Shooting at home: The Living Room

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!

The Living Room

Comfortable living areas can be seen on book covers in a range of genres – there’s plenty of scope for creating different moods that will be relevant to fiction publishing.

A cosy armchair or sofa will be appealing for covers that suggest happy homes and domestic life; if you have any furniture that looks elegant and stylish then this can suggest luxury and decadence!

We always see high demand for objects such as photo frames, letters, envelopes, writing paper and pens.

Large windows and full-length curtains also appear in many cover designs, and if you’ve got a handy family member you could include them, perhaps in profile or silhouette…

If you have a fireplace then consider getting the Christmas decorations back out and dressing it! Many publishers will be starting work on this year’s Christmas titles in the coming weeks, and they will be looking for festive imagery.

Tip for Home Shoots: Go through the family photo albums.

Photo albums and old photos are great objects to shoot in their own right – they are often used by designers to create evocative cover designs. 

They can be paired to powerful effect with pens, letters and envelopes, which you might also easily find at home.

You could also consider submitting any vintage photos for inclusion in our authentic vintage collection!

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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