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House Portraits: How to Get the Best Photos for Your Heirloom Piece

My custom-painted house portraits are one of my best-sellers, and it's easy to see why. They make wonderful sentimental gifts for all occasions. Here are reasons to have your own house portrait commissioned:

  • Your BIG anniversary is coming up for a spouse or parents who have EVERYTHING

  • A family home gets torn down and you want to PRESERVE IT in a meaningful way

  • You want to impress your spouse -- you PLANNED a gift in advance! And BONUS POINTS if it made you cry!

  • Your child is leaving for college and you want them to have something NICE to hang on their dorm room wall that reminds them of home

  • Your neighbor is moving away and you want to give them a SPECIAL memory of their home

My house portraits range in size and price, so please email me for more details.


If you are providing your own photos for your house portrait, be sure to read these tips. These are really important to ensure the best possible portrait.

  • Take photos of your house from at least three angles: looking straight on, looking from 45 degrees to left and from 45 degrees from right. That means walk about half way from the center of the home to the property line and shoot from there.

  • If your home has a porch, try to shoot your photo so that you can see the porch ceiling a little bit.

  • Send close ups of the front door and shutters.

  • Show a clear path to the front door if possible.

  • Try to minimize the garage whenever possible. Walk to opposite side of home and shoot from there.

For added personality to your home portrait, you can also specify the following:

  • Pets and children in the yard or on front porch

  • Time of year that you wish

  • Blooming plants where you want

  • Sunset colors in the sky or blue sky with clouds

  • Highlight certain features of your home, such as the special window boxes your husband made or the ferns you always hang on the porch in the spring

  • Sporting equipment (like a paddleboard, kayak, golf clubs) can be added for fun

If you follow this guide, you are providing me with the best tools necessary to make a house portrait for your loved one that they will cherish forever.

Please don't hesitate to reach out with questions!


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