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.