4.3 Independent Project Three - ericwestland
Marnie Hill

Marnie Hill

I have seen school librarians and teachers on Instagram take photos of books they want to highlight for other teachers or students. These "portraits usually include some theme related items to add some interest to the photos. I am an avid reader and I love to share book recommendations with my students and friends. I have been interested in playing around with book portraits to share with my students/families and friends, so this seemed like a good time to try it out. Since I work with homeschooled students, this would also be a great way for them to share book recommendations with each other. The most difficult part of this project was the staging of the book so it would look inviting. It took a lot of moving around of the book and other scene items, and adjusting of the camera angle to get photos I liked. I took at least 20 pictures of each book to get one that worked for me. I chose 3 books to highlight:

1. Mothers & Daughters: A book my daughter gave me for Mother's Day. It means a lot to me and sits on my nightstand where I can see it every day.

2. Talking As Fast As I Can - a memoir my daughter and I read as a sort of long distance book club. We both are avid Gilmore Girls fans, so it was fun to read and discuss this book together even though we live across the country from each other.

3. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone: This book and series is a favorite of mine. It is one I have read multiple times with my own children and my students.

I look forward to sharing this book portrait idea with my students/families. Hopefully it will begin some book discussions on our Facebook page.