This mini tutorial will show you how to design a flatlay the easy way!
First of all, what IS a flatlay? It's pretty self-explanatory: a flatlay is basically a photo of several objects laid out in an aesthetically pleasing fashion, usually themed or organized by type. Flatlays can include elements of nature, products people sell, an outfit someone is going to wear, ingredients to a recipe, what to take on a trip, or what someone might need to make a particular craft. They can even just be fun little layouts of favorite things, like mine here and here.
So how do you go about making one? Well, first you choose what you want your theme to be. Collect the items you'll need for that theme: a good one to start with would be the 'favorite things' flatlay. So grab a book, a movie, a piece of jewelry, a favorite accessory, a phone or phone case, even a piece of food!
Now you'll lay it all out. A good rule of thumb is to just start with something in the middle and work out from it in right angles. Line up the edges of the objects, and try to envision a square or a rectangle shape outside the objects. Try different angles, and grouping like objects together. You can even color-theme your flatlay! Lay your objects out on a plain background, black or white, and photograph directly overhead using natural light for the best results. I like using a white foam core board laid out under my apartment windows, but I want to experiment with different backgrounds.
And voila! You just created your first flatlay! If you need more inspiration, here are some gorgeous flatlays I've found around the web:
Aren't they gorgeous? Just goes to show you how much possibility there is when you create a flatlay! It's basically creating a piece of artwork, or a collage of different items. I love how this last one uses handpainted or drawn flowers to enhance the placement of the cups and teapot. Absolutely lovely.
Were you inspired to create your own flatlay with this post? If you make one and happen to share it on Instagram, tag me @melmariadesigns or #lookatmyflatlay so I can see! Have fun!