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Flat Lay Styling COURSES
For wedding professionals who want to level up in their business, get featured in the top luxury publications, and thrill their clients.
You love what you do. You’re living your dream of running a successful business in the highly competitive wedding industry. But you’ve hit a plateau. You know you’re capable of working high-end luxury weddings, but you’re having trouble breaking into the market.
You know you need to be in top publications to attract your ideal clients and command luxury pricing. But all your dream magazines demand top tier flat lays. And you can’t seem to get consistently good images no matter what you try.
So you’re frustrated...
You want to work luxury weddings and charge luxury prices, but those clients keep passing you by. You dread opening your inbox to see yet another NO from the top publications and you know that being featured by them is the key that will unlock the door to your dream bookings. It feels like there’s a giant roadblock between you and the career of your dreams and you just can’t find a way past it.
You’re shooting lovely weddings, but haven’t been able to reach the next level to work your dream weddings in the luxury market — the ones with substantial six-figure wedding budgets that the top publications love to feature.
It feels a little like the chicken and the egg. You know your ideal clients are looking for their vendors in the top publications, but without your ideal luxury weddings, you can’t get featured in them.
So how do you break this vicious cycle and turn a NO into a YES from the editors that feel like the gatekeepers standing between you and all of your career ambitions?
Whether you’re a photographer, planner, designer, stationery designer, or content creator, styling strong flat lays will instantly make your work look more luxurious and more desirable to luxury clients and editors. They were my secret weapon to getting featured before I was shooting big-budget luxury weddings and I know they will be yours too!
If you keep getting rejected by the top publications, your flat lay skills may be to blame. You recognize excellent flat lays when you see them, but you struggle to create them on your own.
You’ve tried emulating the work you see in publications and on Instagram. But without understanding WHY one image is strong and another isn’t, your flat lay quality is inconsistent.
You may have gotten lucky and created one or two flat lays you love, but you have no clue how to recreate them and feel the pressure on wedding day mornings!
Maybe you’ve tried expensive styled shoot workshops. You got some great shots for your portfolio, but you walked away without any tools you could actually use for your own clients.
You need the knowledge and the skills to style elegant flat lays so you can thrill your clients and capture the attention of your dream publications.
You need to understand the WHY and the HOW of flawless flat lay design so you can take your flat lays from satisfactory to stunning.
How do you crack the code to create consistently beautiful flat lays?
Turn your art into a science.
My name is Rebecca Yale
and I am an award-winning, internationally acclaimed photographer.
When I started working in wedding photography, I dreamed of being featured in luxury publications like Martha Stewart and Style Me Pretty. So I buckled down and studied them like they were my college textbooks.
After spending hours scouring all my dream magazines and analyzing their images, I figured it out! The key to getting published in luxury magazines is creating amazing flat lays.
Once I mastered the art of flat lay styling, I was in! Now, I’ve been named one of the Top Photographers in the world by Brides, Harper’s Bazaar, and Destination Weddings magazines, and have been featured in 100+ publications.
Now I’m sharing my secrets with you…
I created my Flat Lay Styling Masterclass to empower every single artist with the tools to succeed. With these skills, you can style flat lays with ease, and attract the hard-to-reach luxury clients of your dreams.
I love teaching flat lays because they are INCREDIBLY learnable! A new technical skill usually requires years of practice before it can be mastered. But I’ve broken down the styling principles behind 100+ flat lays for you. And I walk you through my entire thought process. Once you understand how these principles work, you will instantaneously level up your flat lay images!
Start with 10 Tips for Flawless Flat Lays, my free e-book that teaches you to create stunning flat lays with ease! Flat lay styling is a skill that can be learned — easily and quickly. My E-book breaks down 10 of the most important principles of successful flat lay styling so you can up your game immediately!
Are you ready to reach the power of your full potential?
✔ Break your flat lays down and just like a muscle, build them back up stronger.
✔ Use composition to make your flat lays more engaging and dynamic, no matter the situation!
✔ Learn to analyze your work, identifying exactly what you need to improve and how to implement it.
✔ Show up to a wedding feeling fully prepared to nail ANY flat lay with ease.
✔ STOP tirelessly chasing down your ideal clients and START attracting them to you.
Flat Lay Styling is the key that unlocks the door to the weddings of your dreams. Consistently stunning flat lays — a necessity for all the major publications — increase your chances of getting published 10x over. And that’s where your dream clients are searching for their dream vendors. So if you’re not being featured by them, you’ll be passed right over.
I know what it’s like to dream of getting into those luxury magazines. And I figured out how to make that dream come true.
Imagine how your business would grow if you could:
The Flat Lay Styling courses teach you the skills and theory behind brilliant flat lay styling. But it’s not just videos. You are invited to post your samples in my Facebook group where you’ll receive feedback from me and our entire community. Once you learn what’s working (and what’s not), you’ll intuitively do better next time, and boost your flat lay skills to the next level.
I’ll provide you the tools to create unique flat lays that will fulfill your artistic soul and dazzle both editors and clients.
Whether you're dreaming of seeing your images in the industry's top publications or wanting to break out of a monotonous rut and attract your ideal high paying client, my flat lay course was made for YOU!
I can't wait to help you achieve your dreams!
Before & After
Just like Rich Lander of Chard Photo, before my class, your flat lays might have looked like the one on the left, but after my class, you'll create work that consistently looks like the one on the right. Once you see what goes into making a strong flat lay, you can't unsee it! It becomes intuitive and you'll learn to make them with ease.
The Flat Lay Styling courses will:
✔ Boost your skills so you can charge your worth (and know you’re worth it)!!!
✔ Teach you to blend the unique artistic talent that makes you YOU with the foundations of composition so you can become a desirable in-demand commodity.
✔ Change the way you think and see composition on an intrinsic level!
✔ Guide you to develop your own style as you learn the basic building blocks of composition.
✔ Show you how to style wedding day details and create dynamic imagery that dazzles editors and clients.
These video courses begin with a deep dive into the foundations and of composition and then take you behind the scenes of the creation of over 100 flat lays. I break down my thought process for each one, teaching you how to create a stronger body of work for your clients and help get you published.
Introduction to Flat Lay Styling
The Introduction is included in the full Flat Lay Styling Masterclass or can be purchased separately as a stand-alone course.
The 10 Rules of Composition This 80-minute video digs deep into the elements of design and teaches you to create stunning flat lays and improve all your photography.
Inside you’ll find: ✔ An easy-to-digest breakdown of the top 10 rules of composition ✔ In-depth instruction on EXACTLY how to use each building block to create strong flat lays ✔ A reference guide with time stamps so you can easily re-watch key sections ✔ Tons of visual examples with detailed step-by-step explanations
Flat Lay Styling Masterclass
Introduction to Flat Lay Styling is included in Flat Lay Styling Masterclass
Course One Wedding Day Paper Goods This 90-minute video lesson covers all things wedding day paper details. Inside you’ll find:
✔ Lessons on how to style invitations, save-the-dates, vow books, escort cards, programs, menus, and even welcome bags. ✔ A behind-the-scenes look, with a bird’s-eye view from above, of the live styling of 30+ paper goods flat lays. ✔ My detailed narration of each flat lay as a style with an explanation of what I’m doing, so you can learn the thought process behind every styling choice I make. ✔ Lessons on how to style all different types of suites, including challenging single card suites, unusual shapes and sizes, and what to do when you don’t have styling flowers.
Course Two Bride and Groom Personals & Rings This 90-minute video lesson covers the bride and groom's personal details as well as their rings and includes:
✔ Lessons on how to style shoes, jewelry, accessories, the engagement ring, the wedding bands, and personal flowers, including the bouquet and boutonnieres. ✔ A behind-the-scenes look, with a bird’s-eye view from above, of the live styling of 40+ bride and groom detail flat lays. ✔ My detailed narration of each flat lay as a style with an explanation of what I’m doing, so you can learn the thought process behind every styling choice I make. ✔ Lessons on how to style and curate your client’s details to make them look their best and increase your chances of getting the wedding published.
Course Three One Full Wedding Day of Cohesive Details This 90-minute video lesson is a deep dive into visual cohesion. Inside you’ll find:
✔ Lessons on the importance of cohesion and how to style all of the details from a wedding or editorial shoot so they look cohesive without looking repetitive. ✔ A behind-the-scenes look at the live styling of one full wedding day's worth of details including invitation, accessories, vow books, programs, welcome bag, and more. Includes detailed narration of my thought process behind every decision I make as I style. ✔ A step-by-step walk through of my personal tear sheets and submissions from features in major national publications including Martha Stewart, Bride’s Magazine, and The Knot. ✔ The key elements needed for getting published and creating cohesive work for your client.
And you can use these elements of composition far beyond just flat lays. You can apply these principles to any design to create stronger, more dynamic works of art — no matter your medium.
The Flat Lay Styling Masterclass combines lessons on composition, balance, color, flow, and movement — with behind the scenes videos showing you EXACTLY how I applied the tools to create 100+ flat lays!
Flat Lay Styling Reference Guide In addition to the Introduction video lesson and three additional courses, you’ll also receive a PDF companion guide with:
✔ A time-stamped visual reference guide so you can easily go back and review any image or concept without having to take the time to find it. ✔ A workflow guide with all the logistics behind how I style my flat lays including lighting, shot list and timeline management, my secret tips and tricks to make your wedding days 1000x easier, a lesson on color story and cohesion, and a breakdown of my styling kit. ✔ Hundreds of dollars worth of savings in discounts with my premium styling kit vendors for surfaces, styling dishes, and ring boxes so you can build your own luxury styling kit. ✔ A Flat Lay Workbook with two interactive worksheets: The Thumbnail Checklist, and Flat Lay Troubleshooting, as well as five hands on shooting assignments so you can practice and perfect your flat lay skills.
Flat Lay Demo File This hands-on practice tool lets you try your hand at styling digitally. This Photoshop file allows you to create endless designs with all different combinations of paper, flowers, styling tools, and backgrounds (must have Photoshop to be able to use the file). The file includes:
✔ Five beautiful wedding invitations designed by Underwood Letterpress and Cecile's Paper Co. that you can use to practice your flat lay styling. All five invitations include multiple pieces such as detail cards, envelopes, and RSVP cards as unique layers that can be individually moved around and styled however you'd like. ✔ 7 styling backgrounds to choose from including linen and hand painted surfaces (Chasing Stone surface used in the sample image on the right created inside the file). ✔ Over 100+ styling items to choose from including dozens of loose flowers and greenery, trays, ring boxes and rings, styling dishes, vintage stamps, wax seals, fruit, and other fun styling props to play with!
Wedding Professionals are Raving About the Flat Lay Styling Courses
Once you learn WHY an image is stronger, you'll learn HOW to make it intuitively, enabling you to create strong flat lays time and time again with ease!
But don't take my word for it!
See my students’ INCREDIBLE transformations below and hear what they have to say about the Flat Lay Styling courses!
"“Rebecca is quite literally the flat lay master! What a gift it is to look behind the scenes and see her process for creating her beautiful scenes. There is so much craft that goes into flat lays and I will forever admire the styling ability of a photographer who can really nail styling and photographing the details. It's what all the magazines are looking for and it's such an important skill for the photographers we hire to have"
"Rebecca!! THANK YOU! I am so inspired by The Flat Lay Styling Course! Often education in our industry feels inspirational only or barely skims the surface on top of a topic- not this! Its packed FULL of knowledge starting with the fundamentals. I loved learning not only HOW to create better flat-lays but the reason WHY it is more appealing to the eye! Handy reference guides at the end of each course with time stamps are a great tool when going back to reference a particular topic, too! I am excited to go into the wedding season ready to style all the pretty little details we work so hard to create with our clients all year. The course goes beyond just invitation styling - loved learning how to style those often difficult 3D welcome bags! Your course has given me the confidence to be a better partner with our photographers. I highly recommend this course for all planners!"
-Shannon Leahy, named one of the best wedding planners in the country by Martha Stewart Magazine
Flat lays before and after the class by Philip Casey
You could stay where you are in your business, trying to figure out flat lay styling on your own — struggling to create great shots, but struggling for consistency and feeling chaotic and frenzied at the start of each wedding.
You could skip the guesswork and walk into each and every wedding with confidence by learning flawless flat lay styling from a world-renowned expert.
✔ Are a wedding planner, stationery designer, fashion stylist, photographer, still life stylist, blogger, content creator or just want to learn how to create amazing flat lays.
✔ Are ready to level up your flat lay game and add a luxurious polish to your portfolio.
✔ Want to be in top publications to attract luxury clients and command higher pricing.
✔ Know you need to create great flat lay images to get your work in top publications, but don’t know how.
It’s up to you. You don’t have to refine your flat lay styling. You can keep trudging down the path you’re on. You can probably book your season full of lower budget, lovely weddings and keep trying to cobble together information on your own.
But why limit yourself? Investing in your business is the best way to take it to the next level. You already know that flat lay styling is the key to getting featured in the big publications, which you also know are the key to booking your dream luxury clients. If you understand the mechanics behind why certain flat lays appeal to people and know how to make yours pop, you can craft beautiful flat lays that wow your clients and stand out to editors.
According to Two Bright Lights, 70% of clients qualify their potential photographer by viewing their published work. As any editor will tell you, getting published in blogs and magazines is all about good detail images. Well done details can 100% make or break a submission.
Being published adds credibility and validation to your work and helps you increase your prices. Plus it’s free marketing that gets your fantastic portfolio in front of thousands upon thousands of potential clients!
But it’s not just about getting published…
Flat lays establish a narrative for your client’s wedding day by telling a cohesive story. And when done mindfully, they act as ephemeral touch points to your clients, unlocking their wedding day memories. Each of my client’s wedding albums (which I show in course three) open with their detail images. Brides and grooms spend months (if not years) planning those details. And with the rise of more and more publications, couples are honing in on those detail images when they choose a photographer.
I have limited education dollars, why is this a good investment?
Every dollar invested in education should come back to you many times over as you build your business. That’s why I’ve spent years crafting, testing, and re-working my masterclasses. I provide my students with a solid foundation of skills that goes beyond taking pretty photos. I hand you the keys to transform your career and reach your business goals.
If you want to reach your ideal luxury clients, you need to get published in luxury wedding publications. And 90% of these publications choose their submissions based on flat lays. Getting published also gives you credibility, builds your reputation, and increases demand for your business, which means you can raise your prices!
The goal of this course is to teach you to work smarter NOT harder — so you can earn MORE while working LESS and find more time to put some life back into your work-life balance!
Who are these courses for? Is it only for photographers?
This course is for anyone and everyone! I've had rave reviews from planners, designers, photographers, stationery designers, instagrammers, bloggers, content creators, influencers, and so many more! This course is perfect for anyone who wants to level up their flat lay game and add a luxurious polish to their portfolio.
I'm a hands-on learner and I’d rather take a live course than an online one. How will I learn from this?
I completely understand this and feel the same way! Many people need to see and touch things to internalize them. Originally I started this course as a live in-person class. But I quickly realized there was more demand than I could meet. So I spent a long time figuring out how to not only recreate, but enhance the in-person experience.
The in-person class only had time for an hour of lecture. And once it’s over it’s over. But with the online course, you can go back and watch the videos as often as you like! Each course comes with a time-stamped reference guide so you can refer back to any concept, technique, or image with ease.
And if you’re looking for some hands-on experience and feedback, you can pair up with a local stationery designer or get some free samples from Minted and share your flat lays in the Facebook group. Then you get feedback not just from me, but from an amazing and supportive community!
In-person workshops may be tempting, but my Flat Lay Styling courses will do much more than build your portfolio. You’ll walk away knowledge and skills to create elegant flat lays on your own.
What’s the difference between the Introduction and the Masterclass? What’s the best choice for me?
The Introduction to Flat Lay Styling is an hour long deep dive into the 10 foundations of composition and how to apply them to your flat lays. By harnessing their power, you can create universally appreciated, objectively stronger imagery that will capture your clients’ attention.
The introduction can be purchased on its own. But it is included in the full course, Flat Lay Styling Masterclass.
The Flat Lay Styling Masterclass includes the introduction, as well as a deep dive into three critical areas: wedding day paper details, bride and groom personal details, and creating a cohesive collection from a full wedding day.
In the Flat Lay Styling Masterclass, I’ll teach you how to craft breathtaking work for your clients and irresistible submissions for publication. At the end of each 90-minute course you’ll understand both the why and the how of beautiful flat lay design. I’ll break down the concepts and do live demos of my styling process where I explain every choice I make.
I'm a photographer, should I purchase the Flat Lay Styling Masterclass or Weddings 101 or 201?
If you’re a photographer, we HIGHLY recommend checking out our Wedding Photography Masterclasses, which include lessons on flat lay styling and so much more like lighting, posing, marketing, and business (just to name a few)! The Introduction to Flat Lay Styling is included in our foundational course, Weddings 101, and the full masterclass with all four videos and the reference guide is included in our advanced course, Weddings 201.
If your flat lay styling game isn’t on point, you’re not going to make it into the big publications. They’re looking for refined and sophisticated details that jump off the page.
Without solid flat lay styling skills, you’re going to have a harder time reaching and booking those luxury clients.
It's going to be a tougher battle to establish your credibility and break into the bigger budget weddings of your dreams!
But if you join me in my Flat Lay Styling courses, you will know EXACTLY how to style eye-catching flat lays that will open doors for you and your business, propelling you to the next level.
Introduction to Flat lay Styling
Take an in-depth look at the 10 Rules of Composition and how you can apply them not just to your flat lays, but all your photography.
Introduction to Flat Lay Styling is available as a stand-alone course, or as the starting point of the Flat Lay Styling Masterclass.
Flat Lay Styling Masterclass
This comprehensive course includes the Introduction to Flat Lay Styling above. Once you’ve mastered the 10 Rules of Composition, you’ll take a deep-dive into every type of flat lay photography you’ll use in your weddings. Then you can practice your flat lay design with the Flat Lay Demo File, a digital tool that will enable you to apply your flat lay skills:
Introduction: In Depth 10 Rules of Composition (~80 minutes) Course One: Wedding Day Paper Goods (~90 minutes) Course Two: Bride and Groom Personals & Rings (~90 minutes) Course Three: One Full Wedding Day of Cohesive Details (~90 minutes)
The $150 Introduction to Flat Lay Styling course includes the 1 hour - 10 Rules of Composition video, the PDF companion guide that teaches you flat lay logistics, and discounts to my premium vendors to build your own flat lay styling kit. You can upgrade to the Complete Masterclass within 6 months of purchasing the Introduction Course
The $750 Complete Masterclass includes all 3 video courses, PLUS the Introduction, the expanded PDF companion guide, premium discounts to build your flat lay styling kit, my flat lay styling workbook with worksheets and hands-on shooting challenges, and the bonus flat lay demo file.