I thought it would be fun to take a look behind the scenes and share with y'all the process of my flatlay photos and really my photos in general. I'm definitelyone that works with what they have and if I don't have something, I get creative. One of the biggest challenges I've ran into has been lighting. We have a good amount of windows, but depending on the time of day finding good light can be tricky. I have found that shooting in front of our front door works really well.
The first thing I do before beginning any photo session is check my editorial calendar. I have to know what I need to shoot first, right? ;) I make a list of my objectives and then I'll peruse some photo inspiration and gain some inspiration for what I want to shoot. Once I have an idea of what I want to shoot I'll gather my photo props. I've slowly been gathering different props to use for flatlay photos and it's been really fun!
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Once I've decided on my photo props I'll get set up. I use a variety of things when shooting including; different colored foam broads, a reflector, and my trusty tripod. My tripod is not specific to flatlay photos, but I've been able to make it work. If you're looking for a specific flaylay tripod, check out this one, it comes with a center column that can go 90º. When using a regular tripod without a 90º center column, the legs can be rather sticky. I'm going to try to explain my process, hopefully it makes sense, haha! Basically I extend two of the legs as far as they can go and the third leg I move in closer to my subject so the camera is right overhead and the legs are out of frame. This isn't always necessary but if I'm not able to get my camera right over head, then I do some maneuvering.
Once I have everything set up I starting snapping away. For specific shooting tips, check out this post. I rarely only snap one photo. Instead, I'll take a few photos and see how they are coming across in frame. I usually have to adjust props, adjust my settings, and work on getting my staging just right. It's always worth it and always fun!
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Flatlay photography has really been challenging me, but I'm really excited to continue to push myself. I'm working on some fun flatlay projects too, I can't wait to share them with you! xoxo. Samantha