stay home photo tips

April 6, 2020

I’ve never been one to sit around and dwell on circumstances that are out of my control. Let’s face it: sh*t happens. And right now, we are in one gigantic pile of it.

So in order to use my time (and brain) productively during this incredibly weird, hopefully never-again-experienced period in our lives, I have spent my quarantine so far thinking about what I can do to keep my business running right now, how I can make use of any downtime I do have, and how I can invest in myself to prepare to come back from this stronger than ever. Besides, I’m tired of staring wistfully at my empty office chair, aren’t you?

home office photographed as part of a brand shoot for the productivity zone by jamie bannon photography.

Just because I can’t leave my house doesn’t mean I don’t still need to be creating content to market my business—in fact, I think it means I should be doing it tenfold to hit the ground running when we do get back to work!

And now I want to help you do the same.

postcard reading "be brave. work hard. don't give up." photographed by jamie bannon photography.

So, for my humble part in being a part of the solution for small businesses and solo entrepreneurs like myself, I am launching a blog series with tips for creating your own brand content photos while we’re all stuck at home!


1. We’re all a little happier when we’re working, aren’t we?
2. Twiddling our thumbs never accomplished anything.
3. Just because we have to stay home doesn’t mean we shouldn’t put work into our business—it just means we have to swivel and put a different kind of work into it!

And there’s no time like the present.

detail of a mug reading "time to get stuff done" with a clock, photographed by jamie bannon photography.

I’ll be covering topics like:

  • composition tips
  • using available natural light
  • using color
  • mastering the art of the flat lay
  • product photography
  • food photography
  • selfie tips
  • photographing kids
  • simple photo editing

…all from the comfort of your own quarantine, with just a few simple things you probably already have lying around!

Items you’ll need are:

  • a smartphone or camera
  • a window

And some additional things that are nice to have but not need to have are:

  • a white foam board, or better yet a white tri-fold presentation board
  • a tripod for your smartphone
  • some colorful construction paper or tissue paper
  • a white bed sheet or sheer shower curtain liner
  • a step stool
#stayhomephototips to help you create your own brand photography content for your business at home, by jamie bannon photography.

That’s it! We are gonna get down and dirty with some back-to-basics content photography my friends. Because I’ve said it before and I’ll say it a thousand more times: you don’t have to be a professional photographer or have a fancy camera to take better photos.

And no…of course it’s not a substitute for professional brand photography (there’s a lot more that goes into that than a fancy camera, you know…) But that doesn’t mean you can’t create some great content while we all sit around wondering if we should crack open another jigsaw puzzle #AMIRIGHT

Are you ready? Let’s do this thing!

Comment below if there’s anything in particular you’ve always wanted to know, struggled with in taking your own pictures, or anything special that would be helpful for me to cover—I’m all ears!

Stay tuned for the first edition of #stayhomephototips – my favorite composition tip is up first, and applies to ANY photo of ANYTHING, EVER!

note reading "make it happen" photographed by jamie bannon photography.

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