Today, I’ll be sharing 3 steps to shoot beautiful flat lays with just your phone! I like to think of flat lays as on-brand “stock photography,” and you can easily create them at home with a few simple, affordable props.All of the photos in this post were created at home using my iPhone XS.
Flat lays are very well suited for phone photography because, well, they’re flat. Because of the 2-dimensional nature of these photos, you usually want everything in the photo to be in focus, and phone cameras are great for doing just that.
Prefer video format? Watch it on IGTV below. The video is also captioned so that you can read everything I’m saying 😊
There are 3 types of backdrops that I like to use:
I’ve collected a variety of props over the years, but I always recommend starting with what’s already available to you in your home. Look for dish towels, blankets, pillows, and knick knacks that you can use as props.
Once you’ve exhausted everything in your home, it’s time to start adding to your prop collection! I shop for props at Michaels, Target (the dollar section), Joanns, the dollar store, and home goods shops like TJ Maxx. Here’s a list of ideas for you:
Contrary to popular belief, I don’t really have any strict rules or processes when shooting flat lays. I pick a subject, pick some props, and move things around until they look good!
When choosing props, if you’re unsure of where to start, look for matching or complementary colors to your subject. If you’re shooting products, use product ingredients as inspiration for props. For example, if you’re shooting an apple pie scented candle, think about apple pie ingredients as props.
Some general tips that I keep in mind when shooting flat lays:
Have any questions for me about shooting flat lays? Leave them in the comments below!