How To Create The Perfect Flat Lay

How To Create The Perfect Flat Lay

Flat lays are the perfect way to showcase your creativity. You can use all sorts of props in order to showcase and make your main feature item pop. Here are some tips on how to create the perfect flat lay to make it Instagram worthy. I love doing these because they are somewhat easier than shooting an outfit. You have free range and can change things at any moment which is somewhat hard to do when you are out taking photos of an outfit. You can also use this to help grow your photography skills!

Pick A Focus Item.

This can be a pair of shoes, lipstick or a item from an outfit. This will be the focus of your flat lay and everything else is apart of the background element. I chose these beautiful Fuschia spiked Sam Edelman Flats from Nordstrom. They are a very bold color which make them a great piece to focus on. They are super fun and comfortable which is why I love them.

How To Create The Perfect Flat Lay

Choose Background Elements.

I chose a pair of Kendra Scott earrings, a magazine and Marc Jacobs blush compact for my arrangement. You can practically use anything. I’ve used confetti before or you could even use flowers and a matching purse. You want your background elements to be complimentary but make sure that they don’t outshine the focus item. I chose a pretty neutral color pair of earrings, a black blush compact and a white magazine. All the items possessed neutral colors which does not take away from the focus item, just adds dimension.

How To Create The Perfect Flat Lay

Have Fun Arranging!

This is the fun part. You get to design the layout and make magic happen. It takes me a few tries before I get it perfect but once you know its correct a little light bulb will go off and you will run to get the camera. When you get ready to take the photo make sure you are able to get above the flat lay high enough to get everything in the shot. I try to make it so the items create a perfect rectangle in the camera frame or a square (if using an IPhone). That is so it is easy to upload on Instagram without sacrificing parts of the photo.

How To Create The Perfect Flat Lay

Have fun creating! I would love to see what you have put together so tag me on Instagram @sparklingsoutherner and I can see all of your beautiful creations!!


xoxo, Danielle

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  • Reply Jessica

    Great tips I struggle with creating the perfect flat lay. Thanks for these.

    August 9, 2016 at 5:09 PM
    • Reply sparklingsoutherner

      You are so welcome Jessica!! I can’t wait to see yours when you do one.

      August 9, 2016 at 10:15 PM
  • Reply Kim

    These were great tips! Flat lay is so beautiful and the concept seems easy but it really is not! Thanks for giving us some ideas! XO -Kim

    August 9, 2016 at 5:32 PM
  • Reply Sally

    Great post! I really liked reading this!

    Sweetly, Sally //

    August 9, 2016 at 9:38 PM
  • Reply Crazy shenanigans

    I am the worst! I always get a flash or reflection!

    August 9, 2016 at 10:42 PM
    • Reply sparklingsoutherner

      Oh no! I hope these tips help. Maybe try using objects that aren’t reflective. Also use natural lighting!!

      August 10, 2016 at 3:51 PM
  • Reply Natalia

    This post was so useful to me! I’m new blogger so it was grate to learn something new ☺

    August 10, 2016 at 2:57 AM
  • Reply Rebecca Hicks

    Great tips! I love flat lays, because you can do so much with them, and they look so cool.

    August 10, 2016 at 3:09 PM
  • Reply Whitney S.

    I think this is such great advice. If only people knew how much time we spend on creating flat lays haha!

    August 12, 2016 at 6:24 AM
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