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.

Are you looking to launch your online business? Try Shopify for free!

gold spoons in a row filled with loose leaf tea

Gold Spoons In A Row Filled With Loose Leaf Tea


fresh pepperoni pizza

Fresh Pepperoni Pizza


yellow cleaning supply flatlay

Yellow Cleaning Supply Flatlay


open book and burnt pages on white sheet

Open Book And Burnt Pages On White Sheet


snow white flatlay

Snow White Flatlay


hanukkah doni

Hanukkah Doni


knife coffee compass

Knife Coffee Compass


earth written in dirt

Earth Written In Dirt


a pocket watch laying on a black and orange background

A Pocket Watch Laying On A Black And Orange Background


fruit and veggie cirlces angle view

Fruit And Veggie Cirlces Angle View


wilting flowers in opposite corners

Wilting Flowers In Opposite Corners


breakfast in white crisp bed sheets

Breakfast In White Crisp Bed Sheets


pink and red cupcakes on a white background

Pink And Red Cupcakes On A White Background


reading doing fingernails

Reading Doing Fingernails


flatlay of a camera surrounded by camera equipment

Flatlay Of A Camera Surrounded By Camera Equipment


a flatlay of packages on white table

A Flatlay Of Packages On White Table


film camera on pink background

Film Camera On Pink Background


flatlay of colorful candy easter eggs

Flatlay Of Colorful Candy Easter Eggs


silver tray with christmas decorations

Silver Tray With Christmas Decorations


peppers and other vegetables flatlay

Peppers And Other Vegetables Flatlay


holiday gift wrapping flatlay knolling

Holiday Gift Wrapping Flatlay Knolling


tiles read self love club next to a pink flower

Tiles Read Self Love Club Next To A Pink Flower


flatlay of a makeup brush and loose makeup on white

Flatlay Of A Makeup Brush And Loose Makeup On White


pliers & saw

Pliers & Saw


flatlay of coffee and computer on wooden surface

Flatlay Of Coffee And Computer On Wooden Surface


black bag lays with items for school falling out of it

Black Bag Lays With Items For School Falling Out Of It


flatlay of makeup on a round white plate

Flatlay Of Makeup On A Round White Plate


two sets of barber scissors

Two Sets Of Barber Scissors


yoga mat flatlay with laptop and water bottle

Yoga Mat Flatlay With Laptop And Water Bottle


outdoor dessert table with macarons and cake

Outdoor Dessert Table With Macarons And Cake


desktop with notebook surrounded by stationary

Desktop With Notebook Surrounded By Stationary


flatlay saying follow your dreams with coffee next to it

Flatlay Saying Follow Your Dreams With Coffee Next To It


flay lay of gifts string lights and a bottle

Flay Lay Of Gifts String Lights And A Bottle


bright flatlay of a makeup pallet and other items

Bright Flatlay Of A Makeup Pallet And Other Items


flowers on white marble table

Flowers On White Marble Table


mobile phone with the words inspire on screen

Mobile Phone With The Words Inspire on Screen


top made of pearls on a pink background

Top Made Of Pearls On A Pink Background


healthy flatlay featuring celery

Healthy Flatlay Featuring Celery


colorful candy eggs against a white background

Colorful Candy Eggs Against A White Background


merry christmas spelled out in gold letters

Merry Christmas Spelled Out In Gold Letters


fancy finger nails

Fancy Finger Nails


artists colorful paint brush collection laid out

Artists Colorful Paint Brush Collection Laid Out


camera lens detail closeup

Camera Lens Detail Closeup


sewing and crafting flaltay

Sewing And Crafting Flaltay


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


loose leaf tea brewed on purple

Loose Leaf Tea Brewed On Purple


bright present

Bright Present


avocado toast and toppings flat

Avocado Toast And Toppings Flat


white tiles spell out self love club

White Tiles Spell Out Self Love Club


Start a business

Most everything you need to get started — photos, suppliers, and more

Flatlay Stock Photos for Businesses, Articles and More - HD and Royalty-free

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.