Now we all know the importance of a good blog photo or flat lay and recently I have been asked a few times where I get my props from. I also thought it may be some use to some people if I talk about how I go about getting the perfect shot too, it’s rather comical how I get some of them.
Usually a nice white background is favoured for flat lays and blog pictures, I use a shelf from an old IKEA wardrobe we once had, it does the job and is so easy to keep clean. But we all know how much bloggers love a little bit of marble and it doesn’t have to break the bank to get it. I know you can get samples from wilko and probably most other DIY stores. But eBay is also a bloggers best friend and where I got the marble effect self adhesive above. I actually stuck it to one side of the shelf so I have a very functional background prop that I can get out easily and I can switch it over as needed. I also bought some ridiculously cheap distressed wood effect wallpaper from eBay too which is a welcome change from the usual flatlay cliché.
This can be absolutely anything you want but I have a few favourites that I break out from time to time, one being marble once again, a small rectangle plate from H&M, that everyone seems to have (I’ve not featured it in the fear we’ll all have marble overload), I usually use it for my beauty posts. Flowers nearly always appear in my pictures for on here, I buy mine from the supermarket as they’re relatively inexpensive. Tulips, Gypsophila and Peonies are in my opinion the best to use as they look great from all angles. Lately I have been using a wooden chopping board that I bought purely for flat lays, which now reading that back is extremely sad but you can see above I have got some good use out of it. Phone cases, notebooks and beverages are all pretty standard props too. I put all my most used props in an old shoe box so they are readily available, I have items such as magazines (old and new), the chopping board, spare phone cases and a notebook.
What can I flat lay?
The only answer is pretty much anything (as long as it’s not gross), if you are ever stuck for inspiration then the Instagram account flatlays is excellent. They feature so many different genres so don’t think because you don’t have a beauty, food or fashion blog/Instagram you can’t do an amazing flat lay.
How I get the perfect shot
Natural light is my main tip for any photo, I find the perfect time is afternoon, between 3-4pm is prime time for me. Get elevated and by that I mean stand on a chair, step ladder or stool to get high enough up to take the desired birds eye view shot. I always use our step ladder and have even been known to sit on my dining room table. Try not to place your items too close together, leave a little space to break it up, that doesn’t mean that you can’t layer objects though, which incidentally is my favourite thing to do at the moment. Choose a theme, what is your flat lay about travel? Beauty? Food? It’s easier to group things together when you have that in mind. Last but not least colour scheme, it may not seem important but it is, I’ve been going for grey and pinks in mine over the last few weeks but if you are after those likes then use blue in your photos as it gets something like 24% more likes than any other colour theme.
I hope you found this helpful, leave me a link to your Instagram accounts I would love to check them out.