Happy Friday! In today’s post I’m going to talk about my 3 sources of inspiration for flat lay photography. #FlatLayFriday
For me personally, it’s so hard sometimes to come up with some fresh flat lay ideas especially when I’m working for my own blog or project. I found it a lot easier when working with brands because they will give me more details and let me know exactly what they want or are looking for.
Since it’s quite hard to get my thoughts put together I found myself ending up in these 3 places I’m about to tell you.
If you are ready, let’s dive into our topic today “3 Inspiration Sources for Flat Lay Photography“.
#1 Source: Pinterest
As of now, you might already knew that Pinterest works like a search engine just like google. But the different between them is that Pinterest is the place where you can find all kinds of beautiful pictures once you search on their search bar. Instead of the name of the article thats pops up, you will see either the photos that are included in the article or you will see the photo with the topic of the article coming up. It’s a super convenient source for all kinds of topics.
I used to use Pinterest for wedding inspirations, food and interior design. Now I am using Pinterest for everything that you can think of, especially gathering flat lay ideas for new projects.
How I use Pinterest are explained in the below tips:
Using search bar and search words like “Flat Lay“, FlatLay, FlatLay Ideas“, “FlatLay Inspo” and etc.. For this, you will see a lot of flat lay photos popping up.
If you want to be more specific on what you’re looking for, you can put the niche word in front of the word flat lay. For example, travel flatlay, beauty flatlay,fashion flatlay and many more.
You can now search using hashtags as well.
Follow people who have FlatLay boards. I have one here that you can follow and get some new ideas from.
To search for boards, you have to use the search bar, type in the same keyword “FlatLay” once you press enter, you will see the options of the search types next to the search bar. Now you can then change from “all pins” to “board” or “people”. Then follow the ones that inspired you the most.
Now every time you visit your Pinterest homepage, all of the new pins from people and boards you are following will show up to inspire you.
Create your own Flat Lay board and start collecting your own pins. This way you will be able to go back and see what types and feels of flat lay photos you like. I even created my own Flat Lay Guide board to collect online article tips from other people.
Pinterest definitely my number one go to source for Flat Lay inspiration.
#2 Source: Books and Magazines
Books and magazines are my number two source when it comes to flat lay photography, not only do they show beautiful photography but also provide details in them.
For magazines, I mostly look for color palettes and items that will go well as props in my photos.
For books, there are many of them on the market now that will teach you about how to style your flat lay photos. I have 4 books that I like and there are parts of them that teach you about flat lay photography.
As much as I don’t use Instagram stalking people like how I use Facebook (LOL), I LOVE using Instagram as my inspiration source, connecting with all cool people and of course sharing my stories with you. It’s my third place to take a look when I’m running out of ideas.
Because instagram has so many people who’re sharing their passion through pictures, that would be a no brainer not to take a look around on this platform.
Here’s how I would recommend you to do.
This is kind of similar to Pinterest, you can search #flatlay photos through hashtags like, #flatlay, #flatlays, #flatlaystyle, #flatlayforever, #flatlaytoday, #flatlayoftheday, #flatlaylove, #flatlaythenation and more.
I created a list of Flat Lay Hashtags and you can download it below.
Follow accounts and hashtags
After you are done searching for beautiful photo using #flatlay keywords, you should find some interesting accounts to follow now. I only follow people who truly inspire me. I recommend you to do the same. 🙂
You now have a choice to follow hashtags as well so take advantage of it and follow the hashtags you find that interests you most.
Share with me in the comments:
What do you struggle with most when it comes to Flat Lay?
I hope you enjoyed this post and got a few ideas on where to find your next source of inspiration before taking your new flat lay photos.
Before we say good bye today, don’t forget to leave your comment below this blog post and answer some fun questions on my Instagram posts for a chance to win a $25 Starbucks gift card and one surprise gift from me.
This is a part of our #GOODVIBESGIFTING series I’m carrying on from last year. All winners will be announced at the end of the month, January 31st, 2019, here on allaboutgoodvibes.com. For more details on how to enter the giveaway, visit this blog post.
Thank you for stopping by All About Good Vibes today. I will be sharing tons of flat lay tips and tricks here in my future posts. Hope to see you again soon.
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“Vibe high and the magic around you will unfold.” ― Akilnathan Logeswaran
I’m back after taking a few weeks break from my work. How were your holidays? I’m super excited to be back and to be sharing with you my fashion, beauty, and life stories again this year.
Great news! I decided to continue our #GOODVIBESGIFTING series starting fromthis January because it’s so nice to get to know all of you. This month I’m giving away a $25 Starbucks gift card and one surprise giftto one lucky reader on every single blog post. Which means if I come out with 10 blog posts, there will be 10 winners. You’re welcome. 🙂
What you have to do is to share your story at the end of each post and engage on my Instagram posts. I’ll announce all the winners at the end of the month here on allaboutgoodvibes.com. I will also send out an email to notify you, so make sure you’re on my email list, you can sign up below.
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To those who were concerned about my health, THANK YOU so much for sending me Facebook & IG messages and emails asking about my pregnancy. I’m feeling amazingly great now after going to the labor and delivery the evening after Christmas to check on my early labor contractions I was having. I got a shot to help calm my uterus down and have been better since. Those two weeks break was a good help too. We have a few more weeks to go til we meet our new baby! I can’t wait to introduce our new addition of joy to you.
No more about me! Let’s get started with our topic today to help you get on track for your best year yet. I forgot to mention that you can apply these 3 tips with any new project, it doesn’t have to be only for the New Year.
The second the new year started, I felt the positive energy coming my way and even my husband could feel it too. Below are some tips on what we did a few days before the year ended.
Let go of the past and focus on the present
Holding on to the past will slow you down in every aspect of life. The best thing to do with it is to let it go and stay at your present moment. You don’t need to forget about your past completely but to only use it as your life lessons. Think about what you learned from it. Say thank you to your past that has taught you so many things and made you become who you are now. There’s no need to keep talking and/or thinking about it all the time. Just move on and do your best at your time now.
If you want, you can write down a list of your past that you’re holding on to. Then write what are the good lessons you learned from them. Write “Thank you” at the end of each one. Now it’s time for you to appreciate them and move on.
Practice Tip 1
It can be something like this:
I love when …. because…., thank you for ….. now I’m ready to move on.
Remember you can achieve anything in life
All success starts within YOU. If you believe in yourself and put your mind into whatever you do, you are already half way to your success. If you’re planning a new project, new daily routines, don’t think about obstacles you may face but instead imagine yourself already achieving your goal. How would you feel? Excited? Happy? So proud? Full of joy?
The best practice of this tip is to never, ever doubt your abilities or others who will be involved in your goals. The second you have doubt in you mind, you are so many steps further away from your achievements.
For example, if you want to improve your relationship with your friend/ partner, you should trust in both of your abilities, put the past aside, don’t think about obstacles, and only image what it would be like to have the best relationship ever.
Practice Tip 2
Now put this tips to practice by filling in the blanks below;
I believe and I know in my heart that I can …… . I would feel so ……. after I achieve……. . I am so grateful for my ability and others who are making this ….. happen. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
Empower yourself with good books
My husband and I used this tip on New Year’s Eve night. We both got new books that inspired us in the areas that we’re looking to improve. Instead of watching movies, we read our new books until midnight in our bed. Same as our 3 years old daughter who got new books and was reading them to herself and us before shefell to sleep.
Books play a big role in self empowering. Especially the books that have other people’s stories or proven theories in it. If you get the right book on the right topic you’re looking for, that book can change your life or at least empower and direct you in the right direction.
I purchased about 30 new books toward the end of last year and the beginning of the new year within those two weeks of my days off and I almost finished my first two books. I’ve learned a lot this past week and I can’t wait to read more books to ensure and empower myself to the next level of me.
What had happened since my husband and I started reading our books before bed are:
We learned something new that inspired us before going to bed.
Our connection is stronger than before because we share our positive thoughts before we’re going to bed.
We encourage and support each other with the areas we needed improvement.
Talking freely and honestly with how we feel about each other.
We are on the same page and willing to do whatever tasks to make us and our family happy.
Practice Tip 3
Answer these questions below to find out what type of book you should start the New Year with:
What areas of life would you like to improve most?
Do you like a book with theory, easy step-by-step guide, real life experienceor all of them?
Do you like to read or listen?
Where can you get your book (audiobook) from?
When will you get your book(s) and start your first page?
Now it’s time for you to get the right book and start empowering yourself.
Here are 5 books I recommend reading to start of your year (project) right.
You can download my PDF version of the 3 tips to start your best year (project) right with exercises HERE.
Question for you today:
How did you start your New Year? and How do you feel now?
I hope today’s post will help put a right mindset for you to start your year. Those tips are quite simple and easy to apply to your life. I’m using them myself and have seen a lot of benefits. So I wanted this first blog post of the year to be a source of inspiration and to help you become a better version of you. I hope that you will use at least one or all three tips to get yourself on the right path.
If you think this post will benefit anyone in your life, feel free to share it with them.
Thank you again for stopping by my blog today. Don’t forget to share your thoughts with us in the comments below and answer some fun questions on my Instagram posts for a chance to win a $25 Starbucks gift card and one surprise gift from me. Winner of this post will be announced at the end of the month, January 31st, 2019, here on allaboutgoodvibes.com.
Molly Larsen is the creator of All About Good Vibes — a feel-good destination that inspires women to love, care and be themselves. Growing up she has been loving and enjoying her own DIY masks and scrubs from natural ingredients. She believes in positivity and seeing good in all situations. Her biggest achievement of the day is putting her baby to sleep early, relaxing and watching a movie with her husband.