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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hand uses tweezers to add to a mosaic

Hand Uses Tweezers To Add To A Mosaic


wooden blocks lay in colorful dots and spell smile

Wooden Blocks Lay In Colorful Dots And Spell Smile


books bound together with twine on a white cloth

Books Bound Together With Twine On A White Cloth


gold scissors against black

Gold Scissors Against Black


flat lay of hands typing on a keyboard

Flat Lay Of Hands Typing On A Keyboard


boxes and packages spread out

Boxes And Packages Spread Out


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

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


flatlay of a laptop and cellphone with notebook

Flatlay Of A Laptop And Cellphone With Notebook


flatlay of audio technician

Flatlay Of Audio Technician


flatlay of tortoise shell sunglasses on white

Flatlay Of Tortoise Shell Sunglasses On White


childs hand holds a block of pottery clay

Childs Hand Holds A Block Of Pottery Clay


strawberries on a wooden plate over black surface

Strawberries On A Wooden Plate Over Black Surface


row of hot peppers

Row Of Hot Peppers


flatlay of blocks the middle spelling out stay well

Flatlay Of Blocks The Middle Spelling Out Stay Well


flatlay of hardcover books and colorful flowers

Flatlay Of Hardcover Books And Colorful Flowers


bold black sunglasses lay in a open book

Bold Black Sunglasses Lay In A Open Book


a mug surrounded by a soft blue blanket

A Mug Surrounded By A Soft Blue Blanket


sliced watermelon fanned out on a white plate

Sliced Watermelon Fanned Out On A White Plate


camera looks down at a glass jar filled with red sauce

Camera Looks Down At A Glass Jar Filled With Red Sauce


wooden colored pencils scattered on pink and blue balls

Wooden Colored Pencils Scattered On Pink And Blue Balls


top down view working from home on a bed

Top Down View Working From Home On A Bed


flatlay of blocks spelling lets dance on colorful dots

Flatlay Of Blocks Spelling Lets Dance On Colorful Dots


white work bench with a person adding to a mosaic

White Work Bench With A Person Adding To A Mosaic


hands work on a glass mosaic to left side of frame

Hands Work On A Glass Mosaic To Left Side Of Frame


dragon cookies with red white and green icing

Dragon Cookies With Red White And Green Icing


soap bars on wood

Soap Bars On Wood


flat lay view of hockey player against the ice

Flat Lay View Of Hockey Player Against The Ice


hands ready to mold block of potters clay

Hands Ready To Mold Block Of Potters Clay


cell phone displaying graphs and numbers

Cell Phone Displaying Graphs And Numbers


home office lit by computer monitors

Home Office Lit By Computer Monitors


flatlay of a cell phone and colourful beaded string

Flatlay Of A Cell Phone And Colourful Beaded String


flatlay of a small screen showing graphs and numbers

Flatlay Of A Small Screen Showing Graphs And Numbers


looking down at red bell peppers sliced in half

Looking Down At Red Bell Peppers Sliced In Half


winter pattern

Winter Pattern


tortoise shell sunglass frames on a white surface

Tortoise Shell Sunglass Frames On A White Surface


small hands get ready to sculpt with block of clay

Small Hands Get Ready To Sculpt With Block Of Clay


camera looks down at a plate of watermelon and lime

Camera Looks Down At A Plate Of Watermelon And Lime


fried eggs and black coffee

Fried Eggs And Black Coffee


flatlay of a white plate with fresh biscotti on a table

Flatlay Of A White Plate With Fresh Biscotti On A Table


colored pencils scattered on pink and blue balls

Colored Pencils Scattered On Pink And Blue Balls


wood working tools laid on a bench

Wood Working Tools Laid On A Bench


green plate filled with fruit in the middle of frame

Green Plate Filled With Fruit In The Middle Of Frame


two notebooks lay on a soft pink surface

Two Notebooks Lay On A Soft Pink Surface


plant potting tools and soil on a light background

Plant Potting Tools And Soil On A Light Background


top view of a chocolate ice cream beverage

Top View Of A Chocolate Ice Cream Beverage


white wooden beads spell out stay well

White Wooden Beads Spell Out Stay Well


hand holds tweezers above glass mosaic of flowers

Hand Holds Tweezers Above Glass Mosaic Of Flowers


laptop with notebook and water bottle on white bed

Laptop With Notebook And Water Bottle On White Bed


person sits outdoors and works on a floral glass mosaic

Person Sits Outdoors And Works On A Floral Glass Mosaic


top view of a green teapot on a pink background

Top View Of A Green Teapot On A Pink Background


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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.