I have been looking for a creative challenge for myself; something to get me shooting and stretching my abilities. In December I was driving to Lethbridge one day and had the random idea to do a flatlay challenge! It would get me shooting every day and help push me creatively. I was planning an iPhone product photography workshop to help business owners with their photography, so I decided to use my phone. The first flatlay was posted in December, and I just finished the challenge last week!
All of the images were taken with my iPhone 7. Then, I edited them in Lightroom mobile, with Jess Kettle presets. My subjects ranged from Nutella to a candle to a Christmas ornament to clothing to cupcakes to photographs to a wedding album to cookies to a book to Argan oil and more!
This flatlay challenge pushed me to be creative with whatever I had in my house most days. I picked up some poster board and a few flowers one day. Another day I found a couple of things at a thrift store. The last week I used two vinyl backdrops I purchased. Other than that, I sourced everything from my house or DIYed it and it was so good to push myself to be creative with what I had!
One of the best, and most unexpected, parts of doing this challenge was the feedback I got! I loved getting tagged in other people’s Instagram feeds showing off the photos they took. During the challenge I got DMs from people showing me their own photos, telling me I inspired them!
As I shot every day, I showed the behind-the-scenes of the flatlay I was shooting and shared tips for taking better photos. Now, these videos are all saved in my Highlights on Instagram.
Backdrop/Set Up Tips