How to Take the Perfect Flatlay 101

To my dearest:

Hey everybody! Today, I’m back with a blogging segment with tips from your blogger babe! A lot of people wonder how bloggers take such beautiful flatlays! I’ve been getting many compliments on my flatlays recently on instagram, so I thought I’d share my little nifty tips and tricks to help you get started!

 

chanel earrings flatlay

Think of an Overall Theme

I think the easiest way to begin making a flatlay is to think of a theme for it. This one, is mostly Chanel. I also used similar tones and colors to make that theme even stronger. Classic black and whites.

BONUS TIP 1: Marble Background is always beautiful. If you don’t have any marble, create the illusion, with THIS here. Simply unroll it or make your own DIY Marble Board. I glue mine to a board, and take it everywhere for photoshoots! It’s easy, simple, and cheap. It literally takes minutes to make. Can you guess that all the marble in my pics, were actually taken on this board?

 

harpers bazaar flatlay

Accessorize with Bling & Add Some Pattern

In this photo, I was trying to take a product flatlay for the two Guirlain products. I pulled layered it on top of a Harper’s Bazaar magazine, accessorized with jewelry and a monogram LV clutch to add some pattern. Remember, it’s always a good idea to have little bling pieces to decorate flatlays. Little pieces of jewelry, little paper clips, thumbnails, or anything like that would do the trick.

 

iphone x blogger flatlay

Layer Things To Add Depth, Find Ways To Add Texture

See how I layered my iPhone X on top of a leather journal? That adds depth and makes the picture more interesting. The leather binding to the book is a nice touch of texture that is different than the overall theme. The gold pen has some dots and lines, which is also a subtle way to play with texture.

BONUS TIP 2: Take advantage of the little nifty things you have laying around the house, make up, plates, or absolutely anything interesting can be added to a flatlay!

 

diptyque roses flatlay

Just Add Flowers.

Yes. And they are your best friend! Just look how gorgeous this is! And it’s so simple, clean, minimalistic. It’s probably also the more effortless flatlay you can compose!

 

flowers candles flatlay

When in Doubt, Bring Out the Candles and Ribbons

When I said flowers were your best friend? I meant it. But, candles and ribbons come in pretty close to it. These are probably the most perfect props for flatlays in my opinion. They’re easy to use and effective. Plus, they’re relatively easy to find around the house.

 

rossanno ferrati

Go For an Interesting Background

If you want to make things even more interesting, you can go for a less conventional background. It’ll add some optical illusion to your flatlay. Like this one I did!

 

diptyque flatlay soho pop up

Put Everything Together.

For this shot, I basically put everything together. I played with a ton of optical illusions to make it interesting by adding the different post cards. The designs also adds “texture” to it. I layered the post cards and instax minis on top of a box, which made everything look much more dimensional. The use of flowers and candles is also incorporated here.

 

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Well, that’s it for now dearies! I hope the little tips make sense and will help you create the flatlay of your dreams! Remember, composing flatlays and photography is an art, so not everybody does it the same! Add your own flair into the equation, and make your flatlay yours! What tips do you have for taking flatlays? Feel free to share it with everyone! Or share your troubles with taking flatlays, I’d be more than happy to answer any questions! I look forward to hearing from you all! Have a wonderful weekend!

 

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Sincerely Ophelia

Sincerely Ophelia

Hi! It’s Ophelia! I’m just a fun-size petite Asian girl living life in NYC, with a big heart for the love of life. I'm an overshareer of all sorts and enjoy inspiring others. Through this blog, I hope to share my styling ideas, shopping finds, latest trends, and solutions to everything related to fashion and beauty.

For reference, I am 5 feet 2 inches. I typically wear XS/S or 0-4 for apparel and 6.5-7.5 for shoes.
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42 Comments

  1. Lauren Becker
    April 11, 2018 / 2:38 PM

    Flatlays really can be difficult to do, so thanks for all the fun tips. I should really look into that marble background – and some other backgrounds too.

    -Lauren
    http://www.shootingstarsmag.net

  2. April 11, 2018 / 3:04 PM

    I’m a big fan of flat lays and these are beautiful (as is your Instagram page). I use a fluffy white rug and my marble cutting board a lot. And when in doubt, I always add some flowers, too. Great tips!

  3. April 11, 2018 / 8:56 PM

    Your flatlays look amazing. Thanks for the tips. I saved your page and I will play around with the camera

  4. April 12, 2018 / 3:43 PM

    I love your tips! Marble backgrounds are my absolute favorites!!! xo – Kam

  5. urbansoulalchemy2013
    April 12, 2018 / 6:17 PM

    I love your suggestions! Always looking for ways to get better photos.

  6. April 13, 2018 / 6:05 AM

    Ophelia, your stuff is just wonderful.
    I never even realized this subject existed…
    It’s true, beautiful shots are vital for success.

  7. Amber
    April 13, 2018 / 8:25 AM

    Thank you for this. Honestly, I really have no idea what I’m doing when I take flatlay photos, so I’ll keep this in mind. I love all of yours.

  8. April 13, 2018 / 9:12 AM

    Wow I’ve never had a need to make a flatlay but now I think I might just go try to whip one up. All your photos are beautiful obviously but I love how short, simple and sweet your tips were. I read this entire thing super fast and now I feel like I could be a flatlay professional! So refreshing to read something so short and so informative all at once.

  9. April 13, 2018 / 10:50 AM

    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! I have been blogging for years but my flat lay photos are horrible!

  10. April 13, 2018 / 1:14 PM

    Your flat lays are beautiful. Thank you for your tips.

  11. April 13, 2018 / 1:50 PM

    Love flatlays only problem is mine never turn out like this and I think I just need more practice.

  12. April 13, 2018 / 5:10 PM

    Thank you so much for this flatlays are amazing! But I am so not good at taking them! So a simple but easy guide is wonderful!

  13. April 13, 2018 / 5:24 PM

    wow, thank you so much for this flatlays !!!!!!! Love the pictures 🙂 Wonderfully presented

  14. April 13, 2018 / 7:01 PM

    I love your flatlay pictures. I have loads of wall paper that works really well as a flatlay board and I agree that the marble always looks so good.

  15. April 13, 2018 / 10:33 PM

    Thank you for this post. As a social media manager and consultant, it is always fun to see the images my clients use to market online. This is an article I will share with them on how to take the perfect flatlay.

  16. April 14, 2018 / 12:00 AM

    Photography at my best still looks terrible LOL. I’m going to have to try some of these tips. thanks.

  17. April 14, 2018 / 1:26 AM

    Flatlays are everything! It’s definitely important to have good content, yours is amazing btw.
    Xo, Sondra
    Cuisineandtravel.com

  18. April 14, 2018 / 7:33 AM

    YAY! This is fantastic advice I am totally going to have to share it with my friends. Thank you.

  19. April 14, 2018 / 7:48 AM

    I am the worst photographer around, thanks for the tips, I’ll try them out

  20. Hannah Marie
    April 15, 2018 / 3:52 PM

    This is really awesome! The marble background looks good like you said. Thank you for these tips.

  21. April 15, 2018 / 5:29 PM

    These are all great tips! I am still learning how to take better flatlays.

    • April 25, 2018 / 3:04 PM

      Hi Adaleta,

      I hope the tips helped! I’m sure in time you’ll get the perfect shot you love!

  22. April 15, 2018 / 8:53 PM

    I’ve never had any luck with flatlays. I think I need to rethink why and concentrate on your tips and try again.

  23. April 16, 2018 / 3:15 AM

    So this is why you have such great flatlays! Lovely tips dear, thank you so much for sharing! I’ll definitely use your tips!

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

  24. Beth Davidson
    April 16, 2018 / 5:29 PM

    This is very helpful! I’m terrible at flat lays, so it’s nice to get some instruction.

  25. April 16, 2018 / 5:50 PM

    This is fantastic! I love the tips you gave us to use. I really like your idea on using the marble contact paper in place of a marble background. Brillant! This truly helped. Thanks for such creative tips. 🙂

  26. April 16, 2018 / 5:52 PM

    Awesome tips! I have tried a few flatlays but I have a hard time with lighting. Your shots are gorgeous!

  27. Ruth I
    April 16, 2018 / 10:52 PM

    Wow these sample flatlays are definitely instagramable!
    Everything will definitely work when put together. THANK YOU!

  28. April 17, 2018 / 2:29 PM

    these are great tips! my trouble is lightning – mine always seems off!

  29. April 17, 2018 / 7:59 PM

    Just post I’ve been looking for as I’m always looking for ways to up my flatly game.

  30. April 18, 2018 / 5:11 AM

    Flatlays seem like a simple concept but not so much. More goes into it than people realize.

  31. April 18, 2018 / 8:22 AM

    I love these tips and ideas. I will be getting some marble contact paper, thats for sure! Thanks for sharing.

  32. April 18, 2018 / 10:12 AM

    I need to learn how to do this! Flatlays are so pretty, and would really help my website to look nicer!

  33. Elizabeth O
    April 18, 2018 / 12:17 PM

    This was a really helpful post, you are really great at putting together flat lays they are gorgeous so it is really kind of you to give tips to other people like this.

  34. April 18, 2018 / 3:31 PM

    This was so needed! I always struggle with making flat lays with shadows of my arm or camera tho – but you’re so right it starts with the basics & by making it all yours!

  35. April 18, 2018 / 11:48 PM

    Oh thanks! I want to create my own images for my website and marketing!

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