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.

teacher flatlay

Teacher Flatlay

romantic roses champagne lingerie

Romantic Roses Champagne Lingerie

digital photography flatlay

Digital Photography Flatlay

colorful gift bag

Colorful Gift Bag

makeup brushes close-up

Makeup Brushes Close-up

pouring cream into coffee

Pouring Cream Into Coffee

sale sign in chalk

Sale Sign In Chalk

christmas berry wreath

Christmas Berry Wreath

flowers and coffee

Flowers And Coffee

children sharing paint brush

Children Sharing Paint Brush

colorful toy gears

Colorful Toy Gears

black coffee and phone flatlay

Black Coffee And Phone Flatlay

bright colored kids toys

Bright Colored Kids Toys

heart shapes on pink

Heart Shapes On Pink

contact phone notepad

Contact Phone Notepad

white pumpkin flatlay

White Pumpkin Flatlay

happy thanksgiving flatlay

Happy Thanksgiving Flatlay

grooms prep kit for wedding

Grooms Prep Kit For Wedding

fall season flatlay

Fall Season Flatlay

wrapped gift

Wrapped Gift

fruit and veggie flatlay

Fruit And Veggie Flatlay

sewing tools flatlay knolling

Sewing Tools Flatlay Knolling

students working and studying flatlay

Students Working And Studying Flatlay

healthy breakfast for two

Healthy Breakfast For Two

art supplies seen from above

Art Supplies Seen From Above

desk office workspace flatlay

Desk Office Workspace Flatlay

coffee in sun

Coffee In Sun

holiday cards & gift wrap

Holiday Cards & Gift Wrap

education flatlay

Education Flatlay

happy birthday party decor

Happy Birthday Party Decor

toddler hands playing with colorful blocks

Toddler Hands Playing With Colorful Blocks

creative work with color options

Creative Work With Color Options

happy halloween on orange flatlay

Happy Halloween On Orange Flatlay

peppers and vegetables angle view

Peppers And Vegetables Angle View

red roses lace and lingerie

Red Roses Lace And Lingerie

plaid tree wrapping paper on gift

Plaid Tree Wrapping Paper On Gift

business newspaper coffee time

Business Newspaper Coffee Time

contact flatlay

Contact Flatlay

black friday to do list

Black Friday To Do List

painting purple

Painting Purple

student team meeting at table

Student Team Meeting At Table

black friday deals

Black Friday Deals

halloween flatlay

Halloween Flatlay

entrepreneurs desk from above

Entrepreneurs Desk From Above

gentlemans fashion flatlay

Gentlemans Fashion Flatlay

coffee from above

Coffee From Above

spilled roasted coffee beans

Spilled Roasted Coffee Beans

kids playing with block toys

Kids Playing With Block Toys

contruction blueprints tools

Contruction Blueprints Tools

fall harvest spread

Fall Harvest Spread

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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.