A Beautiful Mess
A few weeks ago I went through the stack of craft books in my craft room, and one of them was A Beautiful Mess. It’s a blog by a few ladies who I think used to run a vintage store but now blog full time. They cover food, crafts, and clothing and style. It’s evolved in the last few years into a sleek lifestyle blog for better or worse. It’s the type of hipster lifestyle that I think I want but will never have. One where you can wander outside in a summer dress and dutch braids, where you do photo shoots against brick walls holding guitars, and where you spend autumn in pumpkin patches. Well where I live, no matter the season, it’s cold and rainy, there are no attractive faux urban backdrops to hand, and pumpkins exist for 1 week in a pile at the supermarket… I wonder how representative the photos on A Beautiful Mess are of their lives.
They sort of specialise in photography and there’s a lot of info and tips on their website. They also do sell some courses but I’ve never tried them. The book I have is a photo idea book, which has practical suggestions of what you can do with photographs such as personalised gift tags. It also has a lot of creative ways to take photographs, not so much with technical insight this is more about how make the picture interesting with backdrops and props. So if you want a nice instagram photo then this might be the book for you 🙂