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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flatlay of a red envelope with gold and red chocolates

Flatlay Of A Red Envelope With Gold And Red Chocolates


wood working tools laid on a bench

Wood Working Tools Laid On A Bench


the word help spelled out with plastic miniatures

The Word Help Spelled Out With Plastic Miniatures


hand holds a stainer from a cup of tea

Hand Holds A Stainer From A Cup Of Tea


tiles read self love club next to a pink flower

Tiles Read Self Love Club Next To A Pink Flower


colorful candy eggs against a white background

Colorful Candy Eggs Against A White Background


winter pattern

Winter Pattern


plant potting tools and soil on a light background

Plant Potting Tools And Soil On A Light Background


flatlay of half pomegranate and other assorted fruits

Flatlay Of Half Pomegranate And Other Assorted Fruits


flatlay of items to make hot chocolate

Flatlay Of Items To Make Hot Chocolate


gold scissors against black

Gold Scissors Against Black


office flatlay with camera gear and orange fruit

Office Flatlay With Camera Gear And Orange Fruit


fried eggs and black coffee

Fried Eggs And Black Coffee


wooden table with latte and open book with glasses

Wooden Table With Latte And Open Book With Glasses


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


flatlay of soap and dried crispy leaves

Flatlay Of Soap And Dried Crispy Leaves


flatlay of two bars of white soap and dried leaves

Flatlay Of Two Bars Of White Soap And Dried Leaves


a close up of wood working tools

A Close Up Of Wood Working Tools


colorful chocolate candy easter eggs on white

Colorful Chocolate Candy Easter Eggs On White


social distancing in scrabble letters

Social Distancing In Scrabble Letters


row of hot peppers

Row Of Hot Peppers


iron skillet with meat and potatoes on wooden board

Iron Skillet With Meat And Potatoes On Wooden Board


three oranges and three fanned out red cards on white

Three Oranges And Three Fanned Out Red Cards On White


flatlay of a laptop and cellphone with notebook

Flatlay Of A Laptop And Cellphone With Notebook


oatmeal soap bar

Oatmeal Soap Bar


carpenter's pencil and tools in sawdust

Carpenter's Pencil And Tools In Sawdust


a mug surrounded by a soft blue blanket

A Mug Surrounded By A Soft Blue Blanket


white tiles spell out self love club

White Tiles Spell Out Self Love Club


laptop and a cell phone showing a graph on orange table

Laptop And A Cell Phone Showing A Graph On Orange Table


collage of yellow embellished plates

Collage Of Yellow Embellished Plates


spoons lined up holding loose leaf tea

Spoons Lined Up Holding Loose Leaf Tea


flat lay of bars of soap in green holders

Flat Lay Of Bars Of Soap In Green Holders


bars of soap lay on a wooden surface

Bars Of Soap Lay On A Wooden Surface


dumplings chopsticks and sauce on a red cloth viewed from above

Dumplings Chopsticks And Sauce On A Red Cloth Viewed From Above


three pine cones on crinkled paper

Three Pine Cones On Crinkled Paper


ends of colored pencils lines up

Ends Of Colored Pencils Lines Up


ripe red strawberries fill a frame

Ripe Red Strawberries Fill A Frame


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

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


top view of a chocolate ice cream beverage

Top View Of A Chocolate Ice Cream Beverage


flatlay of a camera surrounded by camera equipment

Flatlay Of A Camera Surrounded By Camera Equipment


top down view working from home on a bed

Top Down View Working From Home On A Bed


home office lit by computer monitors

Home Office Lit By Computer Monitors


pearl top lays in shadowed lights on pink background

Pearl Top Lays In Shadowed Lights On Pink Background


colored pencils scattered shown from above

Colored Pencils Scattered Shown From Above


flatlay of wooden toothbrushes laying bristles up on blue

Flatlay Of Wooden Toothbrushes Laying Bristles Up On Blue


camera lays on brown table surrounded by video equipment

Camera Lays On Brown Table Surrounded By Video Equipment


shadowed flatlay of lavender and a necklace

Shadowed Flatlay Of Lavender And A Necklace


flatlay on a bed with notebook laptop and camera

Flatlay On A Bed With Notebook Laptop And Camera


flatlay of orange beverage with lime and orange garnish

Flatlay Of Orange Beverage With Lime And Orange Garnish


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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.