Out of all the senses, Sight has always been the one I’ve connected with the most. I find it easier to remember something if I’ve seen it than by using any other sense. Sometimes I can even recall the rest of an old memory by simply imagining one frame of it; probably what makes me such a great daydreamer.

Artistically, I may not yet be able to pull the scene from my head and share with the world, but that doesn’t stop me from trying or looking for inspiration.

Back in the beginning of 2016, I invited several Bookstagramers – that’s Instagramers whose focus is books, if you are unfamiliar with the term – to guest post on my old blog Paper Bindings. Since Rattled Dreams is all about finding inspiration, there was no way I could let these three posts fade into cyberspace.


Original, unedited post was featured on Paper Bindings, January 15, 2016.

When it comes to photography, I have taken a few lessons in the past, but I’m mostly self taught. So, when I started to get serious about my Instagram account (@rattleddreams) I went in search of some helpful advice.

At that time, I found very little helpful posts. There were no pages with tips or behind the scenes advice, and very few “check out these awesome book photographers.”

Not one to back down, I sent out a call, and created my own.

Three super sweet ladies answered.

Sit back and get ready to be inspired.

My first guest is Stacee from Adventures Of A Book JunkieStacee is a bibliophile, Slytherin, fangirl, and blogger. She collects book boyfriends, reads the last page first, & swears way too much. Plus, she is just an around wonderful person to talk to.

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* How did you get into bookstagram photography?

I’ve always been a reader, so it sort of made sense to start taking photos of what I was reading. As I started taking more book photos, I started trying to make them look a bit prettier. Then I participated in a few monthly photo challenges and seeing what other people were doing in their photos make me want to try a little harder. Now my account has become strictly a bookstagram photo account and I’m really enjoying figuring out what I’m doing.

* What do you think makes a good photograph? A great one?

For my photos, I like more of the minimalist look, but I do love the accounts that have a lot of props and lights and goodies. There are a lot of amazing photographers out there. I love that there’s an entire group of us who are showcasing our collections, our favorite books, our current reads, our latest book hauls, and our overall love for books. As for what makes a good photo? I guess it’s just a matter of opinion.

* Where do your bookstagram ideas come from?

I’ve done a few of the monthly book photo challenges and those are a lot of fun. Sometimes it’s just me standing in front of my bookshelf looking at the chaos. Sometimes it’s what I’m reading or what I just finished or what I got in the mail. There’s no rhyme or reason to how I pick what I take a photo of.

* How do you set up a photo shoot to get great lighting?

I live in an apartment and take all of my photos on my balcony. I try to take them around the same time of the day, so the lighting is the same. If you look through my feed, you’ll see that some of the photos have a golden hue and some have a blue hue to them and it’s all due to where the sun is located. I’ve recently been working out the kinks on getting them all to match because it drives me crazy. I’ve seen some people who use professional lighting or light boxes, but I haven’t gotten to that point yet. Mostly because I don’t have room for it right now. 😀

* Aside from a watermark label, how often do you cheat and use the computer to edit your images?

I don’t use a computer at all, I take all of my photos with my iPhone. I use Instagram to stage the shot and the Photofy app for the filter. Sometimes I will brighten the background or saturate the color a bit more, but that’s it. After I have the photo taken, the entire editing process takes less than 60 seconds.

* What’s your favorite photograph that you’ve taken? Why?

There are three photos that I really love. I can’t give a reason more than the fact that they were all set up sort of on accident and I’m just thrilled with the way they look.

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“She wasn't interested in telling other people's futures. She was interested in going out and finding her own.” ➸ I’m horrible at naming my monthly TBR, mostly because it’s like a jinx and a guarantee that I won’t read any of the books. For this specific month, I’ve already read everything I needed for review, so here’s a book I’m going to try really really really hard to reread this month. Still counts, right? ➸ ➸ ➸ What was the last book you finished? ➸ ➸ ➸ {#TheRavenBoys #MaggieStiefvater #ChainsawFTMFW #bibliophile #bookstagram #igreads #vscobooks #bookoftheday} ➸ ➸ ➸ #RFABDecember17 #ohmybookmaschallenge #NovelChapterDecember #DecInBooks17 #AllTheBooksDec #SMPUnwrapped: December TBR

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* Any other tips you’d care to share?

I’m a firm believer in doing what you love. If you like taking book photos, do it because you love it. Not for followers, not to get featured, not because you want free books. If you do it for those reasons, you’ll take the fun out of it. Find your theme, your unique view, your passion, and share that with the world.

* Any other bookstagramers we should be following?

Definitely Evie Seo {@eviebookish} and Ursula Uriarte {@ursula_uriarte}

Don’t miss my Q&A session with Brittany from The Book Addicts Guide  and Crini from All About Books 

Feeling inspired? Feeling more confident about your own work? I hope so, now get out there and take some photos, regardless of the subject matter. If you have an artistic based Instagram account, leave your link in the comments below, I’d love to take a look.


Now I have some questions for you.

  • For those who have been taking photos for years, what is the number one piece of advice you wish you could go back in time to tell yourself?
  • For those just starting, what is the number one question you wish you had the answer to?


    • Carrie says:

      You’re welcome! I’m glad I got to bring this post back. Since I lost all my photos from my last site, I had to pick new ones, and it was super hard! You’ve gotten more talented and I had way too many lovely pieces to choose from.


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