Book Photo Shoot ~ Part 1

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Recently, I've really gotten into book photography. And since I teased you guys about it a few weeks ago, I knew you all wouldn't rest easy until I shared the glorious pictures from my bookish photo shoots with you. You're welcome in advance.

(And yes, I have so many pictures that there will be another part sometime in the future. Oops. :P)


Super creepy. O.o

A sample of my vintage collection. One of the books
in the stack is a math book from the 1800s.

My OCD side is kicking in right now because there isn't
a perfect circle like I had hoped...ah, well.

My giveaway prizes! Aren't they beautiful?? You can thank
my lovely friend Morgan. ^_^

My Batson books. So colorful. <3

(We're totally ignoring the fact that the page I randomly picked
for this picture involves someone getting stabbed
by a thorn. Hehe. :P)
Looks like you made it to the end. Here, have a picture of my adorable cat Patches.

The Queen in all her glory.

Oh, and just a reminder! If you haven't already checked it out, author Rachel Starr Thomson is holding a Kindle Paperwhite and Christian fantasy book giveaway over HERE. There's only 1 week left to enter! Be amazing bookdragons and do yourselves a favor. 'Cause you seriously don't want to miss out on this.

Did you enjoy my photography? (I know I enjoyed showing it off. ;D) Which picture did you like the best? Oh, and are any of you into bookish photography? If so, I want to see the evidence. *nods*

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  1. Those are GREAT pictures, Mary!!!! You did SUCH a good job!! My fav picture is either the second or the eighteenth. They are both SO BEAUTIMOUS!!!! =D

    1. Awww, thanks so much, Ariel! You're so sweet. ^_^ I'm quite pleased with how most of them turned out.

  2. Aww, Mary you're to kind! =D Thank you so much, m'dear!!*hugs*
    All of the pictures are awesome!! You do a great job!! :D Don't you just love vintage books? They are so neat!! Wonderful job, Mary!! I enjoyed looking through all of the pictures! <3 :D

    1. I meant every word! *huggles back* (By the way, I still owe you a letter. Just a fair warning, I'm a TERRIBLE pen pal 'cause I always forget to write. XD)

      Thank you, Morgan! And yes, I adore vintage books! Imagine my ecstasy at finding a used bookstore with entire sections devoted to vintage books. (I about blew all my money there. XD)

      Thanks again, dearie! <3

  3. I LOVETH ALL THE PICTURES!!! Oh dear me, oh dear ... Mary, your fellow bookdragon kinda wants to come and steal your whole collection of Batson books ...

    Wait, pick ONE picture I like best? Nope nope nope, not happening. *hugs all the book pictures* *and the cat picture* Patches is adorable :D.

    *gasps* I totally forgot about that giveaway! Thanks for reminding me! I need to enter :D.

    I've never done book photography, but I SO should!! Ooo, now I really want to :D. Hey, if you email my mom (theperrans AT cox DOT net), I'll invite you to my private blog, so if I DO have a book-ish photo shot, you may see ALL the evidence :D.

    1. THANK YOU!!! :D Or...maybe not. XD *builds a pillow fort around books* Don't worry, books, I'll keep you safe. ;)

      Hehe, you flatter me so. :D *hugs you* Seriously, girl, you give me alllllll the happy feels.

      Ooh, I'm glad I brought it up! (Totally has NOTHING to do with the fact that I got extra entries because of it. *cough, cough* Hey, I get pretty competitive when it comes to books. ;D)

      YES, PRECIOUS, YOU SHOULD. I have a feeling it would be marvelous. ^_^ Thank you again for inviting me to your blog! IT'S SERIOUSLY BEAUTIFUL. *flails*

  4. Love these! This gave me some great ideas for my new instagram!

    1. Thank you! I'm glad I could be of service. ^_^ *bows regally*

  5. Lovely photos, Mary!! You did such a good job--I'm not really very good at photography, myself, but I love seeing other people's work :-)

    My favorite is definitely the fourth from the top--the one with the flower petal. So pretty! :-)

    1. Thank you, Jessica! Most of my photos don't turn out this well. I guess I just sometimes get great subjects. *grins*

      Ooh, I like that one! I did some more flower petal photography which I will probably share in part 2!

      Thanks so much for commenting!

  6. This is soooo pretty!! I love them all! :)

  7. Um...


    I AM SIMPLY DROWNING. (Probably because I'm drooling so much.)

    But seriously, Mary.
    So. Much. Talent.
    I could stare at these for an eternity and a half!

    I think my favorites would be the 4th one (with the flower petal) and the Batson ones. SO MANY PRETTY COLORS. And then that last one. Just wow! But but but I LOVE THEM ALL OKAY.

    I adore your vintage collection! I have a little carousel horse in my room toooo. My mom found it at a rummage sale for me and I love it to death! It'll definitely be a prop in many of my bookish photos as well!

    I think it's the best and most hilarious thing ever that we both suddenly discovered this love for book photography. But it's so funnnn! Yet another good excuse to play with books. *grins*

    Anyways, I'm blabbering. BUT THESE PICS ARE SO GORGEOUS. *pets pictures* Also your cat! She's so adorable! <333

    I cannot wait for part 2! :D :D :D

    1. OH MY GOODNESS, YOUR COMMENT! SERIOUSLY, GIRL, I CAN'T EVEN HANDLE THE SWEETNESS. *huggles* *gives you sugar cookies because you don't like chocolate*

      HOW ARE YOU SO NICE??? LOL, my pictures are anything but professional. But I'm still pretty happy with how they turned out. ^_^

      Yesss, I'm in love with all the colors, too! But I also got carried away with the black-and-white. I'M SUCH A CONTRADICTORY DRAGON. XD (Can I just say again that your comment is making me grin so hard??)

      *le gasp* You do?! That's awesome! My sister found mine at a flea market. Methinks it will be in many more photo shoots to come. ^_^ And now I'm dying to see YOUR carousel horse!

      We are such braintwins! XD BUT REALLY, HOW CAN YOU NOT LOVE BOOK PHOTOGRAPHY? It's just the bestest. <3

      Awk, I ADORE your blabbering! :D I'M JUST FLAILING OVER HERE BECAUSE OF YOUR SWEET COMMENT. I can't tell you enough how much I love you and your comments. :)

      Thank you so much!! :D

  8. These are lovely!! I think it's funny how the lighting is all happy and bright (which, it's amazing lighting by the way), but then how Watchers in the Woods is such a contrast. XD Also, one of my favorite series. It is awesome.

    1. Thank you so much! Haha, it is pretty funny. XD I just started reading House of Dark Shadows for the first time, and I'M ADDICTED. Good thing I have the second one waiting for me. :)

  9. Ooh, lovely photos!

    My favorite would have to be that one of the 'love' locket on the page about the stabbing. :P

    I am a photographer, but I haven't experimented much with book photography yet. Excited to try, though! :)

    1. Thanks, Emily! :D

      LOL, I quite like that one, too. Though I prooobably could have chosen a better page. XD

      Ooh, that's awesome! I'm not much of a photographer, but there are those rare occasions when my pictures actually look decent. I hope you enjoy experimenting! :)

  10. AAAAAAHHH THESE ARE AMAZING!!!! :D :D :D Seriously, so so gorgeous... you have TALENT, girl! O___O Book photography is so fuuuuun, even though I can never think of interesting ways to take pictures of them and usually just... take a picture of the book sort of lying there. :P #lame BUT YOURS ARE SO CREATIVE AND I LOVE THEM. I could just stare at these forever. :D My favorites are the heart pages one (that looks like some professional thing one would find on Pinterest! O_O ...Actually most of these do...) and the Wayne Thomas Batson books. Also the ones arranged in a circle! GAAHH I JUST LOVE THEM ALLL. ^_^ Thanks for sharing these, book pictures are the absolute BEST! <3


      LOL, I've been there done that! Sometimes I really struggle with finding creative ways to photograph books. XD

      AWWWW, YOU'RE KILLING ME WITH ALL THE SWEETNESS! <333 I feel so honored to have my photos compared to Pinterest pictures. *smiles*

      Thanks a million, dear girl! :D

  11. OHMIGOODNESS, THESE ARE SO GOOOOOD. And so creative too! Like Deborah mentioned, it's hard sometimes to think of creative ways to arrange things, but you obviously have tons of brilliant ideas! (And you must have a good camera too. So professional. *drools*) The second picture might be one of my favorites. <3 And in number three, what's the book at the bottom of the stack? I was trying to figure that out. XD

    1. You guys are really stunning me with your niceness. THANK YOU, DEAR! I'm actually really surprised they turned out. XD (And I do owe much of the credit to my lovely camera. It makes even my photos look presentable. ;D)

      The book in question is The Lost Books collection by Ted Dekker. (It includes Chosen, Infidel, Renegade, and Chaos.) Haven't gotten around to reading them yet, but my friend really enjoyed them. So I'm thinking I must try these books out eventually. *nods*


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