Flay Lay Inspiration from Rebecca Yale

What an honor to have Rebecca Yale as the first featured artist of Aldona Styling Co.! Rebecca is considered by many in the wedding industry to be a master at styling flat lays, and the proof is in the pudding. Just take a look at these gorgeous images and be sure to sign up here to receive her "10 Tips to Better Wedding Day Flat Lays" guide! 

From Rebecca... "In flat lay photography, composition is everything! When I'm shooting something flat I know I am simplifying it to its most basic shape.  For a successfull flat lay I put those shapes in a composition that is pleasing to the eye by following the basic rules of composition including the rule of thirds, balance, the rule of odds, and using diagonals and triangles to lead my viewer’s eye. 

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There's a lot of other elements that go into a flat lay, but the place I always start is with composition.  From there I like to think about my color story and how the detail image will fit in with the rest of the wedding day or editorial shoot's images. 

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I feel the detail shots, especially the wedding invite is the introduction to the wedding day and should echo the color and mood of the other photos to come.  I always want to make sure my images have a lot of visual interest and adding different textures is a great way to do that.  That's where incorporating trays, ribbons, ring boxes or other items can really take a photo to the next level and keep a viewer engaged.

I also always use risers to give my images dimension as you can see in the image of me styling the papers are all on different levels creating some shadow and dimension in the frame."

Rebecca's Artist Statement... "I’ve wanted to be a photographer since I was 12 years old, and while my path to weddings was unexpected, in retrospect it seems meant to be. I dreamed of telling epic stories that people would care about and look back on for generations after me. My love of photography brought me to NYU where I studied photojournalism, fashion photography and aesthetic philosophy, focusing on photography's ability to mold the way we see the world. I struggled in art school with dueling loves of art directing and storytelling. I love the grand romance and spectacle of Annie Leibovitz and Richard Avedon, but I also crave the honesty of Diane Arbus and Lewis Hine. I studied and worked in both fields in college and after, but always longed for one when I was shooting the other. It wasn’t until I attended a wedding for the first time as an adult that it dawned on me that weddings could be a perfect marriage of my two loves. During the same day I get to create wildly romantic portraits, style still life vignettes, and then become a fly on the wall recording some of the rawest and most vulnerable moments of our lives." Read more about Rebecca and view her incredible work  here . 

Rebecca's Artist Statement... "I’ve wanted to be a photographer since I was 12 years old, and while my path to weddings was unexpected, in retrospect it seems meant to be. I dreamed of telling epic stories that people would care about and look back on for generations after me. My love of photography brought me to NYU where I studied photojournalism, fashion photography and aesthetic philosophy, focusing on photography's ability to mold the way we see the world. I struggled in art school with dueling loves of art directing and storytelling. I love the grand romance and spectacle of Annie Leibovitz and Richard Avedon, but I also crave the honesty of Diane Arbus and Lewis Hine. I studied and worked in both fields in college and after, but always longed for one when I was shooting the other. It wasn’t until I attended a wedding for the first time as an adult that it dawned on me that weddings could be a perfect marriage of my two loves. During the same day I get to create wildly romantic portraits, style still life vignettes, and then become a fly on the wall recording some of the rawest and most vulnerable moments of our lives." Read more about Rebecca and view her incredible work here

*Note: Items in images were not supplied by Aldona Styling Co. 

 

WANT TO BE FEATURED?

EVERY WEEK WE WILL BE FEATURING VARIOUS ARTISTS' AND THEIR FLATLAY DESIGNS. TO BE FEATURED, EMAIL ALDONASTYLINGCO@GMAIL.COM WITH 5-10 IMAGES, A PHOTO OF YOURSELF, AND A DESCRIPTION AND/OR STYLING ADVICE. 

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