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


lipstick

Lipstick


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.