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.

a stack of currency on a black background

A Stack Of Currency On A Black Background

healthy flatlay featuring celery

Healthy Flatlay Featuring Celery

pencils on desk

Pencils On Desk

afternoon picnic flatlay

Afternoon Picnic Flatlay

handmade natural soap with ingredients

Handmade Natural Soap With Ingredients

clothes fan

Clothes Fan

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

holiday flat lay

Holiday Flat Lay

star anise and cinnamon sticks

Star Anise And Cinnamon Sticks

close up swamp greens

Close Up Swamp Greens

boxes and packages spread out

Boxes And Packages Spread Out

an overhead of a clean organized desk

An Overhead Of A Clean Organized Desk

travel plans are the best plans

Travel Plans Are The Best Plans

spring essentials on a bed

Spring Essentials On A Bed

pinecones on blue

Pinecones On Blue

cookies cooling

Cookies Cooling

paper snow has fallen

Paper Snow Has Fallen

selection of fresh veg

Selection Of Fresh Veg

gold cyber monday

Gold Cyber Monday

files and hammers flatlay

Files And Hammers Flatlay

fresh veg flatlay

Fresh Veg Flatlay

pinecone corner

Pinecone Corner

wood working tools framing a work bench

Wood Working Tools Framing A Work Bench

portrait image of plants and potting tools on a light background

Portrait Image Of Plants And Potting Tools On A Light Background

pinecones and bells flatlay

Pinecones And Bells Flatlay

natural soap with cucumber

Natural Soap With Cucumber

pine cones and acorns lined up on paper

Pine Cones And Acorns Lined Up On Paper

carpentry tools covered in sawdust

Carpentry Tools Covered In Sawdust

flatlay of audio technician

Flatlay Of Audio Technician

soap bars on marble

Soap Bars On Marble

wood working tools laid on a bench

Wood Working Tools Laid On A Bench

flat lay view of hockey player against the ice

Flat Lay View Of Hockey Player Against The Ice

carpenter's pencil and tools in sawdust

Carpenter's Pencil And Tools In Sawdust

fried eggs and black coffee

Fried Eggs And Black Coffee

row of hot peppers

Row Of Hot Peppers

a close up of wood working tools

A Close Up Of Wood Working Tools

three pine cones on crinkled paper

Three Pine Cones On Crinkled Paper

soap bars on wood

Soap Bars On Wood

an engagment ring sits in a blue box

An Engagment Ring Sits In A Blue Box

soap made with natural ingredients

Soap Made with Natural Ingredients

candy cane pattern

Candy Cane Pattern

winter pattern

Winter Pattern

monochromatic mobile phone accessories

Monochromatic Mobile Phone Accessories

plant potting tools and soil

Plant Potting Tools And Soil

oatmeal soap bar

Oatmeal Soap Bar

plant potting tools and soil on a light background

Plant Potting Tools And Soil On A Light Background

multiple candy canes in rows

Multiple Candy Canes in Rows

social distance on brown background

Social Distance On Brown 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.