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.

stationary ready to set new year goals

Stationary Ready To Set New Year Goals

plant potting tools and soil

Plant Potting Tools And Soil

phone flatlay product photography

Phone Flatlay Product Photography

a close up of wood working tools

A Close Up Of Wood Working Tools

row of hot peppers

Row Of Hot Peppers

social distancing in scrabble letters

Social Distancing In Scrabble Letters

two sets of barber scissors

Two Sets Of Barber Scissors

three pine cones on crinkled paper

Three Pine Cones On Crinkled Paper

oatmeal soap bar

Oatmeal Soap Bar

social distance on brown background

Social Distance On Brown Background

plant potting tools and soil on a light background

Plant Potting Tools And Soil On A Light Background

mobile phone and walnut speaker

Mobile Phone And Walnut Speaker

collage of yellow embellished plates

Collage Of Yellow Embellished Plates

close up of notebook with hey sunday written

Close Up Of Notebook With Hey Sunday Written

portrait image of succulents on dark background

Portrait Image Of Succulents On Dark Background

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desktop with notebook surrounded by stationary

Desktop With Notebook Surrounded By Stationary

sawdust covers work bench and tools

Sawdust Covers Work Bench And Tools

pink blanket with lavender bundle

Pink Blanket With Lavender Bundle

social distancing in wooden letter tiles

Social Distancing In Wooden Letter Tiles

scrabble letters spell distancing

Scrabble Letters Spell Distancing

calendar page with may at the top

Calendar Page With May At The Top

lavender bundle on a pink table

Lavender Bundle On A Pink Table

wireless earbuds in a pink case lay on a table

Wireless Earbuds In A Pink Case Lay On A Table

gold scissors against black

Gold Scissors Against Black

pink notebook and pink pen

Pink Notebook And Pink Pen

flatlay of a wicker basket next to pink flowers

Flatlay Of A Wicker Basket Next To Pink Flowers

biscotti lays in a monstera leaf

Biscotti Lays In A Monstera Leaf

top view of dried flowers and gold paper clips

Top View Of Dried Flowers And Gold Paper Clips

social distancing on a white background

Social Distancing On A White Background

necklace laying on a monstera leaf

Necklace Laying On A Monstera Leaf

flatlay of a notebook with pen and cellphone

Flatlay Of A Notebook With Pen And Cellphone

wfh acronym in letter tiles

WFH Acronym In Letter Tiles

open book and burnt pages on white sheet

Open Book And Burnt Pages On White Sheet

water color supplies on a wooden table

Water Color Supplies On A Wooden Table

social distancing on a board game

Social Distancing On A Board Game

distancing in wooden letter tiles

Distancing In Wooden Letter Tiles

person paints drawing of fashion in yellow

Person Paints Drawing Of Fashion In Yellow

comb and scissors with a drink

Comb And Scissors With A Drink

phone and travel flatlay of items

Phone And Travel Flatlay Of Items

cell phone and earbuds in sunlight

Cell Phone And Earbuds In Sunlight

flatlay of books with plants and a smoothie on a white sheet

Flatlay Of Books With Plants And A Smoothie On A White Sheet

soft pink flower petals against white

Soft Pink Flower Petals Against White

top made of pearls on a pink background

Top Made Of Pearls On A Pink Background

mobile phone with the words inspire on screen

Mobile Phone With The Words Inspire on Screen

a round white plate full of strawberries

A Round White Plate Full Of Strawberries

outdoor dessert table with macarons and cake

Outdoor Dessert Table With Macarons And Cake

gold pocket watch on a black notebook

Gold Pocket Watch On A Black Notebook

shadowed flatlay of lavender and a necklace

Shadowed Flatlay Of Lavender And A Necklace

pearl top lays in shadowed lights on pink background

Pearl Top Lays In Shadowed Lights On 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.