we offer the best photo restoration and photo services.
As photo artists, we have a meticulous keen eye on detail, well-versed, always better than others, at low price.
PixSavers is the greatest source of photo artists - expert photo technicians who do only the best with their job.
With restoration, a photo artist is like a conceptual artist - its not about abstracts - its about recovering photos.
Imagine your photo, dull, damaged. Making changes can renew a photo to brilliance, impressing your family.
A photo-artist works with photo damage to its finish, retaining its original aspect to get back photo excellence.
Beginning in 1999 we were first to restore 1836-1917 tintype photos. Others thought old photos were, too old.
Our tintype photo restorer is an expert-historian who can give an approximate year of an antique tintype photo.
We handle photos with care - as if they were our own. You'll get back photographs in the same way you saw.
We restore photos for legacy, if its for an ancestor, or for a high-res genealogy copy, we'll retain your original.
PixSavers established a new, low pricing standards, becoming an industry leader. Other restorers followed.
For a few years we lead our industry in pricing while PixSavers marketed strongly, directly, persistently tough.
We lowered pricing 40% with persistence, only to keep pricing low as other restorers nationwide kept in step.
We don't increase pricing for having a Microsoft engineer on-staff who teaches technology to our photo artists.
Our owner, Steve Lehman is a former Microsoft engineer turned photo artist and tintype photo expert, historian.
PixSavers photo artists are the best as their technique comes from software engineer training on the software.
Aside from restoring, we'll archive your entire photo collection. It's best to rescue your photos before it's too late.
They will fade if photos are kept in damp areas, dusty shoe boxes. In plastic sticky-albums they will fade away.
We'll take good care of your photos and preserving your legacy, we digitize them for your future family history.
This Company's Mission Statement
Nationally measured in positive reviews, PixSavers became known as a national photographic industry leader.
PixSavers leads in service excellence by anticipating, listening well, and by responding to our client's requests.
We are committed to advancement, production, support, photo artists and their extensive training.
We'll increase our knowledge to increase our practice. Experience is retained for our occupations.
According to plan, our goal is to broaden our services in an effort that will propel us into our future.
About the PixSavers' Company Logo
Made by a graphic designer in color, our logo is a simple continuous movement of flowing layers.
Colors are drawn with precision, relating to an exact dimension in size, length, spacing and flow.
What appears to be a rainbow is a color wheel which illustrates photo artistic imaging processes.
On the right is an example of how photo art and graphics are made in layers to a flattened object.
Each layer is dissected, manipulated, saved, reassembled, reused, blended, stacked, collapsed.
Art colleges studied our logo, and students copied its format to draw for another company logo.
We began a logo trend, as students designed similar logos, somewhat like our own.
No 'Magic Buttons' in Photo Software
"Magic Buttons" as advertised don't work well. Professionals really will not use them.
Professional digital tools are manual. Art tools as "magic" produces more problems.
The magic is in the photo artist in tedious creative movements and constant decision.
Artistically, we use real art tools. Digitally, our art tools work the same as manual tools.
All photos are planned, worked through, team-inspected, re-worked, inspected again.
Photo Artists finish a photo in a satisfaction like Van Gogh probably did.
Our Conceptual Advertising Graphics
PixSavers' Steve Lehman, was an advertising VP, circulated 2 million ads.
Steve is a conceptual artist, targeting products with a special brand of ads.
Humor is his most successful ingredient for his own return on investment.
When creating an ad, he focuses on remembrance and brand recognition.
Steve created our 'Want Talent' ads that ran 2005 to 2010 with a high ROI.
Steve's humor, has its own brand and recognition well known nationwide.
PixSavers' Founder, a Proprietorship
At age 13 Steve was self-taught in electronics engineering with his first successful repair of his father's B&W TV.
His hobbies in photography and electronics excelled with his FCC Class-E electronics engineering license at 18.
Later in his career, he went back into school to earn his degree in technology and computer software engineering.
Steve career began at the Seattle Times which included photography, graphic artistry and district management.
Hard working from 16, he was promoted to 3 levels into executive management to age 20, with good references.
He left the newspaper for a business opportunity that would give a greater income with growth in management.
In a construction company, he learned construction sales and rose to general manager in just 11 short years.
After that, he managed his own construction company, with 19 employees, and was his own advertising artist.
At 32, he shifted gears to a new business which would market Accountants to small and medium size business.
With a partner, they hired 14 employees, as Steve created advertising graphics to bring in business customers.
Now in his 40's, Steve was hired as Vice President of an advertising firm. He showed his graphic arts ability.
A sense of humor was a prerequisite. He was required to manage staff and design his advertising for clients.
He calls this his "fun years" with lots of humor in his advertising graphics, selling to all of Seattle's businesses.
Sometimes he would agree with a company to do their advertising in return for their services to his ad company.
In one case, he decided to take his entire advertising staff on a night club boat, and to sail around Puget Sound.
He took his 42 employees on that boat for a live band and dancing as it sailed around Puget Sound into a night.
Steve had a stipulation: Like a prom, employees had to dress in formal tux and gowns WITH cowboy boots, too.
This was their company sense of humor. All employees wildly danced to country western music in formal wear.
At 52, Steve went back to school, as his FCC Class-E license for Electronic Engineering qualified for technology.
At his mid-level age, technology school was a hard nut to crack but he went through his 4 years to get certificates.
Steve had a 4 year education at the University, a MCSE in technology, and 8 certifications for software engineer.
Then at Microsoft, Steve was a photo software test-engineer, utilizing his education and experience in graphics.
Steve moved around Microsoft from test-engineering to marketing, assigned to teach technology to marketing.
Microsoft canceled health benefits for their employees, but Steve had benefits from his wife's company.
Two years later, remaining Microsoft employees successfully sued Microsoft to gain their health benefits.
Steve left Microsoft in 1999, as he had reached his highest pinnacle in technical management at Microsoft.
Trained well in photo restoration, Steve was restoring photographs for Microsoft employees in his last year.
With an easy transition from Microsoft to business, Steve began a return-path to graphics, photos and ads.
About the Company's Beginning, 1999
In 1999, he founded PixSavers to provide a more efficient photo restoration, and to be taken more seriously.
Steve saw a need in the photo restoration industry in Seattle as other restorers lacked in photo experiences.
As a software engineer, Steve utilized his technology experience in a combination between photos and software.
He taught photo restoration to new Photo Artists as this new title, "Photo Artist", was copied across our country.
Steve specialized in tintype photos because other photo restorer's thought antique photos began in the 1920's.
So Steve restored tintypes from 1836 to 1917, and other conventional photos of today, portraits and snapshots.
Also, other photo restorers didn't have a pricing standard, as pricing varied from $120 to $140 per hour or more.
Steve re-established a whole new pricing standard which was 40% lesser, persuading others to take his pricing.
After 2005, Steve's pricing became the gold standard around the country as Steve was leading the entire industry.
PixSavers appeared as a large corporation, well staffed, and the term "Photo Artists" was an accepted business.
Our first PixSavers advertising campaign was so strong, it was felt across the country, reverberating competitors.
Over 55% of our business are tintype photos, mailed from every State through the country, and we pay for its mail.
This company has been known as "the little corporation". We manage PixSavers like CEO executives in a LLC.
Everyone knows our PixSavers motto: "only the best" as we never settle for less. We have checks and balances.
Entire team inspections are daily, or at the end of each project. Then comes a customer satisfaction follow up.
We encourage customers to call, concerning your photo damage and its pricing.
PixSavers has rules, protocols, set to assure your photographs are safe with us.
We do the same thing on a daily basis, in a smoke-free environment, photo lab.
Among 7000 photo restorations there has only been one photo we couldn't restore.
That one was a Chinese wood-block print with rigid lines that cannot be replicated.
Steve likes Henry David Thoreau: "Never look back, unless you want to go there".
Also, he likes a Neil de Grasse quote: "My loyalty has me grounded as I maintain
my peace, I try to best every previous defining moment with a new one - and
in that way, we don't live in the past, but instead, we live for the future."
Steve's advice for a new entrepreneur: "be careful, be confident, and be dedicated -
take every opportunity presented, and work regular hours, take breaks and days-off."
|Steve Lehman mcse
founder, current owner