I, along with 1.5 million+ others, am a loyal reader of the A Beautiful Mess blog, so naturally when I heard sisters Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman were publishing a book, of course I had to have it. I didn’t even care what the book was about! Sewing? (I can’t sew.) Baking? (I’m alright.) Home decorating? (I can hang a damn good frame.) Whatever it was about, I would buy it, no questions asked. However, much to my excitement, the book was (and is) about one of my newest interests: lifestyle photography.
Filled with tips and ideas on how to photograph your everyday life (and yourself) with your professional camera or smartphone (hello Instagram!), the book is like a condensed version of the popular A Beautiful Mess blog and is very reminiscent of Elsie and Emma’s friendly and engaging writing style. It is loaded with the photographs fans all know and love–from photos of theirs dogs to their homes to their family and friends–plus the stories behind how they were all captured. There are even several chapters dedicated to DIY projects on how to display these new beautiful pictures of yours!
“It’s surprising how much photography has contributed to the growth of our blog,” the sisters told Urban Outfitters recently. “We’ve always taken all our own photos of every feature we create for the blog.” And after blogging for A Beautiful Mess since 2007 (Emma joined in 2010), we can learn a lot from these two!
A Beautiful Mess: Photo Idea Book is currently available on Amazon and other retailers for $13.98.
BY MEGAN PORTORREAL
Featured image courtesy of A Beautiful Mess