T.Ray Tips: How to Create the Perfect Flat lay using your iPhone!

A flat lay is simply a photo of objects arranged on a flat surface, captured from directly above.

I absolutely love a good flat lay, whether it’s fashion, beauty, or home decor…. the excitement it brings me is unbelievable. I’m not sure if it’s the thought that goes into the process or if its the finished product, but I do know that creating flat lays have become one of my favorite things to do when it comes to creating content.

This is one of the few flat lays that I’ve created within the last few weeks, and my IG insights showed that my reach/impressions were at a pretty nice number. And of course numbers isn’t something that you ALWAYS want to pay attention to….. but it definitely helps when you’re in the process of growing your following.

Did I mention that all of the flat lay pictures I create are taken on my iPhone??

YUP! All of them…. my iPhone 11 Pro Max is my best friend! Mainly all of my content comes from my iPhone, so that’s why I’m going to share some helpful tips on how you can create the perfect flat lay by using your iPhone!

*Tip No.1: Choose your flat lay surface.

The purpose of a flat lay is to see products from directly above on a flat surface. So you want to choose a surface like the floor ( the floor itself, carpet or a rug), your bed… on top of the cover or on the sheet. You could even place a sheet on the floor to ensure that the surface is flat enough. And lastly, you can also use a table or a tray.

*Tip No.2: What are you highlighting in your flat lay?

Are you highlighting a bag, clothes, makeup, skin care? Whatever you plan to highlight and showcase in your flat lay, make sure it’s the center of attention piece.

In the flat lay I shared above, I’m highlighting the new notebook that I just recently purchased. When I shared the picture on Instagram my caption said “Am I the only one that gets excited about new notebooks?” That right there already expresses what my flat lay is all about.

Tip No.3: Find things that compliment whatever it is your highlighting in your flat lay.

If your flat lay is about a purse, use things like your wallet, keys, sunglasses, lip gloss. If you want to highlight makeup, use makeup brushes, sponges, a mirror, maybe even some flowers.

In my case, I used a cup of coffee because I decided to post this on my Instagram feed early in the morning…. and if you pay attention to my insta stories, than you already know that I need a cup of coffee every morning to get my day started. Also in the flat lay I show the Summer Fridays Lip Butter Balm that I also purchased recently, and I wanted to show that it’s a product that I am growing to love and it matches my jewelry and the words on my notebook. And it’s really that simple, lol.

Tip No.4: The most important tip, when using your iPhone to capture flat lay moments be sure that you are using the best lighting (whether that’s natural light from a window or a ring light. You want to be sure that the light hits everything just right. Then be sure to clean off your camera lenses. Something so small as wiping your camera can really change the dynamic of your flat lay.(or any picture, honestly) And last, remember to stand directly over/above your flat lay to get the best image.

Here are a few flat inspiration pictures that I have on my Flat Lay Inspo Pinterest board

3 Reasons Why I Archived My Blog Posts and Decided to Start Fresh!

So I’m back…. Again. lol But this time things are going to be a little different. *wink*

I’m pretty sure you all have noticed that I’ve been a little MIA in the blogging department. For some reason, I just lost all of my motivation and just didn’t feel like writing anymore. But after a few months away, I’ve gained some knowledge on why my blog is so important. And I’m finally realizing that I’m way more helpful when I’m writing and sharing my tips, thoughts and ideas. So here I am….. starting fresh, with a more simplistic feel, new ideas, and helpful tips.

I decided the best way for me to get back to what I love and start fresh is to archive my posts, remember why I started blogging in the first place, and because I just want to start over! So let me break that down just a little deeper.

Step 1: Out with the old, in with the new!

I decided to archive all of my previous posts for a few reasons. The first reason is because I was tired of looking at them, and it’s just that simple. Now don’t get me wrong, this is still going to be a place for all things beauty, fashion, and lifestyle…. but I just wanted to do it differently. Similar to the way I did my Instagram profile a year ago…… I got really tired of how my feed looked, archived all of my photos and started over. And within a year, I’ve changed the look of my content, grew my following, and learned so many new tips and tricks on how to stay consistent. I’m still learning and still growing, but I’m very happy with the decision I made and I figured why not do that here?

Step 2: Remembering why I started!

Blogging/writing has always been something that I loved…. I actually started blogging back in 2013/2014. I had a passion for sharing my love for fashion and style, and the feeling I felt after knowing that someone enjoyed the thoughts that I shared and actually took my advice, is a feeling that I can’t really explain. But I do know that it’s a feeling that I want to experience again. Remembering that the actual reason I started blogging was because I enjoy sharing my thoughts with others who actually appreciate what I have to say!

& Step 3: Because I want to!

To be completely honest, I don’t have to archive all of my blog posts. I feel like I’ve written some pretty good posts in my days, but the real reason I want to start fresh is because I just want to. And that’s just that on that.

So here we are. Fresh look, my first post in months…I’m smiling and I feel all happy on the inside. lol Well cheers to whatever your sipping right now and allow me to officially welcome you to The Official T.Ray blog.