I'm guessing that a lot of you blog readers out there are familiar with the blog A Beautiful Mess. But did you know that the great minds behind the blog, Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman, recently released a book? I didn't, until I ran across it at the library this weekend.
If you are a blogger or a photographer or an amateur photographer or an Instagrammer or just a person with eyes, check this book out! The book, A Beautiful Mess: Photo Idea Book, is full of great tips and tricks to inspire and help you create beautiful and interesting images. I so wish I had this book when I first started my blog a year and a half ago! Some of the tricks I've learned along the way, but I guarantee that this book has something to offer everyone, no matter how seasoned or green.
I haven't quite gotten through all of it, but I've already been motivated in a tangible way. In Chapter 6, "Capture Yourself," one of the inspiriting ideas is to do a Thirty-Day Self Portrait Challenge. It goes like this:
- Take thirty days of self-portraits.
- The portraits have to be about you or show you in some way.
- You must take the pictures yourself.
- As you go, share your photos with a close friend, your spouse, or online via Facebook or your blog.
Does anybody want to join in the fun? I haven't decided yet whether I'll share daily or do more of a once a week dump, but here's the photo to kick off the challenge.
I took it as soon as the idea struck me. It's five o'clock, and I'm just finishing dinner - you can see my everyday black apron. And I'm feeling just as disheveled as I look. No filter.
Let the games begin.