Flat Lay Photos: Pictures of Flatlays

Flatlay photography is an easy and creative way to showcase groups of products, give a stunning snapshot of a work space, or just showcase thematic elements in an aesthetically rich way.

school supplies

School Supplies


school notebook flatlay

School Notebook Flatlay


numbers, pencils & chalkboard

Numbers, Pencils & Chalkboard


math cards & colored pencils

Math Cards & Colored Pencils


education flatlay

Education Flatlay


colored pencils on pink

Colored Pencils On Pink


colored pencils & crayons for school

Colored Pencils & Crayons For School


back to school

Back To School


back to school flatlay

Back To School Flatlay


nail polish

Nail Polish


creating with reds

Creating With Reds


arts & crafts in blue

Arts & Crafts In Blue


tablet & coffee

Tablet & Coffee


gaming glasses & mouse

Gaming Glasses & Mouse


easy listening

Easy Listening


writing tools

Writing Tools


writing stationary

Writing Stationary


paint palette brushes

Paint Palette Brushes


paint brushes, palette & canvas

Paint Brushes, Palette & Canvas


art supplies

Art Supplies


writing in notebook at desk

Writing In Notebook At Desk


writing in journal

Writing In Journal


writing down goals

Writing Down Goals


work journal

Work Journal


taking notes at desk

Taking Notes At Desk


startup desk

Startup Desk


notebook and coffee

Notebook And Coffee


multitasking at desk

Multitasking At Desk


morning journal

Morning Journal


journaling at breakfast

Journaling At Breakfast


entrepreneurs desk from above

Entrepreneurs Desk From Above


pouring cream into coffee

Pouring Cream Into Coffee


salmon and lox

Salmon And Lox


restaurant breakfast

Restaurant Breakfast


latte art

Latte Art


healthy breakfast for two

Healthy Breakfast For Two


hands cupping coffee

Hands Cupping Coffee


coffee in plants

Coffee In Plants


breakfast from above

Breakfast From Above


wine and cheese party

Wine And Cheese Party


woman's hands typing on laptop

Woman's Hands Typing on Laptop


macbook air on desk

Macbook Air On Desk


laptop on desk from above

Laptop On Desk From Above


laptop from above

Laptop From Above


coffee from above

Coffee From Above


designer working on laptop

Designer Working On Laptop


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Tips for Your own flatlay photography

What makes this type of photography so popular is not just the look of the photography style, but that it’s relatively easy to do. Generally you don’t need to be a professional photographer to take a great flatlay image - an iPhone camera and good lighting will do!

Feel free to browse our database of flatlay images or check our tips below for creating your own beautiful pictures.

Shoot for a single color palette

Generally speaking - it’s best to select a colour pallette of about 2-3 unifying colours and work around those colors with varying patterns and textures. Having a predetermined pallette will help to unify the composition of the image and direct the mood of the piece. For example - object in navy blue and deep red will usually give the image a more somber feel to it whereas bright pinks and purples will make the image a bit more playful.

You’ll also want to make sure you use a neutral background colour as well. Most flatlay pictures use a white background, but feel free to experiment with black, grey or more muted wood tones as well. A neutral background colour will make the foreground items stand-out, complimenting the items and focusing your audience's attention towards your subjects.

Let the composition of your pictures tell a story

It’s important to consider the concept of narrative in composing flat-lay photographs. You may want to think of a “theme” before you begin and then select objects that work around this theme. For example - if your theme is “Cluttered Office” - you might choose to use objects like pens, notebooks and coffee cups. If your theme is “Brunch Time” - you might include items like toasted bagels and sparkling mimosas. Let your image tell a story through objects surrounding a common theme.

Experiment with Space and Lighting

Not all flatlay images are built the same. For some - a cluttered workspace might convey a sense of chaos to the audience while a more sparse use of objects with more negative space might give the viewer a sense of calming isolation.

With regards to lighting - it’s generally best to use calm, overhead lighting. You don’t want your lights to be too bright however, as this can wash-out some of the beauty of your colours and create jarring, odd shadows.

Natural light works best as well - especially in the morning when the sun has risen but is not yet in full force. If you’re looking for a more neutral, balanced lighting design, try going out on a day that’s a little bit cloudy to get a soft-light effect.