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.

creating with reds

Creating With Reds


fruit and veggie flatlay

Fruit And Veggie Flatlay


bright party decor

Bright Party Decor


coffee beans and mug flatlay

Coffee Beans And Mug Flatlay


flowers nail polish flatlay

Flowers Nail Polish Flatlay


makeup brush in flowers

Makeup Brush In Flowers


business newspaper coffee time

Business Newspaper Coffee Time


give thanks flatlay letters

Give Thanks Flatlay Letters


beauty products

Beauty Products


toddler hands playing with colorful blocks

Toddler Hands Playing With Colorful Blocks


fashion nails

Fashion Nails


baby nursery diaper products

Baby Nursery Diaper Products


sliced rye bread

Sliced Rye Bread


candy corn pile

Candy Corn Pile


students working and studying flatlay

Students Working And Studying Flatlay


art supplies seen from above

Art Supplies Seen From Above


sewing tools knolling

Sewing Tools Knolling


morning journal

Morning Journal


sliced pumpkin pie

Sliced Pumpkin Pie


desk office workspace flatlay

Desk Office Workspace Flatlay


cyber monday sign sale

Cyber Monday Sign Sale


hot pink and reds house paint

Hot Pink And Reds House Paint


student team meeting at table

Student Team Meeting At Table


bright gift box

Bright Gift Box


makings of avocado toast

Makings Of Avocado Toast


holiday gift

Holiday Gift


sewing tools corner flatlay

Sewing Tools Corner Flatlay


shipping supplies

Shipping Supplies


online retail cyber monday

Online Retail Cyber Monday


record vinyl playing music

Record Vinyl Playing Music


black friday flatlay

Black Friday Flatlay


holiday shopping sale signs

Holiday Shopping Sale Signs


shipping label

Shipping Label


drone knoll flatlay

Drone Knoll Flatlay


watermelon scooper

Watermelon Scooper


cleaning supply wood flatlay

Cleaning Supply Wood Flatlay


writing in journal

Writing In Journal


toothbrush & floss

Toothbrush & Floss


school supplies

School Supplies


man hand with tea and granola

Man Hand With Tea And Granola


business owners flatlay

Business Owners Flatlay


high fashion fingers

High Fashion Fingers


eye shadow palette & brushes

Eye Shadow Palette & Brushes


workspace flatlay with leather bag and notebook

Workspace Flatlay With Leather Bag And Notebook


poker game on table top

Poker Game On Table Top


holiday gift wrapping

Holiday Gift Wrapping


survival equipment flatlay

Survival Equipment Flatlay


kids playing with block toys

Kids Playing With Block Toys


stylish nail polish

Stylish Nail Polish


gift wrapped

Gift Wrapped


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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.