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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work space from above as they type in a laptop

Work Space From Above As They Type In A Laptop


birthday cake from above

Birthday Cake From Above


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

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


vegetables on wood surface flatlay

Vegetables On Wood Surface Flatlay


yellow card and a red and gold passport flatlay

Yellow Card And A Red And Gold Passport Flatlay


flatlay of a red envelope with gold and red chocolates

Flatlay Of A Red Envelope With Gold And Red Chocolates


three notebooks against a pink background

Three Notebooks Against A Pink Background


flatlay of items to make hot chocolate

Flatlay Of Items To Make Hot Chocolate


A Flatlay Of Plants Coffee And Open Notebook

A Flatlay Of Plants Coffee And Open Notebook


flatlay of a camera rubiks cube and hard drive

Flatlay Of A Camera Rubiks Cube And Hard Drive


clothes fan

Clothes Fan


office flatlay with camera gear and orange fruit

Office Flatlay With Camera Gear And Orange Fruit


french fries on yellow

French Fries On Yellow


colorful beaded bracelets on a beige background

Colorful Beaded Bracelets On A Beige Background


flatlay of painting supplies and books with dried flowers

Flatlay Of Painting Supplies And Books With Dried Flowers


water color supplies on a wooden table

Water Color Supplies On A Wooden Table


a wooden chess board at the start of the game

A Wooden Chess Board At The Start Of The Game


orange rubiks cube camera and hard drive

Orange Rubiks Cube Camera And Hard Drive


colorful candy in two rows on a white surface

Colorful Candy In Two Rows On A White Surface


flatlay of two bars of white soap and dried leaves

Flatlay Of Two Bars Of White Soap And Dried Leaves


spoons lined up holding loose leaf tea

Spoons Lined Up Holding Loose Leaf Tea


letter board with the words merry christmas

Letter Board With The Words Merry Christmas


four hearts lay spaced out on a white background

Four Hearts Lay Spaced Out On A White Background


mobile phone and walnut speaker

Mobile Phone And Walnut Speaker


flatlay of orange objects in a line

Flatlay Of Orange Objects In A Line


cell phone and earbuds in sunlight

Cell Phone And Earbuds In Sunlight


hot pizza from the box

Hot Pizza From The Box


three oranges and three fanned out red cards on white

Three Oranges And Three Fanned Out Red Cards On White


a round white plate full of strawberries

A Round White Plate Full Of Strawberries


flatlay of clean paint brushes on a black surface

Flatlay Of Clean Paint Brushes On A Black Surface


flatlay of a phone display with glasses and a green vine

Flatlay Of A Phone Display With Glasses And A Green Vine


travel plans are the best plans

Travel Plans Are The Best Plans


carrot gradient flatlay

Carrot Gradient Flatlay


eight bagels on a silver metal cooling rack

Eight Bagels On A Silver Metal Cooling Rack


halloween candy bowl

Halloween Candy Bowl


flatlay of a tablet cellphone and laptop keyboard on grey

Flatlay Of A Tablet Cellphone And Laptop Keyboard ON Grey


portobello mushroom and onion

Portobello Mushroom And Onion


lined notebook with a cellphone resting on it

Lined Notebook With A Cellphone Resting On It


flatlay of makeup brush on eyeshadow and lip colors

Flatlay Of Makeup Brush On Eyeshadow And Lip Colors


flatlay of a yellow plastic card with a tap chip in it

Flatlay Of A Yellow Plastic Card With A Tap Chip In It


flatlay of makeup brushes and makeup on a black plate

Flatlay Of Makeup Brushes And Makeup On A Black Plate


flatlay of boxes surrounding table

Flatlay Of Boxes Surrounding Table


three red cards lay on a red background

Three Red Cards Lay On A Red Background


slices of homemade pizza with olives on a green plate

Slices Of Homemade Pizza With Olives On A Green Plate


school is starting crayons

School Is Starting Crayons


bars of soap lay on a wooden surface

Bars Of Soap Lay On A Wooden Surface


three red cards fanned out on a red background

Three Red Cards Fanned Out On A Red Background


silver fishing lure

Silver Fishing Lure


flatlay of a open book surrounded by fresh fruit on white silk

Flatlay Of A Open Book Surrounded By Fresh Fruit On White Silk


flatlay of wooden toothbrushes laying bristles up on blue

Flatlay Of Wooden Toothbrushes Laying Bristles Up On Blue


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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.