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.

four students study flatlay

Four Students Study Flatlay


flowers and coffee

Flowers And Coffee


gift bag wrap

Gift Bag Wrap


colorful toy gears

Colorful Toy Gears


teacher flatlay

Teacher Flatlay


creative work with color options

Creative Work With Color Options


bright colored kids toys

Bright Colored Kids Toys


sewing tools flatlay knolling

Sewing Tools Flatlay Knolling


paint palette brushes

Paint Palette Brushes


contact phone notepad

Contact Phone Notepad


colorful gift bag

Colorful Gift Bag


red roses lace and lingerie

Red Roses Lace And Lingerie


holiday cards & gift wrap

Holiday Cards & Gift Wrap


peppers and vegetables angle view

Peppers And Vegetables Angle View


happy birthday party decor

Happy Birthday Party Decor


purse, wallet & money

Purse, Wallet & Money


makeup brushes close-up

Makeup Brushes Close-up


wrapped gift

Wrapped Gift


office wooden desk workspace

Office Wooden Desk Workspace


contact flatlay

Contact Flatlay


students working and studying flatlay

Students Working And Studying Flatlay


coffee from above

Coffee From Above


happy halloween on orange flatlay

Happy Halloween On Orange Flatlay


business newspaper coffee time

Business Newspaper Coffee Time


vinyl record spinning

Vinyl Record Spinning


contruction blueprints tools

Contruction Blueprints Tools


education flatlay

Education Flatlay


cyber monday shopping deals

Cyber Monday Shopping Deals


sale

Sale


love letters and romance

Love Letters And Romance


healthy breakfast for two

Healthy Breakfast For Two


desk office workspace flatlay

Desk Office Workspace Flatlay


lingerie champagne lipstick roses

Lingerie Champagne Lipstick Roses


free shipping written in notebook

Free Shipping Written In Notebook


white pumpkin flatlay

White Pumpkin Flatlay


hands cupping coffee

Hands Cupping Coffee


fall season flatlay

Fall Season Flatlay


painting purple

Painting Purple


spilled roasted coffee beans

Spilled Roasted Coffee Beans


tools for building construction

Tools For Building Construction


taking notes at desk

Taking Notes At Desk


happy thanksgiving flatlay

Happy Thanksgiving Flatlay


entrepreneurs desk from above

Entrepreneurs Desk From Above


light blue typewriter

Light Blue Typewriter


wallet & cash

Wallet & Cash


love and romance on fur

Love And Romance On Fur


black friday deals

Black Friday Deals


student team meeting at table

Student Team Meeting At Table


black friday to do list

Black Friday To Do List


halloween flatlay

Halloween Flatlay


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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.