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.

free shipping wooden sign

Free Shipping Wooden Sign

blueprint tools

Blueprint Tools

gift bag wrap

Gift Bag Wrap

students working and studying flatlay

Students Working And Studying Flatlay

business newspaper coffee time

Business Newspaper Coffee Time

paint palette brushes

Paint Palette Brushes

digital photography flatlay

Digital Photography Flatlay

contact flatlay

Contact Flatlay

candle nestled among flowers

Candle Nestled Among Flowers

be my valentine with roses

Be My Valentine With Roses

christmas gift box

Christmas Gift Box

christmas ornaments greenery

Christmas Ornaments Greenery

gentlemans fashion flatlay

Gentlemans Fashion Flatlay

fresh vegetables flatlay

Fresh Vegetables Flatlay

makeup brushes close-up

Makeup Brushes Close-up

colored pencils & crayons for school

Colored Pencils & Crayons For School

student team meeting at table

Student Team Meeting At Table

flowers and coffee

Flowers And Coffee

art supplies seen from above

Art Supplies Seen From Above

children sharing paint brush

Children Sharing Paint Brush

colored pencils on pink

Colored Pencils On Pink

fall season flatlay

Fall Season Flatlay

black friday deals

Black Friday Deals

sale sign in chalk

Sale Sign In Chalk

colorful gift bag

Colorful Gift Bag

blank notebook and writing flatlay

Blank Notebook and Writing Flatlay

healthy breakfast for two

Healthy Breakfast For Two

happy thanksgiving flatlay

Happy Thanksgiving Flatlay

teacher flatlay

Teacher Flatlay

fruit and veggie flatlay

Fruit And Veggie Flatlay

sewing tools flatlay knolling

Sewing Tools Flatlay Knolling

romantic roses champagne lingerie

Romantic Roses Champagne Lingerie

kids playing with block toys

Kids Playing With Block Toys

three students working flatlay

Three Students Working Flatlay

christmas berry wreath

Christmas Berry Wreath

pouring cream into coffee

Pouring Cream Into Coffee

white pumpkin flatlay

White Pumpkin Flatlay

toddler hands playing with colorful blocks

Toddler Hands Playing With Colorful Blocks

heart shapes on pink

Heart Shapes On Pink

wrapped gift

Wrapped Gift

colorful toy gears

Colorful Toy Gears

wallet & cash

Wallet & Cash

black friday to do list

Black Friday To Do List

halloween flatlay

Halloween Flatlay

spring in dirt with flower pedals

Spring In Dirt With Flower Pedals

wine and cheese party

Wine And Cheese Party

education flatlay

Education Flatlay

lilies on ink white and gray

Lilies On Ink White And Gray

bright colored kids toys

Bright Colored Kids Toys

workspace flatlay with leather bag and notebook

Workspace Flatlay With Leather Bag And Notebook

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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.