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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person sits outdoors and works on a floral glass mosaic

Person Sits Outdoors And Works On A Floral Glass Mosaic


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


person works on their mosaic outdoors

Person Works On Their Mosaic Outdoors


white work bench with a person adding to a mosaic

White Work Bench With A Person Adding To A Mosaic


persons uses tweezers to add glass to a mosaic

Persons Uses Tweezers To Add Glass To A Mosaic


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

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


A Flatlay Of Plants Coffee And Open Notebook

A Flatlay Of Plants Coffee And Open Notebook


flatlay of a makeup brush and loose makeup on white

Flatlay Of A Makeup Brush And Loose Makeup On White


flatlay of makeup brush on eyeshadow and lip colors

Flatlay Of Makeup Brush On Eyeshadow And Lip Colors


flatlay of makeup brushes and makeup on a black plate

Flatlay Of Makeup Brushes And Makeup On A Black Plate


black bag lays with items for school falling out of it

Black Bag Lays With Items For School Falling Out Of It


flatlay of notebooks pens and a persons hand

Flatlay Of Notebooks Pens And A Persons Hand


flatlay of gardening tools on dark grey

Flatlay Of Gardening Tools On Dark Grey


flatlay of a coffee mug and items to plan travel

Flatlay Of A Coffee Mug And Items To Plan Travel


black bag with school supplies falling out of it

Black Bag With School Supplies Falling Out Of It


lined notebook with a cellphone resting on it

Lined Notebook With A Cellphone Resting On It


white bowl filled with red figs against black

White Bowl Filled With Red Figs Against Black


kids hands molding clay on a messy table top

Kids Hands Molding Clay On A Messy Table Top


flatlay of coffee and items ready to travel

Flatlay Of Coffee And Items Ready To Travel


wooden combs on a beige background

Wooden Combs On A Beige Background


flatlay of a notebook pen laptop and cellphone

Flatlay Of A Notebook Pen Laptop And Cellphone


red and green gooseberries against white

Red And Green Gooseberries Against White


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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.