Providing Professional Development for Serious Photographers

Getting Started with Photographic Restoration

  • 06/03/2023
  • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • SDF Collective, 20 NW 3rd ST Gresham OR 97030


  • OPPA, ASMP, PPW and PPA Members
  • Non Members

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Getting Started with Photographic Restoration

with Karissa Blunck, M.Photog; FP-WA

Date: Saturday, June 3
Time: 9:00am-4:00pm
 SDF Collective, 20 NW 3rd ST Gresham OR 97030
PPA Merit Class!

In this program Karissa Blunck will share how to work with Photoshop to bring damaged photographs, drawings and more back to life so they can be treasured for years to come. Photographic Restoration is an art that requires patience and attention to detail. With lots of practice, restoration can become a process that brings joy to not only you but your family and clients. She will guide students through the full restoration process from finding images, workflow, photoshop tools to use and beginning techniques. She will also share advanced techniques including hand colorization and adding new backgrounds to give a modern and creative look to vintage photos. To help her hand colorized restorations look historically accurate, Karissa researches colors and will share how she chooses colors.

This class will have lots of time for hands-on practice. Sample practice photo will be provided for students to work on along with Karissa. Students will learn the process of restoration, copy work and colorization in real time. Students of all levels of restoration skill will be able to take something away from this program.

Attendees should bring their laptop with photoshop installed and a Wacom Tablet if they have one. Basic Photoshop skills are recommended. 

About your Speaker

Karissa Blunck

Karissa Blunck is an International Award-Winning Photographer and Restoration Artist from Olympia, WA. Karissa was born in Seattle and started her journey as a photographer at three years old. She lives in Olympia, WA and runs Studio K Portraits with her mother/business partner. She studied photography and art history in college and earned degrees from South Puget Sound Community College and The Evergreen State College. Karissa also is an artist, musician and Radio DJ.

Karissa discovered her passion for Restoration in high school and has been working on her restoration skills for the last 11 years. She holds the Master Photographer degree from Professional Photographers of America (PPA) and the Fellow of Photography degree from Professional Photographers of Washington (PPW).

Karissa has won numerous awards for her restoration work, commercial, nature and wedding photos through photographic competitions including 3rd Place Restoration Grand Imaging Award from PPA in 2020, ACI’s Image Excellence, Kodak Gallery Award, Fuji Masterpiece, PPA’s Imaging Excellence and other Best Of Trophies. Karissa’s image “Coca Cola with a Splash of Orange” is part of the 2023 Imaging Excellence Collection, a PPA Grand Imaging Award Finalist and was selected to represent Team USA in the Commercial Category for the 2023 World Photographic Cup.

Since 2020, Karissa has been serving as the Social Media Manager for PPW. In 2022 she was named PPW’s Volunteer of the Year and in 2023 received the PPA National Award.




OPPA Members receive 1 OPPA Point for attending this workshop in its entirety.

PPA members will receive 1 PPA Merit for attending this workshop in its entirety.


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