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



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.