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 notebooks and a laptop keyboard

Flatlay Of Notebooks And A Laptop Keyboard


flatlay on a bed with notebook laptop and camera

Flatlay On A Bed With Notebook Laptop And Camera


top view of a green teapot on a pink background

Top View Of A Green Teapot On A Pink Background


flatlay of orange beverage with lime and orange garnish

Flatlay Of Orange Beverage With Lime And Orange Garnish


flatlay saying follow your dreams with coffee next to it

Flatlay Saying Follow Your Dreams With Coffee Next To It


portrait image of succulents on dark background

Portrait Image Of Succulents On Dark Background


colorful beaded bracelets on a beige background

Colorful Beaded Bracelets On A Beige Background


laptop with notebook and water bottle on white bed

Laptop With Notebook And Water Bottle On White Bed


wooden toothbrushes lay on a vibrant orange background

Wooden Toothbrushes Lay On A Vibrant Orange Background


a wooden chess board at the start of the game

A Wooden Chess Board At The Start Of The Game


social distance on brown background

Social Distance On Brown Background


wooden toothbrushes in a row against a green background

Wooden Toothbrushes In A Row Against A Green Background


flatlay of hardcover books and colorful flowers

Flatlay Of Hardcover Books And Colorful Flowers


person writing out what they are grateful for in a notebook

Person Writing Out What They Are Grateful For In A Notebook


yellow card and a red and gold passport flatlay

Yellow Card And A Red And Gold Passport Flatlay


top view of a tea towel and container holding grain

Top View Of A Tea Towel And Container Holding Grain


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

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


four hearts lay spaced out on a white background

Four Hearts Lay Spaced Out On A White Background


flatlay of fruit and vegetables on a wooden cutting board

Flatlay Of Fruit And Vegetables On A Wooden Cutting Board


calendar page with may at the top

Calendar Page With May At The Top


flatlay with dumplings and chopsticks against a red background

Flatlay With Dumplings And Chopsticks Against A Red Background


six different spices against a yellow background

Six Different Spices Against A Yellow Background


flatlay of cheese mushroom and bacon pizza

Flatlay of Cheese Mushroom And Bacon Pizza


two notebooks lay on a soft pink surface

Two Notebooks Lay On A Soft Pink Surface


flatlay of pink teapot, paper, pen and a glass of marshmallows

Flatlay Of Pink Teapot, Paper, Pen And A Glass Of Marshmallows


hands filled with ripe strawberries on black background

Hands Filled With Ripe Strawberries On Black Background


view from above of office items on a white duvet

View From Above Of Office Items On A White Duvet


hands cup ripe red strawberries on black background

Hands Cup Ripe Red Strawberries On Black Background


flatlay of varied plated food on white plates

Flatlay Of Varied Plated Food On White Plates


close up of cheesy pizza slices

Close Up of Cheesy Pizza Slices


a sliced bell pepper surrounded by other cooking items

A Sliced Bell Pepper Surrounded By Other Cooking Items


flatlay of embroidery coffee and dried flowers

Flatlay Of Embroidery Coffee And Dried Flowers


bfcm gold

BFCM Gold


sawdust covers work bench and tools

Sawdust Covers Work Bench And Tools


work space from above as they type in a laptop

Work Space From Above As They Type In A Laptop


a bun topped with a sage leaf on a cutting board

A Bun Topped With A Sage Leaf On A Cutting Board


spices lay in a blue bowl against a yellow background

Spices Lay In A Blue Bowl Against A Yellow Background


hand reaches for a notebook on yellow

Hand Reaches For A Notebook On Yellow


chalkboard with the words healthy in cursive lays on fruit

Chalkboard With The Words Healthy In Cursive Lays On Fruit


scrabble letters spell distancing

Scrabble Letters Spell Distancing


flatlay of a laptop and camera with stationary

Flatlay Of A Laptop And Camera With Stationary


cell phone screen displaying graphs and numbers

Cell Phone Screen Displaying Graphs And Numbers


flatlay of a valentines day card with foil chocolate hearts

Flatlay Of A Valentines Day Card With Foil Chocolate Hearts


two pieces of biscotti next to a cup of coffee

Two Pieces Of Biscotti Next To A Cup Of Coffee


hands cup ripe strawberries with other fruit below

Hands Cup Ripe Strawberries With Other Fruit Below


flatlay of dyed paint brushes laying on black surface

Flatlay Of Dyed Paint Brushes Laying On Black Surface


strawberries on a wooden plate over black surface

Strawberries On A Wooden Plate Over Black Surface


looking down at red bell peppers sliced in half

Looking Down At Red Bell Peppers Sliced In Half


cell phone screen displaying text and numbers

Cell Phone Screen Displaying Text And Numbers


two vintage cameras set on a white background

Two Vintage Cameras Set On A White Background


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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.