Bookstagrammer of the Month: Hana of @hanabookreview
Welcome to our new monthly special feature post, Bookstagrammer Of The Month!
Each month we will be interviewing a different Bookstagrammer (Book lover/photographer on Instagram) who will share with us a bit of their experience about the Bookstagram community!
Introducing Hana of @hanabookreview, YABC's Bookstagrammer of the Month!!
1. How long have you been part of the Bookstagram community?
A year and a half. I joined bookstagram community in August 2016 through #AusYAChallenge ( Bookstagram challenge host by my fav book blogger Cait @paperfury, Emily @emilyjmead and Kelly @divabooknerd.). I had fun doing the challenge and fell in love with bookstagram community instanly and since then I decided to continue to be part of bookstagram community.
2. Can you tell us a bit about your feed/style and how it has changed over time?
I’d call my feed as cozy (blanket with white background, tea/candles). I tried to stick to cozy theme since October. I used to having no theme before. I post whatever I think good and end up having messy feed but they are fun and colorful XD
My feed right now:
The old feed (when I first started)
3. What is the silliest thing you've ever done for the sake of a photo?
Taking stack of books from bookstore and posed in front of it. XD During taking pic, a lot of people stared at me but I pretend not to know since at that time,I knew that photos with bookshelf and bookstack often have huge number of likes and my bookshelf at home is not pretty as the bookshelf on bookstore. Hehe
4. When do you make time for taking photos? Do you usually plan ahead or take photos as you go (daily)?
I take photos on weekends once in every two weeks/ once in month depends available free time. I usually plan ahead. I already have lot inspirations from bookstagram and some just come to me as I take photos. I also take new photos when new props are arrived :D
5. What type of camera do you use?
I use my phone OPPO A37 with Ultra HD setting and borrow my friend’s Fujifilm XA3
6. What are some of your favorite props (besides books, of course ;) )?
Bookmark, flower, tea and candles because they are easy to arrange and make photo beautiful :D I also love to use myself as props :D
7. Which of your photos is your absolute favorite and why?
OMG it is hard XD I have love favs,
maybe this one https://www.instagram.com/p/BbS6FC6FYOo/?taken-by=hanabookreview
Since the props are blue (bag) and pink (flower) which are my fav color :D
And this one, Because it looks magical, like I am middle in fairy land
8. What is the thing you love most about Bookstagramming?
a. The joy of taking picture of books,
b. The friendship. People in bookstagram community are very nice. I had fun bookish talk and fangirling over fictional characters with them.
c. I also love how bookstagramm community made bookworm looks so much cooler. Being bookworm is cool but I think bookstagram made being bookworm way
9. What are a few of your favorite Bookstagram accounts?
@prettygeekery @annienamiez @bookishbronte @karina.reads @szumiabooki @stefiereads @madhatterisreading @paperfury @emilyjmead @booksandteacups @thebookranter
10. Do you have any tips for new Bookstagram accounts that you wish you knew when you started?
a. Be patient with your account’s growth. Sometimes it grows fast, sometimes it grows slow and sometimes it has zero growth. When it happens,remind yourself that success takes time.
b. Don’t sad over losing followers, the true one will stick with you. In Indonesia there is proverb that “Mati Satu, Tumbuh Seribu”. It is similar to Whatever broken will grow back, whatever lost will be replaced. You must believe there will be a replacement for everything, and that is include your followers.
c. If compare yourself with other bookstagrammers and feel defeated, remind yourself that every expert was once beginner. Consider your defeated feeling as fuel to be better bookstagrammer
d. Be kind to everyone. Reply their comment, like their photos back.
e. Good lighting is important. Don’t take pics at night, except you have really good camera that can produce good pics despite low light.
f. Have fun!
Thank you again for stopping by YABC, Hana! We absolutely love your account and we cannot wait to see more of your beautiful photos on #bookstagram!