Have you ever scrolled through all of the beautiful Bookstagram feeds on Instagram? If you’re anything like me, you ooh and ahh at many of them. Even after nearly three years nestled in this community, I’m amazed every single day by some of the gorgeous photos that I find on there. Many of which inspire me to find my own branding call in how I want my pictures to look.
If you’ve followed me for any amount of time, you would have seen that I always stick to what I call a “comfy and cozy” style. My background is a soft white blanket, I always feature flowers of some kind, my cup of coffee and of course books. But over time I’ve had very different settings and looks. For the year and a half I have found more of my muse and really stuck with a specific layout and look that inspires me.
I’ve been asked many times how I make my pictures look good and when I share with them that it’s really just a few basic things, they’re genuinely surprised. The biggest piece that makes pictures stand out is the vision that the photogrpaher has when laying it out.
What are you trying to convey?
What tone or mood are you trying to set?
Is there a specific item you’re highlighting?
Those are the kinds of questions that will drive you to layout a picture the way you want to tell the story. While I took photography classes back in high school and learned all about composition and artisitic representation, the thing I’ve learned on my own that’s most important with taking photos, is to show people how you see something. We don’t all see things the same way and by sharing something in a manner that represents what it might mean to you, or how you see something, then others can appreciate that new perspective.
Photography is so much more than taking a picture or snapping a photo. It’s telling a story and it’s using your own imagination to share that with people however you want to. Bookstagram is a beautiful place not only to find beautiful photos that help induce relaxation, but I have made so many amazing friends on there. You can find groups and communities to buddy read with; fans of the same authors that you can fan girl with and so much more! Plus you’ll find more recommendations of books to read than your TBR might be handle!
I hope you try and expand your photography interest, but if it’s really not your thing, then at least enjoy in the community and all it has to offer. It’s become one of my favorite social media hangouts where I can talk about all things book related and some things not!