Add Some Color

Fun portrait ideas ( portrait ideas (     Fun portrait ideas (   Fun portrait ideas (       Here's what I love about these photos: they are just photos of Elsie and me inside a parking garage in our hometown. Nothing crazy interesting, right? But then Sarah added some color and art elements that just make these photos feel extra special. And it makes me think, what can I do today to add just a little something to my ordinary life to make it extra special? We all have the power to do that; it's just a matter of taking the time to go for it. 

Fun portrait ideas ( Fun portrait ideas (  Fun portrait ideas (        The women of A Beautiful MessA beautiful messIf you want to know more about how Sarah edited these, just let us know in the comments.

Elsie LarsonEmma chapman  Elsie Larson    Emma chapman Elsie Larson Double exposure actionsElsie Larson and Emma ChapmanEmma's wearing: dress c/o Ever+Mi Crush, shoes/Zara. Elsie's wearing: Dress/Shop Sosie, glasses/Bonlook, heels c/o Swedish Hasbeens

Have a great day! xo. Emma (+Elsie)

Credits // Author: Emma Chapman, Photography: Sarah Rhodes. Photos edited with A Beautiful Mess actions

  • Favorite style post. To date. EVER. In the whole three years I’ve followed your blog. Very Bri Emery.

  • These pictures are great, they really show how you can get creative with editing. I just love this blog you ladies have created, it is so inspiring. I find myself looking at it almost every day.

  • Ahh I got the That Thing You Do reference 😀 I love Lenny! 😀

    I would also love to know how Sarah edited them!! x

  • Please make a blog post about the editing process of these pictures. They look so interesting and different from a lot of others.

  • I’d love to know how Sarah edited these photos they look great! 🙂

  • These photos are edited in such a cute way! Love. Great post!

  • Yes, definitely want to know how these photos were edited. Love your dresses! Always in love with floral prints. :3

  • Really cool photos, Sarah is so imaginative, just s a simple thing and the result is fantastic!
    You look pretty girls!!

  • I love how just those simple colorful edits make amp up the photo! I’d love to do something like that. Kudos.


  • Of course I would like to know how to edit photos in this special way! And thank you for the hint to ad just a little extraordinary thing to life to make it special.:)

  • I would love to know how this was done! Amazing photos, and love the outfits too!

  • Goodness you two. So adorable and inspirational! Love following your blog. Each post just keeps getting better and better! You inspire me to do life better!


  • Gorgeous photos! Would love to know how Sarah edited these. Love the creativity!

  • You girls are silly.. of COURSE we want to know how Sarah did these!! & to Sarah specifically – you work magic.

  • 1. Your outfits are totes amaze (as Tyra would say 😉
    2. I love that these photos are like scrapbook funky and spunky without the glue
    3. Teach me your ways!!!

  • of course tell us how sarah edited the pictures and added graphics! lol!

  • ummm, I totally want to know how sarah edited these! please share!

    love, arielle
    a simple elegance

  • Ciao from Milano 🙂

    Wow, I like your looks a lot, great!!

    Have a wonderful day,kiss


  • This is AWESOME! I feel like there aren’t many lifestyle blogs that do pure graphic design stuff too so I hope you guys continue to share stuff like this. As a baby graphic design themed blog it’s awesome to see bigger ones experimenting just for fun too!

  • Gorgeous shots with some fun extras. The text overlays and added graphic elements look really neat. I especially love the second picture from the bottom with the double exposure of Emma. How did Sarah do that?!

    Y’all are talented.

  • Awesome! You guys inspire me to get more creative with my own photos. I love your dresses too! 😉


  • You used such pretty effects on your photo’s! Which programme do you use to get these beautiful effects? I also like your outfits very much :)!

  • Very cool photos, and I love the sentiment of adding in something extra to ordinary things. A+ for creativity.

  • These photos of you both are awesome. Not only because of the stuff that Sarah added to them, but you both look so dang adorable and great!


  • These photos are so cute and fun looking! You made a trip to a parking garage into something special. Very cool!

  • These photos are amazing! And Elsie’s dress is so cute!!
    Pretty Lovely

  • Hi ABM,

    I am a blogger who is considering purchasing a new camera. But I honestly have no clue where to start. I would find it endlessly useful if ABM considered writing an article on how to buy a DSLR camera, what to consider, etc? I hope to purchase one in time to take your How to use your DSLR workshop, but any tips and advice on what to look for when buying would be absolutely lovely.

    Hope you all have a wonderful day,

  • You both just look so beautiful, the editing on these is so gorgeous too! x

  • Love the editing in the photos, the colors look amazing! And would love to know how Sarah edited them, yes. 🙂

  • Favorite sister style EVER! You both look stunning. The hair, the makeup, the dresses…perfection!

  • The dresses look so pretty like you two! Anyway, I want to know how Sarah edited those photos.

  • This is by far my favorite sister style post to date – so dreamy! And I’d love to hear how Sarah edited these. These photos are stellar!

  • Yes I would LOVE to know how Sarah edited these photos! They look incredible! And you guys look lovely as always.

  • Oh so cool! I love unique photo editing like this 🙂 A tutorial would be great!


  • of course we want to know more about the editing !
    I agree, these graphics add a sens of cinematography feel to the pictures. It creates a certain mood and different dimension.

    Well done !

  • Oh yes please, I love finding out about new photo editing techniques! These photons look great!

  • Absolutely stunning! I would love to see how she edited them!

  • These pictures are brilliant! I’d love to know how they were edited. Its a very sparky and artsy style! And Emma and Elsie, you two look like beauty queens- xo

  • Love how creative you guys are 🙂 and loving all your photoshop actions! Using them on my blog non stop 🙂 <3

  • Wow! Love these! I’ve become more and more interested in photoediting, so I’d love to know how Sarah made these gorgeous pics! That’s enough exclamation marks, I think 🙂 You girls look stunning as well, might I add, with that summery glow. Have a lovely day!

  • I love your dresses and your shoes.
    You are sooo beautiful and stylish.
    An the location is realy special and cool.

    Greetings & Fashion Love

  • Josh and Sarah are an amazing addition to your team. I would love to know how she edited.

  • Definitely would like to know how they are edited. Also a guide to posing in the most flattering ways as you two always look great in photos (well the one’s that we see anyway, but that could be a whole other post!)

  • Would Sarah please share more about how she edited these? I would love to know!

  • I love these kind of crazy edits 🙂 creative photo editing is really my jam!

  • Of course we want to know how she edited these pictures!! Let us know please 😀

  • These photographs are pure art. The styling, the photography, & the editing are superb. You two look so fab. :] // ☼

  • awesome outfits, + effects! would love to know more about them 🙂
    xo, cheyenne

  • But of course!!!!
    Also, you guys should create some sort of software for us folks that don’t have photoshop….. (if that’s possible…) that would be awesome!!!!
    I believe in the awesome ABM team!!!

    These pictures are beautiful!
    Go sarah!

  • Love the vintage vibes in emma’s dress…love elsie’s dress and emma’s shoes… editing is different and totally cool!


  • great look! love the colors. and those glasses! xx. gigi.

  • The photos are beautiful! I would definitely would love to know how Sarah edited these photos!

  • Incredible photography! Love the added elements! Beautiful as always 🙂

    Chloe – A Latte Lipstick

  • Yes, yes, YES!! Pls show us how these were edited – love, love, LOVE!!!

  • These are awesome! I never would have thought to edit pictures like this; it’s just the right amount of pizzazz. As always, you guys look great – Elsie, I absolutely love your bangs! Thanks for sharing. 😀

  • I would love more information about any aspect of photography, including photo editing. I keep checking the class calendar to see if the Photoshop course will be offered.

  • Sister Style is always my fave, and this is the BEST one yet. Gorgeous photos, gorgeous clothes, and gorgeous ladies!

  • I’m absolutely in love with these photos! Not only are your outfits bold, fun and gorgeous, but I love the idea of finding ways to add a little bit extra to every day life to make the day special.

    There is something extraordinary and beautiful in every single day and it’s just a matter of looking for it!

    Lace and Combat Boots | a life + style blog

  • Don’t keep it a secret…let us know how she pulled it off! Great post as always!

  • These are SO sweet! What a creative way to spice up the pictures! Not that you ladies needed it! 😉 Would love to know about these fun ways to edit pictures!!

  • I love these! I’d definitely benefit from learning a little more about her editing

  • I love this blog for so many reasons, but don’t typically love the fashion (just different taste!) — I never thought I’d say this, but I LOVE Emma’s shoes and LOVE Elsie’s dress! Very cute!

  • These are gorgeous! I love how the color makes ordinary photos into something special and different. I’d love to know how they were done.

  • These pictures are so beautiful. I would love to know how she did the writing over the picture!

  • yes, yes, yes! please share about how Sarah edited all of these! love them.

  • I was just thinking how it had been a while since you two had done an outfit post! I agree, I love how you turned a simple background into an awesome photoshoot setting.


  • would definetly love to know how she edited these! they are so lovely! 🙂 thank you!

  • Would definetly want to know how she edited these! 🙂 Thank you!

  • I love that! “What can I do today to add just a little something to my ordinary life to make it extra special?” That is a great mindset to have. Also, I would definitely like to know how Sarah edited these photos!

  • great photos- love the editing.

  • Gorgeous! I definitely want to know how these were edited! Maybe an idea for the ABM app? Elsie, love your hair btw!

    xo. Lily

  • Elsie, I’ve been looking for fabulous clear-framed specs like those! Where did you find them??

  • Yes, color! Lovely dresses girls! My fav photo is the second to last – the ‘double exposure’ – very nice!

  • Elsie’s dress! Its amazing. I love the long arm sleeves. Lovely photos and how simple yet effective the editing is! Bec

  • These are gorgeous! I love both of your looks (outfits and hair)!


  • Would love to know more! I’ve been doing something similar with transparent gradients to add to my product photography on my Etsy shop. I only have access to Pixlr (no more Photoshop *tear*)so any tips to use on simple photo editing systems would be great!b

  • LOVE these X infinity!! I haven’t used textures or overlays in my photos in forever – these definitely give great inspiration to rekindle my passion!! Funfunfunnnnnn!


  • These are fabulous. I love that they’re ‘just’ in a parking garage too. It shows that you can make beautiful photos anywhere! Bravo 🙂

  • So fun! These are just gorgeous — I’d actually been thinking of doing some painting over photographs, but these look more digital. Would love to hear how she made them!

  • Awesome photos! Very fun to scroll through. I’d love to learn more about the editing also!

  • Gorgeous photos ladies! 🙂

    Elsie, I am obsessed with your hair color! What hair color product do you use?

    Thank you! 🙂


  • Beautiful! Definitely would love to know how Sarah edited all of the photos! You all are amazing!!

  • Off course we want do know more, we always want more and more of you beautiful girls!

  • Those pictures are gorgeous!! Of course I want to know how Sarah edited them! So curious.
    Love your pretty dresses, too. Sister Style is one of my favorite features anyway on ABM – right after Emma’s recipes 😉

    Way to go, you guys!!

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.