Laurali
Hi, I'm Laurali! I live in a tiny, seaside fishing village in Florida where I nurture my plants, go hiking in the woodland, and wear flowers in my hair.

My Shabby Chic Nature Table For Flat Lay Photography and Wild Art Displays

A white shabby chic nature table for outdoor dining, woodland gatherings, and food photography displays
When Chloe and I first moved into our little apartment by the ocean, it came with my shabby chic nature table for flat lay photography and wild art displays.  At the time, we didn't know we were going to use it for that, but it quickly became one of my favorite pieces of furniture in the house!

I talk about repurposing a lot on this blog and one of the things I've repurposed is this old white shabby chic nature table.  Sometimes, it acts as a working desk filled with crystals, paperwork, and houseplant things.  Other times, I use it as a cute houseplant stand.  In between, I use it to practice for flat lay photography!

I get other uses out of my nature table too.  I've used it to practice food photography, for woodland-themed baby showers, and for outdoor gatherings for wining and dining in the late fall/early winter evenings when Florida has cooled off.

I've gotten multiple uses out of this old white shabby chic table, but I'd say more than anything, using it for flat lays has been the most useful for me.  If you're just starting out with flat lay photography, I highly recommend you find a table for your flat lay designs.

In fact, hit up your local thrift shops, yard sales, and vintage stores for something old and worn a little.  Honestly, it gives your furniture piece a little character for your natural art pictures.  I lucked out with the shabby chic look in cottage white with skinny table legs and worn paint.  Look for something that feels good to your blog aesthetic!

Why do I call it a nature table?  I started calling it a nature table because I'd go on hiking adventures and hunt, gather and forage for things.  When I'd come home, I'd lay all my nature finds and treasures out on the table to sort through and create nature art flat lays.  It's fun!

It's a great way to press yourself into creativity because everything that you gathered in nature is fresh, so you've got to act fast to snap the pictures.  It helps you gather up different types of flat lay designs too with nature in one corner and wildlife in the other.  You can make up to a dozen different nature-inspired flat lay combinations in one sitting!

A lot of times, people think they have to spend a lot of money when starting out making flat lay creations, but you can definitely do it on a budget!  Simply head on over to your nearest rummage sale to look for the weird piece of furniture in your life.  One man's junk is another man's treasure, as the old adage goes!

As far as natural items that can be used in your flat lay style, you can head outside for backyard adventures or pick from your garden.  Depending on where you live, you can stay near your home and find fun novelty items that fit your photography style.

If you enjoy hiking as much as I do, you can hit the trails to find natural items like pine cones, flowers and herbs, acorns, plant life, and forage for berries on a woodland photoshoot.  You might even find some treasures left behind by fellow hikers such as cute scratch n' sniff erasers (true story!), tiny toys, and painted rocks.  There's always something cool to find in the heart of nature!
Go on hiking adventures and backpacking to forage for pine cones, wildflowers, and naturally shed deer antlers in the wilds

My Shabby Chic Nature Table For Flat Lay Photography and Wild Art Displays

One of my biggest tips for starting out with flat lays is to use natural lighting.  I've created some of the most beautiful pictures outdoors with sun filtered trees and shadow lighting.  It's a great way to set the mood and tone of the picture and play with it!

Even direct sunlight has its place in flat ay photography!  When I get back home to Florida, the days will be getting shorter, so in the fall months, I've found that doing an early to mid-day photo shoot works best.  You've got to follow the suns natural inclination year-round and seasonally.

I set my nature table in the backyard on the porch overlooking the backdrop of nature.  This allows me to get in a couple of hours of natural light to capture the perfect picture.  As noon hits, my backyard and porch area begin to drip with natural shadow and mood lighting, so I take advantage of it.

It's important to know your angles and work with what you have.  Not everything has to be fancy camera equipment and tripods.  In all my years as a professional photographer and blogger, being resourceful has been my biggest advantage!

All you have to do is make use of one great backdrop and focal point and that is your nature table display.  You want something that's lightweight and easy to move around.  Since I use mine for multiple things at different times of the year, my shabby chic table has to be mobile so I can move it into the light for great pictures!

It all starts with one great piece of artwork and in this case, it's your flat lay table to create botanical style designs, food flat lays, and festive party settings with string light photography.  You want something you can kind of use for everything.  The only thing missing is your point-of-view!

When you look through the camera, what do you see through the lens?  That's your photographic point-of-view or signature photography style. Once you begin to play around with flat lay designs, you'll find the style that works best for you!

 You never want to copy anyone else.  You really want to be rare, one-of-a-kind, and original.  I know when I used to be on Instagram there was a lot of Instagrammers copying each other's style and guess what?  I always ended up commenting and liking the ones that popped and stood alone as different.

Make yourself pop!  Find your inner flat lay style by playing around and practicing.  You can do this by starting with a simple nature table with a minimalist design.  Nothing fancy!

Once you do, you'll find creating nature designs, food props, and forest gatherings outside become easier.  It'll become second nature to you.  With flat lays, you can get crazy and wild, and be as creative as you want to be!

Sometimes, that might mean filling every space on the table with floral bouquets and tiny wood pieces, while other times it might mean creating a minimal design space that's elegant and understated.  Have fun with it!

I can't emphasize this enough with any kind of photography.  Make it a fun, creative project and you can't go wrong!  In fact, make it your weekend project to go find your shabby chic nature table and start snapping pictures to get your creative juices flowing.

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