Friday, February 21, 2014

Review: A Beautiful Mess Photo Idea Book by Elsie Larson + Emma Chapman

Title: A Beautiful Mess Photo Idea Book: 95 Inspiring Ideas for Photographing Your Friends, Your World, and Yourself
Author: Elsie Larson, Emma Chapman
Rating: ***
ISBN: 0770434037
Genre: Non-Fiction - Photography - How To
Source: Library

Summary: From Goodreads: "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 mementos 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."

Thoughts: I enjoy reading the A Beautiful Mess blog and find inspiration in a lot of what they do there. When I first heard about this book, I was intrigued and excited. However, I found the book to be sadly underwhelming. Though there were some helpful tips and beautiful images, I did not find myself wowed by any of their suggestions. The ladies provided some wonderful suggestions for created a beautifully curated life, the type most people want to display on Instagram, but not a beautifully realistic life. If you want to learn to capture day-to-day moments and actually develop your photography skills, there are much better books available elsewhere. If you are looking for some suggestions regarding how to capture better selfies or a few photo project suggestions, then you might find what you are looking for within these pages.

What do you think of this book written by the ladies over at A Beautiful Mess? Did you find any of it helpful and inspiring or was it all something you had heard before?

- Faye

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