June 20, 2016
Written by Cat Arambulo-Antonio
Categories: Motherhood


Let’s face it, we live in a digital world. Social media has taken over conversations and often times we are judged by the photos we post and yes…that curated Instagram feed.

Love it or hate it, I wouldn’t even dare argue. Instead, why not make the photos we post as pretty and presentable as you would if someone were to pay you a visit in your home?

So as OC (Obsessive Compulsive) as I am, I enrolled myself in another workshop to learn a thing or two, more like a few.

I’m sure most instagrammers would agree with me that some people make flatscapes aka flatlays look so effortlessly easy. In reality, that organized chaos is the most challenging and has been my personal struggle for the past 2 years that I’ve been blogging.

So the big question is how do our favorite instgrammers make their flatscapes so IG worthy? Here’s what I learned from our workshop instructor, Yukie Sarto, a photographer from the One Mega Group.

1) Always shoot in natural light. Morning is the best time to take photos because the light is not harsh and doesn’t create shadows.

2) Use a basic backgroud. Tip: You can use an illustration board or cartolina which can be purchased from the books store. Or visit your local hardware and buy a pre-cut 60×60 or 80×80 tile with different finishes. I love the marble effect! And here’s a thought, you don’t need to have real wood flooring. You can buy wood vinyl which looks equally great in photos and is easy to store & bring around too.

3) Pick a theme or mood. Your flatscape should tell a story or describe a moment. It could revolve around anything from travel, beauty, fashion and you’ll see my winning flatscape shot later, “what’s in my bag”.

4) Focus on a color palette. Once you choose a color scheme, stick to it! Make sure everything matches.

5) Shoot from the top or a bird’s eye view. Use a stool or a ladder if you need to. Or if you’re shooting with an iPhone use the headset button as your trigger so you can get a better angle with your phone.

6) Be resourceful in adding props. You can make use of those old magazines, plates, accessories and pretty much anything.

7) Try different layouts and angles. Don’t be afraid to move things around until you find the right balance.

8) Keep in mind that spacing in between objects are important. It’s all about finding that balance.

9) Have a focal point. Flatlays should revolve around a subject. Use other elements and accessories to embellish it!

10) Edit.. Edit… Edit!

So this is what I came up with. My prize winning Flatscape IG photo. What do you think?

As my mom tells me, “You’re studying again?? (In her head: Your sister is a professional.. doctor) You’ve become a professional student”. Come to think of it, she may be right. But you know what? I love it. I don’t think I will ever stop learning, growing and evolving in the most productive way possible. And because of social media, I’m able to share everything with YOU!

Til my next post… and hopefully it’s another life changing moment…

Thank you Yukie Sarto, Yuki Tansengco, Te Amo & my amazing classmates for a very productive weekend.


Photos courtesy of Te Amo and Marc Pagdilao

- Cat Arambulo-Antonio


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