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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automotive wrecking yard aerial

Automotive Wrecking Yard Aerial

a toast to yourself

A Toast To Yourself

halloween candy and decor on black

Halloween Candy And Decor On Black

back to school with pencils

Back To School With Pencils

bingo game flatlay

Bingo Game Flatlay

cake icing decoration

Cake Icing Decoration

happy easter purple and yellow

Happy Easter Purple and Yellow

tea cup and teaspoon

Tea Cup And Teaspoon

turntable & record

turntable & Record

buttons corner frame

Buttons Corner Frame

crafting flatlay on texture

Crafting Flatlay On Texture

merry christmas spelled out in gold letters

Merry Christmas Spelled Out In Gold Letters

gold pocket watch on a black notebook

Gold Pocket Watch On A Black Notebook

christmas gift wrap flatlay

Christmas Gift Wrap Flatlay

healthy flatlay featuring celery

Healthy Flatlay Featuring Celery

circuits and wires for building technology

Circuits And Wires For Building Technology

fruit and veggies angle view

Fruit And Veggies Angle View

files and hammers flatlay

Files And Hammers Flatlay

white pizza slices and cutter

White Pizza Slices And Cutter

shipping labels

Shipping Labels

hay bail close up

Hay Bail Close Up

celebrating silver

Celebrating Silver

carrot gradient with greens

Carrot Gradient With Greens

social distance in letter tiles

Social Distance In Letter Tiles

flatlay of boxes on left side of table

Flatlay Of Boxes On Left Side Of Table

solar eclipse notebook

Solar Eclipse Notebook

nail polish

Nail Polish

birthday cake from above

Birthday Cake From Above

ready, set, picnic

Ready, Set, Picnic

notebook with hey sunday written

Notebook With Hey Sunday Written

sunglasses and nail polish for holidays

Sunglasses And Nail Polish For Holidays

halloween candy corn

Halloween Candy Corn

a touch of glamour

A Touch Of Glamour

carrots and friends

Carrots And Friends

money money money

Money Money Money

vintage silver camera surrounded by foliage

Vintage Silver Camera Surrounded By Foliage

trumpet tamborine and flute instruments

Trumpet Tamborine And Flute Instruments

vegetables on wood surface flatlay

Vegetables On Wood Surface Flatlay

spring essentials on a bed

Spring Essentials On A Bed

desktop with notebook surrounded by stationary

Desktop With Notebook Surrounded By Stationary

handmade natural soap with ingredients

Handmade Natural Soap With Ingredients

monochromatic mobile phone accessories

Monochromatic Mobile Phone Accessories

flatlay of jade face roller laying on a grey stone

Flatlay Of Jade Face Roller Laying On A Grey Stone

three notebooks against a pink background

Three Notebooks Against A Pink Background

avocado toast and toppings flat

Avocado Toast And Toppings Flat

portobello mushroom and onion

Portobello Mushroom And Onion

stationary ready to set new year goals

Stationary Ready To Set New Year Goals

french fries on yellow

French Fries On Yellow

artsy layout with a book and coffee

Artsy Layout With A Book And Coffee

letter board with the words merry christmas

Letter Board With The Words Merry Christmas

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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.