Shooting at home: Front Doors, Porches & Windows

With many of us currently at home or in lockdown, opportunities for photoshoots are mostly confined to where we live!

Don’t worry – even if you don’t have a home studio, there is still a huge range of subjects you can shoot at home which will be relevant for the publishing industry.

In this series of posts we’ll be sharing our tips for shooting at home. We’ll also suggest popular concepts and themes for book publishing which can be shot in different rooms and spaces wherever you live!

Front Doors, Porches & Windows

Building exteriors of all kinds are very frequently searched for on the Arcangel website. If you’re able to shoot the outside of your building you can easily create some concepts which are very popular with book cover designers.

We see many covers based around the front door. Daytime shots can be ideal for romance and contemporary fiction, whereas nighttime can be suited to thrillers. 

The front door is another area to consider for a Christmas shoot; front doors with wreaths are very popular for comforting festive fiction.

If your front door has steps up to it, then including these can be an effective way to create copy space.

Doors and windows left slightly open can create a sense of something being wrong or out of place, and as such they can make strong covers for psychological thrillers.

An exterior window with a figure is an enduringly popular concept for mystery titles and thrillers. A building exterior with a single lit window is another common theme.

Tip for Home Shoots: Bring your family!

Many book covers are based around family relationships, so make the most of having family at home!

Images of children at play, and family groups around the dinner table, are very popular concepts in fiction. Children holding hands, or hand in hand with an adult, are also frequently requested.

Remember – unless their faces are obscured you will need the adults to sign a model release, and children to have a release signed on their behalf!

We hope this gives you some starting points for home photoshoots – over the rest of this series we’ll suggest some themes and book cover concepts that can be shot in each room of the house!

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