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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top view of a chocolate ice cream beverage

Top View Of A Chocolate Ice Cream Beverage


carpenter's pencil and tools in sawdust

Carpenter's Pencil And Tools In Sawdust


red and green gooseberries against white

Red And Green Gooseberries Against White


oatmeal soap bar

Oatmeal Soap Bar


collage of yellow embellished plates

Collage Of Yellow Embellished Plates


four hearts lay spaced out on a white background

Four Hearts Lay Spaced Out On A White Background


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

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


shadowed flatlay of lavender and a necklace

Shadowed Flatlay Of Lavender And A Necklace


flatlay of orange beverage with lime and orange garnish

Flatlay Of Orange Beverage With Lime And Orange Garnish


pearl top lays in shadowed lights on pink background

Pearl Top Lays In Shadowed Lights On Pink Background


flatlay on a bed with notebook laptop and camera

Flatlay On A Bed With Notebook Laptop And Camera


wooden toothbrushes lay on a vibrant orange background

Wooden Toothbrushes Lay On A Vibrant Orange Background


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

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


flatlay of hardcover books and colorful flowers

Flatlay Of Hardcover Books And Colorful Flowers


top view of a green teapot on a pink background

Top View Of A Green Teapot On A Pink Background


wooden toothbrushes in a row against a green background

Wooden Toothbrushes In A Row Against A Green Background


three pine cones on crinkled paper

Three Pine Cones On Crinkled Paper


work space from above as they type in a laptop

Work Space From Above As They Type In A Laptop


laptop with notebook and water bottle on white bed

Laptop With Notebook And Water Bottle On White Bed


flatlay of dyed paint brushes laying on black surface

Flatlay Of Dyed Paint Brushes Laying On Black Surface


flatlay with dumplings and chopsticks against a red background

Flatlay With Dumplings And Chopsticks Against A Red Background


artists colorful paint brush collection laid out

Artists Colorful Paint Brush Collection Laid Out


flatlay of fruit and vegetables on a wooden cutting board

Flatlay Of Fruit And Vegetables On A Wooden Cutting Board


top view of a tea towel and container holding grain

Top View Of A Tea Towel And Container Holding Grain


breakfast in white crisp bed sheets

Breakfast In White Crisp Bed Sheets


flatlay of varied plated food on white plates

Flatlay Of Varied Plated Food On White Plates


six different spices against a yellow background

Six Different Spices Against A Yellow Background


portrait image of succulents on dark background

Portrait Image Of Succulents On Dark Background


person writing out what they are grateful for in a notebook

Person Writing Out What They Are Grateful For In A Notebook


flatlay of cheese mushroom and bacon pizza

Flatlay of Cheese Mushroom And Bacon Pizza


a sliced bell pepper surrounded by other cooking items

A Sliced Bell Pepper Surrounded By Other Cooking Items


two notebooks lay on a soft pink surface

Two Notebooks Lay On A Soft Pink Surface


social distance on brown background

Social Distance On Brown Background


flatlay of a picnic in the shadow of a lace umbrella

Flatlay Of A Picnic In The Shadow Of A Lace Umbrella


flatlay of embroidery coffee and dried flowers

Flatlay Of Embroidery Coffee And Dried Flowers


flatlay of a camera rubiks cube and hard drive

Flatlay Of A Camera Rubiks Cube And Hard Drive


flatlay of a tablet cellphone and laptop keyboard on grey

Flatlay Of A Tablet Cellphone And Laptop Keyboard ON Grey


close up of cheesy pizza slices

Close Up of Cheesy Pizza Slices


eight bagels on a silver metal cooling rack

Eight Bagels On A Silver Metal Cooling Rack


orange rubiks cube camera and hard drive

Orange Rubiks Cube Camera And Hard Drive


hands cup ripe red strawberries on black background

Hands Cup Ripe Red Strawberries On Black Background


flatlay of a phone display with glasses and a green vine

Flatlay Of A Phone Display With Glasses And A Green Vine


colorful candy in two rows on a white surface

Colorful Candy In Two Rows On A White Surface


flatlay of painting supplies and books with dried flowers

Flatlay Of Painting Supplies And Books With Dried Flowers


flatlay of orange objects in a line

Flatlay Of Orange Objects In A Line


cell phone screen displaying graphs and numbers

Cell Phone Screen Displaying Graphs And Numbers


camera looks down at a mug with petals scattered around it

Camera Looks Down At A Mug With Petals Scattered Around It


view from above of office items on a white duvet

View From Above Of Office Items On A White Duvet


calendar page with may at the top

Calendar Page With May At The Top


hands filled with ripe strawberries on black background

Hands Filled With Ripe Strawberries On Black 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.