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.

veggies corner flatlay

Veggies Corner Flatlay


purse, wallet & money

Purse, Wallet & Money


happy thanksgiving flatlay

Happy Thanksgiving Flatlay


sewing tools flatlay knolling

Sewing Tools Flatlay Knolling


teacher flatlay

Teacher Flatlay


makeup brushes close-up

Makeup Brushes Close-up


halloween flatlay

Halloween Flatlay


contact flatlay

Contact Flatlay


sale

Sale


red orange yellow green vegetables

Red Orange Yellow Green Vegetables


hands cupping coffee

Hands Cupping Coffee


taking notes at desk

Taking Notes At Desk


cyber monday shopping deals

Cyber Monday Shopping Deals


vinyl record spinning

Vinyl Record Spinning


healthy breakfast for two

Healthy Breakfast For Two


fall season flatlay

Fall Season Flatlay


black friday to do list

Black Friday To Do List


gift wrapping supplies

Gift Wrapping Supplies


love letters and romance

Love Letters And Romance


holiday cookie cutters

Holiday Cookie Cutters


fall harvest spread

Fall Harvest Spread


black friday deals

Black Friday Deals


contruction blueprints tools

Contruction Blueprints Tools


light blue typewriter

Light Blue Typewriter


education flatlay

Education Flatlay


painting purple

Painting Purple


spilled roasted coffee beans

Spilled Roasted Coffee Beans


white pumpkin flatlay

White Pumpkin Flatlay


tools for building construction

Tools For Building Construction


latte art on book

Latte Art On Book


lingerie champagne lipstick roses

Lingerie Champagne Lipstick Roses


love and romance on fur

Love And Romance On Fur


online shopping deals

Online Shopping Deals


entrepreneurs desk from above

Entrepreneurs Desk From Above


online shopping sale

Online Shopping Sale


sliced orange

Sliced Orange


get in touch

Get In Touch


buttons top frame

Buttons Top Frame


four students study flatlay

Four Students Study Flatlay


mobile contact us form

Mobile Contact Us Form


assortment of toys on pink

Assortment Of Toys On Pink


love and rose petals

Love And Rose Petals


wine and cheese party

Wine And Cheese Party


wallet & cash

Wallet & Cash


gold christmas gift wrap

Gold Christmas Gift Wrap


office wooden desk workspace

Office Wooden Desk Workspace


roasted rainbow carrots

Roasted Rainbow Carrots


tools for carpentry

Tools For Carpentry


writing in notebook at desk

Writing In Notebook At Desk


be mine letters

Be Mine Letters


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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.