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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artists colorful paint brush collection laid out

Artists Colorful Paint Brush Collection Laid Out


sliced watermelon and ripe cherries

Sliced Watermelon And Ripe Cherries


wooden rolling pin lays on top of rolled out dough

Wooden Rolling Pin Lays On Top Of Rolled Out Dough


jade face roller flatlay surrounded by dried leaves

Jade Face Roller Flatlay Surrounded By Dried Leaves


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 painting supplies and books with dried flowers

Flatlay Of Painting Supplies And Books With Dried Flowers


slices of homemade pizza with olives on a green plate

Slices Of Homemade Pizza With Olives On A Green Plate


flatlay of vaccine card and a passport

Flatlay Of Vaccine Card And A Passport


distancing in wooden letter tiles

Distancing In Wooden Letter Tiles


green plate filled with fruit in the middle of frame

Green Plate Filled With Fruit In The Middle Of Frame


flatlay of sliced watermelon  a knife and cherries

Flatlay Of Sliced Watermelon A Knife And Cherries


breakfast in white crisp bed sheets

Breakfast In White Crisp Bed Sheets


small hands cut a block of grey clay on messy table

Small Hands Cut A Block Of Grey Clay On Messy Table


summer fruits on a green plate with a blue tablecloth

Summer Fruits On A Green Plate With A Blue Tablecloth


artist paint brushes on a black surface

Artist Paint Brushes On A Black Surface


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


flatlay of plated spring rolls with hot peppers and limes

Flatlay Of Plated Spring Rolls With Hot Peppers And Limes


camera looks down at a glass jar filled with red sauce

Camera Looks Down At A Glass Jar Filled With Red Sauce


hands work on a glass mosaic to left side of frame

Hands Work On A Glass Mosaic To Left Side Of Frame


an assortment of gardening tools on green grass

An Assortment Of Gardening Tools On Green Grass


flatlay of clean paint brushes on a black surface

Flatlay Of Clean Paint Brushes On A Black Surface


colorful paint brushes in front of black background

Colorful Paint Brushes In Front Of Black Background


gardening tools lay on a grey surface with pink flowers

Gardening Tools Lay On A Grey Surface With Pink Flowers


flatlay of a floral mosaic surrounded by glass pieces

Flatlay Of A Floral Mosaic Surrounded By Glass Pieces


artist works on a floral mosaic with white glue

Artist Works On A Floral Mosaic With White Glue


variety of colored paint brushes flatlay on black background

Variety Of Colored Paint Brushes Flatlay On Black Background


flatlay of artist tools and variety of paint

Flatlay Of Artist Tools And Variety Of Paint


flatlay of a mosaic artists tools with cut glass

Flatlay Of A Mosaic Artists Tools With Cut Glass


childs hand holds a block of pottery clay

Childs Hand Holds A Block Of Pottery Clay


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

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


flatlay of a mosaic artist at work

Flatlay Of A Mosaic Artist At Work


flatlay of a floral mosaic design in progress

Flatlay Of A Floral Mosaic Design In Progress


flatlay of a grey table with a mosaic and tools

Flatlay Of A Grey Table With A Mosaic And Tools


looking down at mosaic artist making floral design

Looking Down At Mosaic Artist Making Floral Design


hand uses tweezers to add to a mosaic

Hand Uses Tweezers To Add To A Mosaic


hands ready to mold block of potters clay

Hands Ready To Mold Block Of Potters Clay


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

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


flatlay of tortoise shell sunglasses on white

Flatlay Of Tortoise Shell Sunglasses On White


flatlay of notebooks and a laptop keyboard

Flatlay Of Notebooks And A Laptop Keyboard


hands working on a floral mosaic on a grey table

Hands Working On A Floral Mosaic On A Grey Table


small hands get ready to sculpt with block of clay

Small Hands Get Ready To Sculpt With Block Of Clay


tortoise shell sunglass frames on a white surface

Tortoise Shell Sunglass Frames On A White Surface


camera looks down at a plate of watermelon and lime

Camera Looks Down At A Plate Of Watermelon And Lime


makeup brush lays on vibrant red lipstick color

Makeup Brush Lays On Vibrant Red Lipstick Color


person sits at a white workbench and works on a mosaic

Person Sits At A White Workbench And Works On A Mosaic


backpack with books a map and tech falling out of it

Backpack With Books A Map And Tech Falling Out Of It


flatlay of makeup on a round white plate

Flatlay Of Makeup On A Round White Plate


flatlay of a person adding glue to a glass mosaic

Flatlay Of A Person Adding Glue To A Glass Mosaic


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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.