Bluebird Chic ambassador Anna Bowkis of Anna Bowkis Photography shares her tips for creating amazing spring flatlays.
Flat Lays are a popular way to photograph your products and favorite items.
Flat lay photography is an amazingly easy way to showcase items you own, tell a story, and wow your Instagram followers.
Do-it-yourself flat lays are easy to setup, can be shot from almost anywhere, and can be as simple as emptying your desk drawer or arranging some of your favorite items. All you need is a camera and that camera can even be the one on your phone.
TIP #1 – Find the light.
For good flat lay photos you need natural light. Find a spot near a window where the light from outside spills into the room.
TIP #2 – Choose an interesting background.
A white background can give your photo a clean bright look, while backgrounds with texture and details can help to create a certain vibe. (I use wood flooring, floor tiles bought from my local DIY shop , also wallpaper make beautiful backgrounds too!)
TIP #3 – Have fun choosing your items and moving them around.
Pull together the items that you wish to photograph and start laying them out on your background. Play around by adding and removing items and moving things around.
TIP #4 – Shoot from above.
You can play with different angles, but what makes flat lays so appealing is the care that goes into placing each item, so when you shoot from above its more likely that every item in the arrangement can be seen in its best light.
BONUS TIP: For a nice pop of color and a bit of flair I love to add whatever flowers are in season at the moment.
Anna Bowkis is an English country-loving girl who has moved to the bright lights in Hong Kong with her husband and 2 girls. As a mother, she understands the importance of capturing children at all ages and in an environment that they are happy in. That’s why she chooses to photograph using natural light, against the beautiful backdrops in Hong Kong.When Anna hasn’t got a camera in her hand you can find her curled up on the sofa with a good book or making a delicious mess in the kitchen trying to be the next Nigella Lawson!