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.

view from above of office items on a white duvet

View From Above Of Office Items On A White Duvet


social distancing on a white background

Social Distancing On A White Background


a bun topped with a sage leaf on a cutting board

A Bun Topped With A Sage Leaf On A Cutting Board


dumplings chopsticks and sauce on a red cloth viewed from above

Dumplings Chopsticks And Sauce On A Red Cloth Viewed From Above


wooden toothbrushes lined up against a green background

Wooden Toothbrushes Lined Up Against A Green Background


flatlay of a laptop and camera with stationary

Flatlay Of A Laptop And Camera With Stationary


six different spices against a yellow background

Six Different Spices Against A Yellow Background


hands filled with ripe strawberries on black background

Hands Filled With Ripe Strawberries On Black Background


spices lay in a blue bowl against a yellow background

Spices Lay In A Blue Bowl Against A Yellow Background


wooden toothbrushes in a row against a green background

Wooden Toothbrushes In A Row Against A Green Background


gold spoons in a row filled with loose leaf tea

Gold Spoons In A Row Filled With Loose Leaf Tea


wooden toothbrushes lay on a vibrant orange background

Wooden Toothbrushes Lay On A Vibrant Orange Background


wfh acronym in letter tiles

WFH Acronym In Letter Tiles


rice noodles and onions against a light blue background

Rice Noodles And Onions Against A Light Blue Background


close up of cheesy pizza slices

Close Up of Cheesy Pizza Slices


hands cup ripe red strawberries on black background

Hands Cup Ripe Red Strawberries On Black Background


a sliced bell pepper surrounded by other cooking items

A Sliced Bell Pepper Surrounded By Other Cooking Items


camera looks down on wooden table with two bao buns

Camera Looks Down On Wooden Table With Two Bao Buns


looking down at red bell peppers sliced in half

Looking Down At Red Bell Peppers Sliced In Half


flatlay of cheese mushroom and bacon pizza

Flatlay of Cheese Mushroom And Bacon Pizza


ripe red strawberries fill a frame

Ripe Red Strawberries Fill A Frame


tiles lay on a black surface reading mental health matters

Tiles Lay On A Black Surface Reading Mental Health Matters


person writing out what they are grateful for in a notebook

Person Writing Out What They Are Grateful For In A Notebook


social distancing on a board game

Social Distancing On A Board Game


a wooden chess board at the start of the game

A Wooden Chess Board At The Start Of The Game


dragon cookies with red white and green icing

Dragon Cookies With Red White And Green Icing


tiles read self love club next to a pink flower

Tiles Read Self Love Club Next To A Pink Flower


colorful cookies with red white and green icing

Colorful Cookies With Red White And Green Icing


comb and scissors with a drink

Comb And Scissors With A Drink


hands cup ripe strawberries with other fruit below

Hands Cup Ripe Strawberries With Other Fruit Below


strawberries on a wooden plate over black surface

Strawberries On A Wooden Plate Over Black Surface


distancing in wooden letter tiles

Distancing In Wooden Letter Tiles


hand reaches for a notebook on yellow

Hand Reaches For A Notebook On Yellow


spoons lined up holding loose leaf tea

Spoons Lined Up Holding Loose Leaf Tea


flatlay of embroidery coffee and dried flowers

Flatlay Of Embroidery Coffee And Dried Flowers


two notebooks lay on a soft pink surface

Two Notebooks Lay On A Soft Pink Surface


cell phone screen displaying graphs and numbers

Cell Phone Screen Displaying Graphs And Numbers


flatlay of fruit and vegetables on a wooden cutting board

Flatlay Of Fruit And Vegetables On A Wooden Cutting Board


hand reaches for a book next to sunglasses and a bag

Hand Reaches For A Book Next To Sunglasses And A Bag


black background photo of cellphone with graphs

Black Background Photo Of Cellphone With Graphs


cell phone screen displaying text and numbers

Cell Phone Screen Displaying Text And Numbers


flatlay of a small screen showing graphs and numbers

Flatlay Of A Small Screen Showing Graphs And Numbers


white tiles spell out self love club

White Tiles Spell Out Self Love Club


flatlay of a black phone showing graphs on the screen

Flatlay Of A Black Phone Showing Graphs On The Screen


spoon lays in the middle of oats

Spoon Lays In The Middle Of Oats


cell phone displaying graphs and numbers

Cell Phone Displaying Graphs And Numbers


colorful beaded bracelets on a beige background

Colorful Beaded Bracelets On A Beige Background


two vintage cameras set on a white background

Two Vintage Cameras Set On A White Background


two pieces of biscotti next to a cup of coffee

Two Pieces Of Biscotti Next To A Cup Of Coffee


green jade roller on a white mesh cloth

Green Jade Roller On A White Mesh Cloth


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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.