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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hand reaches for a book next to sunglasses and a bag

Hand Reaches For A Book Next To Sunglasses And A Bag


rustic tea service

Rustic Tea Service


white work bench with a person adding to a mosaic

White Work Bench With A Person Adding To A Mosaic


candy corn in dish

Candy Corn In Dish


two plates on a linen tablecloth with summer fruit

Two Plates On A Linen Tablecloth With Summer Fruit


wooden block spell out smile laying on colorful dots

Wooden Block Spell Out Smile Laying On Colorful Dots


flatlay of blocks the middle spelling out stay well

Flatlay Of Blocks The Middle Spelling Out Stay Well


white blocks spell there is no planet b on yellow surface

White Blocks Spell There Is No Planet B On Yellow Surface


sliced watermelon fanned out on a white plate

Sliced Watermelon Fanned Out On A White Plate


avocado toast on cutting board

Avocado Toast On Cutting Board


fresh veg flatlay

Fresh Veg Flatlay


solar eclipse checklist

Solar Eclipse Checklist


hands ready to mold block of potters clay

Hands Ready To Mold Block Of Potters Clay


cell phone screen displaying text and numbers

Cell Phone Screen Displaying Text And Numbers


small hands get ready to sculpt with block of clay

Small Hands Get Ready To Sculpt With Block Of Clay


flatlay of blocks spelling lets dance on colorful dots

Flatlay Of Blocks Spelling Lets Dance On Colorful Dots


strawberries on a wooden plate over black surface

Strawberries On A Wooden Plate Over Black Surface


camera looks down at a plate of watermelon and lime

Camera Looks Down At A Plate Of Watermelon And Lime


bold black sunglasses lay in a open book

Bold Black Sunglasses Lay In A Open Book


black background photo of cellphone with graphs

Black Background Photo Of Cellphone With Graphs


wooden blocks lay in colorful dots and spell smile

Wooden Blocks Lay In Colorful Dots And Spell Smile


close up of eye glasses on a computer desk

Close Up Of Eye Glasses On A Computer Desk


packages ready to ship to customers

Packages Ready To Ship To Customers


candy cane pattern

Candy Cane Pattern


green plate filled with fruit in the middle of frame

Green Plate Filled With Fruit In The Middle Of Frame


tea set on wooden table

Tea Set On Wooden Table


an assortment of vibrant vegetables

An Assortment Of Vibrant Vegetables


portrait image of plants and potting tools on a light background

Portrait Image Of Plants And Potting Tools On A Light Background


persons uses tweezers to add glass to a mosaic

Persons Uses Tweezers To Add Glass To A Mosaic


small wrenches in a line

Small Wrenches In A Line


colored pencils scattered on pink and blue balls

Colored Pencils Scattered On Pink And Blue Balls


view of a person working at their desk from above

View Of A Person Working At Their Desk From Above


view of a computer desk as seen from above

View Of A Computer Desk As Seen From Above


flatlay of a wicker basket next to pink flowers

Flatlay Of A Wicker Basket Next To Pink Flowers


natural soap with cucumber

Natural Soap With Cucumber


wooden colored pencils scattered on pink and blue balls

Wooden Colored Pencils Scattered On Pink And Blue Balls


flatlay of a white plate with fresh biscotti on a table

Flatlay Of A White Plate With Fresh Biscotti On A Table


harmonica on sheet music

Harmonica On Sheet Music


paper snow has fallen

Paper Snow Has Fallen


raw red meat lays in a wooden cutting board

Raw Red Meat Lays In A Wooden Cutting Board


pink notebook and pink pen

Pink Notebook And Pink Pen


dragon cookies with red white and green icing

Dragon Cookies With Red White And Green Icing


cut vegetables over wood surface

Cut Vegetables Over Wood Surface


green grass with gardening tools on the left side of the frame

Green Grass With Gardening Tools On The Left Side Of The Frame


cell phone displaying graphs and numbers

Cell Phone Displaying Graphs And Numbers


solar eclipse flatlay

Solar Eclipse Flatlay


flatlay of a cell phone and colourful beaded string

Flatlay Of A Cell Phone And Colourful Beaded String


hand holds tweezers above glass mosaic of flowers

Hand Holds Tweezers Above Glass Mosaic Of Flowers


soap made with natural ingredients

Soap Made with Natural Ingredients


looking down at red bell peppers sliced in half

Looking Down At Red Bell Peppers Sliced In Half


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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.