House Portrait Image Guidelines


The image you upload is the most important part of your order and crucial to the quality of the final house portrait. Let’s review the following guidelines to make sure your artwork is picture perfect:

  • Upload or take a photo of your house during daylight
  • Use a smartphone or high quality camera
  • Avoid any large shadows on the house
  • Please avoid using any filters to ensure we can color your house correctly
  • Close garage doors
  • Remove any cars from the driveway and/or front of the house
  • Tidy up the front yard
  • Hide rubbish and trash cans
  • Remove any visible garden or water hoses
  • The best photos are taken front-on to the house from either the end of the driveway or street
  • We cannot accept black & white or scanned photos
  • Not able to take a photo of the house yourself? We also accept images from real estate websites (eg. Zillow) and Google Street View (Google Maps)
  • Please note: Everything shown in the image you upload will be illustrated in your final watercolor house portrait. In some cases we are able to remove small items such as trash cans or water hoses (you can mention this in the notes with your photo), however your house should look the way you would like it to be painted.

Good Example

 Good Example 1

  • House has been captured front-on
  • Image taken in daylight hours with minimal shadows
  • Cars have been moved out of the driveway
  • Tidy front yard

Good Example

Good Example 2

  • Photo has been taken front-on from street
  • Image taken in daylight hours
  • No cars in the image
  • Neat front yard

Bad Example

Bad Example 1 

  • Most of the house is out of view
  • Photo has been taken on an angle to the house
  • Overgrown front yard

Bad Example

Bad Example 2

  • Filter used on photo
  • Garage door is open
  • Car in driveway

Not sure?

Email your image to us  (support@welhamandco.com) and we can assess your photo. We understand it's not always possible to follow all of the guidelines above.

Generally, our digital artists can still create your house portrait.