Novel Portraits: Behind The Lens #1

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Novel Portraits is a weekend feature where I showcase book photography! Photography is my second most favourite hobby next to reading! A love child of the two dearest things to me- book photography is awesome and thus demands a segment on the blog. To read more about the feature, check out the introductory post for Novel Portraits.

Hi, y’all! Today, I’m launching Novel Portrait’s ultra special subfeature: Behind The Lens! This will serve as a spotlight where I introduce bookworms who also happen to be photo-enthusiasts!

And because I’m totally excited for this feature, I’m going to start with myself. (I realize that interviewing myself would look really weird so I’m just going to do my own thing! For other spotlights though, I’ll be keeping a Q&A format!)

Behind The Lens: Hazel Of Stay Bookish

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I’m Hazel, the book blogger behind Stay Bookish. I’m a bibliophile from the Philippines, living in the metro. I like to hoard books and I enjoy binge-reading them, especially Young Adult. I also like to take pictures of my books because I think they’re incredibly lovely.

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I started to love reading when I realized how lovely it was to escape into someone else’s life even for a little while. Whether it was in an alternate world or this one we lived in, I enjoy reading because I love putting myself in someone else’s shoes, and seeing everything else through different eyes. I have too many favourite books-mentioning all of them would take an infinite amount of time.

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I began taking photos when I was still in middle school (just casual snapshots of me and friends) and then I took it up as a hobby when I was a high school sophomore. I joined my school’s photography club and I realized how much I liked being able to take nice shots. Ever since, I’ve been taking pictures of pretty much everything. Books especially.

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I have several other more cameras, but these two, my iPhone and my Canon DSLR, are what I use to take my bookish photographs.

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Other than books, I like taking pictures of landscapes. I love travel photography!

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My advice when it comes to book photography, which I think can also be applied for photography in general, would be to take more pictures! If you do something more often, chances are, you’ll get better. You’ll discover for yourself what works for you, and develop your own style. Also, a little editing comes a long way. Whether it’s by cropping or adding a photo filter, make your photos the best they can be!

What do you think of Behind The Lens? What are your thoughts on some of the photos I shared? Do you like taking book photos too? Any other bookworm-slash-photography-enthusiasts that you would like to see on Behind The Lens?

If you want to be featured on Novel Portrait’s sub feature, Behind The Lens, shoot me an email!

Hazel @ Stay Bookish

Hazel Ureta is an advocate of stories. She is the blogger and Editor-In-Chief of Stay Bookish because she loves talking about books. She enjoys reading Young Adult novels the most and writes them too.
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  1. Miguel on March 9, 2014 at 8:57 am

    Awesome photographs there! I really want to take pictures of my books as well if I only have a decent camera though :(

    • Hazel @ Stay Bookish on March 12, 2014 at 12:20 pm

      Thanks, Miguel! Any camera is decent enough, believe me- just maximize its use! :D

  2. Algel @ Tea-rrific Reads on March 9, 2014 at 8:58 am

    I don’t have the talent for photography but I do love taking pictures of my books! My instagram account says it all. :)))

  3. Georgie @ What She Reads on March 9, 2014 at 9:09 am

    *claps hands* I love this Hazel. It’s a great feature and awesome to know who else a photo lovers.
    I’m always going to spew this book I love you book photos :D


  4. Nadia @ Nadia Reads on March 9, 2014 at 9:37 am

    Very pretty photos! I love photography! I wish I was better at it! Very nice feature!

  5. Shelly on March 9, 2014 at 9:40 am

    I love this feature, I wish I could participate but my photography skills aren’t all too great.

    The photos in this post are all so gorgeous, you are really good! I can’t wait to see more of your photography on the blog! Thanks for sharing <3

  6. Mitchii @ The Aeropapers on March 9, 2014 at 10:21 am

    These are lovely. I wish I have even just one fourth of your amazeballs skills in photography!

  7. Nuzaifa @ Say It with Books on March 9, 2014 at 11:25 am

    Aww! I ADORE this feature, Hazel! Judging from your pictures you are pretty good at what you do, I especially like your landscape pictures!

    I’m not much of a photographer but I do love design so photography is definitely something that I’d like to learn. :)

    This feature is all kinds of awesome-ness so I can’t wait to see more!

  8. Kelly on March 9, 2014 at 11:46 am

    I love this feature! I would love to have talent as a photographer, and I know a lot of it is just practice, but I always feel so silly walking around with my camera, haha.

    I really like TFiOS photo – the lighting is so soft and pretty, and that windowsill really compliments the coloring of the cover.

  9. Rachel on March 9, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    I love looking at other people’s photography. I don’t take a lot of pictures because I get too caught up in the moment, but it’s always fun to see how someone else sees the world through the lens. Your landscape pictures are really pretty!

  10. Anne @ Lovely Literature on March 9, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    I love this post! I wish I was better at photography, my usual shots are of my dogs. :) Maybe I should start practicing with books! Your book shots are just lovely.

  11. Annie on March 9, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    I love this feature so much! I’m not a photographer but I do enjoy looking at photography (and maybe wishing that I could take such nice pictures). I love what you do (the picture of The Fault In Our Stars in this post is gorgeous!) which is why your book hauls are one of my favourite posts! I can’t wait for more of your photography, and this feature! :)

  12. Missie on March 9, 2014 at 6:38 pm

    I also love photography! Great pics, I am excited to see more of your work!
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

  13. Kevin @ Tomebound on March 10, 2014 at 2:21 am

    Oh Hazel your photos just inspires me so much! I really like knowing where your passion started! Keep it up! :)

  14. Claire @ Bitches with Books on March 10, 2014 at 6:37 am

    This feature is amazing! And great shots. Looking forward to more.

  15. Zaira Fernando on March 10, 2014 at 9:23 am

    This is a nice feature! Ahhh even your travel/landscape photography is just as amazing! Looking forward to more Novel Portrait posts <3

  16. Kelsey on March 10, 2014 at 10:41 am

    These photos are gorgeous, Hazel! I love photography myself. I don’t have as much time to do it these days, but I adore it. Whether it’s on my iPod or my camera (I ADORE your iPod/iPhone case, by the way). I can’t wait to see more of these posts! And some more of your photos. I don’t visit enough blogs that feature photography, but I enjoy the few I follow.

  17. Cayce on March 10, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    Wow, gorgeous photos!! I’m just an enthusiastic amateur but I love taking photos too :) Especially of landscapes and food. :P

  18. Mel@thedailyprophecy on March 10, 2014 at 4:40 pm

    I love these type of features! I really like taking pictures and looking at them :) I hope to buy a better camera somewhere this year. I love the two photos from the landscapes.

    • Hazel @ Stay Bookish on March 12, 2014 at 12:19 pm

      I didn’t know you were a photo-enthusiast as well, Mel! The sea photo is my fave of the two and probably of all time actually! :)

  19. Nikki @ The Paper Sea on March 10, 2014 at 6:50 pm

    I feel like I’m repeating myself, but your photography is so, so beautiful, Hazel. The picture with the birds? It took my breath away!

    • Hazel @ Stay Bookish on March 12, 2014 at 12:17 pm

      Oh Nikki, you are the sweetest! Thank you so much! It makes me so happy to hear this! <3

  20. Kay @ It's a Book Life on March 12, 2014 at 1:08 am

    This feature is one of my all time favorites. Beautiful photos! I wish I was that talented. I love bookish pictures.

    • Hazel @ Stay Bookish on March 12, 2014 at 12:15 pm

      Thank youuuuu! <3 You should definitely try out book photography for yourself. :)

  21. Charlie on March 12, 2014 at 12:16 pm

    I’m waiting for that moment when you feature your new skill. *eyebrow dance* Haha! :) I love your landscape photos! (Oh and your camera strap. Haha)

  22. alice-jane on March 26, 2014 at 10:12 am

    *stares at computer screen* I love photography and your photos are all so gorgeous! Very excited for this feature!

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