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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pinecone corner

Pinecone Corner

soap made with natural ingredients

Soap Made with Natural Ingredients

top view of dried flowers and gold paper clips

Top View Of Dried Flowers And Gold Paper Clips

pencils on desk

Pencils On Desk

flatlay of jade face roller laying on a grey stone

Flatlay Of Jade Face Roller Laying On A Grey Stone

soap bars on marble

Soap Bars On Marble

candy corn dish

Candy Corn Dish

gold cyber monday

Gold Cyber Monday

person paints drawing of fashion in yellow

Person Paints Drawing Of Fashion In Yellow

landscape view of currency on a black background

Landscape View Of Currency On A Black Background

mobile phone with the words inspire on screen

Mobile Phone With The Words Inspire on Screen

flatlay of a wicker basket next to pink flowers

Flatlay Of A Wicker Basket Next To Pink Flowers

multiple candy canes in rows

Multiple Candy Canes in Rows

rows of cars in junk yard aerial

Rows Of Cars In Junk Yard Aerial

yoga mat flatlay with laptop and water bottle

Yoga Mat Flatlay With Laptop And Water Bottle

afternoon picnic flatlay

Afternoon Picnic Flatlay

white blocks spells out stay well repeatedly

White Blocks Spells Out Stay Well Repeatedly

mobile phone and walnut speaker

Mobile Phone And Walnut Speaker

pink notebook and pink pen

Pink Notebook And Pink Pen

carpentry tools covered in sawdust

Carpentry Tools Covered In Sawdust

water color supplies on a wooden table

Water Color Supplies On A Wooden Table

pine cones and acorns lined up on paper

Pine Cones And Acorns Lined Up On Paper

biscotti lays in a monstera leaf

Biscotti Lays In A Monstera Leaf

camera looks down on wooden table with two bao buns

Camera Looks Down On Wooden Table With Two Bao Buns

close up of notebook with hey sunday written

Close Up Of Notebook With Hey Sunday Written

flatlay of colorful candy easter eggs

Flatlay Of Colorful Candy Easter Eggs

boxes and packages spread out

Boxes And Packages Spread Out

close up swamp greens

Close Up Swamp Greens

flatlay of audio technician

Flatlay Of Audio Technician

top made of pearls on a pink background

Top Made Of Pearls On A Pink Background

view of a computer desk as seen from above

View Of A Computer Desk As Seen From Above

necklace laying on a monstera leaf

Necklace Laying On A Monstera Leaf

lavender bundle on a pink table

Lavender Bundle On A Pink Table

plant potting tools and soil

Plant Potting Tools And Soil

rounds of raw meat on butcher paper

Rounds Of Raw Meat On Butcher Paper

tiles lay on a black surface reading mental health matters

Tiles Lay On A Black Surface Reading Mental Health Matters

white bowl surrounded by herbs chilis and lime slices

White Bowl Surrounded By Herbs Chilis And Lime Slices

phone and travel flatlay of items

Phone And Travel Flatlay Of Items

flat lay view of hockey player against the ice

Flat Lay View Of Hockey Player Against The Ice

soap bars on wood

Soap Bars On Wood

close up of eye glasses on a computer desk

Close Up Of Eye Glasses On A Computer Desk

an invite lays surrounded by soft pink fabric

An Invite Lays Surrounded By Soft Pink Fabric

outdoor dessert table with macarons and cake

Outdoor Dessert Table With Macarons And Cake

wood working tools laid on a bench

Wood Working Tools Laid On A Bench

plant potting tools and soil on a light background

Plant Potting Tools And Soil On A Light Background

gold spoons in a row filled with loose leaf tea

Gold Spoons In A Row Filled With Loose Leaf Tea

flay lay of gifts string lights and a bottle

Flay Lay Of Gifts String Lights And A Bottle

winter pattern

Winter Pattern

an assortment of vibrant vegetables

An Assortment Of Vibrant Vegetables

view of a person working at their desk from above

View Of A Person Working At Their Desk 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.