Shooting at home: The Kitchen

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 Kitchen

Recent cover trends have mostly seen kitchens depicted in a warm and positive light on book covers.  

Many designs use cooking and baking utensils to suggest warmth, a homely feel, and a sense of family and belonging.

Teapots, kettles and trays of cookies are also popular ways for designers to suggest the welcoming security of home.
Vintage cookware and crockery are also great subjects for still life compositions, and can create a timeless feel.


Everyday tableware often features on covers in the psychological thriller genre. 

These titles often involve a domestic setting where things are not all that they seem, or where secrets are hidden beneath the surface…
Broken plates and glasses, spilled drinks and empty place settings are always popular with designers for this genre!

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!