Flatlays have become a huge trend in wedding photography over the past couple of years. They are a great way to document all of the little personal details that often get overlooked on a wedding day. They also set the tone for a wedding album or gallery. Almost like the exposition or introduction to a novel- you can learn about the couple’s personal style and color story for the whole day in a single image.
The images below feature designs from Kayla Taylor’s new semi-custom invitation line.
The first thing I do when I arrive on a wedding day is the flatlay. I ask the couple to put together a details box with the invitation suite, rings, accessories, shoes, personal knickknacks, and flowers. Sometimes, if the floral designer is super nice, they will provide extra blooms for me to play with. If they don’t, I typically use the boutonniere or bouquet to add an organic element.
Doing the flatlay when I first arrive is perfect because I’m not entering the room and abruptly taking pictures of people who might be uncomfortable. It gives people time to adjust to my presence and the idea of a person with a camera in the room. Sometimes, they get curious and start chatting with me as I begin styling the items. It really helps break the ice and makes a great transition to the start of my work on a wedding day.
Along with personal items from the couple, I always bring a styling kit. Here are some of the things I use to complete the final image and places to get them.
Adhesive dots to hold down paper items on windy days.
Acrylic blocks to put under items to add height and depth.
Calligraphy pen to address envelopes.