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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eight bagels on a silver metal cooling rack

Eight Bagels On A Silver Metal Cooling Rack


flatlay of fruit and vegetables on a wooden cutting board

Flatlay Of Fruit And Vegetables On A Wooden Cutting Board


black bag with school supplies falling out of it

Black Bag With School Supplies Falling Out Of It


flatlay of a picnic in the shadow of a lace umbrella

Flatlay Of A Picnic In The Shadow Of A Lace Umbrella


landscape view of currency on a black background

Landscape View Of Currency On A Black Background


pine cones and acorns lined up on paper

Pine Cones And Acorns Lined Up On Paper


flatlay of a phone display with glasses and a green vine

Flatlay Of A Phone Display With Glasses And A Green Vine


A Flatlay Of Plants Coffee And Open Notebook

A Flatlay Of Plants Coffee And Open Notebook


close up of notebook with hey sunday written

Close Up Of Notebook With Hey Sunday Written


flatlay of embroidery coffee and dried flowers

Flatlay Of Embroidery Coffee And Dried Flowers


a sliced bell pepper surrounded by other cooking items

A Sliced Bell Pepper Surrounded By Other Cooking Items


flatlay of orange beverage with lime and orange garnish

Flatlay Of Orange Beverage With Lime And Orange Garnish


camera looks down at a mug with petals scattered around it

Camera Looks Down At A Mug With Petals Scattered Around It


wooden table with latte and open book with glasses

Wooden Table With Latte And Open Book With Glasses


cell phone screen displaying graphs and numbers

Cell Phone Screen Displaying Graphs And Numbers


slices of homemade pizza with olives on a green plate

Slices Of Homemade Pizza With Olives On A Green Plate


plant potting tools and soil

Plant Potting Tools And Soil


flatlay of cheese mushroom and bacon pizza

Flatlay of Cheese Mushroom And Bacon Pizza


colorful paint brushes in front of black background

Colorful Paint Brushes In Front Of Black Background


sliced watermelon and ripe cherries

Sliced Watermelon And Ripe Cherries


wooden rolling pin lays on top of rolled out dough

Wooden Rolling Pin Lays On Top Of Rolled Out Dough


close up swamp greens

Close Up Swamp Greens


afternoon picnic flatlay

Afternoon Picnic Flatlay


iron skillet with meat and potatoes on wooden board

Iron Skillet With Meat And Potatoes On Wooden Board


close up of cheesy pizza slices

Close Up of Cheesy Pizza Slices


lined notebook with a cellphone resting on it

Lined Notebook With A Cellphone Resting On It


two vintage cameras set on a white background

Two Vintage Cameras Set On A White Background


flatlay with dumplings and chopsticks against a red background

Flatlay With Dumplings And Chopsticks Against A Red Background


boxes and packages spread out

Boxes And Packages Spread Out


gold scissors against black

Gold Scissors Against Black


chalkboard with the words healthy in cursive lays on fruit

Chalkboard With The Words Healthy In Cursive Lays On Fruit


ripe red strawberries fill a frame

Ripe Red Strawberries Fill A Frame


dumplings chopsticks and sauce on a red cloth viewed from above

Dumplings Chopsticks And Sauce On A Red Cloth Viewed From Above


row of hot peppers

Row Of Hot Peppers


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 of audio technician

Flatlay Of Audio Technician


two pieces of biscotti next to a cup of coffee

Two Pieces Of Biscotti Next To A Cup Of Coffee


hands cup ripe red strawberries on black background

Hands Cup Ripe Red Strawberries On Black Background


flatlay of a valentines day card with foil chocolate hearts

Flatlay Of A Valentines Day Card With Foil Chocolate Hearts


flatlay of a laptop and cellphone with notebook

Flatlay Of A Laptop And Cellphone With Notebook


white blocks laying in colorful dots spells out smile

White Blocks Laying In Colorful Dots Spells Out Smile


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


a mug surrounded by a soft blue blanket

A Mug Surrounded By A Soft Blue Blanket


hand reaches for a book next to sunglasses and a bag

Hand Reaches For A Book Next To Sunglasses And A Bag


cell phone screen displaying text and numbers

Cell Phone Screen Displaying Text And Numbers


artist works on a floral mosaic with white glue

Artist Works On A Floral Mosaic With White Glue


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

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


wooden block spell out smile laying on colorful dots

Wooden Block Spell Out Smile Laying On Colorful Dots


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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.