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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mobile phone with the words inspire on screen

Mobile Phone With The Words Inspire on Screen

cake icing decoration

Cake Icing Decoration

colorful candy eggs against a white background

Colorful Candy Eggs Against A White Background

notebook with hey sunday written

Notebook With Hey Sunday Written

happy easter purple and yellow

Happy Easter Purple and Yellow

flatlay saying follow your dreams with coffee next to it

Flatlay Saying Follow Your Dreams With Coffee Next To It

black bag lays with items for school falling out of it

Black Bag Lays With Items For School Falling Out Of It

flatlay of a makeup brush and loose makeup on white

Flatlay Of A Makeup Brush And Loose Makeup On White

turntable & record

turntable & Record

buttons corner frame

Buttons Corner Frame

money money money

Money Money Money

camera lays on brown table surrounded by video equipment

Camera Lays On Brown Table Surrounded By Video Equipment

flatlay of makeup on a round white plate

Flatlay Of Makeup On A Round White Plate

soft pink flower petals against white

Soft Pink Flower Petals Against White

carrots and friends

Carrots And Friends

fruit and veggies angle view

Fruit And Veggies Angle View

crafting flatlay on texture

Crafting Flatlay On Texture

nail polish

Nail Polish

artists colorful paint brush collection laid out

Artists Colorful Paint Brush Collection Laid Out

circuits and wires for building technology

Circuits And Wires For Building Technology

flatlay of boxes on left side of table

Flatlay Of Boxes On Left Side Of Table

white pizza slices and cutter

White Pizza Slices And Cutter

carrot gradient with greens

Carrot Gradient With Greens

colorful chocolate candy easter eggs on white

Colorful Chocolate Candy Easter Eggs On White

handmade natural soap with ingredients

Handmade Natural Soap With Ingredients

ready, set, picnic

Ready, Set, Picnic

an invite lays surrounded by soft pink fabric

An Invite Lays Surrounded By Soft Pink Fabric

white bowl surrounded by herbs chilis and lime slices

White Bowl Surrounded By Herbs Chilis And Lime Slices

celebrating silver

Celebrating Silver

flatlay of half pomegranate and other assorted fruits

Flatlay Of Half Pomegranate And Other Assorted Fruits

artsy layout with a book and coffee

Artsy Layout With A Book And Coffee

flatlay of dyed paint brushes laying on black surface

Flatlay Of Dyed Paint Brushes Laying On Black Surface

bright flatlay of a makeup pallet and other items

Bright Flatlay Of A Makeup Pallet And Other Items

solar eclipse notebook

Solar Eclipse Notebook

hay bail close up

Hay Bail Close Up

sunglasses and nail polish for holidays

Sunglasses And Nail Polish For Holidays

person paints drawing of fashion in yellow

Person Paints Drawing Of Fashion In Yellow

flatlay of a notebook pen laptop and cellphone

Flatlay Of A Notebook Pen Laptop And Cellphone

shipping labels

Shipping Labels

the word help spelled out with plastic miniatures

The Word Help Spelled Out With Plastic Miniatures

trumpet tamborine and flute instruments

Trumpet Tamborine And Flute Instruments

white tiles spell out self love club

White Tiles Spell Out Self Love Club

halloween candy corn

Halloween Candy Corn

biscotti lays in a monstera leaf

Biscotti Lays In A Monstera Leaf

phone and travel flatlay of items

Phone And Travel Flatlay Of Items

social distance in letter tiles

Social Distance In Letter Tiles

a touch of glamour

A Touch Of Glamour

black bag with school supplies falling out of it

Black Bag With School Supplies Falling Out Of It

flatlay of soap and dried crispy leaves

Flatlay Of Soap And Dried Crispy Leaves

birthday cake from above

Birthday Cake From Above

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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.