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.

hot pizza from the box

Hot Pizza From The Box

wilting flowers in opposite corners

Wilting Flowers In Opposite Corners

a tupperware lunch box separates salad ingredients

A Tupperware Lunch Box Separates Salad Ingredients

three paper woven carrots

Three Paper Woven Carrots

candy corn dish

Candy Corn Dish

solar eclipse flatlay

Solar Eclipse Flatlay

french fries on yellow

French Fries On Yellow

flowers on white marble table

Flowers On White Marble Table

packages ready to ship to customers

Packages Ready To Ship To Customers

christmas gift wrap flatlay

Christmas Gift Wrap Flatlay

chocolate pie & spoon

Chocolate Pie & Spoon

ready, set, picnic

Ready, Set, Picnic

cut vegetables over wood surface

Cut Vegetables Over Wood Surface

small wrenches in a line

Small Wrenches In A Line

berry wreath on marble

Berry Wreath On Marble

flower petals huddled together near a candle

Flower Petals Huddled Together Near a Candle

afternoon picnic flatlay

Afternoon Picnic Flatlay

sunglasses and nail polish for holidays

Sunglasses And Nail Polish For Holidays

close up swamp greens

Close Up Swamp Greens

rustic tea service

Rustic Tea Service

harmonica on sheet music

Harmonica On Sheet Music

three notebooks against a pink background

Three Notebooks Against A Pink Background

flatlay of boxes on lower half of table

Flatlay Of Boxes On Lower Half Of Table

tea set on wooden table

Tea Set On Wooden Table

pencils on desk

Pencils On Desk

flatlay of picnic prep

Flatlay Of Picnic Prep

a stack of currency on a black background

A Stack Of Currency On A Black Background

what does a brain need?

What Does A Brain Need?

boxes and packages spread out

Boxes And Packages Spread Out

a flat lay of wood working bench

A Flat Lay Of Wood Working Bench

landscape view of currency on a black background

Landscape View Of Currency On A Black Background

rows of cars in junk yard aerial

Rows Of Cars In Junk Yard Aerial

pine cones and acorns lined up on paper

Pine Cones And Acorns Lined Up On Paper

flat lay of black screws

Flat Lay Of Black Screws

money money money

Money Money Money

flat lay view of hockey player against the ice

Flat Lay View Of Hockey Player Against The Ice

three pine cones on crinkled paper

Three Pine Cones On Crinkled Paper

row of hot peppers

Row Of Hot Peppers

carpentry tools covered in sawdust

Carpentry Tools Covered In Sawdust

a close up of wood working tools

A Close Up Of Wood Working Tools

carpenter's pencil and tools in sawdust

Carpenter's Pencil And Tools In Sawdust

wood working tools framing a work bench

Wood Working Tools Framing A Work Bench

wood working tools laid on a bench

Wood Working Tools Laid On A Bench

cookies cooling

Cookies Cooling

sawdust covers work bench and tools

Sawdust Covers Work Bench And Tools

pink flatlay

Pink Flatlay

accessories flatlay

Accessories Flatlay

black and red friday

Black And Red Friday

fried eggs and black coffee

Fried Eggs And Black Coffee

red and white holiday flat lay

Red And White Holiday Flat Lay

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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.