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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cell phone and earbuds in sunlight

Cell Phone And Earbuds In Sunlight


white pizza and herbs

White Pizza And Herbs


three paper woven carrots

Three Paper Woven Carrots


flatlay of boxes surrounding table

Flatlay Of Boxes Surrounding Table


white tiles spell out self love club

White Tiles Spell Out Self Love Club


artists colorful paint brush collection laid out

Artists Colorful Paint Brush Collection Laid Out


flatlay of a makeup brush and loose makeup on white

Flatlay Of A Makeup Brush And Loose Makeup On White


a round white plate full of strawberries

A Round White Plate Full Of Strawberries


phone and travel flatlay of items

Phone And Travel Flatlay Of Items


flatlay of dyed paint brushes laying on black surface

Flatlay Of Dyed Paint Brushes Laying On Black Surface


selection of fresh veg

Selection Of Fresh Veg


flatlay of makeup on a round white plate

Flatlay Of Makeup On A Round White Plate


flatlay of soap and dried crispy leaves

Flatlay Of Soap And Dried Crispy Leaves


water color supplies on a wooden table

Water Color Supplies On A Wooden Table


black bag lays with items for school falling out of it

Black Bag Lays With Items For School Falling Out Of It


pink blanket with lavender bundle

Pink Blanket With Lavender Bundle


the word help spelled out with plastic miniatures

The Word Help Spelled Out With Plastic Miniatures


flatlay of a red envelope with gold and red chocolates

Flatlay Of A Red Envelope With Gold And Red Chocolates


candy corn in dish

Candy Corn In Dish


flatlay of items to make hot chocolate

Flatlay Of Items To Make Hot Chocolate


mobile phone and walnut speaker

Mobile Phone And Walnut Speaker


rustic tea service

Rustic Tea Service


avocado toast on cutting board

Avocado Toast On Cutting Board


top view of dried flowers and gold paper clips

Top View Of Dried Flowers And Gold Paper Clips


work space from above as they type in a laptop

Work Space From Above As They Type In A Laptop


solar eclipse checklist

Solar Eclipse Checklist


rounds of raw meat on butcher paper

Rounds Of Raw Meat On Butcher Paper


artist paint brushes on a black surface

Artist Paint Brushes On A Black Surface


bright flatlay of a makeup pallet and other items

Bright Flatlay Of A Makeup Pallet And Other Items


wireless earbuds in a pink case lay on a table

Wireless Earbuds In A Pink Case Lay On A Table


flatlay of a notebook pen laptop and cellphone

Flatlay Of A Notebook Pen Laptop And Cellphone


office flatlay with camera gear and orange fruit

Office Flatlay With Camera Gear And Orange Fruit


a stack of currency on a black background

A Stack Of Currency On A Black Background


flatlay of two bars of white soap and dried leaves

Flatlay Of Two Bars Of White Soap And Dried Leaves


yellow card and a red and gold passport flatlay

Yellow Card And A Red And Gold Passport Flatlay


packages ready to ship to customers

Packages Ready To Ship To Customers


spoons lined up holding loose leaf tea

Spoons Lined Up Holding Loose Leaf Tea


colorful beaded bracelets on a beige background

Colorful Beaded Bracelets On A Beige Background


flatlay of a pen next to paper and a laptop and cellphone

Flatlay Of A Pen Next To Paper And A Laptop And Cellphone


tea set on wooden table

Tea Set On Wooden Table


a wooden chess board at the start of the game

A Wooden Chess Board At The Start Of The Game


fresh veg flatlay

Fresh Veg Flatlay


black bag with school supplies falling out of it

Black Bag With School Supplies Falling Out Of It


flatlay of painting supplies and books with dried flowers

Flatlay Of Painting Supplies And Books With Dried Flowers


A Flatlay Of Plants Coffee And Open Notebook

A Flatlay Of Plants Coffee And Open Notebook


three red cards lay on a red background

Three Red Cards Lay On A Red Background


three red cards fanned out on a red background

Three Red Cards Fanned Out On A Red Background


three oranges and three fanned out red cards on white

Three Oranges And Three Fanned Out Red Cards On White


flatlay of a camera rubiks cube and hard drive

Flatlay Of A Camera Rubiks Cube And Hard Drive


four hearts lay spaced out on a white background

Four Hearts Lay Spaced Out On A White 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.