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



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.