“I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.”
Hi everyone! How are you all? I hope you’re all having a lovely start to your October! September – December is my favourite chunk of the year and I love everything about these months! I feel like I come alive in the autumn every year.
So what better month to share some of my secrets on how I make my bookstagram a cosier place?!
Here are my top five tips:
Stack of knitwear
In many of my cosier photos you’ll be able to spot a a handful of my thickest jumpers stacked up in the background. This adds texture to the photo and oodles of cosy vibes! Chunky jumpers and patterns work best, as do colours that match the season – my pumpkin spice knitted cardigan is going to be a staple this autumn!
Pro tip: This also works well with blankets and scarves, once they’re folded, you can’t really tell the difference, so use whatever you already have!
Getting whippy with it
There’s just something about the colder months that make you yearn to hunker down with a large mug of something hot, creamy, and comforting… And topping it with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon just makes it that much more photogenic! This is a great prop – you make it once and use it in a photo shoot when you’re batch taking photos. It’s also one of the cheapest props!
Pro tip: Set up everything else first and then make your drink cold, or wait for it to cool down before you add your cream, otherwise it will melt too quickly and you’ll only get one or two decent photos!
A cosy glow
I like to take photos when the lighting is darker and cosier and use candles and fairy lights to add that cosy glow! This is an easy one as there are so many inexpensive candles you can find out there, as well as little battery operated packs of mini fairy lights. They can be used again and again, too!
Pro tip: Choose the positioning of your candle/lights carefully. In this photo, I’ve sat it next to a book with a shiny, metallic foil finish, just at the right angle to make the book glow softly!
Books on books on books
Sometimes, I like to use more books as a background for my photo! Here I’ve chosen books in autumnal shades to complement the colour of my candle and sleeve.
Pro tip: This one works especially well if you’re taking a photo of an item from a subscription box, or a candle!
Show off those socks!
Get your socks into the photo! Chunky, cosy pairs in shades to match your autumnal feed automatically make your bookstagram a snugglier place. Plus, it’s a prop you already own!
Pro tip: I have only a few pairs that are my fave for a post like this, so I alternate how I wear the same pair! Up to my knee with a skirt, over jeans/leggings, scrunched around my ankles, it all works and is a great way to play around with texture.
And that’s it! Thanks so much for taking the time to read my blog, you guys are the best☺️ Have a deliciously cosy October!
Who else loves a cosy aesthetic?
Will you be trying out any of these tips?
Tag me in your posts, I’d love to see!