As a 13-year-old growing up in Point Fortin, Trinidad, Jennifer Marshall and her best friend saved up to have their portrait taken at a local studio. Now living in New York City, Marshall still had a print, but it was somewhat the worse for wear. And it was the only picture she had of herself at that age. When she asked if I could restore it and convert it to a solo portrait, I was excited for the challenge.
A project like this takes time, patience, and imagination. Here’s how to work on this one; each picture you do will involve a similar process. One thing is on your side, though. When people look at pictures, they usually assume the pictures are true. So don’t worry about making it perfect—your viewers will be too busy enjoying the photo to wonder whether or not it’s fake.