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.

flowers on white marble table

Flowers On White Marble Table

christmas gift wrap flatlay

Christmas Gift Wrap Flatlay

white pizza and herbs

White Pizza And Herbs

silver fishing lure

Silver Fishing Lure

carrot gradient flatlay

Carrot Gradient Flatlay

ready, set, picnic

Ready, Set, Picnic

trumpet tamborine and flute instruments

Trumpet Tamborine And Flute Instruments

gold tree holiday lights

Gold Tree Holiday Lights

halloween candy bowl

Halloween Candy Bowl

school is starting crayons

School Is Starting Crayons

fresh vegetables arranged on chopping board flatlay

Fresh Vegetables Arranged On Chopping Board Flatlay

flatlay of boxes surrounding table

Flatlay Of Boxes Surrounding Table

solar eclipse checklist

Solar Eclipse Checklist

sunglasses and nail polish for holidays

Sunglasses And Nail Polish For Holidays

flower petals huddled together near a candle

Flower Petals Huddled Together Near a Candle

hot pizza from the box

Hot Pizza From The Box

cyber monday savings

Cyber Monday Savings

french fries on yellow

French Fries On Yellow

three paper woven carrots

Three Paper Woven Carrots

candy corn in dish

Candy Corn In Dish

three notebooks against a pink background

Three Notebooks Against A Pink Background

holiday sales

Holiday Sales

packages ready to ship to customers

Packages Ready To Ship To Customers

aged staples texture

Aged Staples Texture

small wrenches in a line

Small Wrenches In A Line

bruschetta with balsamic on pan

Bruschetta With Balsamic On Pan

healthy close up flatlay featuring celery

Healthy Close Up Flatlay Featuring Celery

canoe passing shoreline

Canoe Passing Shoreline

rustic tea service

Rustic Tea Service

candy corn dish

Candy Corn Dish

solar eclipse flatlay

Solar Eclipse Flatlay

cut vegetables over wood surface

Cut Vegetables Over Wood Surface

flatlay of picnic prep

Flatlay Of Picnic Prep

chocolate pie & spoon

Chocolate Pie & Spoon

snow white flatlay

Snow White Flatlay

tea set on wooden table

Tea Set On Wooden Table

harmonica on sheet music

Harmonica On Sheet Music

flatlay of boxes on lower half of table

Flatlay Of Boxes On Lower Half Of Table

healthy flatlay featuring potatoes

Healthy Flatlay Featuring Potatoes

a stack of currency on a black background

A Stack Of Currency On A Black Background

afternoon picnic flatlay

Afternoon Picnic Flatlay

flat lay of black screws

Flat Lay Of Black Screws

money money money

Money Money Money

carrots and friends

Carrots And Friends

pencils on desk

Pencils On Desk

gemstones and tools flatlay

Gemstones And Tools Flatlay

flat lay of products on blue

Flat Lay Of Products On Blue

a flat lay of wood working bench

A Flat Lay Of Wood Working Bench

rows of cars in junk yard aerial

Rows Of Cars In Junk Yard Aerial

landscape view of currency on a black background

Landscape View Of Currency On A Black Background

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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.