15 Flat Lays That Will Make Yours Look Profesh

It isn't just a top shot anymore, check out how you can step up your IG game.
  1. Flatlays in 5 Steps

Learn the how-tos of flat lay in 5 easy steps for a curated IG.

  1. Apps

Mix and match these photo editing apps to get the best version of your picture. Play with exposure, shadow, and brightness.

  1. Skincare

Show off skin care essentials without random bottles and tubes invading your feed. Start off by identifying a theme, the main ingredient, or packaging design that you can get inspiration from. This peg features real roses and honey to complement the products.

  1. Fashion

A plain background works well with outfit layouts, style pieces like how you would wear them but don't be afraid to play around with folds. Take note of your layers and textures, white bed sheets, faux fur, and printed rugs can improve the overall look.

  1. Beauty

Work with dominant hues that can be the highlight of your shot. This one shows off white, gold, and pink colors with extra sparkles from confetti or sequins. Peek-a-boo props corners like an edge of a shirt also help fill up space to balance your picture.

  1. Lifestyle

The typical chill shot where you’re sipping tea, reading a book or both! Add your hand or legs in the photo and play around with lighting, candles add a warm, cozy vibe to your pic.

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  1. School Supplies

Imagine your flat lay as a Tetris puzzle that fits in a certain shape, arrange your supplies neatly in a square, heart, triangle, and so on.

  1. Books

Do your favorite author justice with a pretty flatly of their books, go ahead and doodle on parchment paper (or brown paper bags) as your background with memorable lines and quotes all over.

  1. Workspace

Your desk may not be the most exciting subject but a different angle and a cohesive color scheme can make it look chic, take for example the white and gold pieces on a marble top, accented with fresh peonies for a subtle pop of color.

  1. Plants

Take your flowers or succulents out of their pots and store it in something totally unexpected, say a cone perhaps?

  1. Monochrome

Color schemes play a big role in the overall look of your flat lay, why not change it up by going for a monochromatic theme, this is especially effective in highlighting something in a different color.

  1. Accessories

Though tricky due to the detail of intricate designs, you can fix this problem easily by using a dark or contrasting background that really makes the pieces pop. Also, try layering long strands to make unique patterns.

  1. Bag

Find fun props for your subject, doesn't this flat lay make you think that this purse is perfect to tote around on a movie date? Go ahead and play with food!

  1. Breakfast

Speaking of, the breakfast/lunch/dinner/dessert pics top the most taken flat lays and it's really about letting your food speak for itself. If you're sitting with a large group, involve each one to make the shot look more natural, a hand reaching for a cup, food on a fork and other such details.

  1. Shape

Going for a feel good post? Play around with shapes. Alternatively, you can put the cup of coffee or something you’d like to highlight in the center.









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Melanie Santiago
Intern, Contributing Writer
Frustrated painter and writer, Melanie also takes time to drop by and share the stories she comes across.

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If you know me, and know me well, I am not the biggest fan of idyllic lifestyles. With a Type A personality, I act immediately upon whatever challenge that needs to be addressed. I actually enjoy keeping my mind preoccupied: doing university work in my favourite cafe then running errands around town, grocery shopping here, updating my accounts there, photocopying documents on the way down the street - all just in time before having a glass of champagne at the bar with my friends come evening.

And so, you could imagine my bewilderment when the next challenge to be faced was an extensive self-quarantine protocol. I didn’t know what to do when my greatest responsibility in this situation was to do nothing at all. My first few attempts to combat my consternation were very much rooted in distraction and imagination. My distractions involved conducting research, writing songs, calling family and friends, filming videos, and eating chocolate! My imaginations and fantasies were centred on travelling, shopping, even clubbing (which I rarely do) for when they find a cure to COVID-19. I did anything and everything that could be considered constructive in order to pass the time, mainly hoping I could just undertake the basic human necessities to survive - that is, eat and sleep the day through - until the next day comes, until the world is closer to becoming a better place, until quarantine ends, until my flight follows through, until I see my family and friends again.

Days in self-isolation and suspended flights turned to weeks and turned to months. By the third extension here in Spain where I study Fashion Business, I had to tell myself this shall be my new normal now, that I was blessed to be healthy, that I was tired of merely existing and missed what it was like to actually live - even if just within four walls. Little by little, I began to find significance in the simple occurrences of the day: the soft glare of the rising sun beaming golden streaks through my bedroom window upon waking up, the fragrance of freshly washed bed sheets that I had painstakingly hung to fit a relatively small clothes rack without crumpling them, the crunch and tanginess of warm toasted bread topped with raspberry marmalade, the buzzing sound of a phone call from home just waiting to be answered, to the caress of a fuzzy sweater to keep warm at night. I realised, “What pleasures to be enjoyed in the pause of slow living!” Through this continued pause, which I loathed at first, I began to appreciate each moment of the day rather than wish it would pass more swiftly, moments I had overlooked so often before the lockdown. I started to find that the challenge of self-isolation was never to pause both the regular routines of life as well as the positive emotions that came with these - as initially, I thought it meant to pause all happiness, so as to withstand a time of endurance in hopes for a better tomorrow, much like a form of delaying gratification. Life is just too fragile these days to delay gratification any further.

Life has paused, but it has not stopped. Believe that like any punctuation mark in a sentence, the pause will provide the right timing of things to take place. Till then, let us not waste our time waiting. Instead, we could be in the moment, seek substance in simplicity (that is, in what we already have), And enjoy the pleasure in pause. “Practice the Pause. When in doubt, pause. When angry, pause. When tired, pause. When stressed, pause. And when you pause, pray.”

They say time heals all wounds, but it has been ages - is heartbreak exempted?

I have forgotten when was the last time we shared a smile - the last time when I saw the glow in your eyes and the last time when you whispered an I love you to me. I have forgotten when, but here I am - writing to you again.

I do not know if you will read this or you will just add this one to my proses and poems that you left unread, but you see, I am still hoping. I am mailing the pain of us to the gods out there - hoping they can take the pain away. I should have gotten over you, but instead of forgetting and accepting our ending, I am writing about us in tissue sheets, carving about us on trees, telling about us on the back of my journals, hoping that a thousand or a million write ups about us, can make me forget about what happened.

I am writing, waiting for the point where I can no longer write anymore, for I have none to tell - but when? I have nothing in me anymore, but the memories of us - and no matter how hard I try put those to its own grave, the memories grow back like lilies in the swamp - painful and beautiful at the same time.

No matter how hard I try to silence those and put it at the back of my mind, those ring back, playing like the favorite song we used to listen. They say heartbreaks turn into poetry and that is what happening to us - but poetry should be dulcet and dreamy, why does ours sound like pain and agony? They say time heals all wounds, but it has been ages - is heartbreak exempted? Darling, I guess not.

Anne Luna A day ago
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