Sister Style: Selfies and Photography

Emma www.abeautifulmess.comEmma www.abeautifulmess.comEmma www.abeautifulmess.comEmma www.abeautifulmess.comSo excited about how many of you are joining in the 30 day self portrait challenge. Wow! What a great response! We're excited to see all your beautiful faces and watch as you challenge yourself to try new things with whatever camera you will be using. As I was reading through everyone's comments yesterday I kept hearing how people were a little nervous to take photos of themselves and share them. But I also saw a lot of people who were excited by the challenge, if nothing else to just practice taking pictures more. I think also when you tend to be one of the main photo enthusist in your family, it ends up that there are not a lot of photos of you, since you're always behind the camera. Anyway, I guess I just got excited for everyone as I was reading your reactions. It's a fun journey, I'm glad we're on it together. 🙂

Emma's Wearing: dress/Target (it's from the pj section… shhhh…), necklace c/o Sweet&Spark, shoes c/o ModCloth, flower crown and purse/borrowed from Elsie (little sisters steal things…).Elsie www.abeautifulmess.comElsie Elsie Elsie Elsie's Wearing: Dress/Anthropologie, Shoes c/o Coclico, Sunnies c/o Toms, Scarf/A Beautiful Mess for ModCloth (sold out- sorry!), Bag c/o ModCloth

Hope you are having a great week! Emma + Elsie

  • I’ve always steer very clearly of self portraits and this kind of challenge. But your words about how it made you learn more about light, composition, angles…. swayed me. I’m in. I’ll be posting mine on instagram.

  • Love the challenge, for those exact reasons. Blogged about it today at

    Thanx for the inspiration, looking forward to your book!

  • You both look lovely! I think I meed the pink shoes and Anthropologie dress in my life 🙂

  • Loving your guys shoes! And that scarf is so cute! so sad its sold out!

    xo, Delightful Sunflower

  • Beautiful outfits and photographs! Love the doodles sketched onto them, they look so unique and different.
    Katie xx

  • I love the first photo of Emma – her blond waves and the blue wall create this dream-like mermaid/under water world atmosphere. Plus the shoes are so adorable! xx

  • Love the challenge, for exactly those reasons! They’re posted at my Instagram (Pienkel). Thanx for inspiring!

  • Wow, Emma, I am DROOLING over your pink shoes! 🙂

  • You gals both look so cute! I really love your dress especially, Elsie! So adorable!


  • Love the challenge! I want to get more creative than just cell phone pics though… It is weird to post photos of myself, but oh well. I think it’s fun!


  • I am trying the 30 day challenge. Im no photographer, but I hope one day I can take pictures as pretty as you girls do…or at least kind of close!

  • But I want that scrarf, Elsie! Make more? I’d never seen it before. Y’all make me wish I had a sister to steal clothes from.

    xo Ashley

  • Hello! Here is my first one!
    I already enf-joy this funny challenge! Thanks and I can’t wait seing your today self-portraits!
    Kisses from Paris/ France

  • Nice shoes! How did you take full view pictures of yourselves? Did you use a tripod?

  • I think you ladies just do a giveaway with your old clothes! I’d take ’em 😉

  • beautiful as always ladies 🙂

  • So cute! that flower hair band is adorable, i saw a couple DIY’s and have to try making one soon!

  • great looks! Love the purple shoes!

  • OMG Emma these shoes!!! They are fantastic!! The color is beautiful! And Elsie, I definitely love this summer hair style, it fits you perfectly, I’ll try that real soon!
    As you understood, i’m one of the nervous one about the challenge…But I’ll join in in the days to come (if not today!) 😉

  • I love the idea of a 30 challenge! Photos are such a great way to trigger old memories.
    xo kristen genevieve

  • Such great outfits, I love Emma’s shoes! Wish I could take self portraits but it always ends up horrific, seriously!

  • You ladies are both rocking some fabulous shoes in this post! I don’t think I’ll be participating in the challenge but I’ll definitely appreciate the ideas that come out of it!!


  • You both look so sweet and summery! Very excited to join your 30 day challenge.

  • I’m so excited to be participating in the 30 day challenge. It came at the perfect time, as I was just looking for a reason to stretch my creativity a little 😉

  • @Heather and Kristy,

    So sorry about the app issue. It wasn’t doing that in testing, but something about pushing it live caused a glitch in the code. We’ve actually already got a new update submitted to fix the issues.

    That said, in the meantime, try this: Delete the app. Re-download it from the app store (it won’t charge you). Then open any bonus back (even one you haven’t purchased) and hit the “RESTORE PURCHASES” button up top. That should give you a temporary fix, until the new update is out.

    We can’t apologize enough, as our developers really didn’t see this coming.

  • Absolutely in love with both your shoes for this post!

  • Love Emma’s bag which is in fact Elsie’s so… Love that bag girls !

  • If we join a few days late are we still entered into the drawing to win the signed books? What if we still post 30 photos in 28 days or something like that?

    Amanda Rose

  • Lovely pictures! I love every single one of them!

  • Gorgeous as ever ladies 🙂 Although I wont be doing 30 days of selfies, I am going to incorporate more into my daily internet life… including doing my first ever outfit post on my blog later on… scary times!

  • Interesting shoes both! I love Elsie’s look, that sunnies, the bag and the scarf <3… lovelies!

  • Great Outfits!!!! <3

    XOXO Sandl

  • The dress I wore in my pregnancy announcement post is also from Target’s PJs section. 🙂 You both look super cute!

  • Loving both of your outfits from head to toes!

    Fang Ting

  • Cute outfits! Are you guys going to give some self portrait tips? I thought I’d seen some on here before, but couldn’t find them on the photography page….

  • You both picked out some amazing shoes for this one!!

  • Elsie, love the things you got from modcloth. I do purchase regularly from modcloth too because I love their vintage style. I am planning to get that Cambridge Satchel bag that you got there. Thanks for sharing.

    XO Zesi

  • The bow is adorable and the pinks shoes were certainly an unpredictable punch to the look!

  • Jamie, we love Formula Actions and Totally Rad actions!

  • such a fun challenge. i’m excited to try new things with the camera facing myself.

  • I love these photos! I am a bit nervous about it but I took pictures today and posted them on my blog, it was a bit strange but it was fun taking them 🙂

  • Help!! When I purchased abm app I also purchased all the little extras. I just did the new download a few days ago, and I lost all my purchases…. I see on the app website it says to go into the app and restore purchases….. I don’t see how to do that. Could someone please send me step by step instructions to Thanks so much!! I love your app!!! 🙂

  • CUTE! Love the outfits, the hair, the SHOES!!! loveeee the shoes big time! Way to go sisters, you’ve out done yourselves again 😉

  • Hey, I’m having huge problems with the latest upgrade of your app… All the extras I paid for are gone and its lagging so badly it barely works.

  • So true! I’m the camera happy one in the family, so I have tons of photos of friends and relatives, but very few of myself. Actually, most of the photos I have of myself I took myself! But I’m excited for this challenge (I started today), if only to think of new and interesting ways to take pictures of myself. 🙂

  • Great challenge and I have been doing the 365 Day challenge, but mostly of my kids, because pics of me would probably be too boring, lol!!

  • I love Emma’s shoes they’re my absolute favorite part of this post.


  • loving both your shoes. like, i adore them so much!!

    – Janine

  • Im having alot of fun with the challenge on instagram!! Its also motivated me to figure out this darn Nikon i got at Christmas

  • Super cute! Love those shoes, Elsie!


  • Great outfits and photos. I have a dress that’s from the pj section too, and I love it! 🙂

  • always lovely to see your faces. i need to motivate myself for this challenge. Years from now i won’t be noticing my flabby arm or the dark circles under my eyes. i’ll just think i was young and beautiful.

  • I love this, its not just for preteens!..
    I am going to embrace all the wonderful things about me, all the chucky arms, wide forehead,spare short hair!! All of this is not bad{go away negative thoughts!} But I’m going to love all the flaws!.. this is a project of self love!

  • I love Emma’s shoes they’re my absolute favorite part of this post.

    Fashion and Happy Things

  • You guys are so great!!! Thanks again for the challenge!! I am starting today! Cx

  • i wish i had a sister to take pictures with!!!

    i also agree with you that somehow i end up taking all of the pictures and find myself having to use the timer ap on the phone to attempt a picture of myself. uh!!! thanks for the challenge!!!

  • I am already having fun with this challenge! I have been posting mine on instagram so far [], but will probably be doing a post about it soon, too. Such a fun challenge to do with others!


  • LOVE it all styled up! You gals look gorg.

    Thanks for helping share the spark.

  • You guys are so cute! Emma’s shoes are the bestest colour.

    I’m excited for the 30-Day Self Portrait Challenge. I even dusted off my old digital SLR (I have a habit of taking selfies with my iPhone) for the occasion today.

    I had a Summer Goal of taking more photos – and this was the perfect prompt. Thanks ABM!

    Also, I took your Blog Love class! And I loved it.
    I used your “What’s In My Bag” prompt today (I put the link below if you’re interested 🙂 )


  • What kind of processing do you guys use for editing these photos? Do you favor any particular actions? I love the tones and colors! and I love the black and white!


  • Wonderful photos. Always love your hair do’s Elsie and those pink shoes are so cool! xx 

  • You two look adorable!

    xo Jennifer

  • First of all, I love both of your outfits! Emma the flower crown and shoes are perfect! Elsie, the shoes and satchel are so wonderful!
    Second of all, I am not participating in the challenge, but on my blog, pretty much all the photos of me are self portraits! All my outfit photos are taken with my camera and tripod! So fun!

    Juliette Laura

  • Cant wait for your book to come out. I have per-ordered mine already 🙂

  • Beautiful ladies!! Look forward to seeing your fave picks at the end of the challenge 🙂

    By the way Emma, your shoes are amazing!!!

    Lulu xx

  • Haha Emma, awesome. I did the exact same thing with that PJ dress. Pair it with some non-PJ accessories and no one knows the difference!! Sooo cozy at work 🙂

  • Such a great idea! Have fun with this girls 🙂

    Keri-Anne Pink

  • Great outfits for us Missouri girls in our hot humid summers.

  • love both pairs of shoes, ladies!!! Still considering doing the 30 day challenge… trying to get over feeling funny posting so many selfies, but love the idea and challenge to practice photography too!

  • I love this idea! It’s so much fun and I can’t wait to see the rest of the photos to come!

    Celina | The Celution

  • The first picture of Emma is so pretty! And I love that you have written it’s a PJ dress because I wore a PJ top to work today because it went with my skirt and hope nobody would notice!!
    So excited to push myself and experiment for the photo challenge!

    Katie x

  • you guys are too cute – once I bought a dress from anthropologie not realizing it was actually a short cotton nightgown. I wore it to church on Easter Sunday where I was leading worship for 2k folks only to be told right before service that I was wearing indeed essentially undies on the stage…my husband who was also leading wouldn’t let me live that one down so your post about Emma’s dress made me giggle 🙂 xoxo

  • You ladies look lovely as always!

    Emma, I love your makeup in this post and if I may ask, what makeup did you use for this? It looks really pretty, especially the first pic, and I would love to know and only asking because it would be perfect for an event I have coming up soon.

    Also, you ladies are so ridiculously pretty with and without makeup!

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