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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camera looks down at a plate of watermelon and lime

Camera Looks Down At A Plate Of Watermelon And Lime


flatlay of blocks spelling lets dance on colorful dots

Flatlay Of Blocks Spelling Lets Dance On Colorful Dots


pencils on desk

Pencils On Desk


strawberries on a wooden plate over black surface

Strawberries On A Wooden Plate Over Black Surface


dumplings chopsticks and sauce on a red cloth viewed from above

Dumplings Chopsticks And Sauce On A Red Cloth Viewed From Above


wooden colored pencils scattered on pink and blue balls

Wooden Colored Pencils Scattered On Pink And Blue Balls


lavender bundle on a pink table

Lavender Bundle On A Pink Table


person sits outdoors and works on a floral glass mosaic

Person Sits Outdoors And Works On A Floral Glass Mosaic


flatlay of a cell phone and colourful beaded string

Flatlay Of A Cell Phone And Colourful Beaded String


flatlay of books with plants and a smoothie on a white sheet

Flatlay Of Books With Plants And A Smoothie On A White Sheet


green plate filled with fruit in the middle of frame

Green Plate Filled With Fruit In The Middle Of Frame


rows of cars in junk yard aerial

Rows Of Cars In Junk Yard Aerial


cell phone displaying graphs and numbers

Cell Phone Displaying Graphs And Numbers


flatlay of a white plate with fresh biscotti on a table

Flatlay Of A White Plate With Fresh Biscotti On A Table


dragon cookies with red white and green icing

Dragon Cookies With Red White And Green Icing


wooden table with latte and open book with glasses

Wooden Table With Latte And Open Book With Glasses


colored pencils scattered on pink and blue balls

Colored Pencils Scattered On Pink And Blue Balls


persons uses tweezers to add glass to a mosaic

Persons Uses Tweezers To Add Glass To A Mosaic


landscape view of currency on a black background

Landscape View Of Currency On A Black Background


candy corn dish

Candy Corn Dish


looking down at red bell peppers sliced in half

Looking Down At Red Bell Peppers Sliced In Half


carpentry tools covered in sawdust

Carpentry Tools Covered In Sawdust


close up of notebook with hey sunday written

Close Up Of Notebook With Hey Sunday Written


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


hand holds tweezers above glass mosaic of flowers

Hand Holds Tweezers Above Glass Mosaic Of Flowers


flatlay of a small screen showing graphs and numbers

Flatlay Of A Small Screen Showing Graphs And Numbers


pine cones and acorns lined up on paper

Pine Cones And Acorns Lined Up On Paper


white wooden beads spell out stay well

White Wooden Beads Spell Out Stay Well


plant potting tools and soil

Plant Potting Tools And Soil


wooden blocks with black letters spell lets dance

Wooden Blocks With Black Letters Spell Lets Dance


summer strawberries and blueberries on blue linen cloth

Summer Strawberries And Blueberries On Blue Linen Cloth


flatlay of travel documents and a facemask

Flatlay Of Travel Documents And A Facemask


flatlay of hardcover books and colorful flowers

Flatlay Of Hardcover Books And Colorful Flowers


green grass with gardening tools on the left side of the frame

Green Grass With Gardening Tools On The Left Side Of The Frame


afternoon picnic flatlay

Afternoon Picnic Flatlay


flatlay of a laptop and cellphone with notebook

Flatlay Of A Laptop And Cellphone With Notebook


a mug surrounded by a soft blue blanket

A Mug Surrounded By A Soft Blue Blanket


gold scissors against black

Gold Scissors Against Black


close up swamp greens

Close Up Swamp Greens


boxes and packages spread out

Boxes And Packages Spread Out


chalkboard mirror and flowers on marble

Chalkboard Mirror And Flowers On Marble


flatlay of artist tools and variety of paint

Flatlay Of Artist Tools And Variety Of Paint


home office lit by computer monitors

Home Office Lit By Computer Monitors


top down view working from home on a bed

Top Down View Working From Home On A Bed


person sits at a white workbench and works on a mosaic

Person Sits At A White Workbench And Works On A Mosaic


kids hands molding clay on a messy table top

Kids Hands Molding Clay On A Messy Table Top


flatlay of audio technician

Flatlay Of Audio Technician


person works on their mosaic outdoors

Person Works On Their Mosaic Outdoors


row of hot peppers

Row Of Hot Peppers


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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.