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.

campers hiking kit

Campers Hiking Kit

hay bail close up

Hay Bail Close Up

social distance in letter tiles

Social Distance In Letter Tiles

landscape image of succulents and gardening tools

Landscape Image Of Succulents and Gardening Tools

celebrating silver

Celebrating Silver

solar eclipse notebook

Solar Eclipse Notebook

circuits and wires for building technology

Circuits And Wires For Building Technology

birthday cake from above

Birthday Cake From Above

pinecones and bells flatlay

Pinecones And Bells Flatlay

snow white flatlay

Snow White Flatlay

white pizza slices and cutter

White Pizza Slices And Cutter

halloween candy corn

Halloween Candy Corn

gold tree holiday lights

Gold Tree Holiday Lights

nail polish

Nail Polish

star anise and cinnamon sticks

Star Anise And Cinnamon Sticks

carrot gradient with greens

Carrot Gradient With Greens

tea cup and teaspoon

Tea Cup And Teaspoon

flatlay of boxes on left side of table

Flatlay Of Boxes On Left Side Of Table

flat lay of products on blue

Flat Lay Of Products On Blue

a touch of glamour

A Touch Of Glamour

christmas gift wrap flatlay

Christmas Gift Wrap Flatlay

sunglasses and nail polish for holidays

Sunglasses And Nail Polish For Holidays

fruit and veggies angle view

Fruit And Veggies Angle View

ready, set, picnic

Ready, Set, Picnic

portobello mushroom and onion

Portobello Mushroom And Onion

trumpet tamborine and flute instruments

Trumpet Tamborine And Flute Instruments

avocado toast and toppings flat

Avocado Toast And Toppings Flat

halloween candy bowl

Halloween Candy Bowl

vegetables on wood surface flatlay

Vegetables On Wood Surface Flatlay

silver fishing lure

Silver Fishing Lure

three notebooks against a pink background

Three Notebooks Against A Pink Background

healthy flatlay featuring celery

Healthy Flatlay Featuring Celery

three paper woven carrots

Three Paper Woven Carrots

carrot gradient flatlay

Carrot Gradient Flatlay

school is starting crayons

School Is Starting Crayons

avocado toast on cutting board

Avocado Toast On Cutting Board

hot pizza from the box

Hot Pizza From The Box

flatlay of boxes surrounding table

Flatlay Of Boxes Surrounding Table

carrots and friends

Carrots And Friends

french fries on yellow

French Fries On Yellow

white pizza and herbs

White Pizza And Herbs

money money money

Money Money Money

candy corn in dish

Candy Corn In Dish

solar eclipse checklist

Solar Eclipse Checklist

spring essentials on a bed

Spring Essentials On A Bed

notebook with hey sunday written

Notebook With Hey Sunday Written

gold pocket watch on a black notebook

Gold Pocket Watch On A Black Notebook

merry christmas spelled out in gold letters

Merry Christmas Spelled Out In Gold Letters

rustic tea service

Rustic Tea Service

clothes fan

Clothes Fan

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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.