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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hot pizza from the box

Hot Pizza From The Box

silver fishing lure

Silver Fishing Lure

halloween candy bowl

Halloween Candy Bowl

school is starting crayons

School Is Starting Crayons

carrot gradient flatlay

Carrot Gradient Flatlay

view from above as person sits at white desktop

View From Above As Person Sits At White Desktop

living room with coffee table with hot chocolate

Living Room With Coffee Table With Hot Chocolate

white pizza and herbs

White Pizza And Herbs

flatlay of boxes surrounding table

Flatlay Of Boxes Surrounding Table

three paper woven carrots

Three Paper Woven Carrots

clothes fan

Clothes Fan

coffee beans laid on a pink background

Coffee Beans Laid On A Pink Background

avocado toast on cutting board

Avocado Toast On Cutting Board

travel plans are the best plans

Travel Plans Are The Best Plans

candy corn in dish

Candy Corn In Dish

solar eclipse checklist

Solar Eclipse Checklist

rustic tea service

Rustic Tea Service

white blocks spells out stay well repeatedly

White Blocks Spells Out Stay Well Repeatedly

selection of fresh veg

Selection Of Fresh Veg

phone flatlay product photography

Phone Flatlay Product Photography

flatlay of coffee and computer on wooden surface

Flatlay Of Coffee And Computer On Wooden Surface

packages ready to ship to customers

Packages Ready To Ship To Customers

soft pink flower petals against white

Soft Pink Flower Petals Against White

pink and red cupcakes on a white background

Pink And Red Cupcakes On A White Background

three disposable face masks on a yellow background

Three Disposable Face Masks On A Yellow Background

tea set on wooden table

Tea Set On Wooden Table

a stack of currency on a black background

A Stack Of Currency On A Black Background

cell phone and earbuds in sunlight

Cell Phone And Earbuds In Sunlight

pink blanket with lavender bundle

Pink Blanket With Lavender Bundle

candy cane pattern

Candy Cane Pattern

fresh veg flatlay

Fresh Veg Flatlay

cut vegetables over wood surface

Cut Vegetables Over Wood Surface

small wrenches in a line

Small Wrenches In A Line

open book and burnt pages on white sheet

Open Book And Burnt Pages On White Sheet

wireless earbuds in a pink case lay on a table

Wireless Earbuds In A Pink Case Lay On A Table

natural soap with cucumber

Natural Soap With Cucumber

camera looks down on wooden table with two bao buns

Camera Looks Down On Wooden Table With Two Bao Buns

paper snow has fallen

Paper Snow Has Fallen

two sets of barber scissors

Two Sets Of Barber Scissors

portrait image of plants and potting tools on a light background

Portrait Image Of Plants And Potting Tools On A Light Background

harmonica on sheet music

Harmonica On Sheet Music

solar eclipse flatlay

Solar Eclipse Flatlay

a round white plate full of strawberries

A Round White Plate Full Of Strawberries

flatlay of boxes on lower half of table

Flatlay Of Boxes On Lower Half Of Table

flat lay of black screws

Flat Lay Of Black Screws

yoga mat flatlay with laptop and water bottle

Yoga Mat Flatlay With Laptop And Water Bottle

top view of dried flowers and gold paper clips

Top View Of Dried Flowers And Gold Paper Clips

tiles lay on a black surface reading mental health matters

Tiles Lay On A Black Surface Reading Mental Health Matters

soap made with natural ingredients

Soap Made with Natural Ingredients

canoe passing shoreline

Canoe Passing Shoreline

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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.