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.

pink and red cupcakes on a white background

Pink And Red Cupcakes On A White Background

flat lay view of hockey player against the ice

Flat Lay View Of Hockey Player Against The Ice

mobile phone and walnut speaker

Mobile Phone And Walnut Speaker

carpentry tools covered in sawdust

Carpentry Tools Covered In Sawdust

wireless earbuds in a pink case lay on a table

Wireless Earbuds In A Pink Case Lay On A Table

soap bars on wood

Soap Bars On Wood

wood working tools laid on a bench

Wood Working Tools Laid On A Bench

close up of notebook with hey sunday written

Close Up Of Notebook With Hey Sunday Written

winter pattern

Winter Pattern

top view of dried flowers and gold paper clips

Top View Of Dried Flowers And Gold Paper Clips

plant potting tools and soil

Plant Potting Tools And Soil

living room with coffee table with hot chocolate

Living Room With Coffee Table With Hot Chocolate

flatlay of a wicker basket next to pink flowers

Flatlay Of A Wicker Basket Next To Pink Flowers

fried eggs and black coffee

Fried Eggs And Black Coffee

plant potting tools and soil on a light background

Plant Potting Tools And Soil On A Light Background

carpenter's pencil and tools in sawdust

Carpenter's Pencil And Tools In Sawdust

open book and burnt pages on white sheet

Open Book And Burnt Pages On White Sheet

soft pink flower petals against white

Soft Pink Flower Petals Against White

pink notebook and pink pen

Pink Notebook And Pink Pen

lavender bundle on a pink table

Lavender Bundle On A Pink Table

social distancing in scrabble letters

Social Distancing In Scrabble Letters

oatmeal soap bar

Oatmeal Soap Bar

a close up of wood working tools

A Close Up Of Wood Working Tools

mobile phone with the words inspire on screen

Mobile Phone With The Words Inspire on Screen

necklace laying on a monstera leaf

Necklace Laying On A Monstera Leaf

row of hot peppers

Row Of Hot Peppers

three pine cones on crinkled paper

Three Pine Cones On Crinkled Paper

collage of yellow embellished plates

Collage Of Yellow Embellished Plates

social distance on brown background

Social Distance On Brown Background

water color supplies on a wooden table

Water Color Supplies On A Wooden Table

flatlay of colorful candy easter eggs

Flatlay Of Colorful Candy Easter Eggs

person paints drawing of fashion in yellow

Person Paints Drawing Of Fashion In Yellow

a round white plate full of strawberries

A Round White Plate Full Of Strawberries

gold scissors against black

Gold Scissors Against Black

three disposable face masks on a yellow background

Three Disposable Face Masks On A Yellow Background

phone and travel flatlay of items

Phone And Travel Flatlay Of Items

cell phone and earbuds in sunlight

Cell Phone And Earbuds In Sunlight

portrait image of succulents on dark background

Portrait Image Of Succulents On Dark Background

biscotti lays in a monstera leaf

Biscotti Lays In A Monstera Leaf

view of a computer desk as seen from above

View Of A Computer Desk As Seen From Above

coffee beans laid on a pink background

Coffee Beans Laid On A Pink Background

yoga mat flatlay with laptop and water bottle

Yoga Mat Flatlay With Laptop And Water Bottle

top made of pearls on a pink background

Top Made Of Pearls On A Pink Background

view from above as person sits at white desktop

View From Above As Person Sits At White Desktop

outdoor dessert table with macarons and cake

Outdoor Dessert Table With Macarons And Cake

sawdust covers work bench and tools

Sawdust Covers Work Bench And Tools

calendar page with may at the top

Calendar Page With May At The Top

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

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

three red cards lay on a red background

Three Red Cards Lay On A Red 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.