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.

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breakfast in white crisp bed sheets

Breakfast In White Crisp Bed Sheets


flatlay of a makeup brush and loose makeup on white

Flatlay Of A Makeup Brush And Loose Makeup On White


fresh pepperoni pizza

Fresh Pepperoni Pizza


airpods and a notebook for travel

Airpods And A Notebook For Travel


accessories flatlay

Accessories Flatlay


flatlay of a camera surrounded by camera equipment

Flatlay Of A Camera Surrounded By Camera Equipment


holiday sales

Holiday Sales


pink and red cupcakes on a white background

Pink And Red Cupcakes On A White Background


flatlay of makeup on a round white plate

Flatlay Of Makeup On A Round White Plate


yellow cleaning supply flatlay

Yellow Cleaning Supply Flatlay


flatlay of colorful candy easter eggs

Flatlay Of Colorful Candy Easter Eggs


black bag lays with items for school falling out of it

Black Bag Lays With Items For School Falling Out Of It


tiles read self love club next to a pink flower

Tiles Read Self Love Club Next To A Pink Flower


hanukkah doni

Hanukkah Doni


snow white flatlay

Snow White Flatlay


knife coffee compass

Knife Coffee Compass


earth written in dirt

Earth Written In Dirt


wilting flowers in opposite corners

Wilting Flowers In Opposite Corners


outdoor dessert table with macarons and cake

Outdoor Dessert Table With Macarons And Cake


fruit and veggie cirlces angle view

Fruit And Veggie Cirlces Angle View


flatlay of coffee and computer on wooden surface

Flatlay Of Coffee And Computer On Wooden Surface


two sets of barber scissors

Two Sets Of Barber Scissors


flatlay saying follow your dreams with coffee next to it

Flatlay Saying Follow Your Dreams With Coffee Next To It


yoga mat flatlay with laptop and water bottle

Yoga Mat Flatlay With Laptop And Water Bottle


bright flatlay of a makeup pallet and other items

Bright Flatlay Of A Makeup Pallet And Other Items


reading doing fingernails

Reading Doing Fingernails


film camera on pink background

Film Camera On Pink Background


a flatlay of packages on white table

A Flatlay Of Packages On White Table


peppers and other vegetables flatlay

Peppers And Other Vegetables Flatlay


artists colorful paint brush collection laid out

Artists Colorful Paint Brush Collection Laid Out


flay lay of gifts string lights and a bottle

Flay Lay Of Gifts String Lights And A Bottle


mobile phone with the words inspire on screen

Mobile Phone With The Words Inspire on Screen


holiday gift wrapping flatlay knolling

Holiday Gift Wrapping Flatlay Knolling


silver tray with christmas decorations

Silver Tray With Christmas Decorations


colorful candy eggs against a white background

Colorful Candy Eggs Against A White Background


pliers & saw

Pliers & Saw


top made of pearls on a pink background

Top Made Of Pearls On A Pink Background


flatlay of a notebook pen laptop and cellphone

Flatlay Of A Notebook Pen Laptop And Cellphone


camera lays on brown table surrounded by video equipment

Camera Lays On Brown Table Surrounded By Video Equipment


desktop with notebook surrounded by stationary

Desktop With Notebook Surrounded By Stationary


flatlay of dyed paint brushes laying on black surface

Flatlay Of Dyed Paint Brushes Laying On Black Surface


black bag with school supplies falling out of it

Black Bag With School Supplies Falling Out Of It


healthy flatlay featuring celery

Healthy Flatlay Featuring Celery


white tiles spell out self love club

White Tiles Spell Out Self Love Club


flowers on white marble table

Flowers On White Marble Table


flatlay of a pen next to paper and a laptop and cellphone

Flatlay Of A Pen Next To Paper And A Laptop And Cellphone


merry christmas spelled out in gold letters

Merry Christmas Spelled Out In Gold Letters


avocado toast and toppings flat

Avocado Toast And Toppings Flat


fancy finger nails

Fancy Finger Nails


artist paint brushes on a black surface

Artist Paint Brushes On A Black Surface


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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.