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.

colored pencils & crayons for school

Colored Pencils & Crayons For School


writing down goals

Writing Down Goals


gift bag wrap

Gift Bag Wrap


paint palette brushes

Paint Palette Brushes


flatlay with knife and vegetables

Flatlay With Knife And Vegetables


happy thanksgiving flatlay

Happy Thanksgiving Flatlay


christmas berry wreath

Christmas Berry Wreath


sale sign in chalk

Sale Sign In Chalk


colorful gift bag

Colorful Gift Bag


digital photography flatlay

Digital Photography Flatlay


makeup brushes close-up

Makeup Brushes Close-up


teacher flatlay

Teacher Flatlay


romantic roses champagne lingerie

Romantic Roses Champagne Lingerie


grooms prep kit for wedding

Grooms Prep Kit For Wedding


children sharing paint brush

Children Sharing Paint Brush


flowers and coffee

Flowers And Coffee


pouring cream into coffee

Pouring Cream Into Coffee


white pumpkin flatlay

White Pumpkin Flatlay


students working and studying flatlay

Students Working And Studying Flatlay


fall season flatlay

Fall Season Flatlay


black friday deals

Black Friday Deals


colorful toy gears

Colorful Toy Gears


desk office workspace flatlay

Desk Office Workspace Flatlay


fruit and veggie flatlay

Fruit And Veggie Flatlay


wrapped gift

Wrapped Gift


holiday cards & gift wrap

Holiday Cards & Gift Wrap


bright colored kids toys

Bright Colored Kids Toys


heart shapes on pink

Heart Shapes On Pink


sewing tools flatlay knolling

Sewing Tools Flatlay Knolling


healthy breakfast for two

Healthy Breakfast For Two


art supplies seen from above

Art Supplies Seen From Above


happy halloween on orange flatlay

Happy Halloween On Orange Flatlay


toddler hands playing with colorful blocks

Toddler Hands Playing With Colorful Blocks


happy birthday party decor

Happy Birthday Party Decor


education flatlay

Education Flatlay


black friday to do list

Black Friday To Do List


creating with reds

Creating With Reds


business newspaper coffee time

Business Newspaper Coffee Time


student team meeting at table

Student Team Meeting At Table


coffee in sun

Coffee In Sun


creative work with color options

Creative Work With Color Options


halloween flatlay

Halloween Flatlay


contact flatlay

Contact Flatlay


gentlemans fashion flatlay

Gentlemans Fashion Flatlay


peppers and vegetables angle view

Peppers And Vegetables Angle View


painting purple

Painting Purple


red roses lace and lingerie

Red Roses Lace And Lingerie


wallet & cash

Wallet & Cash


entrepreneurs desk from above

Entrepreneurs Desk From Above


kids playing with block toys

Kids Playing With Block Toys


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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.