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Mastering the Flatlay

August 3, 2015

On the weekend I was lucky to attend the inaugural Table Series event run by the food flatlay king & queen, Koen & Kat. During the three hour workshop, we were guided by Kat & Koen to help us work on our food styling and flatlay composition, and then we got to tuck into all the food that we had styled! Win-win!

The Table Series If you don’t know what a food flatlay is (not to be confused flatlining – my dad keeps telling everyone I went to a flatline course!) – it is basically a picture taken from above the table featuring a beautiful spread of food, utensils and other bits and bobs. They look like pictures from magazines but a little more ‘lived in’ and real.

If I haven’t explained myself very well (high likely) then here are a few of my favourite flatlay instagram pics from the experts  (top image is Kat’s, bottom image is Koen’s). In the spirit of the “flatlaygram” – this rest of this post is going to be in squares!
Flatlay - KatntThe Table Series - KoentadyyThe event was sponsored by some very appetising food companies and cafes such as Fika Swedish Kitchen, Woah Nelly Bakes Doughnuts, Pressed Juices, The Floury Baker, Nutorious Nuts and T Totaler Tea. Muji also provided some beautiful tableware and Kat largely brought the contents of her kitchen cupboard and all her styling treasures!

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Admittedly it was hard at times not to start eating all our props… especially when they looked this good!

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We started off with a simple flatlay which is only 4-5 objects in a frame and played with the use of space. We also got a lesson on how to ensure you get your photo perfectly aligned in your instagram square (which is hard for the average height person who can’t actually see what they are photographing from that great height!)

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The Table SeriesFlatlay - Lesson 6 I must admit that styling 4-5 objects in a frame is not as easy as it looked! And so I reverted to taking my standard straight on/ 45 degree angled photos because this just seems more natural to me!

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Then we graduated onto the complex flatlay. The beautiful Lyn (from In All Things Beautiful), Tamaiya and I found a free piece of floor and started collecting doughnuts, plates, magazines and whatever else we could find. For some reason, this felt a lot easier to style which is odd for me because I’m usually such a minimalist!

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Since none of us were physically tall enough to capture this picnic, we dragged a rickety ladder across the floor and climbed to the top #anythingforthegram. This was the result with Kat & Tamaiya kindly acting as our picnic models!

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After all this work, we helped ourselves to brunch which consisted of devouring the entire contents of two tables filled with pies, cakes, tarts, doughnuts and a little salad (to make us feel less guilty!).

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And this is what a brunch with instagrammers looks like:

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And some of us (i.e. ME!) decided to eat dessert first just in case there wasn’t any room in our bellies after our savoury food. By the way this lemony pistachio doughnut by Woah Nelly rocked my world! I’m still dreaming of it!

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Thank you again to Kat & Koen for your amazing hospitality and for arranging such a wonderful day! It was so amazing to surround myself in a room full of likeminded people with a passion for food, photography and eating!

I’m sure after Kat & Koen recover from the amount of effort they put into hosting this event that they will host another Table Series – and I would definitely recommend snapping up a ticket and going along (just make sure you don’t eat anything beforehand!).

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If you are interested in perfecting your flatlay style then definitely go follow The Table Series and the creative masterminds behind it, Kat @Katnt and Koen @Koentadyy!

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