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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flatlay of dyed paint brushes laying on black surface

Flatlay Of Dyed Paint Brushes Laying On Black Surface

campers hiking kit

Campers Hiking Kit

black bag with school supplies falling out of it

Black Bag With School Supplies Falling Out Of It

gold tree holiday lights

Gold Tree Holiday Lights

brown package labels

Brown Package Labels

automotive wrecking yard aerial

Automotive Wrecking Yard Aerial

tea cup and teaspoon

Tea Cup And Teaspoon

a toast to yourself

A Toast To Yourself

an invite lays surrounded by soft pink fabric

An Invite Lays Surrounded By Soft Pink Fabric

halloween candy and decor on black

Halloween Candy And Decor On Black

colorful chocolate candy easter eggs on white

Colorful Chocolate Candy Easter Eggs On White

bingo game flatlay

Bingo Game Flatlay

back to school with pencils

Back To School With Pencils

flatlay of a pen next to paper and a laptop and cellphone

Flatlay Of A Pen Next To Paper And A Laptop And Cellphone

artist paint brushes on a black surface

Artist Paint Brushes On A Black Surface

yellow card and a red and gold passport flatlay

Yellow Card And A Red And Gold Passport Flatlay

christmas gift wrap flatlay

Christmas Gift Wrap Flatlay

flatlay of half pomegranate and other assorted fruits

Flatlay Of Half Pomegranate And Other Assorted Fruits

spring essentials on a bed

Spring Essentials On A Bed

the word help spelled out with plastic miniatures

The Word Help Spelled Out With Plastic Miniatures

notebook with hey sunday written

Notebook With Hey Sunday Written

work space from above as they type in a laptop

Work Space From Above As They Type In A Laptop

A Flatlay Of Plants Coffee And Open Notebook

A Flatlay Of Plants Coffee And Open Notebook

person paints drawing of fashion in yellow

Person Paints Drawing Of Fashion In Yellow

soft pink flower petals against white

Soft Pink Flower Petals Against White

white bowl surrounded by herbs chilis and lime slices

White Bowl Surrounded By Herbs Chilis And Lime Slices

cake icing decoration

Cake Icing Decoration

flatlay of painting supplies and books with dried flowers

Flatlay Of Painting Supplies And Books With Dried Flowers

happy easter purple and yellow

Happy Easter Purple and Yellow

phone and travel flatlay of items

Phone And Travel Flatlay Of Items

turntable & record

turntable & Record

flatlay of a red envelope with gold and red chocolates

Flatlay Of A Red Envelope With Gold And Red Chocolates

flatlay of soap and dried crispy leaves

Flatlay Of Soap And Dried Crispy Leaves

money money money

Money Money Money

buttons corner frame

Buttons Corner Frame

flatlay of a camera rubiks cube and hard drive

Flatlay Of A Camera Rubiks Cube And Hard Drive

carrots and friends

Carrots And Friends

biscotti lays in a monstera leaf

Biscotti Lays In A Monstera Leaf

colorful beaded bracelets on a beige background

Colorful Beaded Bracelets On A Beige Background

office flatlay with camera gear and orange fruit

Office Flatlay With Camera Gear And Orange Fruit

flatlay of makeup brushes and makeup on a black plate

Flatlay Of Makeup Brushes And Makeup On A Black Plate

fruit and veggies angle view

Fruit And Veggies Angle View

flatlay of items to make hot chocolate

Flatlay Of Items To Make Hot Chocolate

crafting flatlay on texture

Crafting Flatlay On Texture

artsy layout with a book and coffee

Artsy Layout With A Book And Coffee

nail polish

Nail Polish

orange rubiks cube camera and hard drive

Orange Rubiks Cube Camera And Hard Drive

circuits and wires for building technology

Circuits And Wires For Building Technology

colorful candy in two rows on a white surface

Colorful Candy In Two Rows On A White Surface

flatlay of makeup brush on eyeshadow and lip colors

Flatlay Of Makeup Brush On Eyeshadow And Lip Colors

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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.