Novel Portraits: Behind The Lens #13 – Natasha of Book Baristas

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Novel Portraits is a 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.

If you’re looking for hot drinks and hotter reads- you don’t have to search far. Natasha’s awesome instagram + blog, Book Baristas, is the place to go. I’ve had the chance to interview this fabulous girl and now y’all can learn more about the avid reader behind various great recs and bookish photos!

Behind The Lens: Natasha of Book Baristas

natasha book baristas

Hello! Care to tell us a little about yourself?

Hi! My name is Natasha and I run @bookbaristas on Instagram (and on every other social media, LOL). I just graduated college with a B.S. in psychology this past May, but I’m looking into starting a career in book publishing! Reading is probably my top favorite thing to do, ever. I’m also a fan of watching X-Factor auditions on YouTube for 48 hours straight. You know, the usual pastime for any other college grad. ;)

the secret place just visiting

How did you fall in love with reading? What do you love most about books?

I don’t think there was a time that I wasn’t in love with reading. Ever since I learned how to read in my kindergarten class, I never stopped. There’s just something incredibly magical about reading words on pages and feeling all kinds of emotions. I love the idea of being somewhere else while never having to actually move, you know? Reading gives me an out without a literal out. Lol I hope that makes sense!

What are some of your recent favorite reads?

I’ve read so many great reads lately which makes me so happy! Here are a few I wholeheartedly recommend:

local girls the girl on the train

How did you take up photography as a hobby/profession? When did you start taking book photos?

I became more interested in photography after starting my bookstagram/blog. I’m a huge fan of pictures that are aesthetically pleasing so I like to put in time & effort when taking photos for my blog. I guess you can say I started taking bookish photos last June (2014) when I created my blog.

What cameras/photo equipments do you use to take your book photos?

I actually only use my iPhone 5c. I’ve been thinking of getting a professional camera, but I like using just my phone. It’s easier and the quality is surprisingly fab!

sky and sea sunset

Aside from book photography, what other types of photography do you like?

If I’m not taking photos of books (which is never), I’m usually taking photos of the sky or the sunset!

book baristas red books

Lastly, what advice or tips would you give when it comes to taking book photos?

The two most important things you need to consider when taking photos are your lighting and your angle. Obviously make sure the photo is in focus, but keep your lighting bright and your angle right ;)

What do you think of Behind The Lens? What are your thoughts on some of the photos Natasha 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!

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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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14 Comments

  1. Tina on June 28, 2015 at 8:03 pm

    Oh wow. I do a feature quite similar to this on my blog. I have to go and follow everyone you’ve ever featured right now. Book photography!!!!

    • Hazel @ Stay Bookish on June 28, 2015 at 11:01 pm

      WE ARE BRAIN TWINS. Also, I’m super adoring your blog, Tina! I would love to have you for the feature if you’re interested!

  2. Dahlia Adler on June 28, 2015 at 11:20 pm

    Gorgeous!! I love Natasha’s pics and do NOT understand how takes such great quality shots with a freaking phone, but next time she and I hang out I am trading macarons for LESSONS!

    • Hazel @ Stay Bookish on June 28, 2015 at 11:48 pm

      I’m freaking out that you left a comment on the blog, Dahlia!!!! You know I <3 you. Also, how pretty is that photo of Just Visiting??? Seriously, I kind of want to steal Natasha's phone. I don't get that quality with mine at all. *pouts* AND WHY ARE Y'ALL HANGING OUT WITHOUT MEEEE :((

  3. Cali W. on June 28, 2015 at 11:46 pm

    Really cool pics and I like the book recommendations. :)

  4. Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life on June 29, 2015 at 12:35 am

    Woah, Natasha’s pictures are SO PRETTY. How does she do that with a phone?!? My pictures with my iPhone are definitely not even close to being that pretty. I’m jealous. It looks like she’s really gotten the whole photography thing down, though! I’ll have to take her advice. <3

    Lovely, lovely post, Hazel. Thanks so much for sharing! :D

    • Hazel @ Stay Bookish on June 29, 2015 at 12:49 am

      Right?? I own an iPhone too but gah, I only ever get good photos with my DSLR. So glad you enjoyed the interview, Aneeqah! <3

  5. Inah @ The Bibliophile Confessions on June 29, 2015 at 1:41 am

    I love Natasha’s photos so much and I can’t believe she’s just using her freaking phone???!! They’re so amazing! I own an iPhone too but I don’t think my photos would even pass her standards. Haha! But, I’m definitely working on it. Good thing my sister is inclined to photography so I turn to her for tips.

    I really enjoyed this post! <3

  6. Kristin @ Simply Bookish Things on June 29, 2015 at 2:15 am

    I need me an iPhone! Those pictures are so pretty! :o

  7. Chrystal on June 29, 2015 at 11:27 am

    I love how you stylize your book photos!

  8. Alexa S. on June 29, 2015 at 12:37 pm

    I loved getting to know Natasha and seeing her photos! They’re absolutely lovely, and I certainly wish I had the patience + skill to make my own photos look so aesthetically pleasing. (And I love this feature, Hazel!)

  9. Anette Fabre on June 29, 2015 at 8:22 pm

    I follow her on Instagram and I may have liked all of her photos in like a day because how can I not, her photos are just gorgeous. :D #creepycomments aside, thanks for this, Hazel. I finally got to see the personality behind Book Baristas!

  10. Angel on June 29, 2015 at 9:55 pm

    I really adore bookbaristas on IG! The photos are all so lovely! :)

  11. Michelle on July 12, 2015 at 1:56 pm

    I love looking at bookish photography so I love this new feature :D

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