Recently we got the chance to put a few questions to Jennifer, who runs the beautiful bookstagram account jenniferwindram. With over 10k followers and a whole host of gorgeous bookish snaps, we were thrilled to chat with her about how she got started and see the awesome way she celebrated Harry Potter‘s birthday.
What first attracted you to bookstagram and made you begin posting bookish photos? I sort of stumbled on bookstagram by accident. I’ve always loved taking photos and I had a personal Instagram account that was mostly pictures of my cats, or pictures I’d taken while travelling. One day I happened to post a photo of the book I was reading, along with a cup of coffee and maybe a donut because, well, I love donuts. And I didn’t know if it was the book or the cup of coffee or the donut, but I got twice as many likes on that photo than any other photo I’d ever posted, and I even had a couple of people comment on it.
So I started posting more bookish photos, and interacting with a few people, and I noticed a lot of them were using the #bookstagram hashtag. When I clicked on this tag, I was completely blown away. The photos I saw were so creative and detailed and beautiful. I loved them so much that I just started following all these bookstagram accounts like crazy, and that’s when I noticed the other thing – not only did these bookstagrammers take these stunning photos, but they truly loved talking about books and even the larger accounts took the time to respond to the people who commented on their posts. It was like everyone was welcome, whether you had 10 followers or 50,000 followers.
And that’s when I knew I really wanted to engage with this community, so I started posting only bookish photos and I’m so happy I did!
What first attracted you to bookstagram and made you begin posting bookish photos? I posted my first book photo back in October of 2015, but I didn’t really commit to being a “bookstagram” account until December 1st 2015 when I participated in my first monthly challenge. It was a holiday themed challenge, with different prompts for each day and it really helped me up my photo-taking game and it introduced me to a ton of new bookstagrammers.
Could you describe your Instagram ‘aesthetic’ in only three words? Hmm… I’d say colourful, messy, and sugary (because a lot of my photos feature candy or donuts!)
We know how great bookstagram is, but what is one of your fave things about it? Definitely how supportive the community is. For the most part everyone is so encouraging and helpful and thoughtful. I’ve seen bookstagrammers send other bookstagrammers care packages when they’re feeling down or not feeling well. I’ve seen them take the time to give advice on how style and edit photos, or how to get more engaged in the community. I’ve seen them rally around bookstagrammers who have lost their accounts due to hacking, or who are being attacked by trolls. It really is the only online place where I feel like I’ve found friends from all around the world, that I would really consider friends.
And now, let’s spotlight some of your incredible pics! We found 7 gorgeous props to make our bookstagram photos pop, but what is your favourite prop to use?
Oh gosh this is so hard because I’m one of those people that uses TONS of props. I actually have a wall of shelves in my basement where I store all my props, and even part of my freezer is full of props because I freeze things like donuts and cookies to reuse in shots (it saves money and you’re not tempted to eat them!).
But I’ll say my favourite prop is my vintage typewriter. My aunt gave it to me as a gift long before I was a bookstagrammer and then it ended up being perfect for bookish shots. People often ask me where I got it and I always reply that I got it from my aunt, who found it a thrift store, which is where I find most of my props. Thrift stores make prop-buying so much more affordable and they often have the coolest things!
As mentioned previously I seem to be somewhat of a romance party pooper. Perhaps my heart is two sizes too small, or maybe I've lost that loving feeling 😏. But no matter the reason, up until now I've claimed to really only have one book boyfriend: Gansey. • And then it dawned on me. I have another book boyfriend!!!! And he resides in a book that is absolutely, positively, 100% devoid of romance. Because that's obviously how I roll. • So I present to you, Mark Watney🤓 my other book boyfriend. And here's why I think he's so awesome (potential spoilers ahead, maybe, I don't know 🙄): • -He doesn't let the little things like no atmosphere or starvation or certain death get him down. So I'm thinking the checkout line at Walmart will be a piece of cake 🍰. -You would never go hungry. As long as you're down with potatoes (gah no potato emoji). -He tells time in sols which is way more interesting than using plain old days🗓. -You thought Macgyver was handy. Mark will find a way to make everything you own run on solar power, including the cats🐈🌞😱, all while dancing to Hot Stuff and figuring out how long that case of toothpaste from Costco will last📉. -Not to be superficial or anything, but he looks pretty dang good in that space suit. Movie Mark, that is 🚀. -And we can't forget that HE IS the best botanist on the planet. So you'd have major bragging rights with everyone you know. And your garden would be fantastic 🌿🌷🌾🌺🌻. • So here's to Mark, my other book boyfriend. And if you haven't read The Martian, what are you waiting for??? • Does anyone else have an unlikely book boyfriend that comes from a book completely devoid of romance? And no you can't say Mark because he's mine 😜. #book #books #bookish #bookworm #bibliophile #bookstagram #booknerd #readersofinstagram #bookstagramfeature #bookishfeatures #booksofinstagram #igbooks #bookphotography #booklover #flatlay #bookflatlay #typewriter #themartian #scifibooks
The donut in this photo is frozen btw!!
Is there one book that’s so beautiful you just can’t help but take a million pictures of it?
I’d say I love my ‘Alice In Wonderland’ editions the best, particularly my illustrated one. There are just so many fun ways to style an Alice themed photo and the covers are all so pretty. It’s my go-to book to photo to take if I’m not sure what to post that day.
So I'm doing that thing where I try to read multiple books at once and it's not something that I do very often so I kind of suck at it, but I really wanted to participate in The Bone Season readalong with @grownwomanread_ya and @acouplereads and @the_bandar_blog , and I'm buddy reading the Lord of the Rings with @jolovestoread and @watermelanies , and I still haven't finished Crooked Kingdom😱, but I keep telling myself that I can totally keep up haha. • But deep down I know it's all lies!! Because I'm already a chapter behind on the fellowship of the Rings 🙈. Sorry ladies, I couldn't help it though, Tom Bombadil lulled me right to sleep. And I haven't even cracked open TBS. And I haven't touched Crooked Kingdom in days. • And it's now confirmed that we'll be going on vacation this month and I know a lot of people tend to read more on vacation but I tend to read less because I'm usually out exploring and merry-making, and then I'm far too tired to read, so I can just feel my TBR for the month going out the window. *woosh* • And I don't know what this means, but as I'm typing this huge flock of crows just shot past my window. Ooh here they come again, it's sort of like they're circling. • Likely circling the carcass that is my TBR😭 *insert crow emoji* • But, ahem, on my vacation, I just might be visiting Hogwarts. Yes I'm finally visiting WWoHP!!!!!!!! Butterbeer here I come🍺! • Oh and it's Mad Hatter day today, everyone!!! So here is my photo for #lilbookishoctober #octoberfantasychallenge #watermelanerdsoctober #livelaughbooksoctober #allhallowsread16 • PS – Has anyone ever tried typing on their phone with their eyes closed???? Because I'm finding it pretty much impossible. • #book #books #bookish #bookworm #bibliophile #bookstagram #readersofinstagram #bookstagramfeature #bookishfeatures #booksofinstagram #igbooks #bookphotography #becauseofreading #bookgram #booklover #flatlay #bookflatlay #aliceinwonderland #madhatter #madhatterteaparty #anthologycandles #funko #funkopop
Overall, ultimate fave picture you’ve ever taken? Okay, now this is hard!!! I’ve had so much fun trying different photo styles and using different props that I have lots of photos that I’m proud of, but if I have to pick one it would be the one I took for Harry Potter’s birthday, which was also the release date for ‘The Cursed Child‘. I got up super early to go buy the book and then I went to the store for supplies, because I really wanted to bake the cake Hagrid made Harry for his birthday. Well, I sort of ran out of the icing I was using to write on the cake so Harry’s name looks a little funny, but I still love the way the photo turned out!
So I didn't have much time to fuss with this photo and I don't have much time for this caption because of the whole moving thing, but can we take a moment to appreciate the fact that my cake is worse than Hagrid's??? 😂 • And I'd like to blame it on the fact that our whole kitchen is packed and I had a total #youknowyouareabookstagrammerwhen moment when I decided at the last second to bake a cake because my photo would just be so epic with one, but I know it's because my cake decorating skills are in the range of poor to mediocre. Sigh. • But in more uplifting news, since it's Harry's birthday, I get presents!! Funny how that works 🙄. So I finally got me a Neville Funko and a couple of mystery minis, and OF COURSE the Cursed Child. • And now I have to go because it's almost one pm and Logan dropped me off at the apartment so I could "quickly" (😂) take this pic and he went to the house to paint and that was almost three hours ago. And he'll just die if he realizes that I sometimes spend half a day on one Instagram photo 😱. #book #books #bookish #bookworm #bibliophile #bookstagram #booknerd #readersofinstagram #bookstagramfeature #bookishfeatures #booksofinstagram #igbooks #bookphotography #booklover #flatlay #bookflatlay #yabooks #yalit #harrypotter #harrypotterbooks #thecursedchild #funkopop #funko #originalfunko #lilbookishjuly #livelaughbooksjuly #julyfantasychallenge
Thank you Jennifer for chatting to us! You can follow her on Insta at jenniferwindram or tweet her your own questions @jenniferwindram.
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