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.

red roses lace and lingerie

Red Roses Lace And Lingerie

festive gift box holiday wrapping

Festive Gift Box Holiday Wrapping

cyber monday shopping deals

Cyber Monday Shopping Deals

entrepreneurs desk from above

Entrepreneurs Desk From Above

rolling out paper with purple flowers

Rolling Out Paper With Purple Flowers

halloween flatlay

Halloween Flatlay

peppers and vegetables angle view

Peppers And Vegetables Angle View

coffee from above

Coffee From Above

vinyl record spinning

Vinyl Record Spinning

spilled roasted coffee beans

Spilled Roasted Coffee Beans

lingerie champagne lipstick roses

Lingerie Champagne Lipstick Roses

contruction blueprints tools

Contruction Blueprints Tools

fall harvest spread

Fall Harvest Spread

drone knoll flatlay

Drone Knoll Flatlay

glitter and unicorn costume headband

Glitter And Unicorn Costume Headband

hot pink and reds house paint

Hot Pink And Reds House Paint

love letters and romance

Love Letters And Romance

lilies on ink white and gray

Lilies On Ink White And Gray

mobile contact us form

Mobile Contact Us Form

blank notebook and writing flatlay

Blank Notebook and Writing Flatlay

tools for building construction

Tools For Building Construction

hands cupping coffee

Hands Cupping Coffee

online shopping sale

Online Shopping Sale

tea time with kitty cat

Tea Time With Kitty Cat

students study and prepare as team

Students Study And Prepare As Team

light blue typewriter

Light Blue Typewriter

workspace flatlay with leather bag and notebook

Workspace Flatlay With Leather Bag And Notebook

cleaning supply flatlay bottom

Cleaning Supply Flatlay Bottom

get in touch

Get In Touch

cleaning blue knolling flatlay

Cleaning Blue Knolling Flatlay

candle nestled among flowers

Candle Nestled Among Flowers

beauty products

Beauty Products

taking notes at desk

Taking Notes At Desk

business owners flatlay

Business Owners Flatlay

cleaning supply wood flatlay

Cleaning Supply Wood Flatlay

love and romance on fur

Love And Romance On Fur

fashion nails

Fashion Nails

steaks oil salt knife and a cutting board

Steaks Oil Salt Knife And A Cutting Board

sliced pumpkin pie

Sliced Pumpkin Pie

kids arts and crafts

Kids Arts And Crafts

happy easter sign

Happy Easter Sign

online shopping deals

Online Shopping Deals

bridal wedding flatlay

Bridal Wedding Flatlay

be mine letters

Be Mine Letters

love and rose petals

Love And Rose Petals

sewing tools knolling

Sewing Tools Knolling

holiday shopping sale signs

Holiday Shopping Sale Signs

morning journal

Morning Journal

poker game on table top

Poker Game On Table Top

butter cream icing swirls

Butter Cream Icing Swirls

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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.