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  1. Tamara @ Tamaraniac says

    Thanks so much for sharing your process Xan! <3 I should really use my dslr more for my photos, I&#039m often lazy and just use my phone camera instead lol. Ah and you use lightroom! I have access to it but I&#039ve never taken the time to learn it, I often just use the new instagram editor for brightness/saturation/ect. The hardest thing for me in taking photos is as a minnesotan it&#039s so hard to have natural lighting because I&#039m basically at school the whole time the sun is out during the winter. 🙁 Great post!

    • alexandra says

      i’m glad my post was helpful in some ways! i’m 95% sure i’m not using LR for its real purpose, but it works for me *shrugs*. and as for natural lighting… try taking all your pictures on the weekend! (or waking up super early on weekdays hahah)

  2. Tiffany says

    I love this! I am so uncommitted to my book photography that I only use my iPhone for photos. 🙁 But I sort of like the warmth & grain of them – it’s why I’ve never been a digital camera kind of girl. But there’s a reason why YOU’RE now Miss 13.6k!

  3. SarahClare says

    I love your blog. The theme and of course the awesome photos are so clean and crisp and it makes my fingers itch for my camera!!

    My camera is unfortunately out of action though, sad times. So I use my phone. And I rarely edit anything because I’m too lazy! Ha ha!

    I enjoyed reading about your process 🙂

  4. Leyanis says

    Your website is gorgeous! I love your pictures♥ its so nice to see a bit of behind the scene of such masterpieces 🙂
    I just would like to know how did you get this page? Did you used an specific website launcher or something? I’m trying to start a website like this one (dedicated to books!) but I don’t know where to start.

    Thanks 🙂

  5. Shannelle says

    This is a great post! My aesthetic is more on bright, poppy colors, and I just use a PSD for it. What I hate, though, is uploading it and losing the detail. :/

  6. Amy says

    This is totally cool! I always wonder how people do their pictures. Yours are very professional; I would definitely consider you a princess if not the queen. 🙂

  7. Ashley G. says

    This is pretty awesome! I like what you say about using a white background. I use my bedsheets a lot, but they’re a forest green. Using a blank sheet of paper sounds like it’d work nicely! I’ll have to try it.

    Sometimes I edit my photos, but at the most often I just crop it. Usually, I like to use the raw photo if the lighting worked well enough. I usually have an idea of what I want, but sometimes I just walk outside with a book in hand look for something that has something to do with the contents.

  8. Aentee says

    I’m saving this post to favourites forever! I love your photos so much!! Now next is a tutorial on how to decorate your bedroom like a queen 😉

  9. Zoe @ Stories on Stage says

    AHH! This is such a great post Alexandra. I’ve always adored your photography skills, so I am glad to know some of your secrets now. 😉 *cackles evilly* Definitely going to take your tips to mind and try and take some photos now. Thanks for sharing this and, as always, fabulous post! ♥

  10. Cait @ Paper Fury says

    aHHHH THIS IS SO AMAZING THANK YOU FOR DOING THIS. I have been curious about your process for ever. Except I thought you had like a clone or something or a dragon servants or SOMETHING that took your photos with you in them. Instead it’s a timer. That’s disappointing, tbh. *sighs dramatically* STILL. Dragons aside, yessss I LOVE THIS. I think having an epically aesthetically pleasing room helps too. 😉 I’m a bit of an outdoors-and-leaves-and-flowers sort of book photographer, BUT IT’S RAINING RIGHT NOW AND I’M SAD.
    I’m also tempted to sign up to lightroom for, like a month or something, just to see if it could be useful. I usually use picmonkey but it’s SUPER slow these days and keeps crashing upon me. Wah.
    Anyway. I’m utterly rambling. SO! I’ll dash off but your photos are sooo gorgeous and I think you’re my favourite bookstagramer OF EVER JUST SAYIN’. <3

  11. Kaitlin @ Next Page Please! says

    NOW I KNOW ALL THE SECRETS TO YOUR MADNESS MUAHAHA Thanks so much for sharing though! Love your pictures so much and it was really interesting to see your process! I always thought someone took your photos for you and YOU TAKE THEM YOURSELF!? I can’t even image how much time it takes to a take a photo now wow. Nevertheless, great post and thanks for sharing! 😀


  12. Natalie @ Flowers in my Books says

    This was so nice to read! I love reading about other people’s bookstagram processes I just find it really interesting. My process is so simple but honestly sometimes I get into such a rut cause I feel like all of my pictures look the same. ugh. such is life.

  13. Aneeqah says

    I wish I had like 2 hours to leave a comment on this blog post because IT WAS JUST THAT GOOD. I looooved getting to go behind the scenes with you, especially because you totally ARE a book picture queen. Sometimes I’ll just stare at your photography and am like HOW. Good thing you showed your techniques here. 😉

    My dad has a DSLR but honestly, I’ve always been a little afraid of using it. I think I’m going to break it out soon and experiment with it (maybe second semester when I’ll be able to have a life?!). I also totally need to get Creative Cloud so I can get access to all the Adobe editing stuff! On my wishlist forever, but I’m thinking I’ll have to buy it for myself. 😉 I also adore what you said about trying to keep the same aesthetic- that’s EXACTLY what I’ve been trying to nail lately. It’s been tough, but I think I’m slowly starting to get the hang of things.

    Excellent, excellent post, Xan <33

  14. Hawwa (hawwa etc) says

    SQUEEE, i just stumbled upon your blog via Instagram and YES I LOVE YOUR BLOG AND YOU AND YOUR PHOTOS AND BASICALLY HEY NEW FRIEND (*hopes i’m not being too weird..it IS way past my bedtime *cough* and i have been sleep-deprived of late (thanks college). BUT YES, thanks for the tips, how have you set lightroom to have an automatic watermark? (i have photoshop cs6..)

  15. Aimee @ Deadly Darlings says

    You DEFINITELY are the queen, Alexandra! I love your IG feed so much. <3 I personally don&#039t plan our my photos beforehand, which is probably why it takes me a bajillion hours to pick a position. xD And your editing skills are spot-on! I adore the transformations of your photos from unedited to edited. <3

  16. May says

    Everything you wrote is on point! I totally agree with you. I’m glad I found this post when I was lurking around Instagram. I just recently started bookstagramming, so this will extremely helpful and relatable. Thank you. My instagram is @teariffic-books

    Oh, vsco for the win! Love that app!!


    Happy blogging/reading/instagramming! 😀

  17. Aradhna Kaur says

    Such a good post! I’m just starting to take more book photos, trying to figure out what works for me, and this is super helpful. Thank you!

  18. Amy says

    I think I actually saw this a long time ago (whoops!) but this time around I gained so much more from it! I have just recently started to seriously bookstagram, so these are very helpful tips. 🙂

  19. Jumana says

    This is super helpful!! I’m trying to get more into photography so thanks for the post!
    Also VSCO cam is the best hahaha I edit on it as well

    Jumana @ Books by Jay


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