I’m a sucker for a good flatlay, and they’re some of my favourite pictures to take for this blog. Knowledge is power and all that malarkey, so I thought I’d share some of my tips.
First up – there is no such thing as the PERFECT flatlay *spoiler alert*. If you look at your picture and think ‘damn that’s good‘ then congratulations, you’ve essentially taken the perfect picture for a flatlay. Nevertheless I’ll still divulge my tips, because sharing is caring, right?
– Drawing inspiration from some of your favourite bloggers is always a good place to start. Quiz yourself on what it is you like so much about their photos and incorporate that in yours. Don’t outright copy, just let them inspire a picture.
– Don’t forget to mess around with the composition of the photo. Try taking a few pictures with different layouts, with whatever it is you’re shooting in various positions. Check on your camera before you tidy everything away, and if you’re not pleased keep jumbling things up until you get there. Patience is a virtue, after all.
– Finding your photography ‘style’ is probably the best piece of advice I can offer. I like an organised clutter of a flatlay, I’m always a bit like a rabbit in the headlights if there isn’t a lot going on in my pictures, but that doesn’t mean I don’t metaphorically drool over minimal flatlays. My Ikea rug is the best fiver I’ve ever spent (I promise I’ll mix it up soon!).
– Props are some of my favourite things to include in a picture. Lucky for you lot, I did a post all about some of my most featured props and where to buy them. Have a gander at what you’ve got in your house already. It could be a pretty plate, or some gorgeous Zoeva brushes. Props just make things a little more interesting.
– Practice, practice, practice. Practice does make perfect after all. If you’re down about how your flatlays are turning out and it’s your first go, keep persevering. Rome wasn’t build in a day. Becoming more adept with your camera and taking the time to learn what you like and don’t like is a good weekend to me.
Just to reiterate, I’m not saying I’m a pro at flatlays, in fact I see myself as quite a beginner. I’m just a real fan of them, and I like to think, when I get them right, I get them right. There’s no such thing as the perfect flatlay, but there is the feeling of pride that comes from a really aesthetically pleasing picture.
What do you think makes the ‘perfect’ flatlay?