Flat-laying is another form of art for me, I get to gather items I think look good together and take a quick photo of it. It has taken over the Instagram world and I get a ton of questions as to how I do my own photos using this technique. It works great to show off hauls, what’s in your bag, OOTD’s or work spaces. I put together a few tips that work for me when I’m choosing what to shoot . . .
- Scotch Tape and White Poster Boards Are Your BF’s – White backgrounds will make the items pop out and scotch tape will keep items that like to roll in place.
- Work Around Your Main Item – I always pick one main item that is a bit larger than the rest (ex. shoes, hat, purse, laptop), it helps define and break up the flat lay.
- Color Scheme – I always try to stay within the same color scheme just because it’s more appealing to the eye and has a more cohesive look. I try to stick with colors that compliment each other.
- Texture – To add a softer touch my favorite texture to use is Baby’s Breath, it’s become my little signature touch but feel free to add flowers, plants or whatever you’d like.
- Arranging – I try to lay items out so that they aline properly, I step back a few times to make sure everything is straight. I’m just a very anal person when it comes to things like that but It makes a hell of a difference if you pay attention to detail.
- Cropping The Corners – Don’t worry if you accidentally caught your toes in the picture you can always crop it so that all you see is the flat-lay created, I do it all the time!
- They Don’t Have To Be Centered – I like to shoot some of my pictures in different corners of the frame just to change it up and create some dimension.
- You Don’t Have To Fill In Every Space – It’s ok to have room in between items, clutter can be a big turn off and people will move on to the next picture.
- Body Flat Lays – I always make sure the surface is covered with a large blanket (preferably white). You almost want to lean back so you can get the shot. I usually hold the phone vertically which makes it much easier to do!
Hopefully this was helpful to some of you, so go get your flat lay on and hash tag your pics with #flatlayinwithlwss so that I can see them!