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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handmade natural soap with ingredients

Handmade Natural Soap With Ingredients

flatlay of coffee and computer on wooden surface

Flatlay Of Coffee And Computer On Wooden Surface

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

halloween candy corn

Halloween Candy Corn

phone flatlay product photography

Phone Flatlay Product Photography

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

pink and red cupcakes on a white background

Pink And Red Cupcakes On A White Background

makeup brush lays on vibrant red lipstick color

Makeup Brush Lays On Vibrant Red Lipstick Color

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

hot pizza from the box

Hot Pizza From The Box

gold spoons in a row filled with loose leaf tea

Gold Spoons In A Row Filled With Loose Leaf Tea

open book and burnt pages on white sheet

Open Book And Burnt Pages On White Sheet

silver fishing lure

Silver Fishing Lure

clothes fan

Clothes Fan

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

selection of fresh veg

Selection Of Fresh Veg

biscotti lays in a monstera leaf

Biscotti Lays In A Monstera Leaf

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.