What if you could take a pile of props and turn them into beautiful styled scenes every time?
You can...and I can show you how.
Are you ever stopped in your tracks while scrolling Instagram when you come across a beautifully styled flat lay image? What if that image was yours?
Increasing your visual storytelling by creating a mood with lighting and styling.
Drawing your audience in through your images and shaping how you want them to perceive your business (because we know perception is king...er...queen.)
Knowing exactly what tools you need to create the vision you have in your mind.
Confidently troubleshooting on set without sweating because you know how to solve the problems that inevitably arise from time to time.
Expanding your portfolio with varied types of images so that not all of your flat lays look the same (only with different props).
So, what are we going to cover in this course anyway?
I'm so glad you asked!
Over the next few weeks you will learn everything you
need to know to create a solid portfolio of stunning flat lay images so that you can begin to charge hundreds of dollars per image
to increase your photography income.
Let's get down to business.
MODULE ONE: Getting ready for your styling session
- Defining your style
- The essential gear you need to achieve your signature style
- Tools that will make your styling come to life and help you troubleshoot in the moment
- Where to find the best backgrounds and how to make your own
- How to select props that have staying power
- Creating your portfolio project
- Applying creative research to prop selection
MODULE TWO: Apply classic principles to your designs
- How color influences the mood and which colors look most harmonious
- Applying photography principles to keep people's eyes on your image longer
- Incorporating principles of perception to create greater impact
MODULE THREE: Choosing image layouts with intention to fit various needs
- Experimenting with four different types of layouts
- Incorporating storytelling to hold your viewers' attention
- Tethering your camera to your computer to keep styling changes in sight in the moment
- Styling demos to show how I make styling decisions
- Creating templates to make sure your styling fits within custom dimensions
MODULE FOUR: Communicating your vision through your camera
- Using lighting to create a mood
- Troubleshooting lighting issues
- Simulating soft, natural light with artificial light
- DSLR tips
- Camera phone tips
BONUS: Advanced topics and case studies
- The business of flat lay photography and how to make hundreds of dollars per image
- Case study: Combining different elements discussed in the course to create a dynamic image with minimal props
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MEET YOUR INSTRUCTOR
Hi! I’m Kimberly, an Atlanta-based commercial photographer, product stylist, and educator. My style leans toward modern and minimalist, and I’m drawn to creating bright, clean images that bring out the textures and colors that help to tell a visual story. I’m best known for the flat lay photography I’ve shot for leading magazines, beauty brands, and boutiques to help them promote their latest products.
Within the last 2 years, I’ve taught other photographers and content creators how to confidently build their styled flat lay portfolios. After hosting back-to-back sold out classes at national conferences, I decided to bring my tried and true techniques to the virtual sphere via my signature course Flat Lay Play.
Some of the brands with whom I've worked and sites/publications on which my work has been featured include...
What Students are Saying about Flat Lay Play
"There are tons of photographers out there who are really good, but very few whose work inspires you and at the same time empower you with their creativity and generosity to share their expertise. Kimberly Murray is one of those photographers who is an open book in her amazing course Flat Lay Play. I devoured her course because I couldn't stop watching and learning, just like when you can't put down a book because it is incredibly good. From color theory to compositional techniques to laws of perception to photographic tricks, Kimberly tells it all. Her course is very thorough, well-paced and organized, and extremely didactic, not to mention her beautiful harmonious voice that wraps you in the learning path of the world of flat lays. Her Flat Lay Play course unleashed my creativity and encouraged me to create beautiful flat lays like Kimberly's by applying all the tips and technique I learned with much confidence. Thank you, Kimberly - I loved your course and keep referring to it all the time!" - Adriana
"Kimberly’s Flat Lay Play course has been a staple source of inspiration in my product photography process!
Her easy to understand breakdown of the technical process of flat lays has helped me to better understand how to convey the stories that I want to tell with the products and props that I am shooting. Every item has a purpose, and I absolutely love that about her approach to styling.
The tips and tricks that Kimberly shares, from where to source materials and tools needed to help streamline your styling experience, to her step by step detailed styling demo videos, have really helped me to find and develop my own approach to styling with purpose.
I would most definitely recommend this course to anyone interested in learning about mastering the art of flat lay photography. Flat Lay Play is fun, informative, and a fantastic opportunity to grow as a creative!" - Nadia
"I’ve always been drawn to beautiful images – I enjoyed perusing through Pinterest and saving all sorts as an inspiration to myself... I didn’t really think there was a method to the beautiful images I saw – well there isn’t always a method, but having a method enables you to achieve consistently great results.
This was why I signed up for the Flat Lay Play course. I really liked her work and wanted to know how I could achieve similar beautiful images. I found myself feeling like a light bulb had switched on above my head during the different modules. There were some things I had an idea of but just didn’t know what the terminology was to describe it. Thanks to KMurray, I got the information I was looking for.
I’m glad to say I saw a lot of improvement after taking in just 50-something percent of the course. I’m still improving day after day, trying to implement what I have learnt. I certainly do not regret spending what I spent one bit – it has helped me to distinguish myself in a country with a budding creative industry. I had nobody to look to around me for such information, but now I know I can be that person for other people." - Amaka
Then and Now...
I've come a long way since I first started styling flat lays. Once I learned some tried and true techniques, understood how to apply essential theories, and developed a process that I could repeat over and over, my flat lays dramatically improved. Let's take a look.
That can be your story, too!