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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a touch of glamour

A Touch Of Glamour


handmade natural soap with ingredients

Handmade Natural Soap With Ingredients


birthday cake from above

Birthday Cake From Above


vegetables on wood surface flatlay

Vegetables On Wood Surface Flatlay


three disposable face masks on a yellow background

Three Disposable Face Masks On A Yellow Background


phone flatlay product photography

Phone Flatlay Product Photography


halloween candy corn

Halloween Candy Corn


trumpet tamborine and flute instruments

Trumpet Tamborine And Flute Instruments


red and green gooseberries against white

Red And Green Gooseberries Against White


three notebooks against a pink background

Three Notebooks Against A Pink Background


artsy layout with a book and coffee

Artsy Layout With A Book And Coffee


wooden combs on a beige background

Wooden Combs On A Beige Background


makeup brush lays on vibrant red lipstick color

Makeup Brush Lays On Vibrant Red Lipstick Color


pink and red cupcakes on a white background

Pink And Red Cupcakes On A White Background


french fries on yellow

French Fries On Yellow


black plastic debit card on a white table

Black Plastic Debit Card On A White Table


soft pink flower petals against white

Soft Pink Flower Petals Against White


letter board with the words merry christmas

Letter Board With The Words Merry Christmas


carrot gradient flatlay

Carrot Gradient Flatlay


portobello mushroom and onion

Portobello Mushroom And Onion


gold spoons in a row filled with loose leaf tea

Gold Spoons In A Row Filled With Loose Leaf Tea


hot pizza from the box

Hot Pizza From The Box


open book and burnt pages on white sheet

Open Book And Burnt Pages On White Sheet


clothes fan

Clothes Fan


silver fishing lure

Silver Fishing Lure


yoga mat flatlay with laptop and water bottle

Yoga Mat Flatlay With Laptop And Water Bottle


halloween candy bowl

Halloween Candy Bowl


white pizza and herbs

White Pizza And Herbs


school is starting crayons

School Is Starting Crayons


travel plans are the best plans

Travel Plans Are The Best Plans


two sets of barber scissors

Two Sets Of Barber Scissors


three paper woven carrots

Three Paper Woven Carrots


flatlay of boxes surrounding table

Flatlay Of Boxes Surrounding Table


flatlay of colorful candy easter eggs

Flatlay Of Colorful Candy Easter Eggs


mobile phone with the words inspire on screen

Mobile Phone With The Words Inspire on Screen


outdoor dessert table with macarons and cake

Outdoor Dessert Table With Macarons And Cake


cell phone and earbuds in sunlight

Cell Phone And Earbuds In Sunlight


tiles read self love club next to a pink flower

Tiles Read Self Love Club Next To A Pink Flower


biscotti lays in a monstera leaf

Biscotti Lays In A Monstera Leaf


selection of fresh veg

Selection Of Fresh Veg


candy corn in dish

Candy Corn In Dish


avocado toast on cutting board

Avocado Toast On Cutting Board


a pocket watch laying on a black and orange background

A Pocket Watch Laying On A Black And Orange Background


white bowl surrounded by herbs chilis and lime slices

White Bowl Surrounded By Herbs Chilis And Lime Slices


rustic tea service

Rustic Tea Service


flay lay of gifts string lights and a bottle

Flay Lay Of Gifts String Lights And A Bottle


pink blanket with lavender bundle

Pink Blanket With Lavender Bundle


solar eclipse checklist

Solar Eclipse Checklist


a round white plate full of strawberries

A Round White Plate Full Of Strawberries


top made of pearls on a pink background

Top Made Of Pearls On A Pink 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.