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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view from above of office items on a white duvet

View From Above Of Office Items On A White Duvet


artist paint brushes on a black surface

Artist Paint Brushes On A Black Surface


flatlay of a valentines day card with foil chocolate hearts

Flatlay Of A Valentines Day Card With Foil Chocolate Hearts


spices lay in a blue bowl against a yellow background

Spices Lay In A Blue Bowl Against A Yellow Background


two pieces of biscotti next to a cup of coffee

Two Pieces Of Biscotti Next To A Cup Of Coffee


cell phone screen displaying text and numbers

Cell Phone Screen Displaying Text And Numbers


calendar page with may at the top

Calendar Page With May At The Top


hands filled with ripe strawberries on black background

Hands Filled With Ripe Strawberries On Black Background


two vintage cameras set on a white background

Two Vintage Cameras Set On A White Background


flatlay of pink teapot, paper, pen and a glass of marshmallows

Flatlay Of Pink Teapot, Paper, Pen And A Glass Of Marshmallows


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


slices of homemade pizza with olives on a green plate

Slices Of Homemade Pizza With Olives On A Green Plate


flatlay of a laptop and camera with stationary

Flatlay Of A Laptop And Camera With Stationary


hand reaches for a notebook on yellow

Hand Reaches For A Notebook On Yellow


bright flatlay of a makeup pallet and other items

Bright Flatlay Of A Makeup Pallet And Other Items


a bun topped with a sage leaf on a cutting board

A Bun Topped With A Sage Leaf On A Cutting Board


black bag lays with items for school falling out of it

Black Bag Lays With Items For School Falling Out Of It


sliced watermelon and ripe cherries

Sliced Watermelon And Ripe Cherries


strawberries on a wooden plate over black surface

Strawberries On A Wooden Plate Over Black Surface


flatlay of a makeup brush and loose makeup on white

Flatlay Of A Makeup Brush And Loose Makeup On White


dragon cookies with red white and green icing

Dragon Cookies With Red White And Green Icing


white blocks laying in colorful dots spells out smile

White Blocks Laying In Colorful Dots Spells Out Smile


wooden rolling pin lays on top of rolled out dough

Wooden Rolling Pin Lays On Top Of Rolled Out Dough


backpack with books a map and tech falling out of it

Backpack With Books A Map And Tech Falling Out Of It


green jade roller on a white mesh cloth

Green Jade Roller On A White Mesh Cloth


white blocks spell there is no planet b on yellow surface

White Blocks Spell There Is No Planet B On Yellow Surface


looking down at red bell peppers sliced in half

Looking Down At Red Bell Peppers Sliced In Half


spoon lays in the middle of oats

Spoon Lays In The Middle Of Oats


a small plant into a red pot with watering can

A Small Plant Into A Red Pot With Watering Can


hands cup ripe strawberries with other fruit below

Hands Cup Ripe Strawberries With Other Fruit Below


rice noodles and onions against a light blue background

Rice Noodles And Onions Against A Light Blue Background


flatlay of a cell phone and colourful beaded string

Flatlay Of A Cell Phone And Colourful Beaded String


flatlay of blocks the middle spelling out stay well

Flatlay Of Blocks The Middle Spelling Out Stay Well


colorful cookies with red white and green icing

Colorful Cookies With Red White And Green Icing


white blocks spell save the planet on blue background

White Blocks Spell Save The Planet On Blue Background


sawdust covers work bench and tools

Sawdust Covers Work Bench And Tools


books bound together with twine on a white cloth

Books Bound Together With Twine On A White Cloth


wooden block spell out smile laying on colorful dots

Wooden Block Spell Out Smile Laying On Colorful Dots


flatlay of a pen next to paper and a laptop and cellphone

Flatlay Of A Pen Next To Paper And A Laptop And Cellphone


A Flatlay Of Plants Coffee And Open Notebook

A Flatlay Of Plants Coffee And Open Notebook


bfcm gold

BFCM Gold


wooden blocks lay in colorful dots and spell smile

Wooden Blocks Lay In Colorful Dots And Spell Smile


pair of hands cup a small green plant in a red pot

Pair Of Hands Cup A Small Green Plant In A Red Pot


flatlay of clean paint brushes on a black surface

Flatlay Of Clean Paint Brushes On A Black Surface


flatlay of sliced watermelon  a knife and cherries

Flatlay Of Sliced Watermelon A Knife And Cherries


flatlay of a small screen showing graphs and numbers

Flatlay Of A Small Screen Showing Graphs And Numbers


scrabble letters spell distancing

Scrabble Letters Spell Distancing


black bold sunglasses on a large book with photos

Black Bold Sunglasses On A Large Book With Photos


flatlay of a notebook pen laptop and cellphone

Flatlay Of A Notebook Pen Laptop And Cellphone


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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.