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I love to see the photo albums of my childhood, photos of my parents when they were young, our family holidays, it is so good to have these memories to visit whenever you miss.

I’ve been thinking about the past few years and noticed that I do not have many printed photos, albums of recent events, or even photos of the most fantastic trips I’ve done.

Have you ever thought about the amount of photos we produce every day? Even those who do not have a blog make records of various moments of the day. But all these photos end up being forgotten in some computer drive, in the memory of the phone or at the most gain a space in our social networks right?

So I decided to start organizing my memories of the last years, trips, special photos. I printed a few travel photos I made last year and bought two cute albums. I did everything online on the Nicephotos website. Do you have any experience with this type of service?

Last year I made my first photo book with them, in a small size, just with some photos of me and Thiago. Now I decided to make a larger book with memories of me and Petite. Seriously, it’s the cutest album in my life and it made me so happy when I received that I decided to share everything with you!

Custom detail of the book: Me & Petite 

How not to love? I made the big classic photo book (30×22) with 23 pages and personalized cover. I found the size to be great, but it has other options of sizes and number of pages. I chose a whole formatting in black and white with geometric shapes. You can customize everything, add phrases, stickers.

With Petite I have several photos made with Canon with a really good quality, but even the photos with iphone were great in print. If the photo does not have quality Nicephotos itself already informs while you prepare the photo book.

I have chosen some of my favorite photos with Petite and I will always keep this memory of the happy moments that we live together!

I could post thousands of photos from the book’s photos! It’s so beautiful that now I want to show it to everyone who comes here at home. (:

Now I’m working to put together my travel photo album. I have some printed photos and I’ll show you the final result when it’s done.

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Now Petite and I are going to see our photobook together once again! ^^

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Last week I told you about my new project with flat lays on Instagram right? @coolflatlays has new posts almost every day and I’m really enjoying it. If you are still not following me there, keep an eye because some of the tips I will share here today I showed in real time on the  Instagram stories and I have answered questions by direct.

But continuing the first post with 6 tips for a perfect flat lay photo I decided to share some more tricks and details about this type of photography. Take a look!


1. Square

I use the flat lay photos basically only on Instagram (@coolflatlays!). So for me the ideal photos are in square format so the feed looks more beautiful and harmonic.

As I said on a previous post with general photography tips, I make all the photos with the Canon 6D, including the flat lay ones. But I can not always scale the square photo correctly just by looking before shooting, so I use the  iphone camera in the square format to preview my composition.

This way I can make sure that the photo will be in the square size without the need to cut a piece or much margin left. To make sure that it was exactly as I imagined it, I still take the photo from the camera to the cell phone through the wi-fi and already check with some editing program if the framing was perfect. Nothing worse than undone the entire composition and then realizing that the format was not square!

2. Patience

For me the flat lay is an art of patience to get the best result. One of these days I will count how many times I go up and down the ladder to align some object or improve the framing or simply change everything and start over again.

Often just looking I can not identify if the overall harmony of the photo is good, so I need to shoot and analyze in the camera if the result is as I imagined. And being very sincere, it rarely gets perfect at first.

Look below for some records I made while I was producing a flat lay. I started with an idea, then I decided to change everything and not satisfied I changed everything again. It’s like this most of the time, take a look:

All this to arrive at this result here:

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3. Objects in the right place

This tip I showed 2 times in @cooflatlays ‘ stories while shooting. Properly positioning objects is essential to having a perfect photo, but this is not always an easy task when you have rounded or sloping pieces.

This is the case with most glasses! When you put it on the table, usually the glasses are tilted, because of the format. To ensure that it is positioned up and well looking in the photo I use a blue glue, like a clay, which is reusable, glue on everything without ruining it and can be used in the size and quantity you want.

Mine is the one from the photo below, Blu Tack. I’ve had it for about 10 years and it’s still perfect and very useful. I did not find this brand to sell in Brazil, but there a few similar version, has anyone tried it? Anyway, I highly recommend this, because it saves our life when it comes to positioning objects.

Down here I gave an example with glasses, which I use a lot. Notice that in the first photo the glasses are in the original position and in the second, already with the glue, it is facing upwards. In this case it is a detail, but it can also be used to hold a pencil, for example, that does not stand in the correct position.

Anyway, the possibilities are many and this glue can facilitate a lot the positioning of the objects.

4. Inspiration

In flat lay photos inspiration can come from anywhere! I have, for example, loved to look for sources other than fashion. Of course, clothes and accessories keep popping up around here, but I’ve had fun trying to photograph them with food, flowers … So now I find a lot of inspiration going to the supermarket (yes!). Sometimes I see a different chocolate or some colourful candies and already imagine a photo.

Another unusual place that can inspire some pics: those general stories that sell almost everything, you know? There are a thousand items and between candles, stationery and artificial flowers you can find new ideas. I would rather have used real flowers, but since I did not find in the flower shop near here what I had imagined, I went to one of these little shops to take the picture down here. The bouquet of flowers was not exactly beautiful, so I cut the branches and thought it worked super well.

That is, you do not have to spend a lot or have incredible things to do flat lays, the inspiration can be in the simplest places!

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5. Perspective

I have said many times that the ideal is always to photograph from above the composition of flat lay. I usually use a ladder to get a good distance and so I can position myself exactly on top of objects.

Sometimes even though you take several photos and try to guarantee this ideal positioning, the photo may not have the correct perspective and this is visible especially in straight objects. But some small perspective mistakes can be easily corrected while editing photos.

As I mentioned in the post about photography in general, I use the Snapseed app a lot to edit the photos on the phone. And in this app yourect  can correct the perspective problem, it’s really easy.

Just click on: Transform > Horizontal and/or vertical perspective (to change the options just keep your finger pressed on the screen and drag down)

Below is an example of before and after. I did not edit the edges of the photos so that you could better visualize the perspective correction. Note that in the photo on the left the top edge of the photo and the stripes are tilted down. The objects on the left seem closer to the lens right?

I used Snapseed’s horizontal perspective tool and corrected that error. It looks like the stripes and the edge of the photo appear straighter and the objects at the same distance from the camera.


How about these new tips? I tried to put some things very practical that anyone who is already trying some flat lays can practice now and see the difference! I’ll keep posting on @coolflatlays and as soon as I have new tricks and tips to share I’ll post here.


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In our recent research to discover what kind of content you would like to see on the blog we found that photography tips were among the preferences. It actually took me too long to do this post, right? I always told you that one of the reasons I had a blog was my passion for photography that came long before fashion and it will be great to share a little more about our photos with you.

Today with all the looks du jour I spend more time in front of the camera, but I always find a way to create a photo or another of flat lay just to be able to photograph as well. All my outfit pictures are made by Thiago, my boyfriend. Did you know that ?!

He is a civil engineer and I have a law degree, we do not have any technical training in photography or some special technique. But I’ll share a little bit of what we’ve learned and how we make our photos for the blog. Let’s start with the basics, the camera we use and how we do the editing of the photos.


Which camera is used for out blog photos?

I need to start by saying that a good camera makes a difference in the results of the photos, but that’s not all. I think the differential comes in knowing how to make use of light, to compose the details, colors, angles. But that’s a topic for another post. The important thing is knowing that no one needs an expensive camera to make good pictures, okay?

I will not talk very technically about the cameras because my experience is more the basis of the practice, the daily use. But I will tell you about the 3 cameras that I have had and with which I have taken the photos of the blog until today.

When I started the blog, back in 2010, I wore a Nikon D40X. I wanted a camera that would change the lens, even though I did not know how to use it. But I confess it was an upgrade after those compact cameras that everyone had.

As the blog was growing I felt I needed a better camera and bought a Canon 50D used, more or less in 2012. And it was with that camera that I did almost all the photos of the blog until last year. I was able to buy it at a nice price and it’s not exactly an extraordinary camera, you know? But the result is there on the blog and does not let me lie that it can have good pictures.

Since June of last year we are using the Canon 6D, we took the trip to work to Miami to buy a new camera that had more quality, high ISO, a reasonable price, wi-fi and the option of videos (plans for a Youtube chanel!). 6D delivers all that and we feel a difference already in the first photos that we took in Miami. Currently this is our daily camera for all the photos and I love the results with it!

Which lens we use to take our pics?

Almost all of our photos are made with the 50mm lens. This is one of the cheaper lenses, but it has a nice blur that works well on street style photos. Now we are taking more indoor photos and we are already researching another lens to use in smaller environments. Anyone who has tips, I accept!

Are the instagram photos made with the cell phone camera?

No, almost all the photos that I post on instagram are made with the Canon 6D. Not only looks pictures that I also posted on the blog, but pictures of flat lays, details or Petite. Only at events, selfies or eventually I use the iphone camera. Although the quality of the pictures made with the cell phone are also good for internet posts, I confess that I feel a lot of difference in relation to the lens and other adjustments that the traditional camera allows.

(Yep, my screen is broken, hunf!)

With which program are the photos edited?

Everything about choosing the photos and editing is done by me. And at this point I must say that I’m not great with all the thousands of tools available. I use Photoshop, but only the basic features. Color correction, contrast, brightness, alignment, crop…

Currently along with Photoshop I have also used some apps in the iphone for editing, since the process is a little faster and intuitive. As the Canon 6D has wi-fi to download the photos directly on the mobile I can edit and post on social networks faster.

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Which apps are used for editing on the iphone?

I have 3 photo editing apps on my phone and I will list them below in order of preference and frequency of use.

Snapseedmy favorite! I find it easy to use and has many tools that allow a more detailed and localized editing. It has some filters ready to apply to the photos, but my favorite features are the image adjustment part (atmosphere + high lights + shadows) and also the brush tool that allows lightening or darkening, change exposure, temperature and saturation at specific points . In summary is this, but Icould make a post only about Snapseed, cause I love it!

VSCO: this one everyone knows, right? I love the filters, sometimes a photo that seems lost ends up getting great with them. It’s basically the only tool I use in the app.

Enlight: there are some things that I do not know how to do in Photoshop but I know how to do it at this app and it makes life much easier. I confess that the part of filters and adjustments of color is not my favorite, but the tools to reform and repair the photo are just great. An example: sometimes in a photo of flat lat I need to erase some detail, let’s say my foot appears in the photo, with Enlight I can remove it easily. It allows you to freeze certain areas of the photo and so the tool only acts at the point you determine. I use especially for flat lay photos!

The apps icons are the ones below. The latest is the camera application to download the photos right on the phone!


We start with the basics: camera and editing. How about these photography tips showing a little bit more of our work? If you have any questions or special curiosity just write in the comments that I’ll answer in the next post.

Still about photography, have you seen my post about flat lay? Flat Lay – Six Tips for a Perfect Photo.

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You may not know the term flat lay but surely you have seen many photos of this style on Pinterest and Instagram. This type of photo in which objects are arranged on a flat surface and photographed from above is becoming more and more popular and it’s one of my favorites.

The cool thing is that while preparing this post I researched the origin of this style of photography and discovered that the initial inspiration came from a method of organization known as knolling. The term is from 1987 when an employee of a furniture factory (which produced chairs for Knoll) routinely arranged objects on a flat surface at 90 degree angles. In 2009 the sculptor Tom Sachs adopted the technique as an art form and so the flat lay photographs become more popular.

I love shooting flat lays and putting together different compositions. Over the last few years I have tried and learned a lot with this technique. It is a delight to think about the objects, care about color harmony, theme, proportions, even if at the end of a session I am with a terrible back pain for being trying to find the angle and the correct position of each element.

Since the beginning of the year I have been producing pictures in flat lay more often so I will share with you some of my favorite and 6 tips to produce a beautiful photo!

1. Alignment and arrangement of objects

The way you dispose the objects on the photo is essential for the result of a flat lay. At first the objects used to be carefully arranged symmetrically as a form of organization, but in this style of photography it is also possible to work with a carefully planned asymmetry. Sometimes the best thing of a picture is precisely in this perfectly misaligned disposition.

Still about the organization of the elements it’s worth paying attention in the space between them and in the proportion of size of what will be photographed. Sometimes you need to shoot a few times to analyze the result on the screen of the camera and make small adjustments, dragging something else to one side, moving away something or looking for new elements. It takes patience and dedication!

2. Colours

Working with a specific color chart helps to have an harmonic photo. I love choosing a certain color as inspiration for my photos and from there I look for other elements to compose the photo using color as the connecting element.

Set the colour it’s time to search the entire house for objects that can be used as complements, this part is fun and can yield photo compositions you would never have imagined. In this case the black and white is an infallible classic!

Saturday mood. Black is for the coffee and the lace bra.

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3. Subject

Besides the colors, establishing a subject can also be very useful when choosing objects. It’s cool to tell a story with the photos! It can be a flat lay  about sport, a more romantic one, maybe about food or inspired by a special moment. The important thing is to make sense and show some connection between the elements photographed.

Still about telling a story I like to include my hands or feet in some of the photos as a way to make everything more personal. In that case it’s time to ask for help for your boyfriend or a friend to click  the photo!

4. Background

The background of the photos is almost always basic and neutral. This way you can highlight the objects and it is easier to have an harmonic photo. But that’s not a rule and there are some incredible flat lays with backgrounds with prints or textures.

Down here for example I photographed two flat lays inspired by the summer using the sand from the beach and a wooden deck as a background, as this is essential to tell the story I wanted to share.

Sometimes the flat lay has a picnic fabric, a green grass or a walkway as the background and all of these options can also work perfectly. But if you’re starting now, the od and good white background can be the best choice. I use to photograph on a white cabinet, it is practical and efficient.

5. Perspective

The flat lay photos are always taken from above, parallel to the ground. To find the perfect angle you may need to use a ladder!

So the ideal is to put the objects on the ground or somewhere low so that you can shoot properly. In small photos with accessories sometimes it is possible to photograph with the camera and without the help of the ladder. But in flat lays with larger pieces of clothing some steps makes all the difference.

Once the photo is donet it is still possible to correct some mistakes in the perspective. Some photo editing apps on the phone have this option (I really like Snapseed for that!).

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6. Light

Last but not least, something essential for a good photo: light!

Natural light is always better in my opinion. I have already photographed flat lays on the street, in the beach or even indoors and I always wait for the best time to enjoy the daylight. At home I always photograph near the window with a translucent white curtain, so I can better control the light and shadows of the objects and still be able to position myself exactly on top of the objects without having any shade.

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There’s a lot of nice inspirations for a good photo! Besides my pictures that you find here and on my Instagram account I also have a folder on Pinterest full of cool references to try, just follow me there too.

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When I posted the 25 things about me the fact that really got attention was my height. As I said it always happens when someone meets me in real life and many people was suprised to know that I’m just 1.60m.

If you take a look at my pictures is easy to understand it. In most of they I look really tall, with long legs and skinny.

This is a combination of different things, involving styling tricks and also a photo trick. I received a lot of comments asking me to share some of those tips here. So I’ll start posting about how to look taller in photos and in the next weeks I’ll talk about the styling tips.

I found that old picture Ari took of me and Thiago while we were working in Curitiba. You may notice that Thiago position. That’s the best tip ever to look taller changing only the camera angle: the camera lens should be at the same height of your waist or below!

All our pictures are exactly in that angle. A low shooting position “streches” the model and gives the idea of looking taller.  It’s a simple detail, but it makes a big difference!

We took some picture of two looks to try to illustrate this tip. Take a look at the pictures below, the left one was photographed in a low shooting position, just like we always do here on the blog. The right one was taken from above, as if one were looking at me in the face:

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tshirt: Dafiti / pants: Romwe / sunglasses: Asos / heels: Luiza Barcelos

Looking side by side the difference may seem very subtle, after all there are no miracles. But if you look at the two photos again, one at a time, you realize that the left of the picture seem to have a few centimeters more leg (can you see it?).

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Since the goal was to show only the question of the angle I chose outfits with pants and midi skirt, because wearing a mini skirt legs is easy to have a super long leg and this is a topic for another post!

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skirt: Choies / sunglasses: ZeroUV / heels: Schutz

Even with the midi skirt the idea is the same in the left picture if you look in the direction of the sandal until the skirt  it seems to have a few centimeters more leg showing, pure illusion as I’m wearing the same piece. Oh, and that skirt is absolutely gorgeous right?

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It’s important to say that pictures taken from a really low shooting position may distort the image and also look a little completely unnatural. So you better try and practice the right height at your camera.


But it’s super simple right? Did you notice the difference? Do you also use this trick? If you have any other shares in the comments and I will love to know and learn!

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