THREE TIPS FOR STYLING A BEAUTIFUL FLAT Lay

 
 Photo: Love, the Nelsons + Styling: Kaitlin Holland + Invitation: Simply Jessica Marie 

Photo: Love, the Nelsons + Styling: Kaitlin Holland + Invitation: Simply Jessica Marie 

Flat styling is definitely an art, which means it takes practice. At the live online class, "Styling 101: What Every Creative Needs to Know to Style Like a Pro," I will be diving deep into the fundamentals of design as related specifically to product and paper flat lay styling.

Today, I'm sharing three tips for styling a strong, beautiful flat lay to get you ready for what's to come on 4/26! 

Tip #1: Let the pieces direct you. 

Rather than forcing a preconceived plan on your flat lay, allow yourself to be creative and take a cue from the products and pieces you're working with! What might be a great approach with an invitation suite might not work as well when styling food. Look at the lines, shapes, colors, and textures of the pieces you're working with and then trust your eye! You will naturally be drawn to certain arrangements and elements based on your design eye and preferences.

Tip #2: Pay attention to tone and color.

We will talk more about working with colors and tone in the online class, but pay attention to how your color and tone are interacting. Does one side or portion of your composition feel weighted down compared to other areas? Is one portion heavy with a specific color? Is this intentional or accidental? Squinting your eyes to look at the tones rather than colors is also a helpful trick when trying to balance your palette! 

Tip #3: Practice, practice, practice!

I can never say this enough to the students at our workshops - if you aren't practicing you will not see improvement! At the Styling 101 class you'll receive even more insight you can begin to put into practice, along with built in work time. But whether or not you have additional training, you have to practice styling flats in order to develop your personal aesthetic and voice and strengthen your design eye. 

Happy styling, friends! I hope to see you at the Styling 101 class - Early Bird tickets end tonight at 11:59 pm! (Grab your seat here!)

 

Spring Tabletop Inspiration featuring TSOS Student Work

 

One of our favorite aspects of each School of Styling is giving our attendees the ability to showcase their creative freedom through hands-on workshops. Through calligraphy, floral design, or styling, they are able to delve into a new (or practiced!) craft with the assistance of a professional. These looks continue to inspire us in our homes when we are hosting events or just looking for a little dining room refresher. Spring is the perfect time to pull in some of those bright colors, and try something new in one of your favorite rooms of the house! Take a look a some of our favorite styling creations by our students! 

If you gain a little inspiration for your own styled table, we’d love to see your work so be sure to tag us on social media at @theschoolofstyling + #TSOSStyledTable!

Are you looking for a bit more guidance on styling and design? Well, you’re in luck, because I am pulling together my favorite styling lessons to create a course that is focused just on that! This is a comprehensive course that will highlight lines, movement, focal point, color, patterns and more! This is one track course designed to provide you with all of the tools to create beautifully styled creations! 

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TSOS Attendee Spotlight - Emily Bolt Photography

 

Our time in Greensboro was filled with fun memories, stunning work, amazing attendees, and so much TALENT!

Emily Bolt, a photographer out of Greenville, SC captured some of our very favorite details of #TSOSGreensboro, and we just had to share her gorgeous images along with a little bit about Emily! So read on to hear all about her experience at The School of Styling! Thank you for joining us, Emily! We are so lucky to have met you! 

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Tell us a little bit about yourself! 

I am a photographer based out of Greenville, SC with my main focus being in weddings and lifestyle photography for creative business owners (i.e. bloggers, artists, designers, etc). I studied Marketing and Graphic Design at Clemson University and worked as a graphic designer for 2 years before jumping into my photography business full time! I am married to my college sweetheart and we are expecting our first baby in a few short weeks!

 

How did you hear about The School of Styling, and what is one thing in particular that made you want to attend the workshop?

I feel like I’ve known about The School of Styling since it started. I have followed along with Kaitlin Holland on social media for many, many years! And the first time I saw a post about it, it was instantly on my bucket list. However at that point, photography was something I did on nights and weekends, and my full-time job is what was supporting my husband and I as he finished up his Doctorate, so it was just a pipe dream. When my husband graduated and we moved back home to SC, I had difficulty finding a 9-5 graphic design job, but looking back now it was just God’s way of forcing me to take the jump into full-time photography and entrepreneurship. Once my business was set up correctly, and business expenses were no longer personal expenses, it was easier to see the value of investing in The School of Styling. Especially once we found out I was expecting. The timing could not have been more perfect!

 

What was your experience with the hands-on sessions of the workshops versus the speakers?

All through my schooling, I’ve learned best through doing! So the hands-on sessions were the ones I looked forward to the most. I’ve been in the wedding/creative world long enough to see what goes into certain aspects, but it wasn’t until I was able to try it myself, and learn from a pro that the ideas and techniques sink in. I learned so much from the speakers as well, and will definitely be referencing the notes I took during those sessions, but I am the type of person that once I do something myself, I am much more likely to try it again.

 

What have you learned at TSOS that you think will have the biggest impact on your business?

Wow! So much, and I am still processing it all. So it may take a while to give a great answer to this. But my biggest thing going into the week was hoping to find some clarity in the direction of my business. When I found out I was pregnant, I had to cancel several weddings and really lost some momentum. But that combined with everything I learned and experienced at TSOS made me realize that this was a great opportunity to look into other areas where I can use not just my love for photography but also for other creative outlets. I came away realizing it is okay that I pursue more than one creative passion and that my passions can even line up beautifully and naturally. 

 

Check out a little sneak peek from TSOS Greensboro, captured by Emily! 

 

 
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