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 holds a stainer from a cup of tea

Hand Holds A Stainer From A Cup Of Tea


slices of homemade pizza with olives on a green plate

Slices Of Homemade Pizza With Olives On A Green Plate


pencils on desk

Pencils On Desk


flatlay of embroidery coffee and dried flowers

Flatlay Of Embroidery Coffee And Dried Flowers


camera looks down at a mug with petals scattered around it

Camera Looks Down At A Mug With Petals Scattered Around It


flatlay of orange beverage with lime and orange garnish

Flatlay Of Orange Beverage With Lime And Orange Garnish


a sliced bell pepper surrounded by other cooking items

A Sliced Bell Pepper Surrounded By Other Cooking Items


rows of cars in junk yard aerial

Rows Of Cars In Junk Yard Aerial


colorful paint brushes in front of black background

Colorful Paint Brushes In Front Of Black Background


wooden rolling pin lays on top of rolled out dough

Wooden Rolling Pin Lays On Top Of Rolled Out Dough


lined notebook with a cellphone resting on it

Lined Notebook With A Cellphone Resting On It


lavender bundle on a pink table

Lavender Bundle On A Pink Table


sliced watermelon and ripe cherries

Sliced Watermelon And Ripe Cherries


flatlay of cheese mushroom and bacon pizza

Flatlay of Cheese Mushroom And Bacon Pizza


cell phone screen displaying graphs and numbers

Cell Phone Screen Displaying Graphs And Numbers


candy corn dish

Candy Corn Dish


close up of cheesy pizza slices

Close Up of Cheesy Pizza Slices


carpentry tools covered in sawdust

Carpentry Tools Covered In Sawdust


flatlay of makeup brushes and makeup on a black plate

Flatlay Of Makeup Brushes And Makeup On A Black Plate


flatlay of makeup brush on eyeshadow and lip colors

Flatlay Of Makeup Brush On Eyeshadow And Lip Colors


flatlay with dumplings and chopsticks against a red background

Flatlay With Dumplings And Chopsticks Against A Red Background


landscape view of currency on a black background

Landscape View Of Currency On A Black Background


two vintage cameras set on a white background

Two Vintage Cameras Set On A White Background


pine cones and acorns lined up on paper

Pine Cones And Acorns Lined Up On Paper


flatlay of a open book surrounded by fresh fruit on white silk

Flatlay Of A Open Book Surrounded By Fresh Fruit On White Silk


two pieces of biscotti next to a cup of coffee

Two Pieces Of Biscotti Next To A Cup Of Coffee


chalkboard with the words healthy in cursive lays on fruit

Chalkboard With The Words Healthy In Cursive Lays On Fruit


close up of notebook with hey sunday written

Close Up Of Notebook With Hey Sunday Written


wooden table with latte and open book with glasses

Wooden Table With Latte And Open Book With Glasses


flatlay of a valentines day card with foil chocolate hearts

Flatlay Of A Valentines Day Card With Foil Chocolate Hearts


spoon lays in the middle of oats

Spoon Lays In The Middle Of Oats


flatlay of sliced watermelon  a knife and cherries

Flatlay Of Sliced Watermelon A Knife And Cherries


hands cup ripe red strawberries on black background

Hands Cup Ripe Red Strawberries On Black Background


plant potting tools and soil

Plant Potting Tools And Soil


hand reaches for a book next to sunglasses and a bag

Hand Reaches For A Book Next To Sunglasses And A Bag


white blocks laying in colorful dots spells out smile

White Blocks Laying In Colorful Dots Spells Out Smile


artist works on a floral mosaic with white glue

Artist Works On A Floral Mosaic With White Glue


wooden block spell out smile laying on colorful dots

Wooden Block Spell Out Smile Laying On Colorful Dots


white blocks spell save the planet on blue background

White Blocks Spell Save The Planet On Blue Background


small hands cut a block of grey clay on messy table

Small Hands Cut A Block Of Grey Clay On Messy Table


white blocks spell there is no planet b on yellow surface

White Blocks Spell There Is No Planet B On Yellow Surface


cell phone screen displaying text and numbers

Cell Phone Screen Displaying Text And Numbers


black background photo of cellphone with graphs

Black Background Photo Of Cellphone With Graphs


variety of colored paint brushes flatlay on black background

Variety Of Colored Paint Brushes Flatlay On Black Background


iron skillet with meat and potatoes on wooden board

Iron Skillet With Meat And Potatoes On Wooden Board


ripe red strawberries fill a frame

Ripe Red Strawberries Fill A Frame


two plates on a linen tablecloth with summer fruit

Two Plates On A Linen Tablecloth With Summer Fruit


afternoon picnic flatlay

Afternoon Picnic Flatlay


dumplings chopsticks and sauce on a red cloth viewed from above

Dumplings Chopsticks And Sauce On A Red Cloth Viewed From Above


close up swamp greens

Close Up Swamp Greens


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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.