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4 Tips On Taking The Perfect Flatlay For Instagram (Christmas Edition)

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Taking Instagram flatlay photos has become so gratifying lately, especially when they’re mostly themed around the holidays! I’d love to share with you the little tips and tricks that I have picked up along the way on how to create an Instagram flatlay (Christmas Edition). I hope you are as excited as I am, and with what I have learnt, hopefully you will find this blog post helpful in easing you into flatlay photography! 🙂

Also, do read towards the end for a MASSIVE FRESH GIVEAWAY!

Tip #1: Theme

First off, decide on the theme of the flatlay that you want to take. For example, since we’re doing a Christmas themed flatlay, I want it to incorporate as many festive items as possible to help me add to the mood and vibe of the photo. I feel that having a theme in mind will help set you in the right direction which leads to the second point. Colours are also important in deciding a theme! I usually love my photos warm and bright, so I love adding fairy lights for that extra glow!

Tip #2: Styling

Styling flatlays is very important to me because I feel that it adds more dimension to a static picture. Opt for blankets and small props that fit the theme to make the shot more interesting. It also helps to add some texture to the overall picture. Playing with different fabrics (like a fur rug, a knitted throw, a glossy fabric) can add dimension to your photo.

Pro tip: It is good to have some blue tac handy to keep products in place from moving around or to elevate the product up! 🙂

In this styled flatlay, I rolled up some blue tac and stuck it at the back of the lipstick to prevent the bullet from touching the blankets. For props, I played around with gold tones (gold ribbon and gold scissors), festive stuffs (acorns, twigs and fairy lights) and texture (2 different types of knitwear and a furry rug) to achieve the festive flatlay look!

Tip #3: Good Lighting

A good picture is all about the lighting and shadows! I tend to shoot my flatlay photos with natural light because natural lighting works the best. I try to take the flat lay photos on a bright and sunny day, and as close to the window as I can. If you are shooting your flat lay photos with a camera, try not to go any higher than 600 for your ISO settings! Usually I’d use my trusty iPhone to snap the flatlay first to get an idea of how the picture will be framed and I will finish up with editing it on Lightroom! 🙂

Tip #4: Create spaces in between objects

This is important and can be often overlooked when you are taking your flatlay images. Space out the objects apart to balance out the image to avoid the image from looking cluttered and chaotic. One tip I would give is to always check that nothing is ‘touching’ in your images after you have taken a few shots each time!

GIVEAWAY

I am wrapping up this blog post with a Fresh Giveaway! One lucky reader is going to be walking away with Fresh products as seen in the above pictures.

Products inside the set:
– Fresh Sugar Advanced Therapy Lip Treatment ($39)
– Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment (Pink) ($36)
– Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment (Blush) ($36)
– Fresh Vitamin Nectar Glow Face Mask ($95)
– Fresh Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask ($144)
– Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream x2 50ml ($84 x 2)
– Fresh Youth Preserve Rescue Mask 100ml ($105)
– Fresh Supreme Face Serum 30ml ($370)
– Fresh Umbrian Clay Mask 100ml ($88)
– Fresh Rose Face Mask 100ml ($95)

To win, all you have to do is:
1. Follow me on Instagram (@melissackoh)
2. Subscribe to my newsletter
3. Leave a comment below sharing your biggest takeaway from this article

Winners will be announced on 26th of December via our newsletter. Good luck!

UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed! Thank you so much to all of you who participated. Please don’t be disheartened if you didn’t win this one as we’ll definitely be hosting more giveaways in time to come! We read all your comments and we’re very happy that you enjoyed our tips!

Congratulations to Charmaine Tay for winning this time. The team will be reaching out to you directly!

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131 comments

  1. Marion
    20 Dec 2018 @ 9:01 pm

    My best takeaway got to be using blue tacks to give my flatlays more dimensions. It is such a useful trick to up my level thanks for the tip!!

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  2. Yew Lee Yin
    20 Dec 2018 @ 9:03 pm

    Love the flatlay tips, they definitely will come in handy. In my next flatlay, I will definitely make sure there’s a theme in mind. Am sure it will attracts the audience in certain perspective and they can also relate the objective of the picture better. Oh and also the spacing tips, no wonder I always feel that my flatlay looks cluttered . Thanks for sharing these tips, appreciate it so much ♥

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    • Stella tan
      21 Dec 2018 @ 2:39 pm

      My takeaways from this article are to have different textures to elevate the styling as well as having spaces between each object when creating the flatlay.

  3. TIW YU CHENG
    20 Dec 2018 @ 9:06 pm

    I think good lighting with natural light plays important role in taking instagram pictures although the picture can be edit afterward. For me, if the lighting is good enough and the picture will be perfect, so it is not necessary to edit the picture anymore.

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    • Yen Sze Goh
      21 Dec 2018 @ 7:47 pm

      my greatest takeaway is to have learnt about how to style a picture by adding different textures to it. most importantly, how the picture still looks neat and not having a messy feel to it despite having so many objects in one picture. one would still find beauty in the photo without losing the focus. thanks for the tips!

  4. Marion Tan
    20 Dec 2018 @ 9:06 pm

    My best takeaway got to be using blue tacks to give my flatlays more dimensions and elevating them in pictures. This gives me a heads up to getting my picture perfect flatlays!
    The favourite set is certainly the rose water series as it gives my sensitive skin a good treatment. This awesome set will give me a chance to try the other products which I have not had the chance too!
    (And sorry ignore the previous comment! Wasn’t completed yet!)

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  5. Choong Yee Wen
    20 Dec 2018 @ 9:22 pm

    Thanks for sharing on how to take the perfect instagram flatlay. With all these tips provided from you, I will be able to take nice picture to post in my instagram the next time! Can’t wait to try taking a flatlay picture soon.

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  6. Jia En
    20 Dec 2018 @ 9:34 pm

    My favourite flatlay set has got to me the fresh products. They are so aesthetically pleasing to the eyes and the best part is they are wonderful skincare products. I am a big fan of fresh’s nectar and vitamin c products because they work so well on my skin and the effect is so evident!! Hence, I wish I can win this fresh set as I have always wanted to try out the lip treatments and rose mask so badly. Thank you for this giveaway

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  7. Jia En
    20 Dec 2018 @ 9:39 pm

    my favourite flatlay set has got to be fresh products. they are so aesthetically pleasing and most importantly, they are wonderful skincare products! I am a huge fan of the vitamin c and nectar series as they work well on my skin and the effect is evident. i hope i can win this set as i have always wanted to try the lip treatment and rose mask. thank you for the giveaways

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  8. Vanessa LWS
    20 Dec 2018 @ 9:40 pm

    Totally love the styling and theme tip!! It’s easy yet difficult to ace it right whenever i take flatlays for food or anything! The theme is the most important element in a photo to me! Thanks for sharingggg! ❤

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  9. Joannephangyx
    20 Dec 2018 @ 9:45 pm

    I’ve heard tips on lighting and styling etc but it’s my first time hearing about the need to create spaces in between objects! It’s didnt occur to me that it’s important to balance out the image. I will always check and make sure that nothing is ‘touching’ in my images now. You make flatlay sounds so easy and simple now!

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  10. Toon Wen Fong
    20 Dec 2018 @ 10:07 pm

    My biggest takeaway is to learn to create spaces between the objects! Really makes a difference to the overall effect! Thank u for sharing !

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  11. Yeoh Yuyu
    20 Dec 2018 @ 10:19 pm

    The fairy lighting, appropriate spacing and dimension toned with the matching fabrics play an important role in making the whole flatlay a massive piece and at the same time giving a good impression towards the viewer, embedding the products in their mind! just love how the steps by steps teaching in your blog! Looking forward for more of these in the future! ❤

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  12. Debra
    20 Dec 2018 @ 10:21 pm

    Interesting – I never would have thought items should not be touching in a flatlay!

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  13. Jenxel
    20 Dec 2018 @ 11:05 pm

    Normally I would just adjust the crease of the blanket to position items but the blu tack tip is really handy! Thanks for the great tips!! 🙂

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  14. Natalie Kwan
    20 Dec 2018 @ 11:19 pm

    My biggest takeaway from this article is to styling the flatlays that we’re going to play with it. I’ve learned to use some props the next time ! Thank you so much !❤️

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  15. Wee Bao Yi
    20 Dec 2018 @ 11:23 pm

    Biggest takeaway would be learning how creating spaces within the flatlay is important, together with mini tricks like using blu-tack to hold down the products!! Never thought about it before prior to reading this & thank you Mel for sharing your tips!!! Would love to try out Fresh products & hope to be able to win! Merry Christmas! ✨❤ ig handle: @baoyiii

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  16. Raeann
    20 Dec 2018 @ 11:35 pm

    Thanks Mel! My biggest takeaway is to have a clear concept by starting off with a theme. It helps anchor the entire flatlay on a focus. The other tips are nifty, especially the blue tac in helping to provide dimensions! Enriched my learning. 🙂 Thanks and keep shining!

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  17. Amanda Tan Ling Hui
    21 Dec 2018 @ 1:43 am

    my biggest takeaway is to finally know how to do a nice flatlay like yours!! Sometimes it’s so hard to get the perfect lighting/hard to have the “pop” in a flatlay and I’m grateful for your tips especially the #styling one! It helps me to bring out my creative juices & think of what I can use for my flatlays next time hehe

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  18. Jermaine
    21 Dec 2018 @ 8:04 am

    My biggest takeaway from this is that taking a flatlay is really not easy! No wonder people feel so accomplished from taking a flatlay 🙂

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  19. Joanne lee
    21 Dec 2018 @ 8:29 am

    My biggest takeaway from this article on your site is that beside aware of good lighting and nice theme ( fairy / Polka dots theme) I learnt that we can take pretty flatlay with objects having space in between! Definitely going to try it out when I gather my Christmas presents this year! Thank you for sharing Melissa Merry Christmas to you Commented on ig too (joannefaithhh)

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  20. Wendy Lee
    21 Dec 2018 @ 9:16 am

    Hello Melissa, your tips are so handy. I definitely learnt more abt taing the PERFECT flatlays for an instagram worthy shot… thank you for sharing those tips ! I am gonna try them out soon…
    Merry Xmas to you in advance☃️☃️

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  21. Lynn lim
    21 Dec 2018 @ 9:19 am

    Oki looks like doing a good flatbed snap needs some extra effort! Spacing.. lighting… styling… theme… So many to think about 🙂

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    • Jia Yi C
      21 Dec 2018 @ 12:22 pm

      My biggest takeaway from this is that I can actually use blue tac to elevate the products! Never knew a blue tac could be so handy for products in taking a flatlay picture! Thank you for your tips and have a Merry Christmas! 🙂

  22. Joe Khoo
    21 Dec 2018 @ 12:27 pm

    For me, good lighting is the most important to take a good picture! And I would prefer take from natural light just like what you had mentioned, natural light works the best!

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  23. Jia Yi C
    21 Dec 2018 @ 12:27 pm

    My biggest takeaway would be the pro tip of using a blue tac to elevate the products! It’s definitely a new and interesting tip to me! (Always thought the purpose of blue tac is to solely stick stuff HAHA) Thankful for the tips from this article to take beautiful flatlay pics. Have a Merry Christmas 🙂

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  24. Jia Yi C
    21 Dec 2018 @ 12:31 pm

    My biggest takeaway would be the pro tip of using a blue tac to elevate the products! It’s definitely a new and interesting tip to me! (Always thought the sole purpose of blue tac is to stick stuff HAHA) Thankful for the tips from this article to take beautiful flatlay pics. Have a Merry Christmas 🙂

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  25. Jia Yi
    21 Dec 2018 @ 12:32 pm

    My biggest takeaway would be the pro tip of using a blue tac to elevate the products! It’s definitely a new and interesting tip to me! (Always thought the sole purpose of blue tac is to stick stuff HAHA) Thankful for the tips from this article to take beautiful flatlay pics. Have a Merry Christmas 🙂

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  26. Jia Yi
    21 Dec 2018 @ 12:32 pm

    My biggest takeaway would be the pro tip of using a blue tac to elevate the products! It’s definitely a new and interesting tip to me! (Always thought the sole purpose of blue tac is to stick stuff HAHA) Thankful for the tips from this article to take beautiful flatlay pics. Have a Merry Christmas 🙂

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  27. Jessie Yong
    21 Dec 2018 @ 12:34 pm

    You took perfect photos and yours tips make wonders! The blue tacks works so well on flatlay, even my husband is amazed with the outcome! Thanks for sharing amazing tips to us so I can have a better cameraman Husband!

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  28. Bessy
    21 Dec 2018 @ 12:51 pm

    My biggest takeaway from the article is that lighting and shadow plays such an important role in a nice flatlay photos. Seems like natural lighting is the way to go!

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  29. Yvonne
    21 Dec 2018 @ 12:52 pm

    Never thought of using blue tac to keep things in place for flatly photos, great idea!

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  30. Joycelynn
    21 Dec 2018 @ 12:54 pm

    My biggest takeaway has got to be the lighting that is seen in all your shots. It instantly shows the festive mood with the all warm lightings and right amount of shadows. It is definitely a key to all my shots now and to be able to portray what mood I would want my audiences to see. Thanks for the tip Melissa!

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  31. Yvonne Tan
    21 Dec 2018 @ 12:55 pm

    Biggest takeaway gotta be the usage of blue tacks, brilliant idea!

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  32. Bessy
    21 Dec 2018 @ 12:56 pm

    Greatest takeaway would be to pay attention to the little details that add to the overall theme and mood of the picture. Starting with a theme in mind is so crucial in getting the ideal flatlay

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  33. Evelyn Tan
    21 Dec 2018 @ 1:16 pm

    My biggest takeaway from this post is the styling pro tip – BLUE TACS! Never would have thought about using it to add dimensions while preventing any product staining / transfer. They keep products in place from moving around which is so handy for a good shot! Thank you for sharing these handy tips, definitely gonna try them out at home! I have just subscribed to your newsletter and this is my first time reading from your blog and I am definitely going to keep reading!! ❤️❤️

    p/s: loving the Eiffel tower scissors ✂️

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  34. Suzanne Dang
    21 Dec 2018 @ 1:26 pm

    Best tip I learnt from this article: “Always check that nothing is ‘touching’ in your images after you have taken a few shots each time!” – great advice !

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  35. Belinda Yew Phing Phing
    21 Dec 2018 @ 1:30 pm

    The biggest takeaway from this article is that its a brilliant and practical mini sharing on flatlays for everyone! The tips are realistic and doable and I think it actually made me want to try out these tips in getting the perfect flatlay! I like how it ald fits the theme which is Christmas using all of Fresh products which is the most suitable gift for Christmas! I’ve tried doing a flatlay on my own and it doesn’t seem as great as how it’s seen on social media and now I finally know what went wrong!! So many work added into getting the perfect shot and it’s so interesting and fun to learn! Can’t wait till I get my perfect shot too! Thanks Mel ♥️

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  36. Belinda Yew Phing Phing
    21 Dec 2018 @ 1:34 pm

    The biggest takeaway from this article is that its a brilliant and practical mini sharing on flatlays for everyone! The tips are realistic and doable and I think it actually made me want to try out these tips in getting the perfect flatlay! I like how it ald fits the theme using all of Fresh products which is the most suitable gift for Christmas! I’ve tried doing a flatlay on my own and it doesn’t seem as great as how it’s seen on social media and now I finally know what went wrong!! So many work added into getting the perfect shot and it’s so interesting and fun to learn! Can’t wait till I get my perfect shot too! Thanks Mel ♥️

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  37. Belinda Yew
    21 Dec 2018 @ 1:36 pm

    The biggest takeaway from this article is that its a brilliant and practical mini sharing on flatlays for everyone! The tips are realistic and doable and I think it actually made me want to try out these tips in getting the perfect flatlay! I like how it ald fits the theme using all of Fresh products which is the most suitable gift for Christmas! I’ve tried doing a flatlay on my own and it doesn’t seem as great as how it’s seen on social media and now I finally know what went wrong!! So many work added into getting the perfect shot and it’s so interesting and fun to learn! Can’t wait till I get my perfect shot too! Thanks Mel ♥️

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  38. Michele
    21 Dec 2018 @ 2:10 pm

    The biggest takeaway from this article would definitely be using blue tac to keep those small items in place! (Never thought of that!) Secondly, adding textures with a knitted throw or fairy lights to the flatlay is also a useful tip to break up the image from the risk of looking too flat. I will be trying out these tips for my next flatlay! Thank you Melissa for sharing 🙂

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  39. Kayom Paik
    21 Dec 2018 @ 2:18 pm

    Styling is the hardest for me and getting good angles of all the products..

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  40. Iris Chua
    21 Dec 2018 @ 2:22 pm

    Totally love the tip on using colors as part of the theme to set the mood and vibe. Sometimes I tend to lose the theme and have mismatched colors that my flatlay ended up having no focus at all. Of cos, loving the pro tip on the blue tac. That’s so brilliant! Thank you Mel for sharing! 🙂

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  41. Cindy Wang
    21 Dec 2018 @ 2:52 pm

    My biggest take away from this blog post is to learn how to take a instagram worthy post, even if it’s not for Christmas season.
    Creating space between objects, as i always chunk them together side by side. Even the most beautiful pieces will look messy and less worthy.

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  42. Rein Wang
    21 Dec 2018 @ 2:53 pm

    Never thought of using blue tac at all! So useful in getting just the correct angle for Flatlay!

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  43. Gemma Lee
    21 Dec 2018 @ 3:26 pm

    My biggest takeaway is definitely the addition of fabrics to add dimension to the photos! And hopefully a greater takeway with winning the giveaway hahah ♥️

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  44. Sophia Liew
    21 Dec 2018 @ 3:54 pm

    Great tips! Wish I had known more earlier, but better late than never! I think my main problem with flatlays is that I don’t have enough related props to make it look nice, and I just make do with whatever I have.

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  45. Sophia Liew
    21 Dec 2018 @ 3:57 pm

    P.s. Thanks for sharing this article Melissa! I will try to improve my flarlay with your pro tips!

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  46. Feline Tay
    21 Dec 2018 @ 4:02 pm

    Tip #3 was most useful for me! Especially when you shared tips and tricks on using a DSLR. That’s what I often find the trickiest when taking pictures be it flatlay of food/objects/even just normal scenic pictures! Haha

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  47. Cheok Ying Xuan
    21 Dec 2018 @ 4:13 pm

    The biggest takeaway would be the use of bluetacks! Didn’t realised I can used it to angle an object for the picture or like you to prevent the lipstick bullet from touching the blanket. I guess sometimes, the simplest things are the most useful ones!

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  48. Sarah
    21 Dec 2018 @ 4:47 pm

    Probably the biggest takeaway is that there exists a term for aesthetic insta photos called flatlay 😀 hahaha but this makes me really tempted to try my own this xmas:)

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  49. Cheryl Lim
    21 Dec 2018 @ 4:57 pm

    My biggest takeaway is about space and lighting. I always tried to use more flash and have the tendency to clutter my products when I want to take a photo. And always doing it at night which also doesn’t serve any justice.

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  50. Joey Leong
    21 Dec 2018 @ 5:39 pm

    Thank you for sharing these tips! My biggest takeaway in this entry is knowing about the importance of usin blue tac in a flatlay. I have never think of that which can be a complete change to flatlay which showcases the product nicely. This tip is new to me and im ready to try that out. Thank you so much!

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  51. Yee Zhi Rong
    21 Dec 2018 @ 6:13 pm

    My best takeaway would be creating spaces! I think that its important cause spaces allow us to have a nore balanced flatlay!! Rather than overcrowding! It’s a great tip for us to check to wnsure that the items are not touching each other after taking a few shots! 🙂

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  52. Lemon Lee
    21 Dec 2018 @ 6:43 pm

    The blue tac is a life-saver!!! This would be my biggest takeaway! Thanks Mel!!

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  53. Angie
    21 Dec 2018 @ 7:01 pm

    Useful flatlay tips. Definitely gonna learn and improve my photography skills. Always love to learn something new and create my own kind of canvas.

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  54. Eunice C
    21 Dec 2018 @ 7:07 pm

    My greatest takeaway is about Styling! Adding dimensions to the photo is something that I’ve not considered in my instagrams! Haha now I know about “dimensions” and how to create them, via props and using blue tack too!

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  55. Adeline
    21 Dec 2018 @ 7:11 pm

    My biggest takeaway would be that you can use more than one type of texture for your background I’ve always limited to only one fearing that the final product might look too messy. I guess you’ll just need to keep experimenting to find out what works and what doesn’t!
    And merry Xmas Mel!

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  56. Yeo Shi Min
    21 Dec 2018 @ 7:24 pm

    My biggest takeaway will be about having none of the objects touching each other! Usually, I will tend to place many objects close together so that i can fit everything into the picture. But now with this tip,I can definately get a better picture!! 🙂

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  57. Yen Sze Goh
    21 Dec 2018 @ 7:48 pm

    my greatest takeaway is to have learnt about how to style a picture by adding different textures to it. most importantly, how the picture still looks neat and not having a messy feel to it despite having so many objects in one picture. one would still find beauty in the photo without losing the focus. thanks for the tips!

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  58. Glen Tan
    21 Dec 2018 @ 7:56 pm

    Really learnt a lot from this post!! Tips like styling (e.g. styling with blue tac) is something that has never crossed my mind, but after reading this I’ll definitely use it to up my flatlay game. Also, the soft orange glow really adds to the nice ambience of all your photos. Hope to the Fresh products!!! Thank you

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  59. Fion
    21 Dec 2018 @ 8:04 pm

    Hello melissa!! My biggest takeaway would be the idea of playing with different fabrics! Never thought of it before. Thanks for the tips above! And I love fresh products!!

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  60. Tiffany
    21 Dec 2018 @ 8:14 pm

    Hats off to you for pulling off flatlays (seemingly) so effortlessly! Thanks for sharing with us the techniques involved in curating your posts – you’ve shown us that it’s more than just having a good camera, it’s also about taking the time and effort to plan carefully, selecting a theme, considering which objects complement each other and then putting the finishing touches (spacing, lighting etc.) to round up the shot. Definitely appreciating your posts much more now that we know what actually goes on behind the scenes!
    Blessed Christmas, Mel & James! Keep on doing what you do best. ♥️

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  61. Patreicia
    21 Dec 2018 @ 8:28 pm

    Great post Mel! Learnt how to create space specifically flatlay doesn’t have to be all cramped up, that you can create very nice 3D visuals!

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  62. Teh Su Ling
    21 Dec 2018 @ 8:43 pm

    Thank you for sharing ! The biggest take away from this post it to learn that a good flatlay shoot can be done anywhere as long as you have natural light and theme! I’ve never gotten a good flatlay pic due to my shadow from the light above and always wondered how everyone else did it. I shall try the natural light and to have a theme for my flatlay. By the way, I really like the fairy lights which definitely enhances the Christmas theme. Loving this post! Merry Christmas!!

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  63. Vivian Lee
    21 Dec 2018 @ 9:20 pm

    Definitely haven’t thought about having different dimensions in my photo! Love the tip of using BluTak! Will keep in mind for the next time I’ll do a flatlay!

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  64. Cherie Chang
    21 Dec 2018 @ 10:14 pm

    My biggest takeaway from your post will definitely have to be the blu-tack, especially since us girls LOVE doing flatlays of our new beauty haul where we can share our latest guilty pleasure purchases with other ladies out there, Utilising blu tack for our flatlays not only ensures that our makeup products stay clean, it also prevents our flatlay background (oh precious rugs!) from getting stained, it also adds dimensions and prevents any items from rolling/flying off! Thank you for this giveaway Mel! I hope to win because I’ve been wanting to try Fresh items for a looooong time (‘:

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  65. sydney
    21 Dec 2018 @ 11:04 pm

    My take away will be planning the theme is important as you will know what decoration will be able to suit your them you are going for ❤️ Thankyou so much

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  66. Loke Jie Yi
    21 Dec 2018 @ 11:09 pm

    My biggest takeaway from this post is styling flatlays to give the picture more dimensions! I now realise the importance of playing with different textures/ fabrics to make a shot more interesting!:)

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  67. jia ying
    21 Dec 2018 @ 11:12 pm

    best takeaway from this post would be about the lighting. I always end up with my own shadow on the pictures when I try to take a flat lay when using artificial light. At least now I know how to go for a soft tone with natural lighting.

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  68. Andrea
    21 Dec 2018 @ 11:25 pm

    ✨✨My biggest takeaway is the tip on SPACING!!! Always wondered why my flatlay attempts look like there’s something off and this may be it!!! ✨✨

    Thank you for making sure your sponsored posts are always still relevant to your followers!! Some people may dislike an influencer having too many sponsored posts but you always keep it relevant and appreciate your content!!!! ✨✨

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  69. Sherah Lau
    21 Dec 2018 @ 11:39 pm

    The props makes the flatlay even more captivating

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  70. Chng Minghui
    21 Dec 2018 @ 11:54 pm

    Love the styling tip, having blue tac is very handy indeed

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  71. Angeline Ong
    21 Dec 2018 @ 11:57 pm

    My greatest takeaway will be creating space between objects. Usually when you hashtag flatlay on instagram, there are many images that seems to be too squeezy as they have placed too many items. So having spaces in between object will enable us to focus on the product captured.

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  72. Sng Yu
    21 Dec 2018 @ 11:57 pm

    Definitely inspirational to take more flatlay photos ! Thanks for the tips !!

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  73. Angie Ang
    22 Dec 2018 @ 12:02 am

    Useful tips for a perfect flatlay photpgraphy. Always love to learn new things and improve my skills. Now i can create my very own canvas. Thanks Melissa for sharing. Merry Christmas!

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  74. Angeline Ong
    22 Dec 2018 @ 12:03 am

    My greatest takeaway will be creating spaces between objects. Nowadays if you were to hashtag flaylay, there would be many images that seems abit squeezy and hence, it takes the focus away from the object. Merry Xmas in advance!!

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  75. Abigail Jan
    22 Dec 2018 @ 12:06 am

    So much effort into creating one good flatlays. Thank you for sharing your tips and you have one of the best flatlay profiles I’ve encountered in IG. Have a great day Mel!

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  76. Rebecca
    22 Dec 2018 @ 12:17 am

    Thanks for the great tips! Of course nothing more important than lighting! How could I only realise the importance of natural light now! Most people don’t usually own as lighting sets and the indoor ceiling light always inevitably cast shadows no matter how hard we try to angle it, making the framing difficult. That tip definitely helps most of us! Points noted and will try to get as much sun light as possible for future flatlay photos! Thanks, Merry Christmas!

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  77. Sherlyn W
    22 Dec 2018 @ 12:25 am

    Can I just say, I really luv your pics here as well as your Instagram profile, major luvvv <333 It certainly took tremendous effort and planning to create such distinctive colour theme that you use for ur blog and Instagram posts. They sure look awesome!

    That extra trip of using blue tac trick is certainly very helpful!! Will make sure I bring it to my next flatlay photography. And of course, colour theme and lighting are extremely important as well; each person should have a unique colour theme to make your pictures & feed uniquely you.

    ❄️Thank you for sharing the tips and wishing u a Merry Christmas in advance❄️

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  78. Sharlene Tan
    22 Dec 2018 @ 12:26 am

    Really lover your flatlays! I love how heartwarming and rustic your photos always turns out to be. Takeaway would be Using theme related objects and blue tac and different textures of backdrops.

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  79. Jennifer
    22 Dec 2018 @ 12:38 am

    Wow, i will start using blue tac in my flatlay photoshoots next time ! Thank you for the tip !

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  80. Andrea Lim Si Lin
    22 Dec 2018 @ 12:42 am

    Personally, the biggest takeaway from this article to me is to use whatever tools we have ( our trusty phone and etc) to snap the flatlay. Getting a rough idea of how the flatlay is framed can be helpful/ and important before doing the actual shots on our camera I will then have a better idea of what needs to be changed or shifted before banking into the opportunity in developing an unique flatlay.

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  81. Sophie
    22 Dec 2018 @ 12:47 am

    Hi Mel!

    My favourite trick is definitely the blutack! It was the aha and “why have I not thought of this before” moment for me. Now I know how instagrammers photographer their lipstick bullets so perfectly, and not be afraid of running their backdrop for future use 😛

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  82. Charmaine Tay
    22 Dec 2018 @ 12:54 am

    I really learnt sooo much from this article you wrote! Reading the first point regarding the usage of fairy lights, I thought I would resonate with that most given how I LOVE FAIRY LIGHTS SO MUCH and how they make everything magical (my future house will definitely be full of white spray painted tree branches covered with fairy lights). However, I was really surprised by the suggestion of ensuring all items are to be spaced apart! All this while, I have always been trying my best to tightly cluster all my items together in a flatlay thinking they were supposed to be this way – and obviously to no picturesque success. Now that I know the real problem in my photos thanks to this article, I’m sure my future flatlays will look much more delightful! Thanks Mel! 🙂

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  83. Qri Lee
    22 Dec 2018 @ 1:00 am

    My biggest takeaway is definitely to create spaces in between objects! Now I understand why I can never take the perfect flatlay – I have this bad habit of cluttering things and it always look so compact and feels like there’s so many things going on. Thank you for sharing these tips. I can’t wait to take more flatlay for memories keepsakes and my wedding. ❤

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  84. Grace Lim
    22 Dec 2018 @ 1:02 am

    Thanks for the tips. My greatest takeaway is for the things to be spaced out and not cluttered together. The idea of not having the items ‘touch’ each other is awesome. This way the picture will not look too crowded on one side and empty the other. Thanks again!

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  85. JH
    22 Dec 2018 @ 1:15 am

    Loved the tip about using blutack to prop up the items in a flatlay!

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  86. Phyllis Ng
    22 Dec 2018 @ 1:32 am

    Thanks for the pro tip to always ensure that my items are spaced out so that none of them will overlap or cut other items out unintentionally! I instinctively try to squeeze as much as I can into a picture so there are times when I inadvertently exclude some of them or lose the focus on the main item in the picture. Time to apply these new found tips to my next shoot!

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  87. Phyllis Ng
    22 Dec 2018 @ 1:36 am

    Thanks for the pro tip to always ensure that my items are spaced out so that none of them will overlap or cut other items out unintentionally! I instinctively try to squeeze as much as I can into a picture so there are times when I inadvertently miss an item or lose the focus of the picture.

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  88. Bridget McCue
    22 Dec 2018 @ 1:39 am

    These tips for taking the perfect Flatlay have been so helpful! I am just starting to explore building themes and working with setting up the most intriguing and appealing posts. My favorite takeaway from this article would have to be styling! Adding elements that will make the flatlay pop and stand out is so helpful and something that I didn’t think too much about before reading this article! I can’t wait to try out all of these tips on my next flatlay!
    Thank you so much for the wonderful tips!

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  89. Lau ZJ
    22 Dec 2018 @ 1:46 am

    I have always wanted to do flatlays but I can’t seem to do them. My biggest takeaway from this article would be to have a theme to work with because that is the basis to the other points you mentioned. However, not to forget that taking a good flatlay picture requires one to have a keen eye for aesthetics.

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  90. Amatea91
    22 Dec 2018 @ 4:02 am

    The biggest takeaway that I never thought before is the bluetac in styling tip. Normally I will just ise a crumbled paper to eleveate my flatlay. With bluetac we can adjust how big the chunk we would like to make, which is true it could become bery handy.

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  91. Lee Sze yi
    22 Dec 2018 @ 7:34 am

    I always thought the only difficulty of getting a flatlay is to stand or kneel high enough to get the shot right! :p The best take-home message has to be using the blue tac! And the reminder about creating space! (:

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  92. Elizabeth
    22 Dec 2018 @ 7:58 am

    The best tip was learning from the photos themselves!! Champagne + gold colour themes, and the cutest details – folding the pages of the book into a heart and the Eiffel Tower scissors. I also spied the blutac in a photo hehe

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  93. Felicia Toh
    22 Dec 2018 @ 8:17 am

    Love your flatlay shots My biggest takeaway is the use of blue tac to create dimensions and add textures to the whole shot. The elevating of certain objects also helps to bring people’s attention to them, enhancing emphasis on key objects and allowing them to stand out! Thank you for the useful tips.

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  94. Lau Hui Xia
    22 Dec 2018 @ 8:21 am

    Flatlay photography indeed adds more vibe and mood to the photo. I like the idea of having props around and creating spaces in between to achieve the perfect shot!

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  95. Jasling
    22 Dec 2018 @ 8:43 am

    My biggest takeaway is to have a pet dog since I was 16! ❤️ Love him much much much 🙂

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  96. Celine
    22 Dec 2018 @ 9:09 am

    Definitely got to be the blue-tac tip & using fabric to style the flat lay. Thanks for sharing! It certainly take effort and right lights to make the photo stand out.

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  97. Liyan
    22 Dec 2018 @ 9:22 am

    Love the tips! ESP How creative you can get with the flatlays and using day to day items like blue tac to make the process of taking the picture and decorating much simpler!!

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  98. Bao Hui Loh
    22 Dec 2018 @ 9:24 am

    I’ve never taken a flatlay before because I’ve always thought that it’ll look flat, with no elevation and all. But after reading this, I realised that it could have easily been solved by using a blue tac to elevate the item. Thanks for the tip!!

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  99. Christine kho
    22 Dec 2018 @ 9:25 am

    My greatest takeaway would be that of playing w textures on a flat lay and using the blue tack to prop the products up really does add dimension as opposed to laying it flat on the floor. Thanks for the tips! I will now have much more aesthetic flat lays (:

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  100. Cheryl Leong
    22 Dec 2018 @ 9:25 am

    My best takeaway of this post is that to create spaces for my flatlay to avoid being so cluttered!!
    The best takeaway of this post is to know that I can win my favourite brand, Fresh products from you!!!!!!
    Thank you and this will the best Christmas gift ever!
    Merry Christmas in advance Mel 🙂

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  101. May
    22 Dec 2018 @ 10:05 am

    The greatest takeaway was you sharing the use of blue tac to keep the products from moving around and elevating it to give it more dimension:) Seriously, that didn’t cross my mind! Great tips! 🙂 will use it when I’m doing flatlay:) Thank you for sharing your tips with us Mel:) Have a holly jolly Christmas 🙂

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  102. Wen Yar
    22 Dec 2018 @ 10:11 am

    Blue tac handy to prevent products from moving around or to elevate it! I have been using products to stack or elevate the other all these while! It wasn’t that nice and at times it tend to cover the product at the bottom, so I gave up the idea of doing flatlay 🙁 but now I have learned the wonder of blue tac, and also to have space between products, I’m ready to do flatlay again!

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  103. Jq
    22 Dec 2018 @ 10:15 am

    Thanks for sharing the tips! Every point is so important to come together in synergy to create the wonderful picture. But my biggest takeaway from this is actually how you so cleverly plan out your strategy by getting followers to first follow the new account then contenting sharing to guide followers to take a step further by registering for the newsletter and rewarding us with a giveaway. Brilliant. So much work involved! Haha.. I would very much love to win this giveaway to share with the ladies in my office XD

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  104. Jeannie
    22 Dec 2018 @ 10:19 am

    My biggest takeaway is the blue tack tip! I’ve tried doing flatlays but they were always moving and the idea to use it for the lipstick so that it wouldn’t touch the blanket is pretty genius! Opens up more options for better styling!

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  105. Yoyo quek
    22 Dec 2018 @ 10:27 am

    Using bluetacs to prop up the items! Why haven’t i think of that before!

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  106. wenxin teh
    22 Dec 2018 @ 10:35 am

    Biggest takeaway is the tip on having blue tac to elevate the items and keep them in place so that the flatlay doesn’t look ‘flat’!

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  107. Xin Ling
    22 Dec 2018 @ 11:10 am

    There is so much thought and hard work that go into conceptualising a flatlay & your flatlays look stunning! I love how the fairy lights really add that festive glow to the photos – so warm and fuzzy! So excited for Christmas already ^^

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  108. Xin Ling
    22 Dec 2018 @ 11:23 am

    There is so much thought and effort that goes into conceptualising a flatlay and that’s why your flatlays look stunning all the time! Love how the fairy lights really add that festive glow to the photos and makes it all warm and fuzzy! So excited for Christmas! Thank you for the tips and Merry Christmas to you! ♡

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  109. Wen Qi Heng
    22 Dec 2018 @ 11:39 am

    My greatest take away is on creating space when positioning the items. Love the tip on using blu tac! 🙂 it’s v helpful

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  110. Zoe Teo
    22 Dec 2018 @ 11:56 am

    Everything is a new take away for me! Being a noobie in taking photos, these tips really does help me perfect my ig photos moving forward. TO MORE CHIO FLATLAYS! thanks Melissa!

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  111. Annabel Huang
    22 Dec 2018 @ 4:40 pm

    Hi Melissa, thank you for being so generous and teaming up with one of my fav beauty brand for this awesome giveaway! Merry advanced Xmas to you & your loved ones ♥️

    My biggest takeaway from this flatlay article is learning about spacing out my items. I have always thought, the closer the better. It didn’t cross my mind that it will be too cluttering as a whole. I also learnt a new tip which is to use blue tac to elevate my products instead of using water bottle, portable charger or whatever items I’ve. Blue tac is so versatile that it is is great for holding the products together!!

    Thanks for sharing your tips on how to perfect a flatlay. I’ll definitely try it next time!

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  112. Josephine Khoo
    22 Dec 2018 @ 4:40 pm

    Hi Mel! I’ve seen many people attempt a flatlay on Instagram but some just look better, even though they are made up of similar items. Your write up made me realise the difference a coherent theme makes and the importance of spacing between the elements. Looking forward to more content by you! Happy holidays ☺️

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  113. Stella Zhang Siyu
    23 Dec 2018 @ 12:17 am

    A good picture is all about the lighting and shadows

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  114. Stella Zhang
    23 Dec 2018 @ 12:18 am

    Having a theme is key for a flatlay

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  115. Rebekah
    23 Dec 2018 @ 3:07 pm

    Lighting is king! Thanks for the tip Mel, I’ve been capturing flatlays but realised getting it w the right lighting helps create better pictures. Have a Merry Christmas to you both! Xx

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  116. Bella Lee
    24 Dec 2018 @ 1:10 am

    Honestly, I think all 4 tips have been extremely useful as they have been properly categorised into steps for a beginner! Most useful tip is definitely one where you shared to use natural lighting, and to not go higher than ISO 600 for camera settings! This is a great listicle and would definitely serve as a great tool for beginners to take flatlays. Thank you!

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  117. Yeo si Ying
    24 Dec 2018 @ 12:50 pm

    Hi Mel! Thanks for all the valuable tips to take the perfect flatlay. I think the blue tack tip is really good and I’ll definitely be using it for my next flatlay. ☺️ thanks for the giveaway and happy holiday!

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  118. Pak Hui Min
    24 Dec 2018 @ 2:05 pm

    #Tip 2: Styling

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  119. Pak Hui Min
    24 Dec 2018 @ 2:07 pm

    Styling is the best cause it make me happy when i am styling my products

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  120. Andrea
    24 Dec 2018 @ 7:30 pm

    ✨✨✨my biggest takeaway is the tip about spacing!!!! Always wondered why something was off about my flatlay and this could be it!

    Thank you for making sure all your posts stay relevant to us!!! Some people don’t like influencers who post too much sponsored content but appreciate that you always put in the effort to keep it relevant!!! ✨✨✨

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  121. Wyin Kok
    24 Dec 2018 @ 10:40 pm

    Hi MEL! Merry Christmas omgosh am a big fan of Fresh products!! My biggest takeaway is to check that nothing is ‘touching’ in your images to ensure that the overall image is well-balanced and not too cluttered. Flatlays are so hard to master but with your tips, I now know how to start! Practice makes perfect <3

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  122. Wyin Kok
    24 Dec 2018 @ 10:42 pm

    Hi MEL! Merry Christmas omgosh am a big fan of Fresh products!! My biggest takeaway is to check that nothing is ‘touching’ in your images to ensure that the overall image is well-balanced and not too cluttered. The tips on using various fabrics (like a fur rug, a knitted throw, a glossy fabric) to add texture and dimension to your photo is also very useful! It prevents the photo from looking too static and boring. Flatlays are so hard to master but with your tips, I now know how to start! Thank you very much! Practice makes perfect <3

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  123. JH
    25 Dec 2018 @ 12:37 pm

    My biggest takeaway has got to be using blue tack to prop up the items in a flatlay! 🙂

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  124. Noelle Espesor
    25 Dec 2018 @ 5:56 pm

    Hello! Thanks so much for these flatlay tips! It surely inspired me to not give up taking flatlay photos. I’ll keep in mind everything that’s written here but I think my biggest takeaway would be ‘creating spaces in between objects’ – maybe it’s what’s missing when i take flatlays. Thanks again and Merry Christmas! ❤

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  125. Elisa
    25 Dec 2018 @ 9:46 pm

    Thanks for the tips on flatlay picture taking Mel! Super informative and nice bite size advice to help take effective and good flatlays! I love the advice on the use of Blu tac to help prop up props of the picture and the ISO setting for lighting to help. Also definitely think the multiple shots to ensure objects aren’t touching is a key thing for a good spaced out flatlay picture!

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  126. Rebecca Fam
    25 Dec 2018 @ 10:48 pm

    Merry Christmas to you Mel and James! The best takeaway from this post would be adding dimensions by adding textures into my photo! Thanks for the pro tip as well (especially the blue tac trick)! Gonna start using them to spice up my feed ☺️. Plus now I’ve the ease of taking my flatlays slowly without worrying about the setup falling apart. Hope to win this giveaway ♥️!
    God bless you both for being so generous!

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  127. Joanna Ng LC
    26 Dec 2018 @ 11:32 am

    It’s always hard for me to achieve good flatlays. I’ve tried but it always appeared badly.. For me, biggest gain was what you want your flatlay to achieve, how you want to convey your ideas and creativeness through the final desired images. It’s all about balancing the right amount of everything, not too much, not too little. Is everything of anything to create a Nice flatlay. And to me, is never stop trying and being restricted. May I get these and I’ll do a flatlay from what I’ve learnt. May lucky charm be with me.

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  128. Yaw Boon Xing
    26 Dec 2018 @ 10:10 pm

    Most useful tips for taking flatlay shots! ☺️

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