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 boxes on left side of table

Flatlay Of Boxes On Left Side Of Table

carrot gradient with greens

Carrot Gradient With Greens

ready, set, picnic

Ready, Set, Picnic

celebrating silver

Celebrating Silver

shipping labels

Shipping Labels

sunglasses and nail polish for holidays

Sunglasses And Nail Polish For Holidays

solar eclipse notebook

Solar Eclipse Notebook

hay bail close up

Hay Bail Close Up

yoga mat flatlay with laptop and water bottle

Yoga Mat Flatlay With Laptop And Water Bottle

flatlay of colorful candy easter eggs

Flatlay Of Colorful Candy Easter Eggs

handmade natural soap with ingredients

Handmade Natural Soap With Ingredients

a pocket watch laying on a black and orange background

A Pocket Watch Laying On A Black And Orange Background

trumpet tamborine and flute instruments

Trumpet Tamborine And Flute Instruments

social distance in letter tiles

Social Distance In Letter Tiles

a touch of glamour

A Touch Of Glamour

tiles read self love club next to a pink flower

Tiles Read Self Love Club Next To A Pink Flower

outdoor dessert table with macarons and cake

Outdoor Dessert Table With Macarons And Cake

birthday cake from above

Birthday Cake From Above

vegetables on wood surface flatlay

Vegetables On Wood Surface Flatlay

soft pink flower petals against white

Soft Pink Flower Petals Against White

two sets of barber scissors

Two Sets Of Barber Scissors

halloween candy corn

Halloween Candy Corn

artsy layout with a book and coffee

Artsy Layout With A Book And Coffee

three notebooks against a pink background

Three Notebooks Against A Pink Background

mobile phone with the words inspire on screen

Mobile Phone With The Words Inspire on Screen

top made of pearls on a pink background

Top Made Of Pearls On A Pink Background

flay lay of gifts string lights and a bottle

Flay Lay Of Gifts String Lights And A Bottle

backpack with books a map and tech falling out of it

Backpack With Books A Map And Tech Falling Out Of It

french fries on yellow

French Fries On Yellow

colorful candy eggs against a white background

Colorful Candy Eggs Against A White Background

flatlay of a camera surrounded by camera equipment

Flatlay Of A Camera Surrounded By Camera Equipment

dark wooden table with notebooks a leaf and a yellow pen

Dark Wooden Table With Notebooks A Leaf And A Yellow Pen

clothes fan

Clothes Fan

hot pizza from the box

Hot Pizza From The Box

biscotti lays in a monstera leaf

Biscotti Lays In A Monstera Leaf

breakfast in white crisp bed sheets

Breakfast In White Crisp Bed Sheets

letter board with the words merry christmas

Letter Board With The Words Merry Christmas

carrot gradient flatlay

Carrot Gradient Flatlay

white bowl surrounded by herbs chilis and lime slices

White Bowl Surrounded By Herbs Chilis And Lime Slices

portobello mushroom and onion

Portobello Mushroom And Onion

flatlay saying follow your dreams with coffee next to it

Flatlay Saying Follow Your Dreams With Coffee Next To It

silver fishing lure

Silver Fishing Lure

person paints drawing of fashion in yellow

Person Paints Drawing Of Fashion In Yellow

colorful chocolate candy easter eggs on white

Colorful Chocolate Candy Easter Eggs On White

school is starting crayons

School Is Starting Crayons

camera lays on brown table surrounded by video equipment

Camera Lays On Brown Table Surrounded By Video Equipment

an invite lays surrounded by soft pink fabric

An Invite Lays Surrounded By Soft Pink Fabric

halloween candy bowl

Halloween Candy Bowl

travel plans are the best plans

Travel Plans Are The Best Plans

flatlay of half pomegranate and other assorted fruits

Flatlay Of Half Pomegranate And Other Assorted Fruits

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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.