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.

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close up of eye glasses on a computer desk

Close Up Of Eye Glasses On A Computer Desk


the word help spelled out with plastic miniatures

The Word Help Spelled Out With Plastic Miniatures


flatlay of colorful candy easter eggs

Flatlay Of Colorful Candy Easter Eggs


colorful chocolate candy easter eggs on white

Colorful Chocolate Candy Easter Eggs On White


laptop and a cell phone showing a graph on orange table

Laptop And A Cell Phone Showing A Graph On Orange Table


flatlay of a laptop and cellphone with notebook

Flatlay Of A Laptop And Cellphone With Notebook


coffee beans laid on a pink background

Coffee Beans Laid On A Pink Background


colorful candy eggs against a white background

Colorful Candy Eggs Against A White Background


three disposable face masks on a yellow background

Three Disposable Face Masks On A Yellow Background


flatlay on a bed with notebook laptop and camera

Flatlay On A Bed With Notebook Laptop And Camera


view from above of office items on a white duvet

View From Above Of Office Items On A White Duvet


office flatlay with camera gear and orange fruit

Office Flatlay With Camera Gear And Orange Fruit


top down view working from home on a bed

Top Down View Working From Home On A Bed


laptop with notebook and water bottle on white bed

Laptop With Notebook And Water Bottle On White Bed


flatlay of a laptop and camera with stationary

Flatlay Of A Laptop And Camera With Stationary


yoga mat flatlay with laptop and water bottle

Yoga Mat Flatlay With Laptop And Water Bottle


hand holds a stainer from a cup of tea

Hand Holds A Stainer From A Cup Of Tea


top view of a green teapot on a pink background

Top View Of A Green Teapot On A Pink Background


ends of colored pencils lines up

Ends Of Colored Pencils Lines Up


colored pencils scattered shown from above

Colored Pencils Scattered Shown From Above


top view of a tea towel and container holding grain

Top View Of A Tea Towel And Container Holding Grain


view of a person working at their desk from above

View Of A Person Working At Their Desk From Above


view from above as person sits at white desktop

View From Above As Person Sits At White Desktop


flatlay of a valentines day card with foil chocolate hearts

Flatlay Of A Valentines Day Card With Foil Chocolate Hearts


flatlay of a red envelope with gold and red chocolates

Flatlay Of A Red Envelope With Gold And Red Chocolates


pink and red cupcakes on a white background

Pink And Red Cupcakes On A White Background


view of a computer desk as seen from above

View Of A Computer Desk As Seen From Above


home office lit by computer monitors

Home Office Lit By Computer Monitors


flatlay of coffee and computer on wooden surface

Flatlay Of Coffee And Computer On Wooden Surface


dumplings chopsticks and sauce on a red cloth viewed from above

Dumplings Chopsticks And Sauce On A Red Cloth Viewed From Above


top view of a chocolate ice cream beverage

Top View Of A Chocolate Ice Cream Beverage


flatlay of items to make hot chocolate

Flatlay Of Items To Make Hot Chocolate


an invite lays surrounded by soft pink fabric

An Invite Lays Surrounded By Soft Pink Fabric


living room with coffee table with hot chocolate

Living Room With Coffee Table With Hot Chocolate


flatlay of pink teapot, paper, pen and a glass of marshmallows

Flatlay Of Pink Teapot, Paper, Pen And A Glass Of Marshmallows


three oranges and three fanned out red cards on white

Three Oranges And Three Fanned Out Red Cards On White


three red cards fanned out on a red background

Three Red Cards Fanned Out On A Red Background


flatlay with dumplings and chopsticks against a red background

Flatlay With Dumplings And Chopsticks Against A Red Background


three red cards lay on a red background

Three Red Cards Lay On A Red Background


flay lay of gifts string lights and a bottle

Flay Lay Of Gifts String Lights And A Bottle


a round white plate full of strawberries

A Round White Plate Full Of Strawberries


gold pocket watch on a black notebook

Gold Pocket Watch On A Black Notebook


soft pink flower petals against white

Soft Pink Flower Petals Against White


pearl top lays in shadowed lights on pink background

Pearl Top Lays In Shadowed Lights On Pink Background


shadowed flatlay of lavender and a necklace

Shadowed Flatlay Of Lavender And A Necklace


mobile phone with the words inspire on screen

Mobile Phone With The Words Inspire on Screen


flatlay of books with plants and a smoothie on a white sheet

Flatlay Of Books With Plants And A Smoothie On A White Sheet


flatlay of a notebook with pen and cellphone

Flatlay Of A Notebook With Pen And Cellphone


cell phone and earbuds in sunlight

Cell Phone And Earbuds In Sunlight


outdoor dessert table with macarons and cake

Outdoor Dessert Table With Macarons And Cake


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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.