Flatlay Partea: Tips to Making an Amazing Flatlay

Flatlays are one of the many pictures I take. I mostly enjoy a nice layout and in the beginning of my blogs, I found it was hard to take pictures and create beautiful flatlays. But worry not, I’ll share you secrets to create better flatlays!

Thanks to the Butterfly Project, I was able to attend this tea parTEA, hahaha. Before I start this post, I’d like to say some of the pictures are taken by my good friend Eros, check out his amazing blog! We also had a lovely location for the workshop at Delectables. Their cakes are absolutely beautiful and great for photos!

The class was conducted by a lovely lady called Azrin, who is self taught for taking these flatlays, she’s better known as From The Top! She demonstrated how to quickly pick items for a flatlay and position them in such a well-thought manner that’s so pleasing to the eyes.

This flatlay above was done by her really quickly, isn’t it beautiful?

We then got into groups to practice making our flatlays. I was in a group with my friends Ashley and Tiffany. We decided to go for a yellow themed flatlay and it is quite different than the usual pinks.

How did you think we did? I think we did a pretty darn good job! Editing, of course, plays an important roll in taking good pics!

So, finally, I shall reveal to you the 7 steps of taking a good flatlay. According to our mentor for the day (Azrin).

Step 1: Think of your thing

You need to decide what you are shooting (be it product or service), think about the ingredients, branding, colours etc.

Step 2: Background

Pick a background/backdrop that wouldn’t overshadow your “thing”.

Step 3: Pop your props

Make sure your props are relevant to your theme. For example, pick similar colour schemes.

Step 4: Change & arrange

When taking the picture, you need to take note about where you are going to post it (to know the ratio) but it doesn’t matter you can still crop and adjust it later on! You can arrange the props neatly, messily, or a little bit of both.

Step 5: Lighting

Natural light is always the best if you think it’s too harsh get a reflector!

Step 6: Keeping it neutral & simple

Go with the flow but try not to crowd the main object with stuff.

Step 7: Have fun!

Even with all things to take note always remember the most important thing is to have fun!

We also had a challenge with Althea Korea to shoot their meringue puff, and this time our group decided for a pink full on theme! I actually really like our outcome~

What do you think? Aren’t the meringues cute enough to eat?

Below are the other groups’ work!

Whose is your favourite huhu, you can vote for my group. Let me know in the comments if you do!

This event was possible thanks to the following people:
Althea Korea
Butterfly Project
From The Top
Avantgarde Blooms (for all the beautiful flowers in the pics)

I hope this post has inspired you and given you a better understanding of taking amazing flat lays! Do tag me if you ever create one so I can see 😀

Cheers,
Sylvia

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