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.

man pointing at laptop screen analytics

Man Pointing At Laptop Screen Analytics


pouring cream into coffee

Pouring Cream Into Coffee


beauty product flatlay

Beauty Product Flatlay


multitasking at desk

Multitasking At Desk


arts & crafts in blue

Arts & Crafts In Blue


early childhood educators and kids crafts flatlay

Early Childhood Educators And Kids Crafts Flatlay


crayons & pencils flatlay

Crayons & Pencils Flatlay


kids art project

Kids Art Project


contact us sign with phone on desk

Contact Us Sign With Phone On Desk


black friday sale tablet

Black Friday Sale Tablet


heart shapes on pink

Heart Shapes On Pink


assorted hot beverages tea matcha coffee

Assorted Hot Beverages Tea Matcha Coffee


pink lip gloss

Pink Lip Gloss


holiday gifts wrapping

Holiday Gifts Wrapping


makeup brush & jewelry

Makeup Brush & Jewelry


woodgrain autumn flatlay

Woodgrain Autumn Flatlay


romantic roses champagne lingerie

Romantic Roses Champagne Lingerie


brushes blossoms

Brushes Blossoms


coffee in sun

Coffee In Sun


digital photography flatlay

Digital Photography Flatlay


christmas berry wreath

Christmas Berry Wreath


paint brushes, palette & canvas

Paint Brushes, Palette & Canvas


ecommerce black friday

Ecommerce Black Friday


journaling at breakfast

Journaling At Breakfast


colored pencils on pink

Colored Pencils On Pink


business meeting in office for team

Business Meeting In Office For Team


blueprint tools

Blueprint Tools


sale sign in chalk

Sale Sign In Chalk


lipstick from above

Lipstick From Above


creative work with color options

Creative Work With Color Options


gift bag wrap

Gift Bag Wrap


young children sharing

Young Children Sharing


colorful toy gears

Colorful Toy Gears


qr codes in store

QR Codes In Store


veggies corner flatlay

Veggies Corner Flatlay


red orange yellow green vegetables

Red Orange Yellow Green Vegetables


writing down goals

Writing Down Goals


holiday cards & gift wrap

Holiday Cards & Gift Wrap


peppers and vegetables angle view

Peppers And Vegetables Angle View


overhead man drawing on notepad

Overhead Man Drawing On Notepad


red roses lace and lingerie

Red Roses Lace And Lingerie


flowers and coffee

Flowers And Coffee


contact phone notepad

Contact Phone Notepad


happy halloween on orange flatlay

Happy Halloween On Orange Flatlay


school notebook flatlay

School Notebook Flatlay


happy birthday party decor

Happy Birthday Party Decor


colored pencils & crayons for school

Colored Pencils & Crayons For School


colorful gift bag

Colorful Gift Bag


wrapped gift

Wrapped Gift


sewing tools flatlay knolling

Sewing Tools Flatlay Knolling


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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.