Since I do a lot of flatlay posts on my blog, but also on my Instagram, I have been getting tons of questions how I make my flatlays and if I have any tips. I never thought of sharing tips because felt like I just had been doing ‘something’. But I do understand it can be hard to start and actually make a flatlay you’re happy with. That’s why I finally decided to dedicate a blog post to it, in the hopes it might help you with creating your own flatlay! 📸
#1 || Decide on a theme
A flatlay always a theme to it. You might not think it does when you see it, but when you see everything on the flatlay you associate it with a theme or idea. So when you’re making a flatlay, ask yourself the question: “What is my flatlay based around?” It can be anything, from a couple essentials (like I do in my essentials posts) to one item you want to put in the spotlight, like a watch.
#2 || The background
There are different ways to do a flatlay. Like the name already says, you can do it by laying everything flat on the ground. If you have a cute floor, that’s a plus! If you don’t, don’t worry. You can buy a large piece of paper (of the color you want) or even a table cloth with a specific print of color. I use a table cloth with a white wash wood pattern on it. That’s how to make an ‘standard’ flatlay. Lately I’ve also been doing it a little different in some of previous posts. For this I have been using my bed as a background. I just put some pillow against the back of my bed and use my duvet cover as well. Different printed or colored duvet covers are great to use as a background for your flatlay. That’s also what I did for the flatlay in this post.
#3 || Add props
A flatlay isn’t completely without the right props. With the props you have to keep your theme in mind. Is the item you want to photograph small? Then don’t use props that are too big. Those will distract the attention away from the items that your flatlay is about. When making an essentials flatlay, you might not really need any props because you don’t want your flatlay to be too busy or look messy. That’s why I always try to pick props that are kind of the same color as the items in the flatlay. Some props you can use are: confetti, plants, flowers, cameras, cards, polaroid photos, books and even your phone. 🌷
#4 || The positioning
Now comes the hardest part (at least I think), the positioning of all the items you have selected. I mostly just start with the biggest items because these take up the biggest space in your flatlay. Don’t put everything close together, so maybe you have to fold the clothes a little bit and space everything out. Then you can go in with all of the smaller items or props and give them a place in the flatlay. It might not look perfect immediately, so always play around with different places for everything until you like how it looks. If you don’t know where to start, you can use my flatlay Pinterest board as inspiration for your own flatlay, because I always think this works very well for me.
#5 || Editing
When you have finally taken photos of your flatlay, it’s time to start editing. I also get so many questions about how I edit my photos and it’s actually very simple. My secret is the ‘fade’ filter from Apple. I know, I know. It’s not on IOS 11, which sucks. But if you download Phonto (IOS & Android), it has the exact same ‘fade’ filter. So this app has really saved my life. When I’ve put the ‘fade’ filter over my photos, I start editing it in VSCO Cam to make a lot lighter because I love my photos to look bright. In this post you can read how I edit my photos step by step, so hopefully that will help.
Now you only have to save your photos and share them wherever you want! In a blog post, just on Instagram or even on Pinterest. It’s so much fun to play around with different flatlays so I really recommend looking for some inspiration and try to creating your own. If you have made any flatlays with my tips, send me your photos on Instagram because I would love to see them! Are you loving flatlays as well? Have you ever made one?