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.

woodgrain autumn flatlay

Woodgrain Autumn Flatlay

kids art project

Kids Art Project

arts & crafts in blue

Arts & Crafts In Blue

holiday gifts wrapping

Holiday Gifts Wrapping

crayons & pencils flatlay

Crayons & Pencils Flatlay

beauty product flatlay

Beauty Product Flatlay

digital photography flatlay

Digital Photography Flatlay

coffee in sun

Coffee In Sun

ecommerce black friday

Ecommerce Black Friday

brushes blossoms

Brushes Blossoms

christmas berry wreath

Christmas Berry Wreath

makeup brush & jewelry

Makeup Brush & Jewelry

journaling at breakfast

Journaling At Breakfast

romantic roses champagne lingerie

Romantic Roses Champagne Lingerie

sale sign in chalk

Sale Sign In Chalk

colored pencils on pink

Colored Pencils On Pink

pink lip gloss

Pink Lip Gloss

paint brushes, palette & canvas

Paint Brushes, Palette & Canvas

creative work with color options

Creative Work With Color Options

assorted hot beverages tea matcha coffee

Assorted Hot Beverages Tea Matcha Coffee

heart shapes on pink

Heart Shapes On Pink

blueprint tools

Blueprint Tools

contact us sign with phone on desk

Contact Us Sign With Phone On Desk

lipstick from above

Lipstick From Above

children sharing and playing with toys

Children Sharing And Playing With Toys

early childhood educators and kids crafts flatlay

Early Childhood Educators And Kids Crafts Flatlay

colorful toy gears

Colorful Toy Gears

peppers and vegetables angle view

Peppers And Vegetables Angle View

gift bag wrap

Gift Bag Wrap

qr codes in store

QR Codes In Store

happy halloween on orange flatlay

Happy Halloween On Orange Flatlay

holiday cards & gift wrap

Holiday Cards & Gift Wrap

overhead man drawing on notepad

Overhead Man Drawing On Notepad

red roses lace and lingerie

Red Roses Lace And Lingerie

man pointing at laptop screen analytics

Man Pointing At Laptop Screen Analytics

business meeting in office for team

Business Meeting In Office For Team

happy birthday party decor

Happy Birthday Party Decor

writing down goals

Writing Down Goals

young children sharing

Young Children Sharing

contact phone notepad

Contact Phone Notepad

bright colored kids toys

Bright Colored Kids Toys

coffee from above

Coffee From Above

colorful gift bag

Colorful Gift Bag

wrapped gift

Wrapped Gift

flowers and coffee

Flowers And Coffee

shipping materials flatlay

Shipping Materials Flatlay

colored pencils & crayons for school

Colored Pencils & Crayons For School

school notebook flatlay

School Notebook Flatlay

paint palette brushes

Paint Palette Brushes

art supplies

Art Supplies

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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.