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.

breakfast from above

Breakfast From Above


coffee in plants

Coffee In Plants


celebrate carnival background

Celebrate Carnival Background


christmas & tree decor flatlay

Christmas & Tree Decor Flatlay


pink tulips on wood texture

Pink Tulips On Wood Texture


travel flatlay

Travel Flatlay


doctor's office flatlay

Doctor's Office Flatlay


bird book and tea time

Bird Book And Tea Time


christmas decor on woodgrain

Christmas Decor On Woodgrain


wrapping presents

Wrapping Presents


feedback for web design mockups

Feedback For Web Design Mockups


valentine roses and champagne

Valentine Roses And Champagne


woodgrain with christmas ornaments

Woodgrain With Christmas Ornaments


warm holiday drink & decor

Warm Holiday Drink & Decor


contact us phone

Contact Us Phone


beauty products and flower

Beauty Products And Flower


christmas gift

Christmas Gift


medical toy flatlay

Medical Toy Flatlay


spa flatlay

Spa Flatlay


toast & eggs for breakfast

Toast & Eggs For Breakfast


notebook and coffee

Notebook And Coffee


creative designers desk

Creative Designers Desk


birthday party gift trimmings

Birthday Party Gift Trimmings


preparing to travel

Preparing To Travel


heart shaped holiday wreath

Heart Shaped Holiday Wreath


roasted turkey

Roasted Turkey


makeup, powder, foundation & brushes

Makeup, Powder, Foundation & Brushes


christmas gifts flatlay

Christmas Gifts Flatlay


doctors medical gear

Doctors Medical Gear


online shopping credit cards

Online Shopping Credit Cards


stay connected flatlay

Stay Connected Flatlay


man pointing at laptop screen analytics

Man Pointing At Laptop Screen Analytics


makeup and beauty products

Makeup And Beauty Products


contact us iphone

Contact Us IPhone


beauty flatlay

Beauty Flatlay


autumn wood texture

Autumn Wood Texture


work journal

Work Journal


gaming glasses & mouse

Gaming Glasses & Mouse


woman's hands typing on laptop

Woman's Hands Typing on Laptop


office women on laptop computers

Office Women On Laptop Computers


hearts on woodgrain

Hearts On Woodgrain


children sharing and playing with toys

Children Sharing And Playing With Toys


how to reach us

How To Reach Us


beauty products flatlay

Beauty Products Flatlay


lenses & lattes

Lenses & Lattes


fruit and veggie with greens

Fruit And Veggie With Greens


construction tools flatlay

Construction Tools Flatlay


sale sign flatlay

Sale Sign Flatlay


gift card envelopes

Gift Card Envelopes


colorful party plates

Colorful Party Plates


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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 itā€™s relatively easy to do. Generally you donā€™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 - itā€™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.

Youā€™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

Itā€™s important to consider the concept of narrative in composing flat-lay photographs. You may want to think of a ā€œthemeā€ before you begin and then select objects that work around this theme. For example - if your theme is ā€œCluttered Officeā€ - you might choose to use objects like pens, notebooks and coffee cups. If your theme is ā€œBrunch Timeā€ - 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 - itā€™s generally best to use calm, overhead lighting. You donā€™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 youā€™re looking for a more neutral, balanced lighting design, try going out on a day thatā€™s a little bit cloudy to get a soft-light effect.