How to take a Flatlay (My Version)

So these are a collection of my Flaylays that I took a couple of days ago, just out of pure boredom and wanted to practice how I did them. This post will just give you an idea how to do yours if you are struggling or just to show you some of my ideas and how I shoot mine with a very low-budget, actually I don’t spend anything on them…

I would say a flatlay is just a collection of things that you have found around the house really, it sounds simple. But when you are trying to find the right items to fit your blog theme and get all them items together it can get a little tricky.

I decided that collecting all of these things into a little box would be a good idea. So I decided to wander around the house and find a bunch of things that I could use.

I use a piece of A3 white paper for my background, as it is simple. However, the lighting is the main thing you need to get right. I take them in my back room as it has big windows and lets all the natural light in. The main thing about flatlays is that you don’t want too many shadows as this can ruin the whole look.

You can literally collect, plants, photos, perfume bottles, sunglasses, rings, postcards, Polaroids, necklaces, lipsticks anything that you love and put it on a piece of paper. I recommend that when you lay it all out you won’t get it right the first time it will take a while but keep working with the items and they will fall into place.

I also use my Mum’s phone to show my blog posts or my Instagram just to make it a little different plus I have seen quite a few people doing this.

I take my photos on my phone and then edit them with the app ColorStory, it is amazing! When editing the best thing is increasing the brightness as it makes the white background brighter and gets rid of any imperfections that may be on the photos.

I also increase the clarity just to make it a little sharper, and defined along with the contrast and vibrancy to make it all pop.

Even including little maps from places that you have been could be effective and just give the picture a bit more context and texture.

I alway’s use my Mum’s plants also as they just fit well into the photos haha! You can literally put anything into a flatlay, I hope this helped give you a few ideas of what you could put into yours and how to edit them.

Thanks for reading,

Phoebe Clare x


Sharing a little bit of my life in each post, I hope you enjoyed this post. Feel free to leave a comment below, I love hearing your thoughts.


  1. February 19, 2019 / 1:43 pm

    I love these ideas- definitely want to give them a go!

    • thebloominbrilliantblog
      February 19, 2019 / 1:44 pm

      Aww good I’m glad you found them useful xxx

  2. February 24, 2019 / 9:17 am

    Such good ideas, will definitely be trying some of these!
    Thank you for sharing ☺️ Xx

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