Novel Portraits: iPhoneography Roundup #1

novel portraits

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.


smart girls get what they want

The Novel: Smart Girls Get What They Want by Sarah Strohmeyer
The Portrait: Taken 02/08/14, with iPhone 4, shared on Instagram
Description: I’ve been crazy busy this week what with my midterms exams but I finally got some R&R during the weekend! I spent yesterday afternoon drinking some tea, eating macarons and reading this book! Smart Girls was such a fun read! So chic, geeky and sweet!

shatter me series

The Novel: Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi
The Portrait: Taken 02/06/14, with iPhone 4
Description: Ignite Me finally came out this week! I waited for the bookstore to open the day it was supposed to be released but was disappointed to see they didn’t have copies yet. I had to make do with reading my ebook copy. Thankfully, copies came out soon enough and now my babies are complete! *dances the happy bookworm dance*


ten tiny breaths    raven boys

ocd love story    throne of glass

I adore taking book photos using my phone. Granted that my iPhone is rather outdated, I think the photo quality is still ace. My iPhone is sorta like my photo diary and I regularly snap pics of the books I read to remember when or where I was reading it. I also like playing with different phone apps to add filters to my photos. Usually though, I dump most of my bookish photos on Instagram! If you would like to check out my IG gallery, just look up haaazeeelxo! Tell me your IG usernames so I could follow back! :-)

Do you snap pics of your books with your phone too? Which phone do you use? Do you upload your photos on Instagram or any other social media?

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. Crini on February 9, 2014 at 8:39 am

    OCD Love Story looks so cool in hardback *_*
    I add as many pictures as possible of books I’m reading to my instagram too. Love to keep track of books that way.
    (psst: that link to your Instagram is currently linking to GR!)

    • Hazel @ Stay Bookish on February 9, 2014 at 9:11 am

      Right? I love it too! I’ll follow you instagram if I haven’t yet! And thanks for letting me know- I’ve fixed the link now! :)

  2. Charlotte @ Gypsy Reviews on February 9, 2014 at 8:59 am

    Gah always love your photos! So in love with the filters you use, you have impeccable taste and talent for photography but I think you already knew that haha.

    • Hazel @ Stay Bookish on February 9, 2014 at 9:13 am

      Eeep, you’re too nice! I play around with filters a lot! :) That’s such a huge compliment for me- I’m so incredibly happy you like my photography! <3 <3 <3

  3. Brianna @ Listful Booking on February 9, 2014 at 10:23 am

    You definitely have a great eye for photography! I use IG (bebecald) for pictures of pretty much anything-mainly my animals and pretty frequently of books lol. Granted not as good as yours! Awesome pics-gonna find and follow you now!

  4. Kelly on February 9, 2014 at 10:50 am

    I use an iPhone 5 and I’m constantly snapping photos! I don’t know what it is about books, but they photograph so well. I love the one of your book with your tea and macaroons – all the colors blend so well!

    kellygoodwin_ on Instagram; just followed you :)

    • Hazel @ Stay Bookish on February 12, 2014 at 12:45 am

      I cannot agree more! Books are so photogenic! And thanks, I’m happy you like the photo! I followed you back, Kelly! :’)

  5. Georgie @ What She Reads on February 9, 2014 at 11:00 am

    I love your instagram and I’m glad you’re including the phone snaps in your post. I think sometimes people can get a little intimidated when someone has a nice photo taken by an “expensive” camera, all I can say is IT’S ABOUT THE PERSON NOT THE CAMERA! ;-).

    Beautiful photos and great eye for detail!!

    • Hazel @ Stay Bookish on February 12, 2014 at 12:48 am

      I LOVE YOURS TOO!!!! I totally agree with what you’re saying. Even low quality phone photos could look good if you really tried!

      Thanks, Georgie! This is such an awesome compliment because you’re a wonderful photographer! :)

  6. Mitchii @ The Aeropapers on February 9, 2014 at 11:22 am

    I’m in awe of your amazing photography skills! So lovely. <3

    • Hazel @ Stay Bookish on February 12, 2014 at 12:46 am

      Thank you, awesome person! Your comment makes me extremely happy! :DDDDD

  7. Kelsey on February 9, 2014 at 11:48 am

    Oh my goodness, you take some of the cutest photos! I’m always amazed how such good photography can be done on iPhones and iTouches. The iPod Touch 4 was actually how I started getting into photography, myself. I usually do more than book photography (unless I’m using my blog’s Instagram), but I’ve recently been trying to learn book photography. You do such an excellent job! Totally following your account.

    • Hazel @ Stay Bookish on February 12, 2014 at 12:51 am

      Thank you, Kelsey! So sweet of you to say so! I know, it amazes me too! Good for you then! Book photography is awesome! And thanks for following. I’ll be sure to follow back. :) :) :)

  8. Ashly on February 9, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    I love photography and love taking photos of my books. They aren’t as good as the ones I see on tumblr or yours but I’m still learning. I use a digital camara to take my pictures. Looking forward to seeing more Novel Portraits. Followed you. My IG is Travel _Books_Life

    • Hazel @ Stay Bookish on February 12, 2014 at 12:53 am

      Yey, that’s awesome! As long as you keep on taking pics, you’ll get better for sure. I’ll follow back. :D

  9. Anne @ Lovely Literature on February 9, 2014 at 4:38 pm

    I love your photographs, particularly the first one with the delicious plate of macaroons. :) I wish I had the same skills, but I just do not have an eye for composition!

    • Hazel @ Stay Bookish on February 12, 2014 at 12:56 am

      Eeep, so glad to hear you love them! (And those macarons really were delicious!) Haha, I rarely give thought to my composition since I’m lazy but in the special case in which I do, my photos really look better. :)

  10. Leigh @ Little Book Star on February 9, 2014 at 4:56 pm

    You take such great photos, Hazel! I really like the Smart Girls Get What They Want the most and OCD Love Story. I love how the colors all match. You’re so creative. :)

  11. Sarah J on February 9, 2014 at 8:58 pm

    I love your book photos! They are so chic and you have a great eye for capturing a good angle. I love taking pictures of my books as well as book selfies. Because book selfies are the best kind of selfies.

    • Hazel @ Stay Bookish on February 12, 2014 at 12:58 am

      Book selfies are the best, indeed! I’m so glad you like my photos! <3

  12. Shelly on February 9, 2014 at 10:52 pm

    I love this new feature! Your pictures are gorgeous and I agree that while the iPhone quality isn’t the best, it definitely looks good in your pictures! All the Shatter Me books look so good together! I definitely need to read OCD Love Story and that bookmark is just so pretty! Thanks for sharing! <33

    • Hazel @ Stay Bookish on February 12, 2014 at 1:00 am

      Yey, I’m so happy you’re excited about the new feature! Thank you so much for your sweet sweet comment! I wish I had bought more bookmarks so I could have sent you one! :'(

  13. Kayla on February 10, 2014 at 1:04 am

    You always take the best photos *channels Hazelography*

  14. Aimee on February 10, 2014 at 6:36 am

    Lovely! I especially love the one you did of OCD Love Story, but all of the others were really cute and pleasing as well! The placements were awesome, lighting was good and the overall photos look great! :D

    • Hazel @ Stay Bookish on February 12, 2014 at 12:41 am

      Aimee, I’m so glad you love the photos! Hihi, I do try to observe good lighting- it’s one of my utmost requirements. :)

  15. Francine Soleil on February 10, 2014 at 7:01 am

    Your pictures are amazing. I wish my phone could take pictures as pretty as those. I personally love the first one because the whole composition of it is just perfect. Everything matches. :P I have yet to get my copy of Ignite Me and Unite Me. Do you think they would have hardbound copies of it? I’m waiting out if they would get any, but if not, I’ll probably just get the paperback.

    • Hazel @ Stay Bookish on February 12, 2014 at 12:40 am

      Thanks, Francine! I bet you could take pretty pictures with your phone too if you really tried! Really glad you liked the photo! For IM and UM- I’m sure there’ll be hardbacks eventually (although I’m doubtful in the case of Unite Me), I just can’t say when! :)

  16. Mel@thedailyprophecy on February 10, 2014 at 8:58 am

    Those macarons look delicious :D I really like all the pictures you post on Instagram (I am Mel_1704) Most of my photos are bookish pictures!

    • Hazel @ Stay Bookish on February 12, 2014 at 12:35 am

      I’m already following you, Mel! I love macarons- they really are delish! ;)

  17. Farzy @ Boooks Keep Me Sane on February 10, 2014 at 10:00 am

    I really love your photos they are so pretty! They look like they’ve been taken using a DSLR camera and professionally edited, no joke! <3

    • Hazel @ Stay Bookish on February 12, 2014 at 12:34 am

      I’m so glad! Hehe, I actually like taking book pictures with my phone rather than my DSLR! Sometimes it looks much better!

  18. Nikki @ The Paper Sea on February 10, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    Gah, beautiful photographs as always, Hazel! I especially love the first one. The colour of the book and the macarons really pops against the deep brown of the table.

    I know you share them on Instagram, but do you use any other apps besides? I started using VCSO Cam to tighten up my photographs a bit in terms of exposure and brightness before sharing them on IG, and I’ve found it’s really helped my photography.

    Also, any chance some tips posts will be coming in the future? ;)

    • Hazel @ Stay Bookish on February 12, 2014 at 12:31 am

      You make me blush, Nikki! I think simple backgrounds do really help bring the colour out! Yep, I use lots of other apps to add filters on my photos, particularly Afterlight which is my favourite! VSCO is awesome too!

      I’ll definitely post tips sometime! :)

  19. Laura on February 10, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    I love this! I’m a true sucker for beautiful book covers. :D

  20. Francoise on February 10, 2014 at 11:41 pm

    OMG I want your Shatter Me collection!!!

  21. Kazhy on February 11, 2014 at 3:32 am

    Such pretties *_*

  22. Shekinah on February 11, 2014 at 10:51 pm

    I love browsing photos like this on instagram. I followed you btw. :) My username is @shekinahgapay

  23. Sandra @ Tea Between Books on February 12, 2014 at 10:32 am

    Oh God, it looks SUNNY in one of the pics. Dammit, how I wish I could go out in a dress outside (even though I don’t own a single one, but I like the IDEA). It is so COLD here. It was snowing and raining a minute ago. Ugh. I thought it would start warming up few days ago and I started to wear a leather jacket, and I’m lucky that I wore my winter jacket again today because I would have probably freeze my ass off otherwise. And I love love LOVE the bookmarks you sent me and the one in the picture is beautiful as well. All my other bookmarks are hidden in a desk drawer and I use only the ones I got from you, because they are just so PRETTY. Oh, and I really like how your nails match the sticker on Throne of Glass. Lately, I have no time whatsover to paint my nails, and when I do I forget about it, which is mildly irritating ;)

  24. Kevin @ Tomebound on February 12, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    Whoa! AWESOME photos! Love how simple yet elegant the whole set up is! I am also digging the vintage feel of it (I am currently obsessed with Fading my photographs as well)! Hehehehe…

    I also use an iPhone when I photograph the books I am featuring on my blog. I don’t have any DSLR or point-and-shoot cameras but I am really really happy with what I’ve got! I normally use VSCOcam, Rhonna Designs, filtergram and Rookie photo editing apps afterwards I post them on my Instagram page incessantly (@tomebound). I am Instagram Obsessed! Great post! :)

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