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.

students working and studying flatlay

Students Working And Studying Flatlay


four students study flatlay

Four Students Study Flatlay


drone knoll flatlay

Drone Knoll Flatlay


tech group meeting flatlay

Tech Group Meeting Flatlay


workspace flatlay with leather bag and notebook

Workspace Flatlay With Leather Bag And Notebook


tech meeting flatlay

Tech Meeting Flatlay


three students working flatlay

Three Students Working Flatlay


student using calculator

Student Using Calculator


office wooden desk workspace

Office Wooden Desk Workspace


drone knoll side angle view

Drone Knoll Side Angle View


man pointing at laptop screen analytics

Man Pointing At Laptop Screen Analytics


desk office workspace flatlay

Desk Office Workspace Flatlay


bingo game flatlay

Bingo Game Flatlay


mens grooming supplies

Mens Grooming Supplies


houseware home and kitchen decor

Houseware Home And Kitchen Decor


livingroom tray with plant and game controllers

Livingroom Tray With Plant And Game Controllers


bird book and tea time

Bird Book And Tea Time


tea time with kitty cat

Tea Time With Kitty Cat


home decor and kitchen accessories

Home Decor And Kitchen Accessories


business newspaper coffee time

Business Newspaper Coffee Time


veggies corner flatlay

Veggies Corner Flatlay


vegetables on wood surface flatlay

Vegetables On Wood Surface Flatlay


red pepper and carrots flatlay

Red Pepper And Carrots Flatlay


red orange yellow green vegetables

Red Orange Yellow Green Vegetables


peppers and vegetables angle view

Peppers And Vegetables Angle View


peppers and other vegetables flatlay

Peppers And Other Vegetables Flatlay


fruit and veggies angle view

Fruit And Veggies Angle View


fruit and veggie with greens

Fruit And Veggie With Greens


fruit and veggie flatlay

Fruit And Veggie Flatlay


fruit and veggie cirlces flatlay

Fruit And Veggie Cirlces Flatlay


fruit and veggie cirlces angle view

Fruit And Veggie Cirlces Angle View


flatlay with knife and vegetables

Flatlay With Knife And Vegetables


cut vegetables over wood surface

Cut Vegetables Over Wood Surface


carrot gradient with greens

Carrot Gradient With Greens


carrot gradient flatlay

Carrot Gradient Flatlay


preparing to be creative

Preparing To Be Creative


art supplies seen from above

Art Supplies Seen From Above


poker game on table top

Poker Game On Table Top


art supplies and painting

Art Supplies And Painting


kids art project

Kids Art Project


toddler drawing and painting

Toddler Drawing And Painting


young children sharing

Young Children Sharing


kids painting and creating

Kids Painting And Creating


childrens art activities

Childrens Art Activities


kids arts and crafts

Kids Arts And Crafts


children sharing paint brush

Children Sharing Paint Brush


work desk in order

Work Desk In Order


kid paint party

Kid Paint Party


business owners flatlay

Business Owners Flatlay


business person desk flatlay

Business Person Desk 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 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.