3 Tips for the Perfect Instagram Flat Lay Photo

by Erin Torrejon   |  Aug 7, 2015
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When it comes to the wonderful world of Instagram, there's nothing quite like capturing the perfect photo to add to your carefully curated feed. And if you love taking photos of your cool finds, cute new purchase, or just anything and everything you love, it's important to know how to capture it the right way. Since we're not all experienced with styling products or knowing how to take a really good picture, we went ahead and asked for help from a definite all-around expert–our new Candy EIC, Sam Potenciano. From food to fashion finds and everything in between, Sam knows how to take a photo worthy of all your double-taps and she luckily shares with us some of her personal tricks. Scroll down below to find out what they are so you can reach your #InstaGoals.

 Tip #1:  Look at everything as a potential prop.

From old worn-down books that you have lying around the house to your morning cup of tea–small, mundane, daily fixtures add a touch of character and give your flat lay a sense of life outside of the photo. Instead of looking like a regular product shot, you start to imagine it being a small snapshot into someone's life.


 Tip #2:  Sunlight is your friend.

Forget filters. The ultimate add-on to any flat lay is a dose of sunshine. Compared to the cold, sterile glow of indoor flourescents, parking your layout in front of a window at the right time (early morning for softness or late afternoon for a golden glow) makes a huge difference.

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 Tip #3:  Perfect is boring.

Don't try too hard to arrange everything super symmetrically or stress if a corner of the shot is cropped out. The more natural the way things fall into place (as if you somehow magically stumbled upon the most Instagrammable shot ever), the better.


Want more photo tips for Instagram? Share your thoughts and comments with us below or tweet us at @candymagdotcom. Let's talk fashion!

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Erin Torrejon
Former Associate Fashion and Beauty Editor
Resident fashion and beauty girl. I’m a health-nut who devotes cheat days to french fries and other glorious carbs. I live at the beach and I can talk about movies, music,  clothes, and my current beauty obsessions for hours on end. 
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