“Buy a house that doesn’t need repairs!” our experienced friend told us.

Ha! We laughed. We want a fixer-upper!

But maybe my friend was right, because here we are a month later, painting, sanding, building and fixing… and each project seems to be bigger than the last.

Our evening wear these days looks like this:

It's easy to turn repairs around the house into home improvement stock photos...

But at least I’ve managed to take some stock photos of the process…

It's easy to turn repairs around the house into home improvement stock photos...

It's easy to turn repairs around the house into home improvement stock photos...

For this photo, above, I set up a tripod, set the timer on my camera, grabbed some paint supplies, and posed as my own model.

To focus on myself, I put the ladder where I planned to stand, focused on that, then switched my lens over to “manual focus” to lock it. Then I marked the floor where the ladder was, so I’d know where to stand.



I also made sure my camera was in the middle of the back wall, with the lens square to the wall, so I could create a very straight and symmetrical room.

This is now up in my stock agencies, and I’ve got a LOT more “home improvement” shots to take over the next year.

I can’t wait to see how the look of this place evolves.

Whatever projects and plans you’ve got going on, you can probably combine them with stock photography. Just take a few photos here and there in your daily life, then submit them for sale!

I’ll share a few more simple, at-home ideas to get your creative juices flowing tomorrow.

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