Whether it’s of your sister’s smile, your morning coffee, or your new puppy, photos are a way to connect on Facebook and Instagram, keep a visual diary of our lives, and create momentos for future generations. Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman, creators of the mega-popular DIY style blog A Beautiful Mess, are in love with photographing everyday life. Here, they share that love with 95 all-new tips and photo challenges that will inspire you to style and snap better photos and then transform them into simple yet stunning projects and gifts. You’ll learn how to:
- Take the most flattering self-portraits
- Be your own stylist to turn dull, cluttered photos into pretty lifestyle photography
- Capture adorable couple portraits
- Turn everyday moments, hobbies, and rituals into amazing photos
- Show off your favorite photos by turning them into handmade jewelry, home décor, and gifts
Packed with Elsie and Emma’s happy spirit and unique style, A Beautiful Mess Photo Idea Book will inspire you to capture your days, your friends, and your dreams in beautiful photos!
Initially the connection between this photo idea book and the blog A Beautiful Mess didn’t cross my mind when I borrowed this book. Only at home when I took another look at the cover did I realize that the lovely bloggers Elsie and Emma wrote A Beautiful Mess Photo Idea Book. While I’m not such a regular reader of their blog, I adore the bright colours and photos whenever I do peruse their posts.
In the same vein that I love the colourful pop of their blog, I enjoyed leafing through the book. Sadly, the textual content didn’t do much to elevate it to an indispensable reference book. A Beautiful Mess Photo Idea Book serves more as inspirational eye candy if you’re stuck in a rut or are looking to mix up your own photography.
Of the 95 ideas that they noted, most were pretty straightforward ones that someone brainstorming for ideas would likely have on their lists anyway: changing backdrops (looking for interesting ones as well as constructing), adjusting depth of field, recreating photos, capturing hobbies, playing around with filters, using props etc. These ideas were mostly general, demonstrating how the authors have applied these ideas rather than offering more in-depth explanations that others can springboard from.
There were some interesting ideas to me though: creating a chalkboard backdrop and adding hand colouring to printed black and photos. Even if most ideas weren’t refreshing, I’m sure most readers would still find a couple of ideas that they’ve not tried before. Plus, after flipping through you’d definitely want to play around with your camera because one thing that A Beautiful Mess Photo Idea Book does have going for it is that it’s overflowing with exuberance and life.