Today, I will be sharing with you easy ways to create beautiful flatlays! Before we dive in to the tips, I thought it would be useful to share some of what I believe to be essential props to find around the house or purchase so that your flatlays can be poppin!
Books & Magazines
Using magazines is probably one of my favorite ways to “dress up” my shots. I always have a lot of beauty and fashion magazines just sitting around and for some strange reason, I always have hard time recycling them- I definitely have some hoarding tendencies. Good news is- they come in handy whenever I take flatlay photos. The same thing goes for books- especially the ones with pretty covers. When taking beauty product shots, I’m always careful not to get any makeup on my books, so keep that in mind.
Small rings, necklaces, pretty earrings can easily add a little something extra to your blog images. I find that this works best especially when it comes to flat-lay style of photos.
Throws & Rugs
These are great for adding some texture into your shots. I like to use anything from rugs, to patterned blankets or even white bed sheets. Sometimes when I style my blog photos, I feel like they seem a bit “empty”- almost as if there was something missing. That’s when I usually reach for one of my throws or little rugs and use them to add some texture to my shots.
I wasn’t planning on adding this one but I noticed that food was used a ton in our recent flatlays and I love the different textures they can add to a picture. Cookies, donuts, macarons all work great!
I mean can’t you tell I love using candles for photography styling? It’s probably because I always have a ton of them sitting around and promised myself not to buy another candle until the summer because I’m getting out of control. White, black or rose gold jars always work best I think and if I use a candle that I already burned, I always make sure to wipe off the soot and clean it up a bit.
When it comes to finding those affordable photography props, I’d say first take a look at what you already have sitting around your house/apartment/room (nothing is more affordable than using something that you already have). You’d be surprised at all the little props you can find around (I mean, one of my favorite props is a cheese board..). When buying little knick-knacks just for the purpose of styling your shots, I’d definitely suggest storing them all together in a box so that when you take your photos, you can easily grab them.
So, now that we have the props down, how should you use them to make a killer flatlay?!
1.Lighting can mean the difference between a gray, blurry mess and a bright wonder-thing of a ‘gram. But you don’t need fancy studio lights to make it happen. Natural lighting in the morning is the best and if shadows are a huge issue in your photos, shoot on a cloudy day. The type of light emitted in that environment helps diffuse shadows and create fewer of them.