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 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


orange rubiks cube camera and hard drive

Orange Rubiks Cube Camera And Hard Drive


bruschetta with balsamic on pan

Bruschetta With Balsamic On Pan


colorful candy in two rows on a white surface

Colorful Candy In Two Rows On A White Surface


natural soap with cucumber

Natural Soap With Cucumber


flatlay of orange objects in a line

Flatlay Of Orange Objects In A Line


small wrenches in a line

Small Wrenches In A Line


flatlay of wooden toothbrushes laying bristles up on blue

Flatlay Of Wooden Toothbrushes Laying Bristles Up On Blue


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

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


ends of colored pencils lines up

Ends Of Colored Pencils Lines Up


flatlay of a wicker basket next to pink flowers

Flatlay Of A Wicker Basket Next To Pink Flowers


bars of soap lay on a wooden surface

Bars Of Soap Lay On A Wooden Surface


flatlay of clean paint brushes on a black surface

Flatlay Of Clean Paint Brushes On A Black Surface


cut vegetables over wood surface

Cut Vegetables Over Wood Surface


flatlay of varied plated food on white plates

Flatlay Of Varied Plated Food On White Plates


flat lay of bars of soap in green holders

Flat Lay Of Bars Of Soap In Green Holders


laptop and a cell phone showing a graph on orange table

Laptop And A Cell Phone Showing A Graph On Orange Table


flatlay of a tablet cellphone and laptop keyboard on grey

Flatlay Of A Tablet Cellphone And Laptop Keyboard ON Grey


close up of eye glasses on a computer desk

Close Up Of Eye Glasses On A Computer Desk


solar eclipse flatlay

Solar Eclipse Flatlay


eight bagels on a silver metal cooling rack

Eight Bagels On A Silver Metal Cooling Rack


paper snow has fallen

Paper Snow Has Fallen


pink notebook and pink pen

Pink Notebook And Pink Pen


flatlay of a picnic in the shadow of a lace umbrella

Flatlay Of A Picnic In The Shadow Of A Lace Umbrella


wooden toothbrushes lay on a vibrant orange background

Wooden Toothbrushes Lay On A Vibrant Orange Background


colored pencils scattered shown from above

Colored Pencils Scattered Shown From Above


soap made with natural ingredients

Soap Made with Natural Ingredients


flatlay of book with coffee and phone

Flatlay Of Book With Coffee And Phone


colorful paint brushes in front of black background

Colorful Paint Brushes In Front Of Black Background


lined notebook with a cellphone resting on it

Lined Notebook With A Cellphone Resting On It


flatlay of a phone display with glasses and a green vine

Flatlay Of A Phone Display With Glasses And A Green Vine


an assortment of vibrant vegetables

An Assortment Of Vibrant Vegetables


flatlay of fruit and vegetables on a wooden cutting board

Flatlay Of Fruit And Vegetables On A Wooden Cutting Board


view of a computer desk as seen from above

View Of A Computer Desk As Seen From Above


harmonica on sheet music

Harmonica On Sheet Music


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


slices of homemade pizza with olives on a green plate

Slices Of Homemade Pizza With Olives On A Green Plate


wooden toothbrushes in a row against a green background

Wooden Toothbrushes In A Row Against A Green Background


view of a person working at their desk from above

View Of A Person Working At Their Desk From Above


wooden rolling pin lays on top of rolled out dough

Wooden Rolling Pin Lays On Top Of Rolled Out Dough


flatlay of embroidery coffee and dried flowers

Flatlay Of Embroidery Coffee And Dried Flowers


a sliced bell pepper surrounded by other cooking items

A Sliced Bell Pepper Surrounded By Other Cooking Items


flatlay of makeup brushes and makeup on a black plate

Flatlay Of Makeup Brushes And Makeup On A Black Plate


camera looks down at a mug with petals scattered around it

Camera Looks Down At A Mug With Petals Scattered Around It


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

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


sliced watermelon and ripe cherries

Sliced Watermelon And Ripe Cherries


raw red meat lays in a wooden cutting board

Raw Red Meat Lays In A Wooden Cutting Board


flatlay of makeup brush on eyeshadow and lip colors

Flatlay Of Makeup Brush On Eyeshadow And Lip Colors


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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.