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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soap made with natural ingredients

Soap Made with Natural Ingredients


flatlay of a valentines day card with foil chocolate hearts

Flatlay Of A Valentines Day Card With Foil Chocolate Hearts


close up of cheesy pizza slices

Close Up of Cheesy Pizza Slices


two pieces of biscotti next to a cup of coffee

Two Pieces Of Biscotti Next To A Cup Of Coffee


artist works on a floral mosaic with white glue

Artist Works On A Floral Mosaic With White Glue


view of a person working at their desk from above

View Of A Person Working At Their Desk From Above


flat lay of black screws

Flat Lay Of Black Screws


flatlay of sliced watermelon  a knife and cherries

Flatlay Of Sliced Watermelon A Knife And Cherries


flatlay of book with coffee and phone

Flatlay Of Book With Coffee And Phone


raw red meat lays in a wooden cutting board

Raw Red Meat Lays In A Wooden Cutting Board


spoon lays in the middle of oats

Spoon Lays In The Middle Of Oats


harmonica on sheet music

Harmonica On Sheet Music


flatlay of tortoise shell sunglasses on white

Flatlay Of Tortoise Shell Sunglasses On White


white blocks laying in colorful dots spells out smile

White Blocks Laying In Colorful Dots Spells Out Smile


hands cup ripe red strawberries on black background

Hands Cup Ripe Red Strawberries On Black Background


flatlay of boxes on lower half of table

Flatlay Of Boxes On Lower Half Of Table


white blocks spell save the planet on blue background

White Blocks Spell Save The Planet On Blue Background


chalkboard with the words healthy in cursive lays on fruit

Chalkboard With The Words Healthy In Cursive Lays On Fruit


hand reaches for a book next to sunglasses and a bag

Hand Reaches For A Book Next To Sunglasses And A Bag


hand uses tweezers to add to a mosaic

Hand Uses Tweezers To Add To A Mosaic


books bound together with twine on a white cloth

Books Bound Together With Twine On A White Cloth


childs hand holds a block of pottery clay

Childs Hand Holds A Block Of Pottery Clay


two plates on a linen tablecloth with summer fruit

Two Plates On A Linen Tablecloth With Summer Fruit


hands work on a glass mosaic to left side of frame

Hands Work On A Glass Mosaic To Left Side Of Frame


white blocks spell there is no planet b on yellow surface

White Blocks Spell There Is No Planet B On Yellow Surface


wooden block spell out smile laying on colorful dots

Wooden Block Spell Out Smile Laying On Colorful Dots


camera looks down at a glass jar filled with red sauce

Camera Looks Down At A Glass Jar Filled With Red Sauce


flat lay of hands typing on a keyboard

Flat Lay Of Hands Typing On A Keyboard


tortoise shell sunglass frames on a white surface

Tortoise Shell Sunglass Frames On A White Surface


aged staples texture

Aged Staples Texture


multiple candy canes in rows

Multiple Candy Canes in Rows


a flat lay of wood working bench

A Flat Lay Of Wood Working Bench


soap bars on marble

Soap Bars On Marble


necklace laying on a monstera leaf

Necklace Laying On A Monstera Leaf


cell phone screen displaying text and numbers

Cell Phone Screen Displaying Text And Numbers


hands ready to mold block of potters clay

Hands Ready To Mold Block Of Potters Clay


white work bench with a person adding to a mosaic

White Work Bench With A Person Adding To A Mosaic


black background photo of cellphone with graphs

Black Background Photo Of Cellphone With Graphs


wood working tools framing a work bench

Wood Working Tools Framing A Work Bench


wooden blocks lay in colorful dots and spell smile

Wooden Blocks Lay In Colorful Dots And Spell Smile


bold black sunglasses lay in a open book

Bold Black Sunglasses Lay In A Open Book


sliced watermelon fanned out on a white plate

Sliced Watermelon Fanned Out On A White Plate


flatlay of blocks the middle spelling out stay well

Flatlay Of Blocks The Middle Spelling Out Stay Well


flatlay of blocks spelling lets dance on colorful dots

Flatlay Of Blocks Spelling Lets Dance On Colorful Dots


canoe passing shoreline

Canoe Passing Shoreline


gold cyber monday

Gold Cyber Monday


pinecone corner

Pinecone Corner


camera looks down at a plate of watermelon and lime

Camera Looks Down At A Plate Of Watermelon And Lime


small hands get ready to sculpt with block of clay

Small Hands Get Ready To Sculpt With Block Of Clay


strawberries on a wooden plate over black surface

Strawberries On A Wooden Plate Over Black Surface


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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.