Sunday, 30 October 2016

Learning to Flat Lay with Burt's Bees

I am a huge fan of Burt's Bees and the story behind the brand, so when I got the chance to go along to a masterclass with Burt's bees and food stylist and Chef Anna Jones for a flat lay masterclass, I was really quite excited. One aspect of blogging that I know I need to work on is my photography, sometimes I wing it and hope for the best, sometimes I can spend hours just getting one shot I am happy with and other times, I just go for the easiest shot available to me without experimenting.


We all know that bloggers do love their flatlays and some do it so amazingly well I am green with envy, so the chance to be given hint and tips was something I looked forward too and enjoyed. Designed to give thse present a chance to experiment, we learnt about fresh ingredients that go into making the Burt's Bees lip balms and it was those ingredients that we were to use to create that flatlay. Being taught that textures and shapes can give a photo that little something extra, Anna told me not to be afraid to mix colours and textures and that there is no right or wrong way. Start with what you think will show off the centrepiece and then add or remove other items until you are happy and take photos as you go along so you can see how the photo takes its shape.

Using one of my favourite Burt's Bees lip balms as inspiration - Blueberry and chocolate, I chose a few textures and patterns and then chose the items that I felt would work and this is my end result:

Learning to Flat Lay with Burt's Bees

Along with the table of food and getting to meet Anna we were gifted with an amazing box of all the current Burt's Bees lips balms which included a video about the brand which is just such an education in itself. I love the philosophy:


Your skin is beautifully alive. It’s a living, breathing thing—your body’s largest, loveliest organ—and when it’s healthy, it shows. Just as the right mix of foods from the earth nourish your body, the right mix of ingredients from the earth help nourish your skin, giving it a fresh vitality that comes from balance.
Learning to Flat Lay with Burt's Bees
Learning to Flat Lay with Burt's Bees

If you have never tried anything from Burt's Bees then you need too, it is an amazing brand and though Burt Shavitz himself sadly died last year, his memory lives on.



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25 comments:

  1. What gorgeous products to practice flatlaying with! Pics turned out great

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  2. I love Burts Bees, I had no idea they had so many choices!

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  3. Never heard of these but my daughter loves lip balms she uses loads I am going to check these out for a Christmas gift

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  4. What a lovely palette of yummy lip balms. Got to love a good flat lay too :)

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  5. I LOVE Burt's Bees, they are the most amazing lip balms ever. I would love that set you were given, the flavours are amazing

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  6. I used to really love Burt's Bees, sadly they were bought by a company who test on animals so I no longer consider them cruelty free which is a shame

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  7. That sounds like a brilliant event, I love flatlays but could do with some help myself!

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  8. Oh just wow! I had a beautiful range of Burt's Baby bees when Pickle was born and loved it. You lucky thing! Kaz x

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  9. I have heard of burts bee's before but have never brought any of there products before x

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  10. I really need some help with flatlays and styling my photos as I always look at other peoples and get so jealous! x

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  11. I used to buy so much of burt bees when my son was little! Absolutely love their baby range! And love the flat lay! So chuffed that you got to learn a good few tips an tricks!

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  12. Your pictures turned out great! I love the burts bees range. I did not know that the founder had passed away though. :(

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  13. Love how these turned out Rachel! And all of those lip balms look fab xx
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  14. What fabulous tips and I love how your photos turned out. The lip balms look an amazing set, I would love them x

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  15. I am terrible at flat lays but you have done a fab job.......love Burts Bees products

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  16. I love flat lay photos you've done a good job and I love burst bees products.

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  17. I didn't know Burt's Bees had so many varieties.

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  18. Your whole collection looks amazing! I have heard that Burt's Bees is one of the best lip balms!

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  19. LOVE Burts Bees products. I honestly think they are the best lip balm! Sad to hear about him passing though :(

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  20. The pictures are really great, good job! And the lip balm looks very interesting :)

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  21. Wow I didn't realise they made so many lip balms. I might try a few more now I know.

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  22. What a brilliant brand, I love the packaging! Although everyone else seems to have heard of them and I haven't a clue, maybe it's an age thing?
    Still, lovely products from the looks of it! :)

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  23. Oh yes we love a flatlay. I really like burts bees products. Always so soft on your skin x

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  24. Oh wow I didn't realise there were so many different kinds!

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  25. I love burts bees. My mum used to wear lipstick and as she has got older has become more sensitive. The only colour she can wear now are the burts bees ones x

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