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.

handmade natural soap with ingredients

Handmade Natural Soap With Ingredients

artsy layout with a book and coffee

Artsy Layout With A Book And Coffee

tea set on wooden table

Tea Set On Wooden Table

small wrenches in a line

Small Wrenches In A Line

files and hammers flatlay

Files And Hammers Flatlay

packages ready to ship to customers

Packages Ready To Ship To Customers

a stack of currency on a black background

A Stack Of Currency On A Black Background

cut vegetables over wood surface

Cut Vegetables Over Wood Surface

monochromatic mobile phone accessories

Monochromatic Mobile Phone Accessories

letter board with the words merry christmas

Letter Board With The Words Merry Christmas

vintage silver camera surrounded by foliage

Vintage Silver Camera Surrounded By Foliage

canoe passing shoreline

Canoe Passing Shoreline

flatlay of a notebook with pen and cellphone

Flatlay Of A Notebook With Pen And Cellphone

harmonica on sheet music

Harmonica On Sheet Music

flat lay of black screws

Flat Lay Of Black Screws

aged staples texture

Aged Staples Texture

travel plans are the best plans

Travel Plans Are The Best Plans

flatlay of picnic prep

Flatlay Of Picnic Prep

flatlay of boxes on lower half of table

Flatlay Of Boxes On Lower Half Of Table

selection of fresh veg

Selection Of Fresh Veg

solar eclipse flatlay

Solar Eclipse Flatlay

chocolate pie & spoon

Chocolate Pie & Spoon

paper snow has fallen

Paper Snow Has Fallen

bruschetta with balsamic on pan

Bruschetta With Balsamic On Pan

fresh veg flatlay

Fresh Veg Flatlay

candy corn dish

Candy Corn Dish

a flat lay of wood working bench

A Flat Lay Of Wood Working Bench

pencils on desk

Pencils On Desk

candy cane pattern

Candy Cane Pattern

natural soap with cucumber

Natural Soap With Cucumber

portrait image of plants and potting tools on a light background

Portrait Image Of Plants And Potting Tools On A Light Background

phone flatlay product photography

Phone Flatlay Product Photography

afternoon picnic flatlay

Afternoon Picnic Flatlay

stationary ready to set new year goals

Stationary Ready To Set New Year Goals

pinecone corner

Pinecone Corner

landscape view of currency on a black background

Landscape View Of Currency On A Black Background

gold cyber monday

Gold Cyber Monday

rows of cars in junk yard aerial

Rows Of Cars In Junk Yard Aerial

soap bars on marble

Soap Bars On Marble

wood working tools framing a work bench

Wood Working Tools Framing A Work Bench

desktop with notebook surrounded by stationary

Desktop With Notebook Surrounded By Stationary

flatlay of book with coffee and phone

Flatlay Of Book With Coffee And Phone

soap made with natural ingredients

Soap Made with Natural Ingredients

multiple candy canes in rows

Multiple Candy Canes in Rows

pink blanket with lavender bundle

Pink Blanket With Lavender Bundle

boxes and packages spread out

Boxes And Packages Spread Out

two sets of barber scissors

Two Sets Of Barber Scissors

flatlay of audio technician

Flatlay Of Audio Technician

close up swamp greens

Close Up Swamp Greens

pine cones and acorns lined up on paper

Pine Cones And Acorns Lined Up On Paper

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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.