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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purple tools flatlay

Purple Tools Flatlay

flatlay of colorful candy easter eggs

Flatlay Of Colorful Candy Easter Eggs

boats dock from above

Boats Dock From Above

flat lay of products on blue

Flat Lay Of Products On Blue

pinecones and bells flatlay

Pinecones And Bells Flatlay

pink and red cupcakes on a white background

Pink And Red Cupcakes On A White Background

tiles read self love club next to a pink flower

Tiles Read Self Love Club Next To A Pink Flower

bright flatlay of a makeup pallet and other items

Bright Flatlay Of A Makeup Pallet And Other Items

fresh pepperoni pizza

Fresh Pepperoni Pizza

festive gold christmas lights

Festive Gold Christmas Lights

flatlay saying follow your dreams with coffee next to it

Flatlay Saying Follow Your Dreams With Coffee Next To It

outdoor dessert table with macarons and cake

Outdoor Dessert Table With Macarons And Cake

accessories flatlay

Accessories Flatlay

airpods and a notebook for travel

Airpods And A Notebook For Travel

hanukkah doni

Hanukkah Doni

artists colorful paint brush collection laid out

Artists Colorful Paint Brush Collection Laid Out

flatlay of a notebook pen laptop and cellphone

Flatlay Of A Notebook Pen Laptop And Cellphone

holiday sales

Holiday Sales

yoga mat flatlay with laptop and water bottle

Yoga Mat Flatlay With Laptop And Water Bottle

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

yellow cleaning supply flatlay

Yellow Cleaning Supply Flatlay

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

wilting flowers in opposite corners

Wilting Flowers In Opposite Corners

knife coffee compass

Knife Coffee Compass

snow white flatlay

Snow White Flatlay

camera lays on brown table surrounded by video equipment

Camera Lays On Brown Table Surrounded By Video Equipment

colorful candy eggs against a white background

Colorful Candy Eggs Against A White Background

earth written in dirt

Earth Written In Dirt

top made of pearls on a pink background

Top Made Of Pearls On A Pink Background

black bag with school supplies falling out of it

Black Bag With School Supplies Falling Out Of It

fruit and veggie cirlces angle view

Fruit And Veggie Cirlces Angle View

flatlay of dyed paint brushes laying on black surface

Flatlay Of Dyed Paint Brushes Laying On Black Surface

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

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

reading doing fingernails

Reading Doing Fingernails

a flatlay of packages on white table

A Flatlay Of Packages On White Table

film camera on pink background

Film Camera On Pink Background

white tiles spell out self love club

White Tiles Spell Out Self Love Club

peppers and other vegetables flatlay

Peppers And Other Vegetables Flatlay

artist paint brushes on a black surface

Artist Paint Brushes On A Black Surface

A Flatlay Of Plants Coffee And Open Notebook

A Flatlay Of Plants Coffee And Open Notebook

silver tray with christmas decorations

Silver Tray With Christmas Decorations

holiday gift wrapping flatlay knolling

Holiday Gift Wrapping Flatlay Knolling

work space from above as they type in a laptop

Work Space From Above As They Type In A Laptop

desktop with notebook surrounded by stationary

Desktop With Notebook Surrounded By Stationary

colorful chocolate candy easter eggs on white

Colorful Chocolate Candy Easter Eggs On White

pliers & saw

Pliers & Saw

yellow card and a red and gold passport flatlay

Yellow Card And A Red And Gold Passport Flatlay

an invite lays surrounded by soft pink fabric

An Invite Lays Surrounded By Soft Pink Fabric

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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.