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.

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spring in dirt with flower pedals

Spring In Dirt With Flower Pedals

white pumpkin flatlay

White Pumpkin Flatlay

pastel stationary

Pastel Stationary

painting purple

Painting Purple

cyber monday shopping deals

Cyber Monday Shopping Deals

heart shapes on pink

Heart Shapes On Pink

busy hands typing in flatlay

Busy Hands Typing In Flatlay

colorful toy gears

Colorful Toy Gears

mobile contact us form

Mobile Contact Us Form

holiday cards & gift wrap

Holiday Cards & Gift Wrap

sliced pumpkin pie

Sliced Pumpkin Pie

glitter and unicorn costume headband

Glitter And Unicorn Costume Headband

pouring cream into coffee

Pouring Cream Into Coffee

happy halloween on orange flatlay

Happy Halloween On Orange Flatlay

bright colored kids toys

Bright Colored Kids Toys

hot pink and reds house paint

Hot Pink And Reds House Paint

cleaning blue knolling flatlay

Cleaning Blue Knolling Flatlay

business flatlay in india

Business Flatlay In India

wallet & cash

Wallet & Cash

cleaning supply flatlay bottom

Cleaning Supply Flatlay Bottom

entrepreneurs desk from above

Entrepreneurs Desk From Above

drone knoll flatlay

Drone Knoll Flatlay

steaks oil salt knife and a cutting board

Steaks Oil Salt Knife And A Cutting Board

education flatlay

Education Flatlay

creating with reds

Creating With Reds

tea time with kitty cat

Tea Time With Kitty Cat

online shopping sale

Online Shopping Sale

business startup desktop flatlay

Business Startup Desktop Flatlay

happy birthday party decor

Happy Birthday Party Decor

spilled roasted coffee beans

Spilled Roasted Coffee Beans

bridal wedding flatlay

Bridal Wedding Flatlay

vinyl record spinning

Vinyl Record Spinning

lingerie champagne lipstick roses

Lingerie Champagne Lipstick Roses

beauty products

Beauty Products

get in touch

Get In Touch

business owners flatlay

Business Owners Flatlay

kids arts and crafts

Kids Arts And Crafts

students study and prepare as team

Students Study And Prepare As Team

happy easter sign

Happy Easter Sign

fresh vegetables arranged on chopping board flatlay

Fresh Vegetables Arranged On Chopping Board Flatlay

contruction blueprints tools

Contruction Blueprints Tools

red roses lace and lingerie

Red Roses Lace And Lingerie

coffee in sun

Coffee In Sun

fashion nails

Fashion Nails

hands cupping coffee

Hands Cupping Coffee

creative work with color options

Creative Work With Color Options

costume headbands cat and unicorn

Costume Headbands Cat And Unicorn

fall harvest spread

Fall Harvest Spread

morning journal

Morning Journal

peppers and vegetables angle view

Peppers And Vegetables Angle View

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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.