Photo Watercolor Portrait Image Guidelines


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

  • Upload a photo taken during daylight hours (landscape or portrait)
  • Use a smartphone or high quality camera
  • Avoid photos taken at night or with dark lighting (large shadows)
  • Please avoid using any filters to ensure we can color your artwork correctly
  • We cannot accept black & white or scanned photos
  • Please note: Everything shown in the image you upload will be illustrated in your final watercolor portrait. In some cases we are able to remove small items such as people, cars or trash cans (you can mention this in the notes with your photo), however your photo should look the way you would like it to be painted.

Good Example

Good Example 1

  • Photo taken in daylight hours with minimal shadows
  • Clear, high resolution image

Good Example

Good Example 2

  • Photo taken in daylight hours
  • Clear, high resolution image

Bad Example

Bad Example 1

  • Heavy shadows
  • Dark lighting

Bad Example

Bad Example 2

  • Photo taken at night
  • Blurred image
  • Low resolution

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 custom portrait.