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.

woman's hands typing on laptop

Woman's Hands Typing on Laptop

makeup brush & jewelry

Makeup Brush & Jewelry

valentine roses and champagne

Valentine Roses And Champagne

christmas gifts flatlay

Christmas Gifts Flatlay

gift card envelopes

Gift Card Envelopes

laptop at the table with tea at side

Laptop At The Table With Tea At Side

kids art project

Kids Art Project

beauty product flatlay

Beauty Product Flatlay

red orange yellow green vegetables

Red Orange Yellow Green Vegetables

paint brushes, palette & canvas

Paint Brushes, Palette & Canvas

sale sign flatlay

Sale Sign Flatlay

contact us sign with phone on desk

Contact Us Sign With Phone On Desk



office wooden desk workspace

Office Wooden Desk Workspace

santa hat on woodgrain

Santa Hat On Woodgrain

grey slippers on carpet

Grey Slippers On Carpet

free shipping written in notebook

Free Shipping Written In Notebook

construction tools flatlay

Construction Tools Flatlay

overhead man drawing on notepad

Overhead Man Drawing On Notepad

woodgrain with pumpkins

Woodgrain With Pumpkins

veggies corner flatlay

Veggies Corner Flatlay

gift card

Gift Card

plaid tree wrapping paper on gift

Plaid Tree Wrapping Paper On Gift

office meeting flatlay

Office Meeting Flatlay

contact phone notepad

Contact Phone Notepad

purse, wallet & money

Purse, Wallet & Money

brushes blossoms

Brushes Blossoms

art supplies

Art Supplies

flatlay for construction

Flatlay For Construction

hearts on woodgrain

Hearts On Woodgrain

ecommerce black friday

Ecommerce Black Friday

i heart cyber monday

I Heart Cyber Monday

grooms prep kit for wedding

Grooms Prep Kit For Wedding

lipstick from above

Lipstick From Above

woodgrain autumn flatlay

Woodgrain Autumn Flatlay

flatlay with knife and vegetables

Flatlay With Knife And Vegetables

multitasking at desk

Multitasking At Desk

lenses & lattes

Lenses & Lattes

festive gift box

Festive Gift Box

wrapping christmas presents

Wrapping Christmas Presents

crayons & pencils flatlay

Crayons & Pencils Flatlay

black friday sale tablet

Black Friday Sale Tablet

cyber monday shopping sale

Cyber Monday Shopping Sale

holiday gifts wrapping

Holiday Gifts Wrapping

writing down goals

Writing Down Goals

qr codes in store

QR Codes In Store

school notebook flatlay

School Notebook Flatlay

blueprint tools

Blueprint Tools

assorted hot beverages tea matcha coffee

Assorted Hot Beverages Tea Matcha Coffee

rolling out paper with purple flowers

Rolling Out Paper With Purple Flowers

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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.