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In their debut book, bloggers Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman share 95 ideas for taking photos of your life and then turning the photos into beautiful objects

A Beautiful Mess Photo Idea Book

In their debut book, bloggers Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman share 95 ideas for taking photos of your life and then turning the photos into beautiful objects

A Beautiful Mess

Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman
  • Imprint: Amphoto Books
  • On sale: August 13, 2013
  • Price: $17.99
  • Pages: 240
  • ISBN: 9780770434038
Contact: Kim Small
212-572-6067
ksmall@randomhouse.com

Picture this: In a world ruled by social networking, we take more than four times as many photos as we did just ten years ago. In the early 2000s, there were 85 billion photos taken in the world. This year alone, we’ll take 375 billion. And an estimated 10 percent of all photos ever taken were snapped in the past twelve months.

So how do we get our photos to stand out in this increasingly photo-crowded world? How can we take snaps of ourselves, our friends, our family—even our pets—that show us off in the best light? Whether we’re posting our latest vacation on Facebook, or trying to take the best Match.com profile pic, it’s essential to know how to take great pictures—whether on a smartphone or a fancy dSLR—to fully participate in our very well photo-documented world.

That’s where A BEAUTIFUL MESS PHOTO IDEA BOOK (Amphoto Books, $17.99, on sale August 13, 2013) comes in. Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman, sisters and creators of the mega-popular DIY style blog, A Beautiful Mess (abeautifulmess.com), share their infectious love of photo-taking, inspiring everyone to grab a camera (or smartphone) and start documenting their real lives with beautiful images. Readers learn how to find great light, create pretty backdrops, capture emotion, use creative points of view, re-create old photos, and much more—and then turn their photos into artful DIY creations.

Elsie and Emma’s blog, attracts 2 million unique visitors and 5 million views per month. A BEAUTIFUL MESS PHOTO IDEA BOOK is full of the same sense of fun and style that have made their blog so popular, sharing 95 ideas for taking photos of your life and then turning the photos into beautiful objects. This is all about having fun, using whatever camera you have on hand. Some of the ideas are practical and helpful, such as how to find flattering window light or show off a friend’s best feature. Others are pure fun, such as how to make a chalkboard backdrop or take a holiday photo using Christmas lights. There are tips on styling, props, even a final chapter of easy DIY projects for displaying photos, from handmade bath soap to your own photo suitcase.

Packed with inspiring, nontechnical ways to take better photos with any camera, and informed by the authors’ popular DIY aesthetic and infectious enthusiasm, this book encourages anyone with a camera to explore their creativity and have more fun with their photos.
About the Authors

ELSIE LARSON and EMMA CHAPMAN are sisters and the creative minds behind A Beautiful Mess (abeautifulmess.com), a DIY style blog that attracts 2 million unique visitors (and 5 million views) per month. Founded by Elsie in 2007, A Beautiful Mess covers craft, photography, beauty, recipes, and style. Elsie and Emma live in Springfield, Missouri.

Picture this: In a world ruled by social networking, we take more than four times as many photos as we did just ten years ago. In the early 2000s, there were 85 billion photos taken in the world. This year alone, we’ll take 375 billion. And an estimated 10 percent of all photos ever taken were snapped in the past twelve months.

So how do we get our photos to stand out in this increasingly photo-crowded world? How can we take snaps of ourselves, our friends, our family—even our pets—that show us off in the best light? Whether we’re posting our latest vacation on Facebook, or trying to take the best Match.com profile pic, it’s essential to know how to take great pictures—whether on a smartphone or a fancy dSLR—to fully participate in our very well photo-documented world.

That’s where A BEAUTIFUL MESS PHOTO IDEA BOOK (Amphoto Books, $17.99, on sale August 13, 2013) comes in. Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman, sisters and creators of the mega-popular DIY style blog, A Beautiful Mess (abeautifulmess.com), share their infectious love of photo-taking, inspiring everyone to grab a camera (or smartphone) and start documenting their real lives with beautiful images. Readers learn how to find great light, create pretty backdrops, capture emotion, use creative points of view, re-create old photos, and much more—and then turn their photos into artful DIY creations.

Elsie and Emma’s blog, attracts 2 million unique visitors and 5 million views per month. A BEAUTIFUL MESS PHOTO IDEA BOOK is full of the same sense of fun and style that have made their blog so popular, sharing 95 ideas for taking photos of your life and then turning the photos into beautiful objects. This is all about having fun, using whatever camera you have on hand. Some of the ideas are practical and helpful, such as how to find flattering window light or show off a friend’s best feature. Others are pure fun, such as how to make a chalkboard backdrop or take a holiday photo using Christmas lights. There are tips on styling, props, even a final chapter of easy DIY projects for displaying photos, from handmade bath soap to your own photo suitcase.

Packed with inspiring, nontechnical ways to take better photos with any camera, and informed by the authors’ popular DIY aesthetic and infectious enthusiasm, this book encourages anyone with a camera to explore their creativity and have more fun with their photos.

About the Authors

ELSIE LARSON and EMMA CHAPMAN are sisters and the creative minds behind A Beautiful Mess (abeautifulmess.com), a DIY style blog that attracts 2 million unique visitors (and 5 million views) per month. Founded by Elsie in 2007, A Beautiful Mess covers craft, photography, beauty, recipes, and style. Elsie and Emma live in Springfield, Missouri.


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