July 20, 2019

My Favourite Ways To Photograph Books.

Now we’ve had posts about my photography tips as well as posts about flat lays but I thought I’d write something I hadn’t seen before in the blogging world and that is photographing books! Now I’m not saying this has never ever ever been done because it probably has but I personally have never come across one!

Books are one of my favourite things to photograph at the moment, I don’t know what it is about them but I love styling them in shots where they are the main subject but also as props in E V E R Y T H I N G. I think I have a book problem. Anyway, I thought it’d be nice to write a little blog post all about the ways I like to photograph books as the main subject of the photo.

Props + Composition

Press on nails

These are actual lifesavers when it comes to photographing books, or anything you want to hold really! My nails are knackered, they’re always varying lengths from where they constantly get broken doing random jobs around the house or my nail polish chips in about 9 seconds so press on nails are amazing for making your nails look fabulous in seconds! The ones I’m wearing the photo above are from Kiss and they take literally like 5 minutes to apply. They have a sticky pad on the back of each nail so no faffing around waiting for the glue to dry! Great if you’re wanting to have a last-minute photo sesh!


Some blooms are always a great addition to anything photography wise if you ask me, there are so many different ways you can arrange them and they just look so damn nice! I personally love fresh flowers over artificial purely because they look better in photos although you can get some cracking silk flowers, I just love how much more natural real petals look in photographs.


Glasses are a super popular blog prop over various themes from beauty shots to lifestyle shots but books are definitely the most fitting I think, I mean books and glasses are like salt and pepper, right? So the shots always look natural even when they’re super styled.

I love how they look, the glasses bring in that extra dimension to the photograph and they really do make a good photo great. If you don’t wear glasses, fear not, eBay has some super cute pairs for not much more than a quid.

Children’s Books

Kids books are probably the ones I find the hardest to photograph, hence why I don’t really take many photos of them, haha. The younger the age range the book is aimed at the bigger the book tends to be or atleast a lot of them are huge and awkward. I find shelves and things work great for books that are a little bit awkward to arrange in an aesthetic way.

The Bath Shelf

I love using my bath shelf as a prop for a wide range of photos but I love love love how it looks with a good old book plonked right on it. I know a lot of people read in the bath, or at least that is what photos like this imply, I prefer my kindle in the bath but there is something about real books with their nostalgic scent that a Kindle just doesn’t have. Not only that but real books are a heck of a lot easier to photograph! Arrange with some relaxing beauty products or even a tall glass of wine and you’re good to go.

Food + Tableware

I absolutely love my kitchen table for taking photos on, I love the colours and the contrasts and it doesn’t take an awful lot to jazz a table up to make it into a beautiful backdrop for photography. This wasn’t my aim, however, when I was designing how I wanted the table to be it was just a happy accident that it photographs so well. The placemats were about a fiver from H&M and them I use flowers, food, cutlery, whatever I have to had to spruce things up. This doesn’t work for just cookery books either, props are your pals and you could easily arrange things for a novel or even a poetry book just check a cup of coffee or a plate of snacks in and boom, you’re done! Long gone are the days where I used to lay out a piece of wallpaper and take a clean, top-down shot of anything and everything. I love incorporating my home into my snaps now and I think my photography has improved for it!

What are your favourite ways to photograph books?

~this post contains gifted items~

One response to “My Favourite Ways To Photograph Books.”

  1. Katrina says:

    I love this post! I had no idea there were so many ways to photograph books, I’m going to try some of these out. I love the bath tray photo! x

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