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.

bank for saving money

Bank For Saving Money

pink tulips on wood texture

Pink Tulips On Wood Texture

latte art

Latte Art

cozy reading in bed

Cozy Reading In Bed

beauty products and flower

Beauty Products And Flower

coffee in plants

Coffee In Plants

doctor's office flatlay

Doctor's Office Flatlay

man pointing at laptop screen analytics

Man Pointing At Laptop Screen Analytics

travel flatlay

Travel Flatlay

feedback for web design mockups

Feedback For Web Design Mockups

children sharing and playing with toys

Children Sharing And Playing With Toys

wrapping presents

Wrapping Presents

christmas & tree decor flatlay

Christmas & Tree Decor Flatlay

notebook and coffee

Notebook And Coffee

medical toy flatlay

Medical Toy Flatlay

christmas decor on woodgrain

Christmas Decor On Woodgrain

birthday party gift trimmings

Birthday Party Gift Trimmings

heart shaped holiday wreath

Heart Shaped Holiday Wreath

toast & eggs for breakfast

Toast & Eggs For Breakfast

contact us phone

Contact Us Phone

warm holiday drink & decor

Warm Holiday Drink & Decor

online shopping credit cards

Online Shopping Credit Cards

valentine roses and champagne

Valentine Roses And Champagne

creative designers desk

Creative Designers Desk

makeup, powder, foundation & brushes

Makeup, Powder, Foundation & Brushes

roasted turkey

Roasted Turkey

spa flatlay

Spa Flatlay

woodgrain with christmas ornaments

Woodgrain With Christmas Ornaments

christmas gift

Christmas Gift

preparing to travel

Preparing To Travel

makeup and beauty products

Makeup And Beauty Products

beauty flatlay

Beauty Flatlay

autumn wood texture

Autumn Wood Texture

stay connected flatlay

Stay Connected Flatlay

doctors medical gear

Doctors Medical Gear

business meeting over coffee

Business Meeting Over Coffee

gaming glasses & mouse

Gaming Glasses & Mouse

work journal

Work Journal

contact us iphone

Contact Us IPhone

fruit and veggie with greens

Fruit And Veggie With Greens

christmas gifts flatlay

Christmas Gifts Flatlay

young children sharing

Young Children Sharing

woman's hands typing on laptop

Woman's Hands Typing on Laptop

office women on laptop computers

Office Women On Laptop Computers

beauty products flatlay

Beauty Products Flatlay

colorful party plates

Colorful Party Plates

kids art project

Kids Art Project

how to reach us

How To Reach Us

paint brushes, palette & canvas

Paint Brushes, Palette & Canvas

sale sign flatlay

Sale Sign Flatlay

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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.