5 Tips for Taking Fantastic Flatlays

5 Tips for Taking Fantastic Flatlays

If there's one thing that's key to a blogger, I think the ability to take visually appealing images is definitely it. If you're a blogger or a content creator in general, I believe it's essential to know how to do a decent flatlay simply because it's part of the profession. 

I love to look at gorgeous flatlays on Pinterest and Instagram. It's no lie that they do so well on those apps and I do get a lot of nice comments and questions about my flatlay photography be it on the blog or on my Instagram. I enjoy doing flatlays — it's a bit therapeutic for me. When the final results turn out so good, isn't that the most satisfying feeling?

If you want to learn how I slay every flatlay I have ever done, here's a little 101, if you will. I am not claiming to be an expert or anything — there are far more skilled and talented content creators out there who can do flatlays better than me. However, I don't mind sharing my tips and tricks to take gorgeous flatlays with you guys.

How I slay my flatlay (and you can too!)

1. Make use of the natural light

Unless you're a professional photographer or just a person with a professional camera and proper lighting setup, you almost always need to take your flatlays in natural light. Clear and bright photos are always better than the dark ones since you want to showcase products and whatnot and the flash on your camera ain't gonna cut it.

To me, lighting is EVERYTHING since I take all of my flatlays using my smartphone. I can't emphasize this enough but I think this is what makes my flatlays clear, bright and well-put. I think it's always best to find a place in your house where you're able to get really nice lighting from at least two different angles.

Determine as well the kind of lighting you want for your flatlays. I simply would go outside to get those bright, delicious natural rays. The photos you see on my blog were mostly taken in an area near two big windows — the same goes with my Instagram photos — for my small business, my sister and I took them outside.

Other times when I want some harsher sunlight effect where I do have nice, soft shadows on my flatlays, I will shoot my flatlays in the afternoon (in that juicy golden hour that only lasted for 15 minutes) as opposed to in the morning. 

I would say take your time and experiment with the light. Once you get the hang of it, trust me, it's so rewarding. Oh wow, I do have so much to say and we're still on the first tip. Let's move on.

2. Stick with a theme

I think it's important to have a theme to stick with to put some sense into your flatlays. Do you want to portray luxury, clean, whimsical, or minimal? Your call.

While you might be able to get an okay shot by throwing everything that you can find around the house as props and accents, having an overall theme for your flatlays will take it to the next level.

If you look at my shots below, you can get the idea behind each photo. The props I used are not just random things I had laying around. Each of them ties back to the theme making it cohesive and satisfying to look at.

5 Tips for Taking Fantastic Flatlays - flatlay example

5 Tips for Taking Fantastic Flatlays - flatlay example

3. Add texture

Many people think that texture doesn't matter in flatlays simply because they can only see it, rather than touch it. I don't know about you but my eyes are extremely perceptive and can pick up very fine details in an image.

I personally think it's so important to incorporate different textures and elements to add characters into your flatlays. It's one of those little things that makes a huge difference to the final result. For me, I like to use wood, fur, silk/ satin fabric, glass, paper and a variety of fake plants and dried flowers. There are tons of options!

4. Pay close attention to the editing

This is where most of the magic happens, well, at least for me. I will always take the time to edit my flatlays. My flatlay editing mostly involves the Lightroom app which is super duper handy for a nano content creator like yours truly.

The app allows you to create your own filter/ preset that you can copy and paste into an image which makes the process less tedious. So that's the first thing I do — I pick my desired preset, and then I will adjust the saturation, tints, sharpness all that good stuff. All of my flatlays will get the same exact exposure, contrast, colour palette, saturation, etc. That's one of the secrets to an aesthetic Instagram feed.

It's easy to get carried away at this point, so my advice to you is to keep things simple and crisp. Don't overdo it until it takes away the initial and true colours of your flatlays. If editing through an editing app like this is not your forte, it's okay! Just slap one of those premade Instagram filters. Honestly, they're not my favourite but some people think they're decent so.

5. Look for inspiration

Pinterest and Instagram are always my go-to's! I get so inspired just by scrolling and seeing a bunch of beautiful flatlays, especially the ones with beige and cream tones — they're definitely up there on my Pinterest boards.

Now, it's fine to take a look at other people's work, see how they've styled something and get inspired by it. The important thing is you don't straight up copy their work. Take notes on the consistent elements in their flatlays. How's the lighting? Do they have a theme? And now go make something awesome!

With all these tips, I will never be tired of telling you to experiment, experiment and do lots of experiments. Take as many shots as you can until you find your style and what's the best way for you to finesse it if you will. Hopefully, these tips can make your flatlay game skyrocket and produce some gorgeous AF flatlays!

What are your tips for taking fantastic flatlays?

10 comments

  1. Natural light is such an issue when you live in rainy Ireland! Your photos are immaculate! x

    Beautylymin

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    1. Aw that's a bummer! Rainy weather is fav though haha! Thank you so much Siobhan <3

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  2. So many great tips sweetie!

    Danielle | thereluctantblogger.co.uk

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  3. Love your tips! Natural light is a must for me! xx

    Danielle's Beauty Blog 

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    1. I believe in the power of natural lighting. Thanks for reading, Danielle xx

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  4. Thanks for the tip! I have to learn flatlay photography. I've always so scared to try it and natural light comes rarely in my home.

    kandicekaye.com

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  5. Great tips! I think proper lighting is one that a lot of people don't realize makes the biggest difference. Your flatlays are super cute!

    https://nightcity.fm

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    1. That's absolutely true!! Thank you so so much xx

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