- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Potter Style (August 13, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0770434037
- ISBN-13: 978-0770434038
- Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 0.7 x 8.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,512 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Beautiful Mess Photo Idea Book: 95 Inspiring Ideas for Photographing Your Friends, Your World, and Yourself Paperback – August 13, 2013
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Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman are sisters and the creative minds behind A Beautiful Mess (abeautifulmess.com), one of the world’s most popular DIY style blogs. Founded by Elsie in 2007, A Beautiful Mess covers craft, photography, recipes, decorating, style, and beauty. A Beautiful Mess has received press in Lucky, Bust, Readymade, and Southern Living magazines, and online at Design Sponge, Style Me Pretty, the Nest, and Apartment Therapy. Elsie and Emma are also the creators of a bestselling line of e-courses.
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I also think that the book could have been much more interesting with better editing. Some of the concepts are simply too basic to be a full spread (eg, two pages devoted to turning a photo upside down after you take it, literally -- don't get me wrong, a cute concept, but worth just a mention in a list of ideas, not a spread). The book is 240 pages, and it has a lot of lovely & delightful ideas, but it could have been 175 pages and been a MUCH stronger, tighter book.
Finally, and this point might be more controversial for the intense Elsie & Emma fans out there, but a vast majority of the photos with people in them feature the ladies themselves. They are very pretty ladies, and they love taking photos of themselves and do a great job of it, but with their success, I am disappointed that they did not feature a broader range of people and perhaps even show a bit of diversity (and I say that as the palest person I know). The book could be much more informative, not to mention more interesting to read, with a greater range of subjects. Examples: I understand that the ladies do not have children at this point (I don't, either), but, really? Not even one spread on ideas for photographing children? Or maybe I missed it? Or what about working with larger groups of people? Or on a busy city street? Or even just featuring different models to highlight the points of the book, perhaps even some people of color? And, most oddly to me, they dedicate the book to their grandparents and yet I am not sure a single person over the age of 30 is featured in the book. I understand that you cannot cover everything, but the book definitely became repetitive by being so focused on them. (And, yes, I also understand that using other people can involve an expense if you do not have willing friends/family, but the ladies have been very successful and should know to build it into their contracts if they do not want to cover the expense themselves.)
I say great effort for a first book, and it is very attractive, but if they want to reach a broader audience and achieve long-term book success, they will need to expand beyond their limited personal space. This book really is just an extension of their website. I understand wanting to write what you know, but they have a thriving business doing that already (ie, ABM). They should certainly be proud of the book, and I know that you cannot please everyone -- but, really, I am hoping that these talented ladies think bigger in their book future!
The books retail value listed on the cover is $17.99 U.S. And $20.95 CAN and it is worth every penny. However don't pay more otherwise you will be getting charged more than the publisher says it's worth.
Now my many rant: I purchased this book directly from Amazon. I've purchased many books directly from Amazon, and what I've come to know, is the books sold directly from Amazon are rejects. Something went wrong during printing, such as this particular book. Several of the back pages were not cut when been printed. So they're actually stuck together where I will have to cut them myself in order to read the book. Other books I have purchased had pages that were not trimmed and were folded inward causing the page to be creased. Others I have purchased had some very simplistic miss prints. The thing is if you're buying a book directly from Amazon there's a good chance the reason why they have it, is because it was a good deal for them to buy it, probably because it's a reject, or maybe the book just was not that great. Now as far as me buying books from other places on Amazon, they've been hit or miss. Sometimes they've been warped from sitting in a warehouse too long. Or their books that have been sold as new but when I got them there was writing all through them. Because of these issues, I know that the books I purchased on here should be several dollars cheaper than they would be at a bookstore. If there not, I usually deal with a bookstore directly, so I can look the book over before purchasing. I found that's the only way to get a mint condition book. But if I do by one here on Amazon and it's unreadable, or obviously used when I paid for a new one, I will exchange it.