Behind the Flatlay

Thursday, November 3, 2016

I've been pretty obsessed with going above and beyond when it comes to product photography on my blog. I love all the ones that other bloggers take but I knew that because I've been into photography for much longer than fashion, I knew that I could take better photos. I also wanted to start introducing photography onto my blog so I thought this would be a good start to it. I started to go all out on it and by that I mean, going into a pool to take an aerial shot, etc. So for this post, I thought it'd be fun to show behind the scenes of how it all came about.

Also, if you click the final result photo, it'll redirect you to the blog post featuring that photo!

BEFORE

  • It honestly took forever for me to come up with a purely a photographic idea for the sheer tint moisturizer. I felt like I was in a creative block and then I figured, why not mix in another medium with it?
  • AFTER

  • I decided to take two separate photos: one with paint splatters of the same colour of the bottle and one of the moisturizer. I wanted the final result to have a noticeable graphic design element instead of making it seem like I took the photo of the moisturizer directly on top of the paint.
  • BEFORE

  • I said this in the blog post featuring the Fossil perfume but THANK YOU TO MY WORK BAE for providing me the flowers her amazing boyfriend gave her. She ended up helping me with the layout of it and suggested we use just the baby breath. We actually bumped into one of the older coworkers while doing this and he totally questioned what was happening (he didn't know I had a blog at that time!)

    AFTER

  • I absolutely love the stone in the background and was glad I did this (even if I spent my break at work doing it). I even have a photo on Instagram with the same background with the caption saying how work has the perfect seats for flatlays.

    BEFORE

  • For my Current Favourites post, I decided I wanted to have a photo as my title for each category. Instead of simply writing "Beauty Favourites", I decided to use makeup products that I don't use often on watercolour paper. I love using watercolour paper even if it's not for painting because of the texture.
  • AFTER

  • I took this at a high angle to avoid getting a lot of shadows. I liked the slight shadow because it added more dimension in the photo but also wasn't a distraction when looking at the photograph.
  • BEFORE

  • I had a review for Biotherm already that is here but I knew when I was featuring it again, I wanted to take a better photograph. I had the idea of taking it in a pool but I don't have a pool. I couldn't get the idea out of my mind and tried to find alternatives like using a bathtub or sink but I had no luck. Thankfully, my friend Mikayla who has been featured on my blog before has an apartment so we used the pool there. It looked silly doing it, especially because I even brought one of those candle dishes from Ikea.
  • AFTER

    BEFORE

  • For this shot, I had the idea of having a wooden background and I was set on that. Like I mentioned before, once I have an idea in mind, I can't shake it off until I complete it. No other photo idea will be good enough unless I think of something equally as great or better. I honestly was considering buying a wooden panel from Michaels and painting it but I remembered an old piece of wood my dad was going to cut up and toss out. I asked if I could take it, cut it in pieces and use it and that is how it all started!
  • AFTER

  • I originally took a photo of just the wood without the tea leaves and once I saw the result, I figured out where to place the tea and from there, I laid more in the corners and just bits of it behind the text because I wanted the text boxes to be translucent.
  • Hope you enjoyed a little behind the scenes of how I take my product photos! Leave a comment down below which one was your favourite and let me see your #behindtheflatlay using the hashtag on Twitter and Instagram :)

    6 comments on "Behind the Flatlay"
    1. This is such an awesome idea! I loved seeing the behind the scenes!

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      1. Thanks so much Faith! Glad you enjoyed this post :)

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    2. Loved the BTS kind of post, and it's also nice to discover another fellow Toronto blogger :)
      - Desiree
      desireplusane.blogspot.com

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      1. You're from Toronto? YAYY that's so great. Thanks so much Desiree! Glad you enjoyed it :)

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    3. Your flatlays are life *praise* I love how grand you make them and the effort in them, it really shows x

      Rai | utterardour.blogspot.com

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