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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flatlay of tortoise shell sunglasses on white

Flatlay Of Tortoise Shell Sunglasses On White


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


camera looks down at a plate of watermelon and lime

Camera Looks Down At A Plate Of Watermelon And Lime


flatlay of makeup brush on eyeshadow and lip colors

Flatlay Of Makeup Brush On Eyeshadow And Lip Colors


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 floral mosaic surrounded by glass pieces

Flatlay Of A Floral Mosaic Surrounded By Glass Pieces


tortoise shell sunglass frames on a white surface

Tortoise Shell Sunglass Frames On A White Surface


flatlay of a mosaic artists tools with cut glass

Flatlay Of A Mosaic Artists Tools With Cut Glass


looking down at mosaic artist making floral design

Looking Down At Mosaic Artist Making Floral Design


white work bench with a person adding to a mosaic

White Work Bench With A Person Adding To A Mosaic


flatlay of a mosaic artist at work

Flatlay Of A Mosaic Artist At Work


flatlay of a grey table with a mosaic and tools

Flatlay Of A Grey Table With A Mosaic And Tools


flatlay of a floral mosaic design in progress

Flatlay Of A Floral Mosaic Design In Progress


hands working on a floral mosaic on a grey table

Hands Working On A Floral Mosaic On A Grey Table


person sits outdoors and works on a floral glass mosaic

Person Sits Outdoors And Works On A Floral Glass Mosaic


persons uses tweezers to add glass to a mosaic

Persons Uses Tweezers To Add Glass To A Mosaic


person works on their mosaic outdoors

Person Works On Their Mosaic Outdoors


person sits at a white workbench and works on a mosaic

Person Sits At A White Workbench And Works On A Mosaic


flatlay of a person adding glue to a glass mosaic

Flatlay Of A Person Adding Glue To A Glass Mosaic


flatlay of gardening tools on dark grey

Flatlay Of Gardening Tools On Dark Grey


kids hands molding clay on a messy table top

Kids Hands Molding Clay On A Messy Table Top


white bowl filled with red figs against black

White Bowl Filled With Red Figs Against Black


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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.