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.

beauty products and flower

Beauty Products And Flower

toast & eggs for breakfast

Toast & Eggs For Breakfast

tech group meeting flatlay

Tech Group Meeting Flatlay

notebook and coffee

Notebook And Coffee

medical toy flatlay

Medical Toy Flatlay

heart shaped holiday wreath

Heart Shaped Holiday Wreath

preparing to travel

Preparing To Travel

roasted turkey

Roasted Turkey

makeup, powder, foundation & brushes

Makeup, Powder, Foundation & Brushes

pink tulips on wood texture

Pink Tulips On Wood Texture

birthday party gift trimmings

Birthday Party Gift Trimmings

autumn wood texture

Autumn Wood Texture

contact us iphone

Contact Us IPhone

woman's hands typing on laptop

Woman's Hands Typing on Laptop

bird book and tea time

Bird Book And Tea Time

lenses & lattes

Lenses & Lattes

work journal

Work Journal

woodgrain with pumpkins

Woodgrain With Pumpkins

beauty flatlay

Beauty Flatlay

online shopping credit cards

Online Shopping Credit Cards

hearts on woodgrain

Hearts On Woodgrain

makeup and beauty products

Makeup And Beauty Products

doctors medical gear

Doctors Medical Gear

office women on laptop computers

Office Women On Laptop Computers

gaming glasses & mouse

Gaming Glasses & Mouse

santa hat on woodgrain

Santa Hat On Woodgrain

fruit and veggie with greens

Fruit And Veggie With Greens

how to reach us

How To Reach Us

stay connected flatlay

Stay Connected Flatlay

i heart cyber monday

I Heart Cyber Monday

sale sign flatlay

Sale Sign Flatlay

festive gift box

Festive Gift Box

construction tools flatlay

Construction Tools Flatlay

wrapping christmas presents

Wrapping Christmas Presents

christmas ornaments greenery

Christmas Ornaments Greenery

be my valentine with roses

Be My Valentine With Roses

gift card envelopes

Gift Card Envelopes

beauty products flatlay

Beauty Products Flatlay

cyber monday shopping sale

Cyber Monday Shopping Sale

celebrate carnival background

Celebrate Carnival Background

grey slippers on carpet

Grey Slippers On Carpet

office meeting flatlay

Office Meeting Flatlay

colorful party plates

Colorful Party Plates

gift card

Gift Card

christmas gift box

Christmas Gift Box



flatlay for construction

Flatlay For Construction

multitasking at desk

Multitasking At Desk

black friday sale tablet

Black Friday Sale Tablet

pouring cream into coffee

Pouring Cream Into Coffee

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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.