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.

be my valentine with roses

Be My Valentine With Roses


desk office workspace flatlay

Desk Office Workspace Flatlay


gift bag wrap

Gift Bag Wrap


students working and studying flatlay

Students Working And Studying Flatlay


christmas gift box

Christmas Gift Box


christmas ornaments greenery

Christmas Ornaments Greenery


contact flatlay

Contact Flatlay


digital photography flatlay

Digital Photography Flatlay


paint palette brushes

Paint Palette Brushes


free shipping wooden sign

Free Shipping Wooden Sign


colored pencils & crayons for school

Colored Pencils & Crayons For School


flowers and coffee

Flowers And Coffee


gentlemans fashion flatlay

Gentlemans Fashion Flatlay


student team meeting at table

Student Team Meeting At Table


business newspaper coffee time

Business Newspaper Coffee Time


colored pencils on pink

Colored Pencils On Pink


art supplies seen from above

Art Supplies Seen From Above


children sharing paint brush

Children Sharing Paint Brush


colorful gift bag

Colorful Gift Bag


fall season flatlay

Fall Season Flatlay


candle nestled among flowers

Candle Nestled Among Flowers


makeup brushes close-up

Makeup Brushes Close-up


healthy breakfast for two

Healthy Breakfast For Two


sale sign in chalk

Sale Sign In Chalk


teacher flatlay

Teacher Flatlay


romantic roses champagne lingerie

Romantic Roses Champagne Lingerie


happy thanksgiving flatlay

Happy Thanksgiving Flatlay


fruit and veggie flatlay

Fruit And Veggie Flatlay


sewing tools flatlay knolling

Sewing Tools Flatlay Knolling


fresh vegetables flatlay

Fresh Vegetables Flatlay


black friday deals

Black Friday Deals


christmas berry wreath

Christmas Berry Wreath


blank notebook and writing flatlay

Blank Notebook and Writing Flatlay


kids playing with block toys

Kids Playing With Block Toys


pouring cream into coffee

Pouring Cream Into Coffee


three students working flatlay

Three Students Working Flatlay


heart shapes on pink

Heart Shapes On Pink


colorful toy gears

Colorful Toy Gears


wrapped gift

Wrapped Gift


wallet & cash

Wallet & Cash


toddler hands playing with colorful blocks

Toddler Hands Playing With Colorful Blocks


wine and cheese party

Wine And Cheese Party


bright colored kids toys

Bright Colored Kids Toys


white pumpkin flatlay

White Pumpkin Flatlay


education flatlay

Education Flatlay


creating with reds

Creating With Reds


painting purple

Painting Purple


happy birthday party decor

Happy Birthday Party Decor


lilies on ink white and gray

Lilies On Ink White And Gray


holiday cards & gift wrap

Holiday Cards & Gift Wrap


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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.