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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colorful cookies with red white and green icing

Colorful Cookies With Red White And Green Icing


dragon cookies with red white and green icing

Dragon Cookies With Red White And Green Icing


flatlay of a picnic in the shadow of a lace umbrella

Flatlay Of A Picnic In The Shadow Of A Lace Umbrella


hand reaches for a book next to sunglasses and a bag

Hand Reaches For A Book Next To Sunglasses And A Bag


flatlay of a tablet cellphone and laptop keyboard on grey

Flatlay Of A Tablet Cellphone And Laptop Keyboard ON Grey


rice noodles and onions against a light blue background

Rice Noodles And Onions Against A Light Blue Background


flatlay of coffee and items ready to travel

Flatlay Of Coffee And Items Ready To Travel


a small plant into a red pot with watering can

A Small Plant Into A Red Pot With Watering Can


black background photo of cellphone with graphs

Black Background Photo Of Cellphone With Graphs


artists colorful paint brush collection laid out

Artists Colorful Paint Brush Collection Laid Out


social distancing in wooden letter tiles

Social Distancing In Wooden Letter Tiles


green jade roller on a white mesh cloth

Green Jade Roller On A White Mesh Cloth


flatlay of a camera rubiks cube and hard drive

Flatlay Of A Camera Rubiks Cube And Hard Drive


eight bagels on a silver metal cooling rack

Eight Bagels On A Silver Metal Cooling Rack


flatlay of blocks the middle spelling out stay well

Flatlay Of Blocks The Middle Spelling Out Stay Well


orange rubiks cube camera and hard drive

Orange Rubiks Cube Camera And Hard Drive


camera looks down at a mug with petals scattered around it

Camera Looks Down At A Mug With Petals Scattered Around It


white blocks laying in colorful dots spells out smile

White Blocks Laying In Colorful Dots Spells Out Smile


breakfast in white crisp bed sheets

Breakfast In White Crisp Bed Sheets


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 a phone display with glasses and a green vine

Flatlay Of A Phone Display With Glasses And A Green Vine


makeup brush lays on vibrant red lipstick color

Makeup Brush Lays On Vibrant Red Lipstick Color


flatlay of a cell phone and colourful beaded string

Flatlay Of A Cell Phone And Colourful Beaded String


colorful candy in two rows on a white surface

Colorful Candy In Two Rows On A White Surface


flatlay of orange objects in a line

Flatlay Of Orange Objects In A Line


jade face roller lays on white cloth with pine needles

Jade Face Roller Lays On White Cloth With Pine Needles


white blocks spell there is no planet b on yellow surface

White Blocks Spell There Is No Planet B On Yellow Surface


white blocks spell save the planet on blue background

White Blocks Spell Save The Planet On Blue Background


black bold sunglasses on a large book with photos

Black Bold Sunglasses On A Large Book With Photos


spoon lays in the middle of oats

Spoon Lays In The Middle Of Oats


wooden combs on a beige background

Wooden Combs On A Beige Background


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 small screen showing graphs and numbers

Flatlay Of A Small Screen Showing Graphs And Numbers


wooden colored pencils scattered on pink and blue balls

Wooden Colored Pencils Scattered On Pink And Blue Balls


wooden blocks lay in colorful dots and spell smile

Wooden Blocks Lay In Colorful Dots And Spell Smile


flatlay of painting supplies and books with dried flowers

Flatlay Of Painting Supplies And Books With Dried Flowers


plate of summer fruit with drink and an open book

Plate Of Summer Fruit With Drink And An Open Book


flat lay of hands typing on a keyboard

Flat Lay Of Hands Typing On A Keyboard


flatlay of a white plate with fresh biscotti on a table

Flatlay Of A White Plate With Fresh Biscotti On A Table


flatlay of a black phone showing graphs on the screen

Flatlay Of A Black Phone Showing Graphs On The Screen


cell phone displaying graphs and numbers

Cell Phone Displaying Graphs And Numbers


colored pencils scattered on pink and blue balls

Colored Pencils Scattered On Pink And Blue Balls


red and green gooseberries against white

Red And Green Gooseberries Against White


white wooden beads spell out stay well

White Wooden Beads Spell Out Stay Well


slices of homemade pizza with olives on a green plate

Slices Of Homemade Pizza With Olives On A Green Plate


flatlay of blocks spelling lets dance on colorful dots

Flatlay Of Blocks Spelling Lets Dance On Colorful Dots


wooden rolling pin lays on top of rolled out dough

Wooden Rolling Pin Lays On Top Of Rolled Out Dough


bold black sunglasses lay in a open book

Bold Black Sunglasses Lay In A Open Book


sliced watermelon and ripe cherries

Sliced Watermelon And Ripe Cherries


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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.