If you live in a neighborhood with an association that has bylaws and you are breaking those rules, then your neighbor is upset and is reporting you for not following the rules. People "buy into" a neighborhood, sometimes because of the rules as they want to live a certain way and rules, they believe, guarantee that. They feel their association and the fees that accompany the association membership do entitle them to living under certain conditions. When those conditions are broken, they have a right to complain.
Now, if you are in the middle of any type of work, actively working, there should be exceptions to the rules for work in progress. Tell the association you are in the process of working and the work will be completed on date X.
It is not illegal for people to take photographs of anything they can easily see.
I lived next to the king of assaholic neighbors. He had us under video surveillance while we minded our own business in our yard. It was un nerving. All the while, our property was being vandalized and many of our things turned up missing/stolen. So, we put up our own cameras. Suddenly our neighbors began being civil because they were being recorded. It is not illegal to record or take pictures of what you can see.