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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soap made with natural ingredients

Soap Made with Natural Ingredients

black plastic debit card on a white table

Black Plastic Debit Card On A White Table

aged staples texture

Aged Staples Texture

flatlay of book with coffee and phone

Flatlay Of Book With Coffee And Phone

canoe passing shoreline

Canoe Passing Shoreline

flatlay of picnic prep

Flatlay Of Picnic Prep

mobile phone with the words inspire on screen

Mobile Phone With The Words Inspire on Screen

biscotti lays in a monstera leaf

Biscotti Lays In A Monstera Leaf

wood working tools framing a work bench

Wood Working Tools Framing A Work Bench

chocolate pie & spoon

Chocolate Pie & Spoon

flatlay of a wicker basket next to pink flowers

Flatlay Of A Wicker Basket Next To Pink Flowers

pinecone corner

Pinecone Corner

white bowl surrounded by herbs chilis and lime slices

White Bowl Surrounded By Herbs Chilis And Lime Slices

gold spoons in a row filled with loose leaf tea

Gold Spoons In A Row Filled With Loose Leaf Tea

person paints drawing of fashion in yellow

Person Paints Drawing Of Fashion In Yellow

flatlay of colorful candy easter eggs

Flatlay Of Colorful Candy Easter Eggs

multiple candy canes in rows

Multiple Candy Canes in Rows

a flat lay of wood working bench

A Flat Lay Of Wood Working Bench

soap bars on marble

Soap Bars On Marble

rounds of raw meat on butcher paper

Rounds Of Raw Meat On Butcher Paper

gold cyber monday

Gold Cyber Monday

bruschetta with balsamic on pan

Bruschetta With Balsamic On Pan

flatlay of notebooks and a laptop keyboard

Flatlay Of Notebooks And A Laptop Keyboard

pink notebook and pink pen

Pink Notebook And Pink Pen

flay lay of gifts string lights and a bottle

Flay Lay Of Gifts String Lights And A Bottle

flatlay of coffee and items ready to travel

Flatlay Of Coffee And Items Ready To Travel

outdoor dessert table with macarons and cake

Outdoor Dessert Table With Macarons And Cake

pencils on desk

Pencils On Desk

mobile phone and walnut speaker

Mobile Phone And Walnut Speaker

top made of pearls on a pink background

Top Made Of Pearls On A Pink Background

candy corn dish

Candy Corn Dish

rows of cars in junk yard aerial

Rows Of Cars In Junk Yard Aerial

a pocket watch laying on a black and orange background

A Pocket Watch Laying On A Black And Orange Background

landscape view of currency on a black background

Landscape View Of Currency On A Black Background

water color supplies on a wooden table

Water Color Supplies On A Wooden Table

necklace laying on a monstera leaf

Necklace Laying On A Monstera Leaf

carpentry tools covered in sawdust

Carpentry Tools Covered In Sawdust

tiles read self love club next to a pink flower

Tiles Read Self Love Club Next To A Pink Flower

view of a computer desk as seen from above

View Of A Computer Desk As Seen From Above

an invite lays surrounded by soft pink fabric

An Invite Lays Surrounded By Soft Pink Fabric

pine cones and acorns lined up on paper

Pine Cones And Acorns Lined Up On Paper

colorful candy eggs against a white background

Colorful Candy Eggs Against A White Background

close up of eye glasses on a computer desk

Close Up Of Eye Glasses On A Computer Desk

phone and travel flatlay of items

Phone And Travel Flatlay Of Items

afternoon picnic flatlay

Afternoon Picnic Flatlay

close up of notebook with hey sunday written

Close Up Of Notebook With Hey Sunday Written

flatlay of half pomegranate and other assorted fruits

Flatlay Of Half Pomegranate And Other Assorted Fruits

lavender bundle on a pink table

Lavender Bundle On A Pink Table

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.