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.

black friday to do list

Black Friday To Do List


festive gift box holiday wrapping

Festive Gift Box Holiday Wrapping


mobile contact us form

Mobile Contact Us Form


entrepreneurs desk from above

Entrepreneurs Desk From Above


workspace flatlay with leather bag and notebook

Workspace Flatlay With Leather Bag And Notebook


sale

Sale


vinyl record spinning

Vinyl Record Spinning


coffee from above

Coffee From Above


coffee in sun

Coffee In Sun


drone knoll flatlay

Drone Knoll Flatlay


creative work with color options

Creative Work With Color Options


happy halloween on orange flatlay

Happy Halloween On Orange Flatlay


glitter and unicorn costume headband

Glitter And Unicorn Costume Headband


red roses lace and lingerie

Red Roses Lace And Lingerie


spilled roasted coffee beans

Spilled Roasted Coffee Beans


lingerie champagne lipstick roses

Lingerie Champagne Lipstick Roses


cleaning supply flatlay bottom

Cleaning Supply Flatlay Bottom


hot pink and reds house paint

Hot Pink And Reds House Paint


cleaning blue knolling flatlay

Cleaning Blue Knolling Flatlay


houseware home and kitchen decor

Houseware Home And Kitchen Decor


spring in dirt with flower pedals

Spring In Dirt With Flower Pedals


peppers and vegetables angle view

Peppers And Vegetables Angle View


steaks oil salt knife and a cutting board

Steaks Oil Salt Knife And A Cutting Board


halloween flatlay

Halloween Flatlay


contruction blueprints tools

Contruction Blueprints Tools


cyber monday shopping deals

Cyber Monday Shopping Deals


light blue typewriter

Light Blue Typewriter


business owners flatlay

Business Owners Flatlay


fall harvest spread

Fall Harvest Spread


students study and prepare as team

Students Study And Prepare As Team


get in touch

Get In Touch


hands cupping coffee

Hands Cupping Coffee


tools for building construction

Tools For Building Construction


bridal wedding flatlay

Bridal Wedding Flatlay


tea time with kitty cat

Tea Time With Kitty Cat


love letters and romance

Love Letters And Romance


beauty products

Beauty Products


mens grooming supplies

Mens Grooming Supplies


cleaning supply wood flatlay

Cleaning Supply Wood Flatlay


happy easter sign

Happy Easter Sign


fashion nails

Fashion Nails


morning journal

Morning Journal


kids arts and crafts

Kids Arts And Crafts


business startup desktop flatlay

Business Startup Desktop Flatlay


taking notes at desk

Taking Notes At Desk


online shopping sale

Online Shopping Sale


love and romance on fur

Love And Romance On Fur


sewing tools knolling

Sewing Tools Knolling


sliced pumpkin pie

Sliced Pumpkin Pie


pastel stationary

Pastel Stationary


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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.