How to Style and Photograph Flatlays

In this class, we will talk about how to take a picture that accurately represents what you want to show by using good lighting, editing the picture in lightroom mobile, and styling your piece as well.

Topics Covered

• Good things for flat lay props
• Proper Lighting
• How to arrange props around your piece
• Taking different pictures of the same piece to have more photos for Instagram
• Editing the pictures in Lightroom

Want to join us for class? It's offered on-demand and available now for all Tier 2 students.  Some classes are also available to Tier 1 students. Click here to see the Tier 1 Class Listing.  

How to Access Your Members-Only Class:

  • Go to
  • Log in to your account
  • Click on Classroom
  • Click on Tier 2 -- Class Archive
  • Click on Digital & Photography

Enroll in Tier 2

Materials Needed:

Flatlay Props: (of course, these are not all required, just suggestions)

  • Wax stamps
  • Wax seals (created by pouring wax onto aluminum foil, then peeling off when cool)
  • Old nibs, shells, feathers, ribbon, other small antique items
  • Vintage postage, handmade paper
  • Supplies used to create the item
  • Die-cut shapes, pretty stickers
  • Palo Santo, sage, dried florals, crystals, incense
  • Small bowls, small bottles, metallic ink pans
  • Washi tape or a very small box (for elevating envelopes)
  • A piece that you have calligraphed and want to digitize.


  • Lightroom Mobile - Other editing software can work too! You can use whatever you are most comfortable with.

Homework Challenge

Want to see our students' homework? Search the hashtag #kcaflatlay on Instagram to see samples from this week's homework. Our students who participate in this challenge get entered into a drawing to win prizes.

Instructor: Allison McClanahan


Instagram: @wildwoodcalligraphyandpost


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