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.

spilled roasted coffee beans

Spilled Roasted Coffee Beans


contruction blueprints tools

Contruction Blueprints Tools


fall harvest spread

Fall Harvest Spread


vinyl record spinning

Vinyl Record Spinning


lingerie champagne lipstick roses

Lingerie Champagne Lipstick Roses


sale

Sale


festive gift box holiday wrapping

Festive Gift Box Holiday Wrapping


cyber monday shopping deals

Cyber Monday Shopping Deals


wallet & cash

Wallet & Cash


hands cupping coffee

Hands Cupping Coffee


tools for building construction

Tools For Building Construction


love letters and romance

Love Letters And Romance


drone knoll flatlay

Drone Knoll Flatlay


hot pink and reds house paint

Hot Pink And Reds House Paint


free shipping wooden sign

Free Shipping Wooden Sign


glitter and unicorn costume headband

Glitter And Unicorn Costume Headband


mobile contact us form

Mobile Contact Us Form


wine and cheese party

Wine And Cheese Party


taking notes at desk

Taking Notes At Desk


online shopping sale

Online Shopping Sale


love and romance on fur

Love And Romance On Fur


sliced pumpkin pie

Sliced Pumpkin Pie


light blue typewriter

Light Blue Typewriter


lilies on ink white and gray

Lilies On Ink White And Gray


beauty products

Beauty Products


business owners flatlay

Business Owners Flatlay


tea time with kitty cat

Tea Time With Kitty Cat


steaks oil salt knife and a cutting board

Steaks Oil Salt Knife And A Cutting Board


fashion nails

Fashion Nails


get in touch

Get In Touch


roasted rainbow carrots

Roasted Rainbow Carrots


cleaning supply flatlay bottom

Cleaning Supply Flatlay Bottom


morning journal

Morning Journal


cleaning blue knolling flatlay

Cleaning Blue Knolling Flatlay


cleaning supply wood flatlay

Cleaning Supply Wood Flatlay


three students working flatlay

Three Students Working Flatlay


love and rose petals

Love And Rose Petals


sliced orange

Sliced Orange


holiday cookie cutters

Holiday Cookie Cutters


latte art on book

Latte Art On Book


be mine letters

Be Mine Letters


fruit and veggie cirlces flatlay

Fruit And Veggie Cirlces Flatlay


sewing tools knolling

Sewing Tools Knolling


butter cream icing swirls

Butter Cream Icing Swirls


happy easter sign

Happy Easter Sign


buttons top frame

Buttons Top Frame


makeup brush in flowers

Makeup Brush In Flowers


tools for carpentry

Tools For Carpentry


sliced rye bread

Sliced Rye Bread


bridal wedding flatlay

Bridal Wedding Flatlay


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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.