Flatlay Styling Tips and Tricks
If you follow me over on Instagram, you will probably already know that I love a good flatlay… or ten! Over the past few months I have come to realise that styling flatlays for my posts is actually one of my favourite blogging duties! Luckily for me, it seems that you guys also love these snaps as much as I do which is pretty fab! Recently, I have been totally overwhelmed by the love that my my photos have received. I’ve also had quite few requests for a post on how I style my snaps. Therefore when Panasonic got in touch and asked if I would like to collaborate with them on a post in celebration of their snazzy new 4K CSC camera, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to share my flatlay styling tips and tricks!
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My Flatlay Styling Tips and Tricks
My top tip for sourcing photo props? Think outside the box! There is a good chance that they are all around ya! For example, for the snaps featured in today’s post, I sourced some lovely pine cones and autumn leaves – all of which were courtesy of mother nature. Some of my favourite props to feature include books, magazines, mugs, plants, candles, ribbons and confetti.
Theme it out
This season I have been embracing some seriously autumnal colour schemes and props within my flatlays – and I have been super pleased with the results! These photos have also received a lot of love and positive feedback from my followers too which has been so lovely. Why not try incorporating some seasonal objects into your snaps!
Ones and threes!
Although it has been a (very) long time since I studied art at school, there is one piece of advice that has stuck with me over the years – the 1-3-5 rule. Whilst arranging a still life set in class my teacher explained to me that singular objects or those grouped in threes or fives tend to look more aesthetically pleasing than those in twos and fours. Now as a design novice, I have no idea why this is the case – but trust me, it really is true!
Put Yourself in the Picture.
Personally I am a huge fan of flatlays which feature the person who has taken the photo. I feel like it allows me to almost put myself in their shoes and see the image from their point of view. This can be quite a tricky task if you take all of your photos yourself like me, in this case a tripod can be a real lifesaver!
Be a square Shooter
If you are taking photos for the purpose of Instagram (which utilises a square format), I would recommend adjusting your shooting dimensions accordingly. This allows you to share exactly what you capture and helps to avoid tedious editing and cropping when you decide to upload.
In most cases, flatlay photos in particular tend to involve quite a lot of props and are generally pretty busy. Therefore, I find that it is crucial to keep your background as minimal as can be. However, this doesn’t mean that it has to be boring or plain. Playing around with different textures and materials can be a great way of mixing things up a bit without detracting from your overall layout.
Now this is a biggie. When planning a photo session, I usually tend to schedule in a little extra time when shooting flatlays. This allows me to really play around with different objects, compositions and backgrounds. I almost always find that my favourite flatlays come from sessions in which I have spent a good amount of time arranging and rearranging my layout. Pop the kettle on, pick out a good playlist and get snappin’.
I really hope that you enjoyed this little flatlay styling roundup! This has been such a fun post to create and I would love to whip up some more photography themed posts in the future! Do let me know if this is something you would be interested in!