I normally say this at the end of a review, but actually, because I love this book so much, it seems appropriate to say so at the start: I did NOT get sent a review copy of this book. I have had it on pre-order with Amazon for ages and now it’s arrived I just HAD to review it! It’s such a wonderful book!
I have been a regular reader of A Beautiful Mess blog for several years now. I adore Elsie and Emma’s style; their blog is a real inspiration to me.
This is what Amazon says about A Beautiful Mess Photo Idea Book by Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman:
“In our social media-obsessed world, photos have become social currency, whether pictures of our friends posted to Facebook, or flattering self-portraits for Match.com. Sites like these form a constant outlet for personal images. The result is a growing market of young photo-takers interested in documenting their lives with better, more compelling images. Happily, popular style blogger Elsie Larson and her business partner and sister, Emma Chapman, come to the rescue with A Beautiful Mess Photo Idea Book, providing 100 easy tips and ideas for turning real life into creative, eye-catching photos using any camera (including cameraphones). They share their infectious love of lifestyle photography, with tips on everything from lighting to backdrops, posing, styling, special effects, wardrobe, and much more. A final chapter offers 29 ideas for turning photos into DIY treasures, from gift wrap to jewelry, clothing, lampshades, and more. Packed with 200 photos, A Beautiful Mess Photo Idea Book is an inspiring manifesto to grab your camera (or phone) and start documenting and sharing your life in creative, beautiful ways.”
The book does all of this and more.
The hints and tips for styling photos are wonderful, but for me, I get most inspiration out of the photos included in the book. They are fun, feminine and totally achievable. Elise and Emma do not consider themselves to be professional photographers – they are bloggers with a passion for photography. That’s why everything they do (whilst it looks amazing) is completely achievable.
Another highlight of the book is the inclusion of DIY projects for showing off your photos. There are over 25 projects and I want to try most of them. I particularly liked the idea of using photos for invitations, the memory magnets project, and the photo gift tags and wrapping paper.
The book is 240 pages long (way longer than I expected it to be) and it’s a joy to read. It’s packed with creative goodness and I can see myself reaching for it every time I need a little visual inspiration.
I usually try and come up with an “area for improvement” when I do a review but I am struggling… All I would say is that when my book arrived, some of the pages towards the back had not been trimmed correctly; I had to use a ruler/scissors to separate them. This is nothing to do with Elsie and Emma – it’s to do with the book manufacturers. Unfortunately it means my beautiful book is now not perfect – it’s a bit ripped. Ironically it’s a bit of a beautiful mess! But never mind.
I love this book – I really cannot say enough good things about it!
If you want to get your hands on a copy then I have included Amazon links below. Please note that the links are affiliate links so if you click them and buy the book I will get a teeny tiny commission. All affiliate commission goes towards the running costs of the iMake blog and podcast. Thank you.
PS if you enjoy all things “A Beautiful Mess” and you are a fan of iPhoneography, check out my review of the A Beautiful Mess Photo App.