Seriously Up Your Flat Lay Game for Instagram and Blogging Now!

How to Master Flat Lay for Beginners?

If you haven't noticed my Instagram, you are literally missing out, because I love doing flat lay photography!!! Doing flat lay photography is one of the easiest things for me to do because its all about product styling. Plus it gives me a way to create a world of my own through photography. In my world its full of bright, fun, happy colors! What ever your style is, you can create incredible photos of items laid flat on a surface too!

Sooo why is Flat Lay Photography so important? To put simply its an awesome trend in photography that has been used for years in businesses but most notoriously used for Instagram feeds!   It's one of the easiest yet complex photography trends out there because there is so many ways you can be creative with a flat surface, some props, a background, and your camera or phone!

Who would benefit from Learning Flatlay Photography?

Anyone who loves being creative! Flatlays are beneficial for displaying certain products for promotion, send traffic to your website, getting you noticed on Instagram, tagged by top influencers, seen by your favorite companies, and even sponsorships that get you a ton of money if you do it right! Flatlay attracts a lot of attention so with my help I could get you what you need!

Step by Step Guide to Mastering Flat Lay Photography!

Step 1: Make one item the main focus.

When you focus on one product, one clothing piece, one makeup items, etc. you can then base your theme around that one item! Finding one item helps stick with a consistent color scheme. This helps especially when you are trying to find your Instagram aesthetic. If you are really serious about your blog this also helps with creating your own brand as a blogger. What is the main focus in the picture below? How is the secondary items highlighting that main object?

Don't let any other item fight for the main attention
Don't let every item compete with one another. Each item should add to the main focus feature.

Step 2: Find a Story line

What story is your flat lay telling. Think of your flat lays as little visual theaters. The objects are the characters telling a unique story.  

Step 3: Find the right backdrop!

Speaking of backdrops, you need to find the right one in order to tell your story. Do you want to give it a cozy feel add something furry like a fur rug or throw blanket. If you like minimalist styles go for marbles, wooden floors, or any type of backdrop that says serene and calm. As for me I like to showcase a more fun creative side so color it is...My blog's name isn't Color U Bold for no reason right haha! So I find ways to incorporate colored posters and cardstocks to my picture. The right backdrops highlight the overall theme of a picture.

Different Types of Backdrops
Wood floors
Floor Tiles
Cardstock paper

Use your surroundings!
If you are on vacation why not display in that flat lay the sand as your backdrop. If you are in a hotel room showcase the comfy blankets. If you are in a country with gorgeous textured rugs, put that in the picture! Adding a human touch like a hand, legs, heck the whole body, into your flat lay will give more of a personality.

Step 4: Add Your Personality

What do you normally use on a daily basis, you'll see a cup of coffee in my pictures a lot. That's because I love coffee! Add your favorite fruit, drink, or meal to tell people what you are doing at the moment. What type of plants or flowers do you have. I love fake plants(I'll kill real ones haha) in my room so I have them on my desk, dresser, on the floor in a basket, it doesn't matter but I want to show that in my pictures too. Sometimes I'll add a hand in my pictures or even my legs! People like to see body parts...don't ask me why haha! Add your own quirks to a simple picture. Every picture doesn't not have to look like its straight from a magazine. 

Step 5: Consistency!

Make sure lighting, editing, and aesthetic goes hand in hand. If you are creating a brand for yourself and you want the brand to personify colorful happy thoughts, make sure your photography is bright, colorful, and a bit quirky with your personality! If you are more on the minimalist side make sure your photography is still bright, uniformed in color whether its black, white, even pastels, and consistent with a custom theme such as minimal objects in pictures. If you are a bit of a clutter fanatic make it uniform in all of your pictures but add negative space in between. When someone comes across a picture of yours on twitter or Instagram will they say "oh hey I know who that is!"  Make your photos speak for you!

AT A Glance:
Step by Step to Flat Lay Goals!

1.Pick out your main focus piece.
What is the main object you want to highlight in the picture?
What type of secondary items coexist well with it?
2.Create a storyline.
What type of story do you want to tell?
3.Get out the right backdrop
What type of backdrop will work well with your story?
4.Add some personality
How can you show the character in your photo?
5.Now just be consistent!
What do you want your blog/Instagram aesthetic to be?

Once you are able to get the basics out of the way then you'll be able to break the rules, create new rules, and take your photography up a notch!


  1. I wish my instagram skills were stronger = I'm really terrible!
    I don't take enough pictures. I need to take pictures of everything and try new things out, or I'll never get better at it :)

  2. Great tips! I can't wait to use these to improve my flat lay pics on Instagram.


  3. This was really helpful thank you!! My problem with flat lay before was that I just had no room at all. I've just moved into my own house now so I have more space than I can shake a stick at!

  4. this is so helpful. Haven't been able to do product shots for my blog cuz i'm not so great at it x

  5. I'm new to blogging so this was really helpful for me. My pictures at the moment are too bland with no character. Just a plain white throw I use as my background. Some great tips here than I can hopefully master and make pictures look a lot better.

    Thanks for Sharing :)

  6. Love this post! I think alot of me struggle with the flat lay. I find that having pictures of my favorite flat lays in my phone give me inspiration when I personally decide to do one.

  7. Lovely tips! Flat lays look so cool, I've just never figured out how to do them ;)

  8. Excellent post loved it thanks for sharing, you inspire me in wanting to do more and get better with blogging.

  9. Great Post and advice!
    I'm definitely going to try this,i have the right tools for this so i don't know why i haven't considered doing this myself as opposed to using stock photos.

  10. Yessss, this post was amaazing and had so many great tips. I am itching to get my camera out now and take some photos.


  11. I love flat lays and I try to incorporate them into my Instagram quite often. It was nice to read a post that explains it so well! Thank you for taking the time to do so!

  12. Love these ideas - thank you!

  13. Loved this soo much!! Some really great tips and tricks 😊

    Megan xx |

  14. This is a great post. It's so informational! I've been looking for deeper details on styling flat-lays. You gave me that and more. Thank you for sharing. I'm a new fan. I love your brand.

    Ramona C |

  15. Loved this post! Please, let's check my instagram, i will appreciate it! I'm @breakfast_and_coffee :)
    have a great day!

  16. I need to set up my flat lay game for sure!! I am just starting to do this more often so this was so helpful! thank you

  17. Thanks for the tips! I really need to step up my flat lay game for Instagram! <3

  18. This is very helpful!! Thanks for the tutorial!!

  19. These are all great tips!! I love the idea of having a story line.

  20. Really helpful! Thanks! =)

    Katie |

  21. Flatlays are so popular... and while they might take a little time to get used to, once you figure it out, they are actually fairly easy to set up! Thanks for your quick pointers! I loved it.

    I would love for you to share this with my weekly link up if you are at all interested, just stop by Thursday! I hope to see you there!


  22. Amazing tips! I love these ideas and feel much more equipped to up my game.

  23. Thanks for the tips. Flat lays are always the hardest for me!

  24. Great tips! I always have a hard time making my flatlays not look too boring, without being too busy!

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  29. Thanks for the post! I just barely started taking my own photos for my blog instead of using stock photos so I am working to make them look more professional.

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