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.

fall harvest spread

Fall Harvest Spread

student team meeting at table

Student Team Meeting At Table

fruit and veggie flatlay

Fruit And Veggie Flatlay

art supplies seen from above

Art Supplies Seen From Above

holiday cookie cutters

Holiday Cookie Cutters

mobile contact us form

Mobile Contact Us Form

toddler hands playing with colorful blocks

Toddler Hands Playing With Colorful Blocks

latte art on book

Latte Art On Book

children sharing paint brush

Children Sharing Paint Brush

love and rose petals

Love And Rose Petals

get in touch

Get In Touch

buttons top frame

Buttons Top Frame

beauty products

Beauty Products

be mine letters

Be Mine Letters

gentlemans fashion flatlay

Gentlemans Fashion Flatlay

fashion nails

Fashion Nails

sliced orange

Sliced Orange

drone knoll flatlay

Drone Knoll Flatlay

creating with reds

Creating With Reds

glitter and unicorn costume headband

Glitter And Unicorn Costume Headband

hot pink and reds house paint

Hot Pink And Reds House Paint

online shopping deals

Online Shopping Deals

cleaning supply wood flatlay

Cleaning Supply Wood Flatlay

kids playing with block toys

Kids Playing With Block Toys

wine and cheese party

Wine And Cheese Party

morning journal

Morning Journal

sliced rye bread

Sliced Rye Bread

makeup brush in flowers

Makeup Brush In Flowers

sliced pumpkin pie

Sliced Pumpkin Pie

sewing tools knolling

Sewing Tools Knolling

tools for carpentry

Tools For Carpentry

business owners flatlay

Business Owners Flatlay

coffee beans and mug flatlay

Coffee Beans And Mug Flatlay

cleaning blue knolling flatlay

Cleaning Blue Knolling Flatlay

writing in notebook at desk

Writing In Notebook At Desk

lilies on ink white and gray

Lilies On Ink White And Gray

roasted rainbow carrots

Roasted Rainbow Carrots

cleaning supply flatlay bottom

Cleaning Supply Flatlay Bottom

holiday shopping sale signs

Holiday Shopping Sale Signs

sewing tools corner flatlay

Sewing Tools Corner Flatlay

gold christmas gift wrap

Gold Christmas Gift Wrap

flatlay with knife and vegetables

Flatlay With Knife And Vegetables

grooms prep kit for wedding

Grooms Prep Kit For Wedding

baby nursery diaper products

Baby Nursery Diaper Products

bright party decor

Bright Party Decor

workspace flatlay with leather bag and notebook

Workspace Flatlay With Leather Bag And Notebook

cyber monday sign sale

Cyber Monday Sign Sale

give thanks flatlay letters

Give Thanks Flatlay Letters

houseware home and kitchen decor

Houseware Home And Kitchen Decor

candy corn pile

Candy Corn Pile

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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 itā€™s relatively easy to do. Generally you donā€™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 - itā€™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.

Youā€™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

Itā€™s important to consider the concept of narrative in composing flat-lay photographs. You may want to think of a ā€œthemeā€ before you begin and then select objects that work around this theme. For example - if your theme is ā€œCluttered Officeā€ - you might choose to use objects like pens, notebooks and coffee cups. If your theme is ā€œBrunch Timeā€ - 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 - itā€™s generally best to use calm, overhead lighting. You donā€™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 youā€™re looking for a more neutral, balanced lighting design, try going out on a day thatā€™s a little bit cloudy to get a soft-light effect.