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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two plates on a linen tablecloth with summer fruit

Two Plates On A Linen Tablecloth With Summer Fruit


slices of homemade pizza with olives on a green plate

Slices Of Homemade Pizza With Olives On A Green Plate


wooden blocks with black letters spell lets dance

Wooden Blocks With Black Letters Spell Lets Dance


sliced watermelon fanned out on a white plate

Sliced Watermelon Fanned Out On A White Plate


flatlay of a cell phone floating with laptop and tablet

Flatlay Of A Cell Phone Floating With Laptop And Tablet


flatlay of a passport vaccine card and facemasks

Flatlay Of A Passport Vaccine Card And Facemasks


red and green gooseberries against white

Red And Green Gooseberries Against White


hand holds tweezers above glass mosaic of flowers

Hand Holds Tweezers Above Glass Mosaic Of Flowers


a person adding glass to their mosaic of flowers

A Person Adding Glass To Their Mosaic Of Flowers


artist paint brushes on a black surface

Artist Paint Brushes On A Black Surface


flatlay of sliced watermelon  a knife and cherries

Flatlay Of Sliced Watermelon A Knife And Cherries


wfh acronym in letter tiles

WFH Acronym In Letter Tiles


green plate filled with fruit in the middle of frame

Green Plate Filled With Fruit In The Middle Of Frame


flatlay of travel documents and a facemask

Flatlay Of Travel Documents And A Facemask


jade face roller flatlay surrounded by dried leaves

Jade Face Roller Flatlay Surrounded By Dried Leaves


small hands cut a block of grey clay on messy table

Small Hands Cut A Block Of Grey Clay On Messy Table


flatlay of vaccine card and a passport

Flatlay Of Vaccine Card And A Passport


bright flatlay of a makeup pallet and other items

Bright Flatlay Of A Makeup Pallet And Other Items


comb and scissors with a drink

Comb And Scissors With A Drink


flatlay of a yellow vaccination card and facemasks

Flatlay Of A Yellow Vaccination Card And Facemasks


social distancing on a board game

Social Distancing On A Board Game


flatlay of a passport and three disposable facemasks

Flatlay Of A Passport And Three Disposable Facemasks


colorful paint brushes in front of black background

Colorful Paint Brushes In Front Of Black Background


flatlay of makeup on a round white plate

Flatlay Of Makeup On A Round White Plate


flatlay of clean paint brushes on a black surface

Flatlay Of Clean Paint Brushes On A Black Surface


camera looks down at a glass jar filled with red sauce

Camera Looks Down At A Glass Jar Filled With Red Sauce


chalkboard mirror and flowers on marble

Chalkboard Mirror And Flowers On Marble


summer strawberries and blueberries on blue linen cloth

Summer Strawberries And Blueberries On Blue Linen Cloth


dark wooden table with notebooks a leaf and a yellow pen

Dark Wooden Table With Notebooks A Leaf And A Yellow Pen


flatlay of a makeup brush and loose makeup on white

Flatlay Of A Makeup Brush And Loose Makeup On White


summer fruits on a green plate with a blue tablecloth

Summer Fruits On A Green Plate With A Blue Tablecloth


backpack with books a map and tech falling out of it

Backpack With Books A Map And Tech Falling Out Of It


hands work on a glass mosaic to left side of frame

Hands Work On A Glass Mosaic To Left Side Of Frame


black bag lays with items for school falling out of it

Black Bag Lays With Items For School Falling Out Of It


flatlay of a open book surrounded by fresh fruit on white silk

Flatlay Of A Open Book Surrounded By Fresh Fruit On White Silk


variety of colored paint brushes flatlay on black background

Variety Of Colored Paint Brushes Flatlay On Black Background


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

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


flatlay of plated spring rolls with hot peppers and limes

Flatlay Of Plated Spring Rolls With Hot Peppers And Limes


artist works on a floral mosaic with white glue

Artist Works On A Floral Mosaic With White Glue


distancing in wooden letter tiles

Distancing In Wooden Letter Tiles


A Flatlay Of Plants Coffee And Open Notebook

A Flatlay Of Plants Coffee And Open Notebook


an assortment of gardening tools on green grass

An Assortment Of Gardening Tools On Green Grass


childs hand holds a block of pottery clay

Childs Hand Holds A Block Of Pottery Clay


gardening tools lay on a grey surface with pink flowers

Gardening Tools Lay On A Grey Surface With Pink Flowers


hand uses tweezers to add to a mosaic

Hand Uses Tweezers To Add To A Mosaic


flatlay of makeup brushes and makeup on a black plate

Flatlay Of Makeup Brushes And Makeup On A Black Plate


black bag with school supplies falling out of it

Black Bag With School Supplies Falling Out Of It


hands ready to mold block of potters clay

Hands Ready To Mold Block Of Potters Clay


small hands get ready to sculpt with block of clay

Small Hands Get Ready To Sculpt With Block Of Clay


flatlay of artist tools and variety of paint

Flatlay Of Artist Tools And Variety Of Paint


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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.