A travel blogger on taking Insta-worthy photos

Nail your flat lay, every time.

By Team Triple White • 3 years ago • TECH, STYLE


She’s got a job that requires her to travel the world and an enviable Instagram page to prove it – and here, Tara Whiteman aka @taramilktea shares with Triple White her secrets to getting the perfect shot, apps and all.

What are your top tips for taking and styling the perfect flat lay?

  • Have a theme

I like to theme my flatlays, for example the objects are inspired by the country I have just visited, or I also theme them to holidays like Christmas & Easter. I feel like a theme creates a story for my flatlays, and can unify an image.

  • Use natural light

Lighting is key. I always like to use natural light that is not too harsh to avoid dark shadows.

  • Find the right background

Either a table or floor setting with a nice texture. Sometimes beds and blankets are nice too! The background can really make your image pop.

  • Frame it

Start with your large items, AKA your ‘hero pieces’. Make sure you place them evenly in order to create balance.

  • Fill with accessories and smaller items

Details will help complete your flatlay. I like to complete my flatlays by filling spaces with jewellery.

What are some photo-editing apps that you can’t live without?

I mainly use natural light room. As for apps I love VSCO & Snapseed!

Where is the most picturesque place you’ve visited in the world?

So far, Wanaka in New Zealand. However, each place I’ve visited has it’s own charm. I’ll be visiting Lapland soon, which I think will be one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been to. Just google it and you’ll understand!

Are there certain images that always do well when you post on Instagram? What are they usually of?

It’s always different. A good food photo will do well one day, and an epic travel photo the next. I find that my followers really like my breakfast in bed shots. I mean, why wouldn’t you? It’s breakfast in bed! But my most popular photo is of chocolate dipped strawberries if that says anything!?

Are your photos always shot on a pro camera or are there ways to capture high quality images just with an iPhone?

I use iPhone, my Canon DSLR, and a DxO iPhone attachment. It’s always different, depending on the shot. I find that iPhone is better for food, and DSLR is better for travel pics.

What does a day in the life of a travel blogger look like?

Everyday is different to say the least! Some days I am meeting with clients, other days I am cafe hopping with Instagram friends – then the next day I’m on the next flight out and exploring new places!

What is your advice for those starting out or wanting to become a successful blogger?

I would say, just start! I remember that I was inspired by other successful bloggers, when I started a few years ago. You really do learn as you go along, and perfecting your work only comes with practice.

Is this something you envisioned for yourself, or did it kind of just happen?

It definitely just happened. I mean, I’m still a university student, and I feel so grateful to have been able to turn a hobby into a career!

What would you say is the best part about what you do?

Meeting people. The amount of amazing, and unique people that I’ve met is definitely the greatest part. I’ve made friends all over the world, many who will be friends for lie!

Your sister takes many of your photos. Have you always shared this passion for creating beautiful things?

She does! My sister inspires me in many ways. We have a very similar taste which is why we work so well together.



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