This year seems to have been the ‘year of the flatlay’ for me – everywhere I look bloggers and Pinterest are posting beautiful arrangements of makeup, clothes and pretty items! Last year I had no idea what a ‘flatlay’ was and for those of you who aren’t sure, it kind of is what it says on the tin, a flat lay of products typically shot from above. I love creating flatlays and getting creative with my images, I’ve recently received a few lovely comments saying how much people love my flatlay images so I thought I’d share a few tips on how I shoot mine!

Colour co-ordinate: I always tend to opt for a colour theme when shooting my flatlays, this isn’t essential but I think it always looks nice in the image when you stick to a colour. My favourites to shoot have to be rose gold, monochrome or pastel pink. 

Fill the frame: I set my camera on square so it’s ready to take my Instagram snap then I tend to either create my flatlay in a square so it fills the frame or shoot it at a more creative angle like above, but always making sure there isn’t too much space. 

It doesn’t always have to be relevant: When I first started seeing flatlays containing slightly random objects I never really got it but now I always have props to use as gap fillers such as watches, jewellery (especially rings or nice bracelets), flowers, cacti and many more! It doens’t always have to be relevant or stick to a theme – if it looks good, shoot it!

Are you a fan of the flatlay? Any tips for taking yours?

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  1. Lauren S 30th June 2015 / 4:45 pm

    I love flatly, they always look so minimal yet full of personality – plus it looks pretty too so what's not to love? I always shoot on a white background but play with textures so it keeps my feed interesting 🙂

    Lauren x
    Britton Loves | Lifestyle Food Beauty

  2. Síle Murphy 2nd July 2015 / 11:15 pm

    I love flatlays but haven't quite mastered it yet. Especially love outfit of the day flatlays – The Pink Diary is great inspiration.

    x Síle
    Any Idle Sunday

  3. abigailalicex 5th July 2015 / 12:27 am

    Great post! I love how the flatly background and your laptop match. Do you use a material for flatly or is that like a surface? haha

    Check out my MAC Lipliner x3 giveaway!

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