Novel Portraits: About The New Feature + Current Read 02/02/14

novel portraits

Novel Portraits is a weekend feature where I showcase book photography! You guys might not know, but 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 whole new segment on the blog.

There are many cool book-photo features out there like Paper Riot’s Picture This and Tea Between Books’ Snap It which are mostly book blogger spotlights. Novel Portraits will be slightly different.

These are the type of posts you can expect from the feature:

  • Novel Portraits – Any photograph that has a book in it automatically falls under this one! Mostly, I’ll post pictures featuring either my current read, some bookmarked pages, or maybe snapshots of my bookshelf. Book Haul photos are excluded because there’s a separate category for that.
  • Behind The Lens – Sorta like a spotlight as well, this is where I’ll feature bookworms who also happen to be photo-enthusiasts! I see a lot of gorgeous book photography on Tumblr and Flickr so I want to feature the creative people behind them!
  • Book Photography Tips – This is just a budding idea, not yet a sure thing. I’m not claiming to be a good photographer at all but I’d be more than willing to give out some tips so that your own novel portraits look attractive!
  • Et cetera – Also known as anything-else-I-can-think-of.

That’s pretty much it! And since I’ve told you about the new feature, here’s a Novel Portrait for ya~

pivot point

Current Read

The Novel: Pivot Point by Kasie West
The Portrait: Taken 02/02/14, with Canon 600D, post-processed
Description: Don’t mind the typewriter- I’m not even using it at the moment, haha. Anyway, I’m currently reading this book! It’s my second Kasie West book and I find myself adoring her MC’s knack for sarcasm. Addie, the protagonist, kinda sounds like Caymen from The Distance Between Us. I’m still just a few chapters in but I’m super curious about how the story will come to be!

I’ll usually post 2 or more pictures, depending on how many bookish photos I take within the week! The whole scheme of Novel Portraits isn’t final yet! The idea only came to me today so I haven’t deliberated the feature enough. Lol, I just want a blog feature where I could post bookish photos, really.

Anyway, what are your thoughts on this new feature? Any suggestions? (I’m super open to them!) Are you a bookworm-slash-photography-nerd? Would you ever like to get featured on Behind The Lens? Oh and have you read Pivot Point yet? If yes, how did you feel about the book?

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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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  1. Crini on February 2, 2014 at 7:04 am

    I love taking photos of books, that’s why my instagram is 99% pictures of books :D I never knew how to integrate something like that in my blog though. looking forward to more of yours!

    • Hazel @ Stay Bookish on February 2, 2014 at 10:51 am

      I see we have something in common! *bright eyes* So happy you love the feature! Thanks, Crini! xo

  2. Zaira Fernando on February 2, 2014 at 7:07 am

    I’m really looking forward to seeing more of this new feature! You take really great pictures :)

  3. Charlie on February 2, 2014 at 7:08 am

    Photos + books, why not? I love this new feature! Looking forward to your future posts. :)

    • Hazel @ Stay Bookish on February 2, 2014 at 10:49 am

      Hi, Charlie! So glad you love the idea! Thanks for dropping by! :D

  4. Kazhy on February 2, 2014 at 7:21 am

    OMG Hazel I’m so excited for this! I love book photography, particularly yours ;D

    • Hazel @ Stay Bookish on February 2, 2014 at 10:46 am

      I’m so excited that you’re excited! You’re making me blush, Kazhy! Thanks so much for all the support! *huggles*

  5. Georgie @ What She Reads on February 2, 2014 at 8:11 am

    You know I love this feature! Photography is my life (literally being a wedding and portrait photographer) and I just find great visuals attract me so much more. What Lens did you use? I love using my 50mm f/1.4 for my portrait, the depth of field is just beautiful!


    • Hazel @ Stay Bookish on February 2, 2014 at 10:43 am

      I do know! ;) I just wish I were a professional like you. :( I used a 28-135mm for this photo! I have a 50mm f1.4 too and I adore it so much! Thanks for dropping by, Georgie! xo

  6. Kimi @ Geeky Chiquitas on February 2, 2014 at 8:41 am

    I love photography too so I think this is a great idea! :) Excited to see your future posts!

    • Hazel @ Stay Bookish on February 2, 2014 at 10:41 am

      So nice to hear from a fellow photo-enthusiast! Thanks for checking this out, Kimi! :)

  7. Shelly on February 2, 2014 at 10:44 am

    This feature sounds so cool! I love the picture, it turned out great! I can’t wait to see what you think of Pivot Point because the wait for Split Second has been tough haha. Hope to see more of these soon! :D

    • Hazel @ Stay Bookish on February 2, 2014 at 11:01 am

      Glad you like it, Shelly! Still haven’t brushed up the whole plan but I hope the feature works well for everyone! :)

  8. Sana @ artsy musings of a bibliophile on February 2, 2014 at 10:52 am

    This is absolutely amazing, Hazel!

    I love pictures of books and it’s one the reasons I spend so much time on Tumblr. Also, I love the photos you take! They’re always so artsy. So yes, I’m very excited for this new feature of yours. Bring on all the book photos! =D

    • Hazel @ Stay Bookish on February 2, 2014 at 11:44 pm

      You’re too sweet, Sana! So glad you like the feature! Haha, I try to be creative with my photos although I’m not very successful all the time! I’m really excited too! :)

  9. Amanda @ Book Badger on February 2, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    This is such a cute little feature, I’m looking forward to more of it :)

  10. Kay @ It's a Book Life on February 2, 2014 at 1:17 pm

    This sounds like so much fun! I love looking at novel portraits and can’t wait to see what you have in store for the future. Sadly, I am not good at taking pictures.

    • Hazel @ Stay Bookish on February 3, 2014 at 12:20 am

      Same! I adore book photos so I wanted a feature to showcase it! Aww, I’m sure you can do better if you want! Maybe I should have a go at book photography tips after all? :)

  11. Mel@thedailyprophecy on February 2, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    I really like features with pictures! My instagram is dominated by photo’s of books, haha. I need to read Pivot Point! Everyone is so enthusiastic about it.

    • Hazel @ Stay Bookish on February 3, 2014 at 12:21 am

      Anything with pretty pictures makes me happy! I’ll probably post my Instagram shots here too if they look good! :) I just finished Pivot Point and it was really good!

  12. Kelsey on February 2, 2014 at 2:31 pm

    This is so awesome! I’m so excited to see this continue. I love photography, and while I’m awful at book photography, I find it so fascinating to see. Can’t wait to see what comes of this!

    (love the typewriter in the photo, by the way)

    • Hazel @ Stay Bookish on February 3, 2014 at 12:57 am

      Happy to hear that you’re excited about the new feature! People who like book photography are my people! *clings* Hihi, I mostly use my typewriter as decor now but I use it sometimes too!

  13. Leigh @ Little Book Star on February 2, 2014 at 10:53 pm

    I really like your new feature, Hazel! I really love how you take pics of your books. It’s very creative. :) I’ll be reading Pivot Point soon and I bet it’ll be an awesome read because so many people fan-girl/boy on it.

  14. Cee on February 3, 2014 at 12:36 am

    So in love with this feature! Books + photos = yeeeessss. I’m really excited about it! Ahhhh. :D

    Kasie West is THE BEST person on the world! <3

  15. Francine Soleil on February 3, 2014 at 1:52 am

    I’m not much of a photographer, but I love seeing beautiful photos. I think that this would be a really good feature! :D I’ve read Pivot Point and loved it. I hope you like it too. :)

  16. Rachel on February 3, 2014 at 11:38 am

    I love this feature! You’re so creative, Hazel :) I think it’s awesome when bloggers share their other talents/hobbies as it lets us get to know each other better and I always find inspiration from these kinds of features!

  17. charlene on February 3, 2014 at 9:09 pm

    Hazel, I love this photo! I don’t take pics of books, but some of the covers are gorgeous and ought to be in art of some kind.
    p.s. did you get my email with the interview questions? Would love to have your input!

  18. Nikki @ The Paper Sea on February 4, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    I can’t wait to see more of this feature, Hazel! I love your photography (omg, that photo of Pivot Point is BEAUTIFUL) so I definitely want to hear some of your tips! :D

    • Hazel @ Stay Bookish on February 6, 2014 at 12:44 pm

      I’m definitely looking forward to doing this feature as well! Thank you so much for your enthusiasm, Nikki! It makes my heart swell that you’re excited about this! :)

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  20. Kath on December 1, 2014 at 11:47 am

    I also want to try this “meme” coz like you, I also love taking pictures.

  21. Tina on April 28, 2015 at 10:12 am

    I love this feature! As a book photographer I love reading about the other ones out there :)

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