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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top made of pearls on a pink background

Top Made Of Pearls On A Pink Background

wireless earbuds in a pink case lay on a table

Wireless Earbuds In A Pink Case Lay On A Table

a stack of currency on a black background

A Stack Of Currency On A Black Background

person paints drawing of fashion in yellow

Person Paints Drawing Of Fashion In Yellow

tea set on wooden table

Tea Set On Wooden Table

colorful candy eggs against a white background

Colorful Candy Eggs Against A White Background

fresh veg flatlay

Fresh Veg Flatlay

top view of dried flowers and gold paper clips

Top View Of Dried Flowers And Gold Paper Clips

candy cane pattern

Candy Cane Pattern

flatlay of a camera surrounded by camera equipment

Flatlay Of A Camera Surrounded By Camera Equipment

rounds of raw meat on butcher paper

Rounds Of Raw Meat On Butcher Paper

small wrenches in a line

Small Wrenches In A Line

flatlay of half pomegranate and other assorted fruits

Flatlay Of Half Pomegranate And Other Assorted Fruits

an invite lays surrounded by soft pink fabric

An Invite Lays Surrounded By Soft Pink Fabric

natural soap with cucumber

Natural Soap With Cucumber

water color supplies on a wooden table

Water Color Supplies On A Wooden Table

mobile phone and walnut speaker

Mobile Phone And Walnut Speaker

colorful chocolate candy easter eggs on white

Colorful Chocolate Candy Easter Eggs On White

portrait image of plants and potting tools on a light background

Portrait Image Of Plants And Potting Tools On A Light Background

cut vegetables over wood surface

Cut Vegetables Over Wood Surface

phone and travel flatlay of items

Phone And Travel Flatlay Of Items

white tiles spell out self love club

White Tiles Spell Out Self Love Club

camera lays on brown table surrounded by video equipment

Camera Lays On Brown Table Surrounded By Video Equipment

flatlay of items to make hot chocolate

Flatlay Of Items To Make Hot Chocolate

paper snow has fallen

Paper Snow Has Fallen

flatlay of a red envelope with gold and red chocolates

Flatlay Of A Red Envelope With Gold And Red Chocolates

solar eclipse flatlay

Solar Eclipse Flatlay

flatlay of a wicker basket next to pink flowers

Flatlay Of A Wicker Basket Next To Pink Flowers

flatlay saying follow your dreams with coffee next to it

Flatlay Saying Follow Your Dreams With Coffee Next To It

the word help spelled out with plastic miniatures

The Word Help Spelled Out With Plastic Miniatures

flatlay of book with coffee and phone

Flatlay Of Book With Coffee And Phone

soap made with natural ingredients

Soap Made with Natural Ingredients

harmonica on sheet music

Harmonica On Sheet Music

pink notebook and pink pen

Pink Notebook And Pink Pen

flat lay of black screws

Flat Lay Of Black Screws

flatlay of boxes on lower half of table

Flatlay Of Boxes On Lower Half Of Table

flatlay of soap and dried crispy leaves

Flatlay Of Soap And Dried Crispy Leaves

dark wooden table with notebooks a leaf and a yellow pen

Dark Wooden Table With Notebooks A Leaf And A Yellow Pen

close up of eye glasses on a computer desk

Close Up Of Eye Glasses On A Computer Desk

bruschetta with balsamic on pan

Bruschetta With Balsamic On Pan

office flatlay with camera gear and orange fruit

Office Flatlay With Camera Gear And Orange Fruit

breakfast in white crisp bed sheets

Breakfast In White Crisp Bed Sheets

artists colorful paint brush collection laid out

Artists Colorful Paint Brush Collection Laid Out

flatlay of two bars of white soap and dried leaves

Flatlay Of Two Bars Of White Soap And Dried Leaves

wood working tools framing a work bench

Wood Working Tools Framing A Work Bench

aged staples texture

Aged Staples Texture

spoons lined up holding loose leaf tea

Spoons Lined Up Holding Loose Leaf Tea

flatlay of dyed paint brushes laying on black surface

Flatlay Of Dyed Paint Brushes Laying On Black Surface

an assortment of vibrant vegetables

An Assortment Of Vibrant Vegetables

soap bars on marble

Soap Bars On Marble

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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.