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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dragon cookies with red white and green icing

Dragon Cookies With Red White And Green Icing


soap bars on marble

Soap Bars On Marble


flatlay of a cell phone and colourful beaded string

Flatlay Of A Cell Phone And Colourful Beaded String


hand holds a stainer from a cup of tea

Hand Holds A Stainer From A Cup Of Tea


a flat lay of wood working bench

A Flat Lay Of Wood Working Bench


aged staples texture

Aged Staples Texture


gold cyber monday

Gold Cyber Monday


pinecone corner

Pinecone Corner


dumplings chopsticks and sauce on a red cloth viewed from above

Dumplings Chopsticks And Sauce On A Red Cloth Viewed From Above


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

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


looking down at red bell peppers sliced in half

Looking Down At Red Bell Peppers Sliced In Half


wood working tools framing a work bench

Wood Working Tools Framing A Work Bench


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


flatlay of picnic prep

Flatlay Of Picnic Prep


canoe passing shoreline

Canoe Passing Shoreline


chocolate pie & spoon

Chocolate Pie & Spoon


wooden blocks with black letters spell lets dance

Wooden Blocks With Black Letters Spell Lets Dance


pencils on desk

Pencils On Desk


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

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


white wooden beads spell out stay well

White Wooden Beads Spell Out Stay Well


flatlay of travel documents and a facemask

Flatlay Of Travel Documents And A Facemask


summer strawberries and blueberries on blue linen cloth

Summer Strawberries And Blueberries On Blue Linen Cloth


chalkboard mirror and flowers on marble

Chalkboard Mirror And Flowers On Marble


kids hands molding clay on a messy table top

Kids Hands Molding Clay On A Messy Table Top


wooden table with latte and open book with glasses

Wooden Table With Latte And Open Book With Glasses


lavender bundle on a pink table

Lavender Bundle On A Pink Table


person sits at a white workbench and works on a mosaic

Person Sits At A White Workbench And Works On A Mosaic


person works on their mosaic outdoors

Person Works On Their Mosaic Outdoors


ripe red strawberries fill a frame

Ripe Red Strawberries Fill A Frame


flatlay of artist tools and variety of paint

Flatlay Of Artist Tools And Variety Of Paint


rows of cars in junk yard aerial

Rows Of Cars In Junk Yard Aerial


landscape view of currency on a black background

Landscape View Of Currency On A Black Background


close up of notebook with hey sunday written

Close Up Of Notebook With Hey Sunday Written


candy corn dish

Candy Corn Dish


iron skillet with meat and potatoes on wooden board

Iron Skillet With Meat And Potatoes On Wooden Board


flatlay of a passport vaccine card and facemasks

Flatlay Of A Passport Vaccine Card And Facemasks


carpentry tools covered in sawdust

Carpentry Tools Covered In Sawdust


flatlay of hardcover books and colorful flowers

Flatlay Of Hardcover Books And Colorful Flowers


pine cones and acorns lined up on paper

Pine Cones And Acorns Lined Up On Paper


plant potting tools and soil

Plant Potting Tools And Soil


flatlay of vaccine card and a passport

Flatlay Of Vaccine Card And A Passport


white bowl filled with red figs against black

White Bowl Filled With Red Figs Against Black


a mug surrounded by a soft blue blanket

A Mug Surrounded By A Soft Blue Blanket


afternoon picnic flatlay

Afternoon Picnic Flatlay


flatlay of a laptop and cellphone with notebook

Flatlay Of A Laptop And Cellphone With Notebook


flatlay of a passport and three disposable facemasks

Flatlay Of A Passport And Three Disposable Facemasks


flat lay view of hockey player against the ice

Flat Lay View Of Hockey Player Against The Ice


home office lit by computer monitors

Home Office Lit By Computer Monitors


boxes and packages spread out

Boxes And Packages Spread Out


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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.