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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candy corn dish

Candy Corn Dish


i heart cyber monday

I Heart Cyber Monday


online shopping deals

Online Shopping Deals


online retail cyber monday

Online Retail Cyber Monday


cyber monday sign sale

Cyber Monday Sign Sale


online shopping sale

Online Shopping Sale


holiday shopping sale signs

Holiday Shopping Sale Signs


cyber monday shopping deals

Cyber Monday Shopping Deals


chalkboard cyber monday

Chalkboard Cyber Monday


holiday sales

Holiday Sales


cyber monday shopping sale

Cyber Monday Shopping Sale


cyber monday savings

Cyber Monday Savings


cyber monday shopping

Cyber Monday Shopping


sale sign in chalk

Sale Sign In Chalk


black friday flatlay

Black Friday Flatlay


sale

Sale


sale sign flatlay

Sale Sign Flatlay


black friday deals

Black Friday Deals


cyber monday sale

Cyber Monday Sale


close up swamp greens

Close Up Swamp Greens


light blue typewriter

Light Blue Typewriter


woodgrain with pumpkins

Woodgrain With Pumpkins


woodgrain autumn flatlay

Woodgrain Autumn Flatlay


white pumpkin flatlay

White Pumpkin Flatlay


thanksgiving centerpiece

Thanksgiving Centerpiece


sugar dusted pie

Sugar Dusted Pie


sliced pumpkin pie

Sliced Pumpkin Pie


roasted turkey

Roasted Turkey


roasted rainbow carrots

Roasted Rainbow Carrots


happy thanksgiving pie

Happy Thanksgiving Pie


happy thanksgiving letters

Happy Thanksgiving Letters


happy thanksgiving flatlay

Happy Thanksgiving Flatlay


give thanks flatlay letters

Give Thanks Flatlay Letters


fall season flatlay

Fall Season Flatlay


fall harvest spread

Fall Harvest Spread


fall harvest basket

Fall Harvest Basket


chocolate pie & spoon

Chocolate Pie & Spoon


baked apple pie

Baked Apple Pie


autumn wood texture

Autumn Wood Texture


cake icing decoration

Cake Icing Decoration


butter cream icing swirls

Butter Cream Icing Swirls


birthday cake from above

Birthday Cake From Above


cottage country aerial

Cottage Country Aerial


clear blue lake by forest

Clear Blue Lake By Forest


canoe passing shoreline

Canoe Passing Shoreline


boats dock from above

Boats Dock From Above


silver fishing lure

Silver Fishing Lure


berries & granola

Berries & Granola


toast & eggs for breakfast

Toast & Eggs For Breakfast


garden carrots

Garden Carrots


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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.