For iPhones, your memories are encrypted and stored on a memory chip soldered to the logic board. The chip can’t simply be taken off and data extracted. The only way to access the data is to make the logic board work again, well enough for the phone to decrypt the information.
My approach is to perform open-ended troubleshooting and micro-soldering to identify and correct faults on the logic board, bringing the damaged phone back to life just enough to provide a path to your data.
Once the phone can boot, I can extract the data and create a backup. Then I’ll take an extra step and sort through your backup for you so you have useful information — folders containing all your pictures and videos, notes, contacts, text messages, and voicemails. All of the data, and the backup, is delivered to you on a new usb drive.
After data recovery, you decide if you want your old phone back. Depending on the damage, the phone itself may still be functional.
If your data isn’t recovered, then you don’t pay. Period.