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



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.