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.