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.

tools for building construction

Tools For Building Construction

wallet & cash

Wallet & Cash

black friday deals

Black Friday Deals

fall harvest spread

Fall Harvest Spread

taking notes at desk

Taking Notes At Desk

toddler hands playing with colorful blocks

Toddler Hands Playing With Colorful Blocks

love and romance on fur

Love And Romance On Fur

light blue typewriter

Light Blue Typewriter

halloween flatlay

Halloween Flatlay

kids playing with block toys

Kids Playing With Block Toys

mobile contact us form

Mobile Contact Us Form

grooms prep kit for wedding

Grooms Prep Kit For Wedding

flatlay with knife and vegetables

Flatlay With Knife And Vegetables

drone knoll flatlay

Drone Knoll Flatlay

online shopping sale

Online Shopping Sale

hot pink and reds house paint

Hot Pink And Reds House Paint

glitter and unicorn costume headband

Glitter And Unicorn Costume Headband

roasted rainbow carrots

Roasted Rainbow Carrots

beauty products

Beauty Products

latte art on book

Latte Art On Book

creating with reds

Creating With Reds

fashion nails

Fashion Nails

get in touch

Get In Touch

love and rose petals

Love And Rose Petals

lilies on ink white and gray

Lilies On Ink White And Gray

business owners flatlay

Business Owners Flatlay

be mine letters

Be Mine Letters

holiday cookie cutters

Holiday Cookie Cutters

sliced orange

Sliced Orange

cleaning supply wood flatlay

Cleaning Supply Wood Flatlay

buttons top frame

Buttons Top Frame

wine and cheese party

Wine And Cheese Party

sewing tools knolling

Sewing Tools Knolling

cleaning supply flatlay bottom

Cleaning Supply Flatlay Bottom

cleaning blue knolling flatlay

Cleaning Blue Knolling Flatlay

sliced rye bread

Sliced Rye Bread

fruit and veggie cirlces flatlay

Fruit And Veggie Cirlces Flatlay

makeup brush in flowers

Makeup Brush In Flowers

tea time with kitty cat

Tea Time With Kitty Cat

tools for carpentry

Tools For Carpentry

online shopping deals

Online Shopping Deals

butter cream icing swirls

Butter Cream Icing Swirls

morning journal

Morning Journal

sliced pumpkin pie

Sliced Pumpkin Pie

coffee beans and mug flatlay

Coffee Beans And Mug Flatlay

workspace flatlay with leather bag and notebook

Workspace Flatlay With Leather Bag And Notebook

makings of avocado toast

Makings Of Avocado Toast

free shipping wooden sign

Free Shipping Wooden Sign

sewing tools corner flatlay

Sewing Tools Corner Flatlay

three students working flatlay

Three Students Working 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 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.