Creating the “perfect” flat lay photo can take a little bit of practice and effort, but if you apply these 10 tips, it should quickly become a breeze.
- Get as close to a natural light source as possible for minimal shadows (if you’re photographing outside, try to find a place in some shade).
- Use different fabrics and papers to add texture to your photos.
- Try arranging the objects in your photos several different ways until you find an arrangement that you like.
- Use a steady hand! For this, I like to hold my breath so I can be as still as possible while shooting (just remember to give yourself little breaks to catch your breath so you don’t pass out, haha).
- Set up your photo on the floor or use a chair to get the right amount of height above what you’ll be shooting.
- Use things like double-sided tape or Blu Tack to keep items from rolling around. (Sometimes I’ll even balance lipsticks on a bobby pin so they stop moving.)
- Have fun with props! Try adding little things here and there to give your photo a bit more personality. (Keep your eyes peeled – I’ll be sharing a post about props for blog photography in the near future!)
- Don’t be afraid of white space. Give the objects in your photo some room to breathe so they’re not all crammed in together and looking messy. I especially love when items are a little off-center rather than being focused in the middle of the shot.
- Try to create a good balance of big/bright/busy items with small/muted/simple things.
- Use a simple, plain background to help make the objects your photographing really stand out. White foam board is my favorite – it’s super affordable and available almost anywhere.
Are you a fan of the flat lay aesthetic?