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

white pizza slices and cutter

White Pizza Slices And Cutter

lined notebook with a cellphone resting on it

Lined Notebook With A Cellphone Resting On It

flatlay of orange objects in a line

Flatlay Of Orange Objects In A Line

flatlay of clean paint brushes on a black surface

Flatlay Of Clean Paint Brushes On A Black Surface

flatlay of boxes on left side of table

Flatlay Of Boxes On Left Side Of Table

ready, set, picnic

Ready, Set, Picnic

carrot gradient with greens

Carrot Gradient With Greens

eight bagels on a silver metal cooling rack

Eight Bagels On A Silver Metal Cooling Rack

a wooden chess board at the start of the game

A Wooden Chess Board At The Start Of The Game

spoons lined up holding loose leaf tea

Spoons Lined Up Holding Loose Leaf Tea

flatlay of two bars of white soap and dried leaves

Flatlay Of Two Bars Of White Soap And Dried Leaves

four hearts lay spaced out on a white background

Four Hearts Lay Spaced Out On A White Background

sunglasses and nail polish for holidays

Sunglasses And Nail Polish For Holidays

celebrating silver

Celebrating Silver

solar eclipse notebook

Solar Eclipse Notebook

three oranges and three fanned out red cards on white

Three Oranges And Three Fanned Out Red Cards On White

water color supplies on a wooden table

Water Color Supplies On A Wooden Table

flatlay of a open book surrounded by fresh fruit on white silk

Flatlay Of A Open Book Surrounded By Fresh Fruit On White Silk

hay bail close up

Hay Bail Close Up

flatlay of a phone display with glasses and a green vine

Flatlay Of A Phone Display With Glasses And A Green Vine

trumpet tamborine and flute instruments

Trumpet Tamborine And Flute Instruments

shipping labels

Shipping Labels

slices of homemade pizza with olives on a green plate

Slices Of Homemade Pizza With Olives On A Green Plate

flatlay of a yellow plastic card with a tap chip in it

Flatlay Of A Yellow Plastic Card With A Tap Chip In It

flatlay of a tablet cellphone and laptop keyboard on grey

Flatlay Of A Tablet Cellphone And Laptop Keyboard ON Grey

mobile phone and walnut speaker

Mobile Phone And Walnut Speaker

halloween candy corn

Halloween Candy Corn

a touch of glamour

A Touch Of Glamour

social distance in letter tiles

Social Distance In Letter Tiles

birthday cake from above

Birthday Cake From Above

flatlay of a picnic in the shadow of a lace umbrella

Flatlay Of A Picnic In The Shadow Of A Lace Umbrella

three red cards lay on a red background

Three Red Cards Lay On A Red Background

bars of soap lay on a wooden surface

Bars Of Soap Lay On A Wooden Surface

vegetables on wood surface flatlay

Vegetables On Wood Surface Flatlay

three red cards fanned out on a red background

Three Red Cards Fanned Out On A Red Background

clothes fan

Clothes Fan

flatlay of varied plated food on white plates

Flatlay Of Varied Plated Food On White Plates

three notebooks against a pink background

Three Notebooks Against A Pink Background

flatlay of wooden toothbrushes laying bristles up on blue

Flatlay Of Wooden Toothbrushes Laying Bristles Up On Blue

ends of colored pencils lines up

Ends Of Colored Pencils Lines Up

cell phone and earbuds in sunlight

Cell Phone And Earbuds In Sunlight

colorful paint brushes in front of black background

Colorful Paint Brushes In Front Of Black Background

french fries on yellow

French Fries On Yellow

wooden toothbrushes lay on a vibrant orange background

Wooden Toothbrushes Lay On A Vibrant Orange Background

letter board with the words merry christmas

Letter Board With The Words Merry Christmas

a round white plate full of strawberries

A Round White Plate Full Of Strawberries

laptop and a cell phone showing a graph on orange table

Laptop And A Cell Phone Showing A Graph On Orange Table

two vintage cameras set on a white background

Two Vintage Cameras Set On A White Background

travel plans are the best plans

Travel Plans Are The Best Plans

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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.